Christy Ring Cup Hurling Final – Kerry 2-21 Wicklow 2-8

Meyler eyes return to big stage for Ring victors

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Kerry 2-21 Wicklow 2-8

Christy Ring SH Final

Kerry were crowned champions at Croke Park on Saturday and afterwards manager John Meyler said that it’s time to start thinking about a return to the Munster championship. The Kingdom last played in the premier provincial competition back in 2000, but Meyler believes the progress in the county could lead to them being back in the senior grade within three years. “This is very satisfying. This is our second Christy Ring final in a row, and we should have won last year, but were caught by a lack of experience. We finally put two good halves together, which we hadn’t done all year; we finished well, saved our best hurling until last really — that was a real plus,” he said. “Even before this game, I said we’d have to sit down with the county board, with the clubs, with the GAA itself and sort this out — what are we going to do? “We’ve won two U-21 ‘B’ titles, we’ve won a minor ‘B’, Causeway College won the schools, we’ve won the Christy Ring, we’ve stayed in Division 2 — we’re on the way up, but we’re two or three years away from competing (in Munster),” Meyler added.

The former Wexford boss believes there is merit in the Christy Ring champions being given a shot at the Liam MacCarthy by being entered into the qualifiers. “Yeah, that wouldn’t be bad. It would be a good experience and the more of that the better. We’re two or three years away from competing against the top teams as the Munster championship is hugely competitive — Tipperary are really opening up a gap, then you’ve Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Clare all pushing on,” he said. But before any of that is ironed out, there is also Meyler’s managerial future to be decided with Saturday’s victory marking the ends of his two- year term. He refused to be drawn on the subject afterwards and was afraid of tempting fate — citing his bitter experience in Wexford, where he was unceremoniously dumped after two years at the helm there. “The last contract I had, I was fired, so I’m not talking about this now. My two-year contract is up, I’m finished, so it’s up to the county board next, and it’s up to the players themselves whether or not they want to go on another level.

“I’m not discussing it — when I was in Wexford they kicked me out the door, and I thought I had done reasonably well in the two years.” Captain Michael Boyle used his acceptance speech to ask the Kerry county board to give the hurlers a holiday for this victory, and he was even more forthright about them keeping Meyler. “He has done phenomenal work with Kerry and that was the icing on the cake today — if he doesn’t get another contract there’s something wrong,” he said. Kerry were deserving winners as a younger and sharper Kingdom side were a step ahead of a battling Wicklow all through. Andrew Keane and Jason Casey were the pillars in defence, while up front, Darragh O’Connell was in sharp-shooting form and ably assisted by Shane Nolan, Mike Conway and John Egan.

Midfielder Eamon Kearns tried hard to inspire the Garden County, but apart from a period in the first half, they struggled to make headway with dual star Leighton Glynn closely watched during he match. In the 22nd minute of the game Andy O’Brien won a penalty for Wicklow, but Jonathan O’Neill’s shot was well saved by Darren Dineen on the line. Kerry led 1-10 to 0-6 at the break and when O’Connell burst inside to score a goal in the 37th minute it was a tall order for Wicklow, who improved when they brought on James Quirke in attack. But there was no way through a tight Kerry defence who were protected well by goalkeeper Bernard Rochford, a member of the All-Ireland-winning Cork panel in 1999.

SCORERS — Kerry: D O’Connell 1-9 (4f, 1 ’65’), S Nolan 0-5, J Egan 1-1, M Conway 0-2, J Griffin, M Boyle, G O’Brien, J Flaherty 0-1 each. Wicklow: J O’Neill 1-4 (3f, 1 ’65’), J Quirke 1-1, A O’Brien 0-2, D Hyland 0-1.

KERRY — B Rochford 9; P O’Grady 8, J Godley 7, E Fitzgerald 8; C Harris 7, J Casey 8, A Keane 9; D Dineen 8, J Griffin 7; M Boyle 8, G O’Brien 8, D O’Connell 9; J Egan 7, M Conway 7, S Nolan 8. Subs: J Flaherty 7 for M Conway (51), L Boyle 7 for O’Brien (63), J Fitzgerald for E Fitzgerald (68), C Harty for S Nolan (68), A Royle for Egan (68).

WICKLOW — W O’Gorman 8; J Connors 6, G Keogh 6, B Cuddihy 6; S Kelly 6, L Kennnedy 6, G Bermingham 6; E Kearns 8, R Leddy 7; A O’Brien 6, E Glynn 6, L Glynn 6; T Doyle 6, J O’Neill 7, D Hyland 6. Subs: J Quirke 8 for T Doyle (h-t), E O’Neill 6 for J Connors (41), W Collins 6 for Bermingham (58), J Murphy 6 for E Glynn (65), E Dunne for S Kelly (69).

Ref — G Duffy (Antrim)

 

Christy Ring Cup Final

Kerry 2-21, Wicklow 2-8

From the GAA.ie web site

Kerry eased to a comfortable victory with a 13 point win over Wicklow in the Christy Ring Cup Final at Croke Park today. Kerry started the scoring with a point from Shane Nolan with Wicklow recording their first score on 7mins through their right corner forward, Andy O’Brien. Minutes later, Nolan again came to the fore with a well taken goal for Kerry. Points were exchanged before Kerry’s Darragh O’Connell pointed a beautiful long range effort. Despite Kerry’s dominance, Wicklow earned a penalty on 22mins, resulting in a great save on the line from Kerry’s midfielder John Griffin. A great block from Eamon Fitzgerald denied Wicklow a certain goal on 30mins before three points from Kerry closed out the half on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-6 in favour of Kerry.

The first score of the second half went to Kerry before the matches’ top scorer, Kerry’s Darragh O’Connell with a final tally of 1-9 scored a magnificent goal on 36mins. Wicklow fought back with another penalty on 38mins when substitute James Quirke was denied by the Kerry goalie but followed up with a low drive to the net for a Wicklow goal. Kerry dominated the next 10mins rattling off a number of points before a Wicklow point on 47mins. The Kerry fullback, Godley denied a certain goal on 52mins before another period of ascendancy for Kerry brought them further out of reach. Despite a goal on 67mins from Wicklow’s Quirke and goal attempts right on fulltime, Kerry’s extra class and guile on the day saw them ease to a 2-21 to 2-8 victory.

Team News

The Kerry Hurling team to play Wicklow in the Christy Ring Cup Final on Saturday in Croke Park at 2pm is as follows:

1 Bernard Rochford Killeagh, Co Cork2 Padraig O’Grady Ballyduf 3 James Godley Kilmoyley 4 Eamon Fitzgerald Causeway 5.Colin Harris Ballincollig, Co Cork 6. Jason Casey Ballyheigue 7 Andrew Keane Crotta O’Neills 8 Darren Dinneen St Brendans 9 John Griffin Lixnaw 10 Darragh O Connell Abbeydorney 11.Gary O’Brien Ballyduff 12. Michael Boyle, Captain Ballyduff 13. Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills 14. Mike Conway Lixnaw 15 John Egan St. Brendan’s

Subs as follows: 16 John Brendan O’Halloran Kilmoyley 17 James Flaherty Lixnaw 18 Liam Boyle Ballyduff 19 John Fitzgerald Causeway 20. Adrian Royle Kilmoyley 21. Brian Murphy Causeway 22 Paud Costelloe Ballyduff 23 Colm Harty Causeway 24. Padraig Boyle, Ballyduff 25. Padraigh Monson Glen Rovers, Co Cork 26. Patrick O’Keeffe Glenflesk 27. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff, 28. Darren Wallace St Brendans. 29. Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw 30. David Fitzell (Kilmoyley) 31. Darren Delaney (St. Brendans) 32. Anthony Fealy (Causeway) and 33. Jason Leahy (Causeway)

Manager: John Meyler Selectors: John Hennessey & Sean O’Shea Coach/trainer: Joe O’Connor

Match Preview

From Croke Park to Semple Stadium – that’s John Meyler’s plan for Kerry hurling

By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie

Kerry hurling boss John Meyler does not do a “give them what they want interview” full of fifty/fifties,” sure they are an up and coming team” and “we will give it our best shot” – no John Meyler does not suffer from the modern day managers paranoia with the media – he simply shoots from the hip and calls it as it is.

It always refreshing if not a challenge to talk to the former Wexford boss, because you never know what he is going to say next and he will never skirt around a contentious issue- sometimes he starts his answer half through a question!

John Meyler has done a lot for Kerry hurling – remember that famous day back in 1993 when Kerry shocked the hurling world by beating Waterford in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship – Meyler was at the helm then and by no accident of fate if Kerry could win the Christy Ring Cup, that’s where Meyler wants to head with Kerry again – back into the Munster Championship but more about that anon!

Meyler is happy to be in the Christy Ring Cup final and reflects on the campaign to date “We have played three matches to date and two of them were away from home. Kildare was the first match and we struggled. It was just six days after we finishing our league campaign and we were missing a number of players through injury including John Griffin. We played Meath at home and we were without both John Griffin and the suspended Andrew Keane along with the likes of Mike Conway who had to pull out before the game so we stuttered at times during both those games but always finished well. I think we scored about 1-5 at the end of both those two games so we showed the necessary character.

Then we had to travel to Newry for a semi final meeting with Down and it was a long trip on Fri/Saturday for the game but we had Colin Harris, John Griffin and Andrew Keane back and that strengthened us up considerably so it was great to have those players back into the squad and back into the team”

Meyler refuses to accept that in Newry just like in Killarney and during key games in the National League, that Kerry have a habit of not finishing off teams, of allowing big leads slip and in Newry Kerry led by as much as nine points at one stage of the second half “I said before we travelled to Newry that if we go up there and beat Down, then we would be a in good position to win the Christy Ring Cup and I think that’s the important thing. We went away to a difficult venue, after a long journey and we had a full squad that did the business. We were reduced to thirteen men with six minutes to go and it showed great character from the players left on the field to hold out. It was great to see Mikey Boyle catching the last puck out when we were up a point and you needed somebody to show leadership, Mikey who is the captain did what had to be done and that’s what character is all about.

I think last year I was driving them on more, but this year they are taking more ownership of what is required to be done in clutch situations and it definitely got us through to the final in Newry.”

Meyler makes no secret of the fact that he has loftier ambitions for this Kerry squad and Kerry hurling down the road and believes that this year while the public might not appreciate it- he feels Kerry hurling is in a better place “Look last year we played in Division 3 and won it easily enough but it probably wasn’t much good in terms of improving the standard. This year, we played in a very competitive Division 2, played seven games, won two, lost five. The main objective this year was to remain in Division 2 and we achieved our aim. Last year we won Division 3 and we had a months break before we went back training for the Christy Ring Cup while this year it was a straight turn around and into two matches and then a three week break to the semi final. That probably suited us because the lads were used to the pitch of the hurling in Div 2 so it has benefited us.

But then going in now to the Christy Ring Cup Final now without Tom Murnane is a bit a of negative but we have all the other players back so we are travelling to Croke Park to win”

Meyler admits that the Kilmoyley defender is a huge loss “Tom has been our most influential and most consistent player for last two years because he is a big game player. Last year when we were in trouble against Down we put him in fullback and he did the job. While he is superb centre back or half back, he really has made a huge difference to us at fullback and he will be a huge loss. But look the character of this team is all about coping. Look when I thought after four games in the League that four points had us reasonably safe I decided that against Limerick, Clare and Laois we could try fellows and they were able to gain valuable experience. That’s why when we went into the Christy Ring Cup without John Griffin, Colin Harris and Andrew Keane, we were able to put fellows in who had played three or four matches in the league and that gave them the experience they needed which is important. So we have qualms about throwing people in anymore when we need them because they all have hurled against strong opponents and they can get to the pace of the game quickly. We could not do that in the past”

Meyler makes no secret of the fact that he is going with a young side to Croke Park but he emphasizes that this is year two of a three or maybe a five year plan for Kerry hurling and this team is a mere work in progress with a loftier ambitions down the line “No I am not afraid of going to Croke Park with a young side. Young people today have no fear – no fear of a big challenge and no obstacle faze them. These lads have been used to winning, including two U-21 All-Ireland’s, all at B level but they know what is required from the training we have been doing. They know where the bar is and they will not go below it. The younger lads are the future – Colm Harty is back, Padraig Boyle , still a minor is back in, and there a are a few more young fellows starting to come on board. So its work in progress and I think my three year plan may well be a five year plan. I want to be ready for the Munster Senior Championship down the road that’s the plan – anything else along the way is a bonus. The bottom line is that I want Kerry hurling to be able to compete at Munster Championship level – simple as that – whether its next year or three years down the line”

So can Kerry beat Wicklow on Saturday “Last year we let ourselves down badly because we did not play against Wicklow in the semi final at Nenagh. Andrew Keane got sent off after four minutes and we were all over the shop. Wicklow should have beaten us and we were just haunted to get away with a win in the last few minutes. We had to put Mike Conway back to centre back and James Flaherty came on and scored four points. While I was delighted with the win I was really annoyed with the lads because I felt that we lacked a certain bit of composure at vital times. But this year is different. I respect Wicklow- they won Div 3B and then Div 3A and they are up in Div 2 next year and they are in the final of the Christy Ring Cup. They have a dangerous full forward line and O’Brien caused us all sorts of problems last year, and I am sure Leighton Glynn will be back and when you throw in Jonathon O’Neill, they have serious forwards. Look we know they are a good side but my concern is to get Kerry right on the day and if we play as we are capable of playing, I am confident that we can do it”

The Kerry boss sums up his thinking on what and where Kerry hurling must go from here when asked what winning the Christy Ring Cup would mean to him and Kerry “ It would mean that we would be back in September to start training for next years Munster Senior Hurling Championship and looking forward to travelling to Semple Stadium to play Tipperary next May” Meyler quips- which returns us to the beginning again – The Wexford native has lofty ambitions for Kerry hurling – this Saturday he is hoping to take another step along the way in Croke Park by helping Kerry claim the Christy Ring Cup for the first time!

Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9

KERRY MASTER CLASS TOO MUCH FOR OUTCLASSED LIMERICK

Munster Senior Football Championship – semi final

By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie

Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9

Kerry routed an outclassed Limerick side in this one sided Munster Senior Football Championship semi final played at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick this evening. It was very much men against boys as Kerry won as they liked and they seemed content to take points when goals were on as Limerick gained some level of respectability with late goals in both halves Kerry dominated the opening half and only for their failure to avail of five goal scoring opportunities, they would have been out of sight by half time. Jim O’Donovan gave Limerick the early lead inside the opening minute, but that was as good as it got for the home side, as Kerry attacked in waves with some fabulous movement and accurate foot passing, from players like Bryan Sheehan, Declan and Darran O’Sullivan.

The key battles at both ends of the pitch were being won by Kerry, as Tom O’Sullivan kept Limerick danger man Ger Collins under wraps, while Kieran Donaghy completely outplayed Shane Gallagher in air and on the ground. Then when you toss in the genius of Colm Cooper, Limerick was on the ropes for the opening half hour. Once Kieran Donaghy levelled, it was all one way traffic with Cooper adding four points, Declan and Darran O’Sullivan two apiece while Bryan Sheehan added two points from placed balls and in between in the 12th minute , Kieran Donaghy sent Darran O’Sullivan racing through, and when he dropped the ball, he finished soccer style to the Limerick net. Then with Kerry threatening to run riot , Limerick rallied in the final seven minutes of the half, after three substitutions, scoring 1-3 without reply with Seanie Buckley beating Brendan Kealy at his near post for a 28th minute goal and then Ger Collins adding two points, the final point could well have been a goal, after Kealy was dispossessed as Kerry led 1-11 to 1-4.

The second half was nothing more than a training spin for Kerry as Cooper, Donaghy and Declan O’Sullivan continued to score points at will as they stretched 1-18 to 1-6 clear by the 52nd minute. Limerick never gave up and grabbed goals in the 53rd minute from Ger Collins and in the 67th minute from Seamus O’Carroll, but it was a no contest as Kerry did as they pleased with Paul Galvin playing a nice cameo role off the bench. Limerick clearly missed their injured duo of John Galvin and Stephen Lucey while Kerry’s concession of three goals will be Jack O’Connor’s only concern as Kerry prepare for a probable Munster Final meeting in Killarney with All-Ireland Champions Cork in four weeks time.

Man of the Match; Declan O’Sullivan ( Kerry)

Scorers:

Kerry

C Cooper 0-7 ( 0-1 free) , Darran O’Sullivan 1-3 Declan O’Sullivan 0-4, B Sheehan 0-2(0-1 ’45), K Donaghy and K O’Leary 0-2 each , K Young, P Galvin, B J Keane , E Brosnan, D Bohan D Geaney 0-1 each Limerick G Collins 1-4 (0-1 free), S Buckley and S O’Carroll 1-0, S Kelly 0-1 free J O’Donovan J McCarthy, S Gallagher, M Sheehan 0-1 each

Teams

Kerry

B Kealy, S Enright, M O’Se, T O’Sullivan, A O’Mahony, E Brosnan, K Young, B Sheehan, A Maher, Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh, C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary

Subs: P Galvin for Darran O’Sullivan (50), B J Keane for D Walsh (58), M Quirke for B Sheehan (58), D Bohan for A O’Mahony (58), D Geaney for K O’Leary (60)

Limerick

B Scanlon, S Lavin, S Gallagher, M O’Riordan, P Ranahan, J McCarthy, B Fitzpatrick, T Lee, J O’Donovan, S Buckley, J Kelly, S Kelly, G Collins, J Cooke, I Ryan

Subs: E Joy for J O’Donovan (28), M Sheehan for E Joy inj (30), E O’Connor for J Kelly (32), J O’Riordan for B Fitzpatrick (45), S O’Carroll for S Kelly (60)

Referee R Hickey (Clare)

 

Munster SFC: Kerry outclass Limerick

From the Hogan Stand newspaper

Kerry had too much firepower for Limerick in this provincial semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds (1-26 to 3-9). The match was a lot more one-sided than the final scoreline suggests, with late Limerick goals in each half putting some respectability onto the scoreboard. Colm Cooper scored seven points for Jack O’Connor’s men (six from play), and Darran O’Sullivan struck 1-3, with the goal coming in the twelfth minute and setting the tone for a long evening for the hosts.

Kerry – who had twelve different scorers as well as an outstanding defensive display from Tom O’Sullivan – bossed the opening period, with Kieran Donaghy, Bryan Sheehan, Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan and Cooper pulling the strings. Jim O’Donovan had put the losers into an early lead but Donaghy levelled and Kerry points flowed from Cooper (four), the O’Sullivans (two each) and Sheehan (two).

The hosts made three substitutions before closing the half out with a run of 1-3, including two points from Ger Collins and a 28th-minute Seanie Buckley major. It was 1-11 to 1-4 at the break and the visitors reeled off seven of the next nine points to assume a 1-18 to 1-6 advantage by the end of the third quarter. Under-strength Limerick kept battling to the bitter end and they were rewarded with goals from Collins (53) and substitute Seamus O’Carroll (67) but this one went very much with form and Kerry are into another Munster final in four weeks’ time.

Kerry: B Kealy; S Enright, M O’Se, T O’Sullivan; A O’Mahony, E Brosnan (0-1), K Young (0-1); B Sheehan (0-2), A Maher; Darran O’Sullivan (1-3), Declan O’Sullivan (0-4), D Walsh; C Cooper (0-7), K Donaghy (0-2), K O’Leary (0-2). Subs: P Galvin (0-1) for Darran O’Sullivan (50), B J Keane (0-1) for D Walsh (58), M Quirke for B Sheehan (58), D Bohan (0-1) for A O’Mahony (58), D Geaney (0-1) for K O’Leary (60).

Limerick: B Scanlon; S Lavin, S Gallagher (0-1), M O’Riordan; P Ranahan, J McCarthy (0-1), B Fitzpatrick; T Lee, J O’Donovan (0-1); S Buckley (1-0), J Kelly, S Kelly (0-1); G Collins (1-4), J Cooke, I Ryan. Subs: E Joy for J O’Donovan (28), M Sheehan (0-1) for E Joy (30), E O’Connor for J Kelly (32), J O’Riordan for B Fitzpatrick (45), S O’Carroll (1-0) for S Kelly (60).

Click to listen to GAA Football podcast with Niall Cahalane (Cork), Eamon Fitzmaurice (Kerry) and Trevor Giles
(Courtesy of the Irish Examiner)

Next Round – the winners play Cork or Waterford in the Munster Final on Sunday July 3rd at 2:00pm.

Admission Prices
Adult Covered Stand (Mackey Stand) – €20 (Tickets can be pre-purchased in advance through Clubs or on http://www.munster.gaa.ie)  (Note – patrons can travel INTERNALLLY from the Mackey Stand to the Uncovered stand if they so wish on the night. Entry to stands will be via the Mackey stand only.)
Adult Terrace (Clare End) – €10
Family tickets for the Covered Stand at €20 for adults and €5 for Under 16s (Tickets can be pre-purchased in advance through Clubs or on http://www.munster.gaa.ie)
Under 16s will admitted free to the terrace
Student/OAP – Concession on specific s styles on the day (on production of I.D.)

Munster GAA would like to confirm that student discounts apply to all students who present valid ID cards. In relation to Second Level students we are aware that schools don’t produce cards but they can get Student travel Cards from USIT offices or from www.studenttravelcard.ie. Alternately, Secondary students can get an ISSU scholar card from www.studentcard.ie or International student ID card from www.isic.org. Unfortunately the scheme has been much abused in the past and we were forced to seek ID cards from all patrons attempting to avail of the discount. This is in keeping with other bodies such as Irish Rail and Bus Eireann.

Team News

The Kerry team to play Limerick on Saturday at 6.45pm in The Gaelic Grounds Limerick is as follows: 1. Brendan Kealy, (Kilcummin) 2.Shane Enright (Tarbert) 3 Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) . 4 Tom O’Sullivan (Rathmore) 5. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore) 6. Eoin Brosnan (Dr. Crokes) 7. Killian Young (Renard) 8. Anthony Maher (Duagh) 9.Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s ) 10. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) 11. Declan O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) 12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane), 13. Colm Cooper (Dr. Crokes) Captain 14 Kieran Donaghy(Austin Stacks) 15.Kieran O’Leary (Dr. Crokes)

Subs: Tomás Mac a t’Saoir (An Ghaeltacht) Paul Galvin (Finuge) Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks) Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) Michéal Quirke (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) Padraig Reidy (Scartaglin) David Geaney (Daingean Uí Chúis) Adrian O’Connell (St Michaels Foilmore) Niall O’Mahony (Spa) Peter Crowley Laune Rangers Daithí Casey (Dr. Crokes) Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmetts) Johnny Buckley (Dr. Crokes)

Seamus Scanlon is unavailable for selection as he is undergoing a minor medical procedure.

LIMERICK v Kerry in the Munster SFC quarter-final at the Gaelic Grounds, Saturday at 6.45pm: B Scanlon; S Lavin, S Gallagher, M O’Riordan; P Ranahan, J McCarthy, B Fitzpatrick (captain); T Lee; J O’Donovan; S Buckley, J Kelly, S Kelly; G Collins, J Cooke, I Ryan.

Traffic Management Plan

Limerick v Kerry Junior & Senior Football Championship Match(s)

Saturday 4th.June,2011 Gaelic Grounds, Ennis Road, Limerick

Throw In 4:45pm & 6.45pm

Major Event Pulse ID 32365

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Introduction

The following is the Traffic Management Plan to cater for the above event which is deemed a “Category B” Event as follows:

Sarsfield Bridge, Shannon Bridge, Thomond Bridge and New Limerick Tunnel will be open to 2 way Traffic at all times Traffic travelling inbound on the M7 or from other routes should follow the N18 Galway Route and use Exit 3 (Clonmacken Exit ) – similarly traffic inbound on N18 should use Exit 4 Caherdavin Exit. Delays can expected on all routes owing to extra volumes.

Road Closures will not apply or be put in place for this event.

No general parking spaces are available immediately outside or within the grounds and vehicle access to the grounds (this includes access for vehicles with special needs) is limited by Pass (Only) issued by Stadium Management.

Parking restrictions will be put in place at/near the Stadium and Vehicles found in breach will be impounded. Penalty €125.00 p-ayment before release. The same applies to vehicles parked in bus lanes/ cycle lanes Prosecutions in Court may arise also.

The Garda advice to all patrons attending this event on 4th.June, 2011 is to use bus/mini bus, private hire or share transport to this event. Arrive early and avail of street/multi- storey parking in the city centre area. Patrons can either walk out to the Stadium – 15/20 minute walk or avail of the Public Bus or any Taxi/PSV vehicle service. Patrons heeding of this advice are likely to avoid delays in travelling home after event.

Reduce the risk of theft or interference with property and do not leave any bags/mobile phones or other valuables in vehicles

Remember!!!

Do not park illegally – your actions may have consequences for Emergency Vehicle Access or damage local amenities

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Kerry Limerick
2011 Team Management Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada – Manager),
Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys – Physical coach), Donie Buckley (Castleisland Desmonds – Coach),
Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks – Selector), Diarmuid Murphy (Daingean Uí Chúis – Selector)
Maurice Horan
(Na Piarsaigh – Manager), 

Ephie Fitzgerald (Coach/Selector)

Joe Lee
(Newcastlewest – Selector)

2011 Team Captain Colm Cooper
(Dr. Crokes)
Barry Fitzpatrick
(Monaleen)
2010 Championship Performance Won the Munster Final with victories over Tipperary, Cork (after a replay) and Limerick. Lost to Down in the All-Ireland Senior Football Quarter-Final. Qualified for the Munster Final with a 1-17 to 1-8 victory over Waterford. Lost to Kerry by 1-17 to 1-14 in the Munster Final. Lost to Cork by 0-16 to 1-11 after extra time in the All-Ireland Qualifiers
Number of Munster Senior Football titles 73 1
Last Munster Senior Football Title 2010 1896
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 30
Won – 21
Lost – 4
Drawn – 5
Played – 21
Won – 9
Lost – 11
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship July 4th 2010 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney – Kerry 1-17 Limerick 1-14 (Munster Final) – Limerick led by 3 points at the interval before Kerry scored 1-7 without reply to take the lead. Limerick came back to level but 3 late Kerry points saw them secure their 73rd Munster crown.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2011

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday May 22nd

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney    Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11

@ Pairc Uí Chaoimh                       Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11


Semi-Finals
Saturday June 4th (Replay date – June 11th)

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick v Kerry 6:45pm

Sunday June 5th (Replay date – June 11th)

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                       Waterford v Cork 3:30pm

 

Final

Sunday July 3rd (Replay date – July 9th)

2:00pm throw-in

2011 Munster Senior Football Championship Matches played to date

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11 – May 22nd @ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Quarter-Final)

Kerry: B Kealy; K Young, M Ó Sé, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; S Scanlon, B Sheehan; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary.
Subs: M Quirke for S Scanlon (26 – blood); P Galvin for K O’Leary (53); BJ Keane for Darran O’Sullivan (60); D Bohan for A O’Mahony (63); S Enright for T O’Sullivan (63); A O’Connell for E Brosnan (69)

Tipperary: M O’Donnell; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; C Dillon, L Egan, C Aylward; G Hannigan, B Jones; B Fox, P Austen, H Coghlan; C Sweeney, S Grogan, B Grogan.
Subs: B Mulvihill for S Grogan (43); P Acheson for C Sweeney (56); J Cagney for B Jones (66); S Hahessy for P Austin (70);

Referee: Maurice Condon (Waterford)

Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11 – May 22nd @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final)

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, J O’Sullivan; G Canty, N O’Leary, D O’Sullivan; A O’Connor, A Walsh; C Sheehan, P Kelly, P O’Neill; D Goulding, D O’Connor, D Goold.
Subs used: P Kerrigan for Goold (47 mins), P Kissane for Shields, F Lynch for Kelly (both 62), N Murphy for Walsh (65), J Miskella for O’Sullivan (66)

Clare: Joe Hayes; K Hartnett, B Duggan, L Healy; John Hayes, G Kelly, M McMahon; N Browne, G Brennan; G Kelly, D Tubridy, C O’Connor; A Clohessy, D O’Neill, R Donnelly
Subs used: S Brennan for O’Connor, S McNeiles for John Hayes (both half-time), J Dowling for O’Neill (70 mins).

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)


2011 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Football Championship

Daniel Goulding (Cork) – 0-8 (0-6 frees)
Donnacha O’Connor (Cork) – 1-4 (0-2 frees)

Bryan Sheehan (Kerry) – 2-1 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free)
Colm Cooper (Kerry) – 0-5 (0-2 frees)

Rory Donnelly (Clare) – 0-5
Ciaran Sheehan (Cork) – 0-4

Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 0-3

Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 0-3

Barry Grogan (Tipperary) – 0-3 (0-2 frees)
David Tubridy (Clare) – 0-3 (0-1 free)
Conor Sweeney (Tipperary) 0-2 (0-1 free)
Philip Austin (Tipperary) – 0-2
Gary Brennan (Clare) – 0-2

Michael Shields (Cork), Alan O’Connor (Cork), Aidan Walsh (Cork), Pearse O’Neill (Cork), Paul Kerrigan (Cork), John Miskella (Cork), Kieran O’Leary (Kerry), Eoin Brosnan (Kerry), Aidan O’Mahony (Kerry), Donnacha Walsh (Kerry), Brian Fox (Tipperary), George Hannigan (Tipperary), Brian Mulvihill (Tipperary), Peter Acheson (Tipperary), Alan Clohessy (Clare)  – 0-1 each

FOOTBALL – Odds and Ends

Allianz Football League Division 1 champions Cork proved that points win games, not goals. The Rebels scored just 6 goals in 8 matches in the League (compared to 18 goals for League runners-up Dublin). However, a contribution of 131 points (average of 16+ per game) proved sufficient to retain their League title.

Kerry conceded just 5 goals in Allianz Football League Division 1 action (Dublin 3, Armagh and Down 1 each).

There has been a 33% increase in the number of scores in each of the last 3 Munster Senior Football Championships – 2008 (21 scores per game), 2009 (24 scores per game), 2010 (28 scores per game).

Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford have played a combined 17 competitive away matches in 2011 and won 3. Clare, Tipperary and Waterford have away games in their first Munster Championship matches.

Kerry’s only competitive defeats of 2011 to date have come against Allianz Football League Division 1 finalists Cork and Dublin – losing by 1 point on both occasions.

Clare joined Dublin as the only counties in the Allianz Football League to score 10 goals more than they conceded during the League rounds. Clare scored 13 goals (5 each against London and Kilkenny) and conceded 3.

Since 2000, Limerick have won 2 home games in the Munster Senior Football Championship – against Waterford in 2004 (1-18 to 0-7) and against Clare in 2006 (2-5 to 0-8).

Cork’s Daniel Goulding was the 3rd top scorer in the 2010 Provincial and All-Ireland Senior Football Championships, scoring 1-43 to lie behind John Doyle (Kildare) and Bernard Brogan (Dublin) in the top scorer charts.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (73) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010

Cork (36) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009

Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935

Clare (2) – 1917, 1992

Waterford (1) – 1898

Limerick (1) – 1896

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sf_teams/

Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 36, 14 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.

Bord Gais Energy Munster U21H – Tipp 4-12 Waterford 1-16

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 4-12 to 1-16 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Match Report

Deise fume at red card as O’Neill seals Tipp’s place in semi-finals

Tipperary 4-12 Waterford 1-16

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

REFEREE Diarmuid Kirwan was given a hostile reception by angry Waterford supporters following last night’s quarter-final defeat against All-Ireland champions Tipperary. Kirwan enraged Tipp fans with his performance in the 2009 senior final against Kilkenny, but he drew the ire of Waterford at Semple Stadium by sending off substitute Owen Whelan, who had been on the pitch less than 10 minutes before he was dismissed for two bookable offences. Within a minute of coming on at half-time, Whelan received his first yellow card but the second award was harsh and left the Deise with an almost impossible task. But Waterford, who trailed by 10 points in the first half and by eight with 13 minutes of normal time remaining, had the gap down to just two deep in stoppage-time as Brian O’Sullivan, who scored 1-4, found the net.

In a frantic finish, visiting fans were soon appealing in vain for a foul on Maurice Shanahan 25 metres out, but Kirwan waved away their claims. And Tipp finally killed the game off in the fifth minute of stoppage-time when John O’Neill scored his second goal of the game in front of 4,392 spectators on a glorious evening for hurling. The end result saw Tipperary avenge their 10-point defeat at Fraher Field in this competition two years ago.

The game started in fiery fashion as off-the-ball scuffles broke out around the pitch before throw-in and Tipp, lining out with seven of the team that started against Galway in last September’s final, got off to a great start when senior star and team captain Noel McGrath buried a fourth-minute penalty. Tipp led from there until the finish — at half-time, the winners were ahead by 2-9 to 0-7 — to set up a semi-final meeting with Cork on July 20. Their second goal, from Sean Curran in the 13th minute, was tapped home from close range following good work by O’Neill.

Scorers — Tipperary: J O’Neill 2-2, N McGrath 1-1 (1-0 pen), S Curran 1-0, A Ryan 0-3, J O’Dwyer 0-2 (1f), B Stapleton, P Murphy, B O’Meara, M Sheedy 0-1 each. Waterford: B O’Sullivan 1-4, Pauric Mahony 0-6f, M Shanahan 0-4, J Dillon, O Connors 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY — P Ryan; C Haugh, K O’Gorman, S Maher; B Stapleton, J Barry, P Heffernan; N McGrath, J Gallagher; S Curran, P Murphy, A Ryan; J O’Neill, B O’Meara, J O’Dwyer. Subs: S O’Brien for Barry (inj, h-t), A McCormack for Ryan (39), M Sheedy for Curran (56).

WATERFORD — S O’Keeffe; J Barron, D Fives, N Connors; P Prendergast, Philip Mahony, S Daniels; S Roche, A Brophy; E Murphy, Pauric Mahony, M O’Neill; B O’Sullivan, M Shanahan, J Dillon. Subs: O Whelan for O’Neill (h-t), O Connors for Brophy (47), E Madigan for Murphy (inj 56).

REF — D Kirwan (Cork)

Next Round – the winners play Cork on July 20th at 7:30pm in Semple Stadium Thurles in the Munster Semi-Final.

Team News

The Tipperary Under 21 hurling team to play Waterford in the Munster under 21 hurling championship on Wednesday night at Semple Stadium will be captained from midfield by senior star, Noel McGrath, and also features senior panellists Paddy Murphy, Brian O’Meara and John O’Neill in the forwards. The team includes 7 of the team which started last year’s All Ireland final against Galway. The team is:

1.         Paul Ryan (Upperchurch Drombane)

2.         Ciarán Hough (Lorrha and Dorrha)

3.         Kevin O’Gorman (Thurles Sarsfields)

4.         Stephen Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

5.         Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

6.         James Barry (Upperchurch Drombane)

7.         Padraig Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore)

8.         Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney) Captain

9.         Joe Gallagher (Kildangan)

10.       Sean Curran (Mullinahone)

11.       Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg)

12.       Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

13.       John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

14.       Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

15.       John O’Neill (Clonoulty Rossmore)

The Waterford Under 21 Hurling team to play Tipperary is as follows –

1 Stephen O’Keeffe

Ballygunner

2 Jamie Barron

Fourmilewater

3 Noel Connors

Passage

4 Paidi Prendergast

Lismore

5 Philip Mahony (Capt)

Ballygunner

6 Darragh Fives

Tourin

7 Stephen Daniels

De La Salle

8 Stephen Roche

Mount Sion

9 Martin O Neill

Mount Sion

10 Eamonn Murphy

Dunhill

11 Adam Brophy

St. Saviours

12 Padraic Mahony

Ballygunner

13 Brian O Sullivan

Ballygunner

14 Eoin Madigan

De La Salle

15 Jake Dillon

De La Salle

For the Record

Tipperary Waterford
2011 Team Management Ken Hogan
(Lorrha-Dorrha – Manager),
William Maher
(Ballingarry – Selector),
TJ Connolly
(Cashel King Cormacs – Selector)
Fergal Hartley (Manager); Tom Feeney (Selector), Derek McGrath (Selector)
Mentors: Michael Murphy, Paudie Prendergast, Maurice Tobin, Stephen Brenner 

Coach: Jason Moran.
Physio: Mike Murray
Team Doctor: Dr Mark Rowe. First Aid: Fr Tom Rogers

2011 Team Captain Noel McGrath
(Loughmore-Castleiney)
Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
2010 Championship Performance Won the Munster and All-Ireland Finals Lost to Cork in the Quarter-Final by 1-16 to 1-13 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling titles 20 3
Last Munster Under 21 Hurling  Title 2010 1994
Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship Record since 2000 Played – 23
Won – 15
Lost – 6
Drawn – 2
Played – 16
Won – 5
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship July 15th 2009 at Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Semi-Final) – Waterford 3-21 Tipperary 2-14 – 2 goals by Thomas Ryan and 13 points from Maurice Shanahan helped Waterford to a comprehensive victory over Tipperary.

MUNSTER GAA HURLING UNDER 21 CHAMPIONSHIP 2011

Quarter-Final

Wednesday June 1st

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary v Waterford 7:30pm

 

Semi-Finals

Wednesday July 20th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Cork v Tipperary 7:30pm

@ Walsh Park Waterford                Cork v Waterford 7:30pm

Thursday July 21st

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Clare v Limerick 7:30pm

Final
Wednesday August 3rd


Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (20) – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

Cork (18) – 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007

Limerick (5) – 1986, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2002

Waterford (3) – 1974, 1992, 1994

Clare (1) – 2009

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in1964 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/u21h_teams/

Munster Under 21 Hurling Cup

Corn na Cásca presented by the Munster Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.

All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship

In the Under 21 Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts along with Kilkenny with 11 titles. Tipperary are joint-third with 9 titles, tied with Galway. Limerick have won 4 All-Ireland titles in this grade while Waterford and Clare have 1 title each.

Odds and Ends

Waterford had 10 points to spare over Tipperary in the 2009 Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final at Fraher Field Dungarvan. 14 months later, 8 of the Tipperary team played in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling defeat over Kilkenny – Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill, Brendan Maher, Seamus Hennessy, Gearoid Ryan, Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan and Patrick Maher. 7 other Tipperary hurlers who played that night are members of the 2011 Tipperary Senior Hurling panel – namely Pa Bourke, John O’Neill, Shane Bourke, John O’Keeffe, Sean Carey, Michael Heffernan and John Coghlan. By contrast, Noel Connors was the only Waterford player to start for Waterford in the 2010 Munster Final and Replay while Maurice Shanahan and Shane Casey made brief substitute appearances.

Shane O’Neill captained Cork to Munster Under 21 Hurling success, their last title at this grade. Shane is the Cork Senior Hurling captain for 2011. The Cork team included Eoin Cadogan, Pat Cronin, Cathal Naughton and Pat Horgan.

Waterford’s last Munster Under 21 Hurling title came in 1994 with James O’Connor as Captain. Tony Browne lined out at centre-back while Paul Flynn was corner-forward.

Tipperary have played in 28 finals, winning 20. Cork have contested 27 finals, being successful 18 times. Waterford have qualified for just 6 of the 47 finals played to date, winning 3. Limerick’s records is Played 16, Won 5, Lost 11. Finally, Clare lost 11 finals before winning their first in 2009 before going on to lose the 2010 final to Tipperary.

2011 Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship Launched

First ever Gaelic Games Player Cam to feature as part of campaign

The 2011 Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Championship was launched at Croke Park today, ahead of the Championship opener in Munster between Waterford and Tipperary on June 1st. At the launch, sponsors Bord Gáis Energy announced that this year, with broadcast partners TG4, the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Championship will feature the first ever player cam to be used in Gaelic Games television coverage.

The Bord Gáis Energy team of ambassadors was also announced and this year includes Darach Honan (Clare), Noel McGrath (Tipperary), William Egan (Cork), David Burke (Galway), Dublin captain Liam Rushe, Noel Connors (Waterford) and Conor Fogarty of Kilkenny.

In addition, former Waterford hurler Ken McGrath joins Bord Gáis Energy Sports Sponsorship Manager and Cork legend, Ger Cunningham, RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey, Micheál O Domhnaill of TG4 and U-21 All-Ireland winner Joe Canning on the Breaking Through Player of the Year judging panel.

Speaking at the launch Criostóir Ó Cuana, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, said, “In the coming weeks and months the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Championship will come into sharp focus providing us with eagerly anticipated top level hurling and a glimpse of some of the most promising young hurlers in the game.

“Long summer days, big midweek games and high scoring epics have all become hallmarks of this championship and the memorable campaigns of recent seasons underline the importance of this competition to all counties who harbour ambitions of capturing the top honours.

“That this championship is played in tandem with the senior competition adds further to the allure of it as we chart the progress of those senior players who are still eligible to play at this grade.

“We look forward to working with Bord Gáis Energy in the coming months knowing they are as excited and passionate about the competition as we are and I am sure they will bring the same energy and innovation to the promotion of the games as they have in recent seasons.”

Ger Cunningham, sports sponsorship manager at Bord Gáis Energy said, “It’s hard to believe that this is the third full year of our sponsorship of the U-21 Hurling Championship. Once again, in planning the campaign we have been intent on pushing new and innovative initiatives and we are delighted to announce that this year’s Championship will bring the first ever player cam to Gaelic Games television coverage. I’d like to thank TG4 for their help in allowing us to make this possible.

“I am also very happy that this year, following discussions with the GAA at provincial level, the fixture schedule has been adjusted to ensure that there are no major fixture clashes. It means that the Munster semi final between Waterford or Tipperary and Cork will be broadcast live on TG4, which is fantastic for the players involved and for the promotion of the game of hurling.

“The past two years have seen some hugely memorable matches at this level, with Clare’s historic victory in 2009 and Tipperary’s completion of the senior and U-21 double last year. I’m looking forward to more of the same this year and hopefully we have another fantastic season of hurling ahead.”

The Bord Gáis Energy player cam will be featured as part of TG4’s live broadcasts of the Munster and Leinster provincial finals, All-Ireland semi finals and the All-Ireland Final and fans will be able to follow the player cam for the whole match online at TG4.tv once the All-Ireland series kicks in.

The 2011 Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Championship will continue to build its cutting edge presence online through website breakingthrough.ie which will be host to a number of new features, like celebrity Q&A’s and competitions. It will feature an exclusive blog from Joe Canning and other guest bloggers, such as players and experts, will also contribute. Fans can continue to keep track of everything U-21 hurling through the Facebook and Twitter accounts, including @LiveU21Hurling which will feed live commentary of matches during the course of the summer.

Bord Gáis Energy’s match day activity will also play a central part in this year’s campaign with the now famous crossbar challenge providing half time entertainment, in addition to local radio broadcasts and other promotional activity around the grounds.

Munster GAA SFC Semi-Final – Cork 5-17 Waterford 2-8

Cork defeated Waterford by 5-17 to 2-8 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Clinical Cork limber up for Killarney

Cork 5-17 Waterford 2-8

By Fintan O’Toole, Páirc Ui Chaoimh for the Irish Examiner newspaper

THEY spent yesterday afternoon in Páirc Uí Chaoimh but Cork’s footballers had subconsciously drifted to another stadium long before the finish of yesterday’s Munster SFC semi-final stroll against Waterford. When Daniel Goulding prodded the ball to the net in the ninth minute to catapult Cork into a nine-point lead, thoughts among players and the talk amongst supporters began to revolve around Fitzgerald Stadium. The Killarney showdown that looked inevitable after the Munster GAA chiefs spun the draw drum last October was always going to come to pass. Cork’s blistering start yesterday against a beleaguered Waterford side meant their path to a provincial decider on July 3 was assured. Similar to the manner in which Kerry dispatched Limerick on Saturday night, Cork never allowed any sense of anxiety to creep into yesterday’s game.

This was routine business. They pounded the Déise defence from the off and the subsequent deluge of scores enabled them to cruise to an 18-point victory. Waterford may have been plying their trade in Division 3 of the league this spring as opposed to the basement level they have inhabited over the last decade, but that did little to bridge the yawning chasm that existed between the power, skill and pace of Cork and the Déise. Thomas O’Gorman once more embellished his reputation as a tight-marking defender, captain Tony Grey kept foraging throughout at half-back while Gary Hurney showed flashes of his ability when serviced in attack. But that was never going to be enough. This was a lopsided affair from the early stages as a result of Cork’s ruthlessness and dominance.

What did Conor Counihan learn from this encounter? A moot point, much like the post-match dissection of the runaway quarter-final win over Clare a fortnight ago. The fact they have not had a gut-check to date in Championship 2011 does raise its own issues, ones the management are more than aware of. Of course, Kerry will certainly provide a rigorous test, but there is much to admire in the fashion that Cork have been pulverising their opponents of late. The clinical edge they displayed in front of goal yesterday will please Counihan.

After the Clare game, he spoke ruefully of the chances to raise green flags Cork had spurned. They atoned in style as five balls whizzed past Waterford netminder Kieran Cotter. Considering they’d struck four goals in the eight games en route to glory last September, Cork improved their strike rate immeasurably. The opening goal in the fourth minute may have had a touch of fortune about it when John Miskella’s long hoof forward deceived Cotter and looped into the net but thereafter they carved open the Waterford defence with sparkling play and crowned moves with splendid finishes.

Goulding displayed his poacher instincts with two strikes, one in each period, and indeed was foiled twice for the hat-trick early in the second half, first by a fine save by Cotter and then a timely block by Kieran Connery. Paul Kerrigan walloped home a stinging drive in the 18th minute that pushed Cork into a 14-point lead even at that early juncture while the fifth goal was the pick of the bunch, a bullet into the top corner by Fintan Goold in the 43rd minute. Despite their visible supremacy, the desire amongst the Cork players to maintain a high tempo throughout was noticeable. In that respect the performances of Kerrigan, Goold and Miskella were encouraging. That trio were all forced off through injuries in the opening half of the league final with Dublin in April and those ailments impeded their football thereafter. But with full fitness regained, Kerrigan and Miskella were both hungry for possession from the off.

Miskella’s attacking raids, yielding 1-2, were redolent of the free-scoring form he displayed in 2009, while Kerrigan charged incessantly through the Waterford defence. When introduced in the second half, Goold demanded possession and was at the heart of Cork’s drive until the finish. In a generally high-tempo performance by Cork, there were a couple of black marks. Their concentration wavered in a 15-minute spell before the interval as they attempted too many audacious passes and some sloppy play allowed Waterford to string together a few points. Conceding two goals will not sit well either with a defence that prides itself on being miserly.

The first was a Gary Hurney penalty on the stroke of half-time after he was fouled by Eoin Cadogan and left Waterford 3-8 to 1-6 adrift as they headed for the dressing rooms. The second saw Brian Wall pump in a free in the 60th minute with Alan Quirke misjudging the flight of the ball and it fell into the net. But that’s nit-picking. The issues that will vex Counihan now is settling on the starting 15 that’s best equipped to claim the scalp of Jack O’Connor and Co. Six alterations were made to the line-up yesterday, none of them appreciably weakening Cork’s hand.

Then amongst the substitutes that were thrust into action, Fintan Goold put his hand up for selection, his younger brother David picked off two tidy points and Denis O’Sullivan looked like a man intent on building on his impressive campaign so far. Ray Carey, Jamie O’Sullivan, Pearse O’Neill and Noel O’Leary were never asked to unzip their tracksuit tops. Four weeks to go and there’s plenty to consider.

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding 2-2, P Kerrigan 1-3, J Miskella 1-2, F Goold 1-0, F Lynch, D Goold 0-2 each, D O’Connor (0-1f), P Kelly, C Sheehan, A Walsh, G Spillane, E Cotter 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: G Hurney (1-0 pen), B Wall (1-0f) 1-1 each, S Fleming 0-2 (0-1f), S Briggs, B Phelan, T Prendergast, R Ahearne 0-1 each.

Subs for Cork: N Murphy for Walsh (39), F Goold for Sheehan (39), G Spillane for Miskella (45), D Goold for Goulding (55), D O’Sullivan for Shields (55).

Subs for Waterford: R Ahearne for Hennessy (33), T Connors for P Hurney (45), C Phelan for Connery (50), K Power for Phelan (53), J Hurney for Walsh (57).

Referee: Pat Fox (Westmeath)

 

Clinical Cork earn high praise from Counihan

Cork 5-17 Waterford 2-8

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Independent newspaper

An impressive start from All-Ireland champions Cork set the tone as Conor Counihan’s team easily advanced past Waterford in the semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. While Cork were rarely stretched by the visitors, the Rebels still produced an excellent performance, dealing well with the task at hand and showing little signs of complacency. And Cork manager Counihan was pleased with their fine start. “We got a good start and it was always going to be difficult for Waterford then,” he said. “We played some of our best football for a long time in the first 20 minutes, the goals probably knocked them back a bit. “It was two teams, one playing quite well and the other not playing as well as they can — though they had a period before half-time when they got a goal and a few points.” He added: “You always want to be the best you can be, but at times we made basic errors, which we’ll have to work on, but all in all you can’t be too critical.”

It has been one of the criticisms levelled at this Cork team — that they do not score enough goals and fail to kill off teams — but here they attempted to do so early on, having registered 3-7 in the first 19 minutes, Waterford having mustered only two points. The first of those goals carried plenty of good fortune, as centre-back John Miskella’s ball from between the ’45’ and ’65’, intended for Daniel Goulding, was misjudged by Waterford goalkeeper Kieran Cotter and the ball bounced into the net. That made it 1-1 to 0-1 with four minutes gone, but the second goal, on nine minutes, had no luck attached to it as the Rebels carved open the Waterford defence.

They possibly overdid things, Donncha O’Connor playing a sideline ball to Ciaran Sheehan and taking the return before twice exchanging passes with Patrick Kelly, who then palmed across goal towards Goulding for an easy finish. The points were flowing over as well, as Sheehan scored a beauty on 12 minutes and Goulding got another before the third goal. Kelly’s perfect pass into the path of Alan O’Connor set things in motion, the midfielder just getting his toe to the ball to send it to Goulding and his handpass allowed Paul Kerrigan to finish clinically past Cotter. But, amazingly, the Rebels would then go 14 minutes without scoring as Waterford added three points with Brian Phelan applying a top-quality strike, and while Aidan Walsh ended Cork’s drought with a fine score, Waterford still finished stronger.

Brian Wall’s effort crept just over Alan Quirke’s crossbar before Gary Hurney was pushed in the small rectangle by Eoin Cadogan, the corner-forward taking the penalty himself and sending Quirke the wrong way. Clearly Cork were given a lecture at half-time about letting Waterford back into contention. Cork’s fourth goal arrived within 18 seconds of the restart as Walsh and Donncha O’Connor combined to give Goulding a chance, which he took with relish. After that goal, the game was a procession as Cork continued to go for the jugular while Waterford were completely stifled, barely getting a sniff of a chance. Goulding was unlucky not to get his hat-trick on 41 minutes when his ground shot was blocked by Kieran Connery after he had dispossessed Cotter. But substitute Fintan Goold ensured that the Rebels scored five goals in a championship match for the first time since the 1993 All-Ireland semi-final win over Mayo, with a brilliant top-corner finish moments later.

Corner-back Eoin Cotter and substitute David Goold also got in on the scoring act, though Waterford did glean some consolation as Brian Wall’s free from 35 yards eluded Quirke and bounced in. It was mere window-dressing on the scoreline, however, and Cork’s passage to face Kerry in the final was never going to be blocked. Counihan dismissed any notions that the two finalists won’t know what level they are at following their respective facile semi-final victories. “I think the teams know themselves well now at this stage, there’s no tricks up the sleeve,” Counihan said afterwards. “Cork people always like going to Killarney and we’re looking forward to it, we know that there’s only a point or two in it at any time.”

Scorers — Cork: D Goulding 2-2, P Kerrigan 1-3, J Miskella 1-2, F Goold 1-0, F Lynch, D Goold 0-2 each, P Kelly, A Walsh, C Sheehan, E Cotter, D O’Connor (0-1f), G Spillane 0-1 each.

Waterford: B Wall (1-0f) , G Hurney (1-0 pen) 1-1 each, T Prendergast, S Fleming (0-1f) 0-2 each, S Briggs, B Phelan 0-1 each.

CORK — A Quirke 6; E Cadogan 6, E Cotter 7, M Shields 8; G Canty 7, J Miskella 9, P Kissane 6; A O’Connor 7, A Walsh 8; C Sheehan 7, P Kelly 8, F Lynch 7; D Goulding 8, D O’Connor 6, P Kerrigan 8. Subs: F Goold 8 for Sheehan, N Murphy 6 for Walsh (both 39), G Spillane 7 for Miskella (45), D Goold 7 for Goulding, D O’Sullivan 6 for Shields (both 55).

WATERFORD — K Cotter 7; M O’Gorman 6, T O’Gorman 7, K Connery 6; E Walsh 6, S Briggs 5, T Grey 6; M Ahern 5, B Phelan 6; B Wall 7, P Hurney 6, W Hennessy 5; G Hurney 6, S Fleming 6, T Prendergast 6. Subs: R Ahearne 6 for Hennessy (33), T Connors 6 for P Hurney (44), C Phelan 6 for K Connery (47), K Power 6 for B Phelan (54), J Hurney 6 for Walsh (57).

Ref — P Fox (Westmeath)

 

Munster SFC: Five-star Rebels roast Decies

Cork hit the net five times as they consigned Waterford to an 18-point drubbing at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. The defending All-Ireland champions set up a provincial final meeting with Kerry by hammering John Owens’ men by 5-17 to 2-8. The contest was over by half time as goals from John Miskella, Daniel Goulding and Paul Kerrigan had the winners ahead by 3-8 to 1-6, with Gary Hurney netting for the visitors from a late penalty.

Goulding (within 30 seconds of the restart) and substitute Fintan Goold added to the Leeside goalfest, while Brian Wall bagged the second Waterford goal from a free. Cork’s first three majors arrived inside the opening 19 minutes and the game was a patent mis-match between the Division One winners and the side that finished bottom of Division Three. Waterford enjoyed a purple patch coming up to the short whistle, with scores from Brian Phelan, Hurney, Shane Briggs and Tommy Prendergast. But the Rebels were far too strong and twelve of their players got their names on the scoresheet.

Cork: A Quirke; E Cadogan, E Cotter (0-1), M Shields; G Canty, J Miskella (1-2), P Kissane; A O’Connor, A Walsh (0-1); C Sheehan (0-1), P Kelly (0-1), F Lynch (0-2); D Goulding (2-2), D O’Connor (0-1), P Kerrigan (1-3). Subs: F Goold (1-0) for Sheehan, N Murphy for Walsh (both 39 mins), G Spillane (0-1) for Miskella (45), D Goold (0-2) for Goulding, D O’Sullivan for Shields (both 55).

Waterford: K Cotter; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, K Connery; E Walsh, S Briggs (0-1), T Grey; M Ahern, B Phelan (0-1); B Wall (1-1), P Hurney, W Hennessy; G Hurney (1-1), S Fleming (0-2), T Prendergast (0-2). Subs: R Ahearne for Hennessy (33 mins), T Connors for P Hurney (44), C Phelan for Connery (47), K Power for Phelan (54), J Hurney for Walsh (58).

Click to listen to GAA Football podcast with Niall Cahalane (Cork), Eamon Fitzmaurice (Kerry) and Trevor Giles

(Courtesy of the Irish Examiner)

Team News

The Cork Senior Football Team to play Waterford in the Munster S.F.C. Semi-Final @ Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday 5/6/11 at 3.30pm will line out as follows:

1. Alan Quirke Valley Rovers

2. Eoin Cotter Douglas

3. Michael Shields St. Finbarrs

4. Eoin Cadogan  Douglas

5. Graham Canty Bantry Blues

6. John Miskella Ballincollig

7. Paudie Kissane Clyda Rovers

8. Alan O’Connor St. Colum’s

9. Aidan Walsh  Kanturk

10. Ciarán Sheehan Eire Óg

11. Patrick Kelly Ballincollig

12. Fiachra Lynch Valley Rovers

13. Daniel Goulding Eire Óg

14. Donncha O’Connor Ballydesmond

15. Paul Kerrigan Nemo Rangers

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Cork Waterford
2011 Team Management Conor Counihan
(Aghada – Coach);
Terry O’Neill (Bantry Blues); Peadar Healy (Naomh Aban); Ger O’Sullivan (Dromtarriffe); Jim Nolan (Castlehaven)
John Owens (Manager),
Jim McGrath (Selector),
Liam Dalton (Selector),
Kenny Hassett (Selector),
Joe Hagan (Selector) 

 

2011 Team Captain Graham Canty
(Bantry Blues)
Tony Grey (Captain)
Wayne Hennessy
(Vice Captain)
2010 Championship Performance Drew with Kerry in the Munster Semi-Final before losing the replay by 1-15 to 1-14. Cork then recorded victories over Cavan, Wexford, Limerick, Roscommon and Dublin to qualify for the All-Ireland Final where they recorded a 0-16 to 0-15 victory over Down. Defeated Clare by 1-10 to 0-9 in the Munster Quarter-Final before losing to Limerick by 1-17 to 1-9 in the semi-final. Waterford subsequently lost to Offaly by 0-15 to 0-10 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers
Number of Munster Senior Football titles 36 1
Last Munster Senior Football Title 2009 1898
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 28
Won – 16
Lost – 7
Drawn – 5
Played – 13
Won – 2
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship May 24th 2009 at Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Quarter-Final) – Cork 2-18 Waterford 1-7 – goals by Paul Kerrigan and Donnacha O’Connor helped Cork to a 14 point victory over Waterford.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2011

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday May 22nd

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney    Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11

@ Pairc Uí Chaoimh                       Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11


Semi-Finals
Saturday June 4th (Replay date – June 11th)

 

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick v Kerry 6:45pm

Sunday June 5th (Replay date – June 11th)

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                       Waterford v Cork 3:30pm

 

Final

Sunday July 3rd (Replay date – July 9th)

2:00pm throw-in

2011 Munster Senior Football Championship Matches played to date

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11 – May 22nd @ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Quarter-Final)

Kerry: B Kealy; K Young, M Ó Sé, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; S Scanlon, B Sheehan; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary.
Subs: M Quirke for S Scanlon (26 – blood); P Galvin for K O’Leary (53); BJ Keane for Darran O’Sullivan (60); D Bohan for A O’Mahony (63); S Enright for T O’Sullivan (63); A O’Connell for E Brosnan (69)

Tipperary: M O’Donnell; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; C Dillon, L Egan, C Aylward; G Hannigan, B Jones; B Fox, P Austen, H Coghlan; C Sweeney, S Grogan, B Grogan.
Subs: B Mulvihill for S Grogan (43); P Acheson for C Sweeney (56); J Cagney for B Jones (66); S Hahessy for P Austin (70);

Referee: Maurice Condon (Waterford)

Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11 – May 22nd @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final)

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, J O’Sullivan; G Canty, N O’Leary, D O’Sullivan; A O’Connor, A Walsh; C Sheehan, P Kelly, P O’Neill; D Goulding, D O’Connor, D Goold.
Subs used: P Kerrigan for Goold (47 mins), P Kissane for Shields, F Lynch for Kelly (both 62), N Murphy for Walsh (65), J Miskella for O’Sullivan (66)

Clare: Joe Hayes; K Hartnett, B Duggan, L Healy; John Hayes, G Kelly, M McMahon; N Browne, G Brennan; G Kelly, D Tubridy, C O’Connor; A Clohessy, D O’Neill, R Donnelly
Subs used: S Brennan for O’Connor, S McNeiles for John Hayes (both half-time), J Dowling for O’Neill (70 mins).

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Football Championship

Daniel Goulding (Cork) – 0-8 (0-6 frees)
Donnacha O’Connor (Cork) – 1-4 (0-2 frees)

Bryan Sheehan (Kerry) – 2-1 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free)
Colm Cooper (Kerry) – 0-5 (0-2 frees)

Rory Donnelly (Clare) – 0-5
Ciaran Sheehan (Cork) – 0-4

Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 0-3

Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 0-3

Barry Grogan (Tipperary) – 0-3 (0-2 frees)
David Tubridy (Clare) – 0-3 (0-1 free)
Conor Sweeney (Tipperary) 0-2 (0-1 free)
Philip Austin (Tipperary) – 0-2
Gary Brennan (Clare) – 0-2

Michael Shields (Cork), Alan O’Connor (Cork), Aidan Walsh (Cork), Pearse O’Neill (Cork), Paul Kerrigan (Cork), John Miskella (Cork), Kieran O’Leary (Kerry), Eoin Brosnan (Kerry), Aidan O’Mahony (Kerry), Donnacha Walsh (Kerry), Brian Fox (Tipperary), George Hannigan (Tipperary), Brian Mulvihill (Tipperary), Peter Acheson (Tipperary), Alan Clohessy (Clare)  – 0-1 each

FOOTBALL – Odds and Ends

Allianz Football League Division 1 champions Cork proved that points win games, not goals. The Rebels scored just 6 goals in 8 matches in the League (compared to 18 goals for League runners-up Dublin). However, a contribution of 131 points (average of 16+ per game) proved sufficient to retain their League title.

Kerry conceded just 5 goals in Allianz Football League Division 1 action (Dublin 3, Armagh and Down 1 each).

There has been a 33% increase in the number of scores in each of the last 3 Munster Senior Football Championships – 2008 (21 scores per game), 2009 (24 scores per game), 2010 (28 scores per game).

Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford have played a combined 17 competitive away matches in 2011 and won 3. Clare, Tipperary and Waterford have away games in their first Munster Championship matches.

Kerry’s only competitive defeats of 2011 to date have come against Allianz Football League Division 1 finalists Cork and Dublin – losing by 1 point on both occasions.

Clare joined Dublin as the only counties in the Allianz Football League to score 10 goals more than they conceded during the League rounds. Clare scored 13 goals (5 each against London and Kilkenny) and conceded 3.

Since 2000, Limerick have won 2 home games in the Munster Senior Football Championship – against Waterford in 2004 (1-18 to 0-7) and against Clare in 2006 (2-5 to 0-8).

Cork’s Daniel Goulding was the 3rd top scorer in the 2010 Provincial and All-Ireland Senior Football Championships, scoring 1-43 to lie behind John Doyle (Kildare) and Bernard Brogan (Dublin) in the top scorer charts.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (73) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010

Cork (36) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009

Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935

Clare (2) – 1917, 1992

Waterford (1) – 1898

Limerick (1) – 1896

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sf_teams/

Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 36, 14 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Cork 3-16 Clare 0-10

Cork defeated Clare by 3-16 to 0-10 in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on Saturday at Clooney Quin.

Cork 3-16, (S Burns 3-4, J O’Leary 0-7(0-2f, 0-1’45), O Cotter 0-1f,B Corkery,E O’Sullivan, L Dorgan, K Mackey 0-1 each)

Clare 0-10, (C Mc Mahon 0-7(0-6f),C Morey 0-2, D Murphy 0-1)

 

 

 

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Tipperary 3-12 Dublin 0-12

Tipperary defeated Dublin by 3-12 to 0-12 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on Saturday at Naomh Mearnog.

Tipperary 3-12,(S Fryday 2-2, N Flanagan 1-1, J Horan 0-4,C Grogan 0-3(0-2f),C Hennessy, E Shanahan 0-1 each)

Dublin 0-12, (L O’Hara 0-5 (0-4f), C Burgess 0-3, A Fanning 0-2, E Mc Carthy,A Murphy 0-1 each)

 

Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Limerick 2-12 Waterford 2-9

Sparkling Shannonsiders march to Munster final

Limerick 2-12 Waterford 2-8

By Fintan O’Toole from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, June 13, 2011

LIMERICK will contest the Munster IHC final on July 13 against either Cork or Clare after beating Waterford in yesterday’s semi-final in Semple Stadium. The decision of Limerick County Board to use the intermediate side as an U25 development squad was vindicated as they produced a bright performance. Players like Niall Maher and Denis Moloney have featured for the senior side in the past and on this evidence a few more could make that jump. Full-back Brian Kelliher was a rock at the edge of the square, while midfielder Jason Hayes was full of energy. Up front Donie Reale, impressive for Limerick IT on their way to this year’s Fitzgibbon Cup final, was to the fore at corner-forward, while Seanie O’Brien’s searing pace caused constant difficulties for the Waterford half-back line. Limerick’s other corner-forward showcased his versatility. Tommy Quaid kept goal for Cork IT in the Fitzgibbon Cup this season but here he chipped in with 1-2 and alongside him Denis O’Connor picked off a healthy 1-4.

Waterford, captained by former senior defender Brian ‘Bull’ Phelan at right half-back, had an ace marksman in centre-forward Stephen Power, who ended up with 1-6. However Waterford were too reliant on the Ballygunner man for inspiration. Until Paudie Nevin found the net in the 57th minute, Power was the only Déise attacker to contribute scores although midfielder Dean Twomey notched two points. Waterford settled better in the early exchanges and with Power on fire from placed balls, held a 0-4 to 0-2 lead by the 14th minute. However, Limerick’s challenge was boosted 60 seconds later when Denis O’Connor found the net. Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe made a brilliant initial block to deny Quaid but the rebound fell kindly to O’Connor who bundled his shot to the net.

Waterford restored their lead courtesy of points by Twomey and Power yet Limerick closed the half in powerful fashion. Quaid and Reale shared three points between them to push Limerick into a 1-5 to 0-6 lead by the 25th minute. An O’Connor free and a converted 65 by Conor Allis extended Limerick’s lead to 1-7 to 0-6 by the half-time mark. Power helped bring Waterford into contention in the second half and when he smashed home a penalty in the 41st minute, they were only a point adrift. However Limerick’s response was impressive. Seanie O’Brien rifled over a pair of good points before the insurance score arrived in the 54th minute. Allis saw his shot blocked on the line by O’Keeffe but the alert Quaid stole in to scramble home a goal. That ensured Limerick led 2-12 to 1-8 and despite Nevin’s late goal, Limerick hung on for success.

Scorers for Limerick: D O’Connor 1-4 (0-2f), T Quaid 1-2, D Reale, S O’Brien 0-2, C Allis (0-1 ‘65), S Madden 0-1. Scorers for Waterford: S Power 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-6f), P Nevin 1-0, D Twomey 0-2.

LIMERICK: B Hennessy; D Moloney, B Kelliher, J Dillon; N Maher, P Begley, T O’Callaghan; J Hayes, D Hanley; C Allis, S Madden, S O’Brien; D Reale, D O’Connor, T Quaid. Subs: M Ryan for O’Connor (48), W Griffin for Quaid (57), D Ahearne for O’Brien (57).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; B Coughlan, I Flynn, M O’Brien; B Phelan, C Ryan, S Hannon; D Barrett, D Twomey; P Nevin, S Power, P Power; C O’Gorman, T Connors, A Brophy. Subs: K Cashell for O’Gorman (46), R Power for Brophy (46), H Barnes for Twomey (52).

Referee: Jer O’Connell (Cork)

Team News

Please find listed herewith Waterford Intermediate Hurling Team to play Limerick on Sunday next in Semple Stadium at 1.45 pm.

1. Stephen O’Keeffe – Ballygunner

2. Barry Coughlan – Ballygunner

3. Ian Flynn – De La Salle

4. Mark O’Brien – Tallow

5. Brian Phelan – De La Salle – Captain

6. Chris Ryan – Mt Sion

7. Seamus Hannon – Ballyduff Upper

8. Eddie Barrett – De La Salle

9. Ian Twomey – De La Salle

10. Paudie Nevin – De La Salle

11. Stephen Power – Ballygunner

12. Paul Power – Portlaw

13. Adam Brophy – St. Saviours

14. Tommy Connors – Passage

15. Chris O’Gorman – Lismore

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Limerick Waterford
2010 Championship Performance Lost to Cork by 1-24 to 3-17 after extra time in the Munster Semi-Final played at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Defeated Clare by 1-13 to 0-13 in the Munster Semi-Final before losing out to Cork in the Munster Final by 0-15 to 0-13 at Fraher Field Dungarvan.
Number of Munster Intermediate Hurling titles 3 1
Last Munster Intermediate Hurling Title 2008 2007
Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 14
Won – 3
Lost –  10
Drawn – 1
Played – 16
Won – 6
Lost –  10
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship June 14th 2009 – Waterford 5-15 Limerick 0-7 @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final) – a hat-trick of goals by Pa Kearney saw Waterford inflict a 23 point defeat on Limerick.

 

2011 Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Cork 2-16 Tipperary 2-12 – May 29th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

CORK: D McCarthy; J Carey, R Cashman, S White; T Healy, M Ellis, S Corry; B Corry, M Sexton; D Drake, M O’Sullivan, C Casey; J Wall, T Murphy, B Lawton.
Subs: B Withers for White (half-time), E Conway for O’Sullivan (60).

TIPPERARY: J Logue; A Byrnes, G Hannigan, K Maher; J Moloughney, T Stapleton, R Sherlock; J Ryan, P O’Dwyer; D Hickey, W O’Dwyer, P Austin; E Sweeney, P Ivors, R McLoughney.
Subs: B Fox for P O’Dwyer (27), D O’Brien for Austin (40), D O’Brien for W O’Dwyer (47), L Dwan for R McLoughney (50), T Dalton for Ivors (55).

Referee: Declan O’Driscoll (Limerick)

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship

Michael O’Sullivan (Cork) 1-2
Maurice Sexton (Cork) 0-5 (0-4 frees)
Philip Ivors (Tipperary) 1-2
Colm Casey (Cork) 1-1
David Drake (Cork) 0-4 (0-1 sideline)
Liam Dwan (Tipperary) 1-0
Tony Murphy (Cork) 0-2
Ray McLoughney (Tipperary) 0-2 (0-2 frees)
Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)  0-2 (0-1 free)

Jamie Wall (Cork), Brian Corry (Cork), Joey McLoughney (Tipperary), Thomas Stapleton (0-1 free), Paudie O’Dwyer (Tipperary), Darragh Hickey (Tipperary), Evan Sweeney (Tipperary), Brian Fox (Tipperary)  0-1 each.

Munster GAA HURLING Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (13) – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010

Tipperary (7) – 1961, 1963, 1966, 1971, 1972, 2000, 2002

Limerick (3) – 1968, 1998, 2008

Waterford (1) – 2007

Kerry (1) – 1970

Galway (1) – 1962

Munster GAA HURLING Intermediate Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/ih_teams/

Munster Intermediate HURLING Cup

The Sweet Afton Cup presented by Mr. Jerry Shelly of Tipperary in 1961.

All Ireland GAA HURLING Intermediate Championship

In the Intermediate Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork lead the way with 7 titles followed by Tipperary with 5. Wexford (4), Kilkenny (3), London (2) and Galway (2) are the only other counties to have won an All-Ireland title in this grade.

Useful Information

Cork hold the record for the longest streak of success in finals. They won four championships in-a-row between 2003 and 2006.

Tipperary hold the record for the longest streak of defeats in finals. They lost three championship deciders in-a-row between 2004 and 2006.

Cork have won 6 of the last 8 Munster titles in this grade, winning 15 of their last 17 matches in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship, including their 2011 first round victory over Tipperary.

Tipperary have lost 6 of the last 7 matches in this grade dating back to the 2006 Final.

Cork hold the record for the most consecutive appearances in Munster finals. They played in four-in-a-row on two separate occasions, firstly between 1967 and 1970, and most recently between 2003 and 2006.

Clare have lost two Munster finals, however, they have yet to win one. Intermediate is the only grade of hurling in which Clare have never won a provincial title.

Three counties have completed the Munster intermediate and senior double in the same year:

Cork in 1969, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006

Tipperary in 1961, 1971

Waterford in 2007

Cork is the only county to have completed the Munster minor, under-21, intermediate and senior ‘grand slam’ in the same year. This was achieved in 1969 and again in 2005.

Only one player has captained his county to Munster titles in both the intermediate and senior grades:
Pat Mulcahy captained Cork to the intermediate title in 1997 and the senior title in 2006.

 

All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Qualifier Preliminary Round – Cork 10-20 Laois 1-13

Cork demolish Laois

From the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 10-20 Laois 1-13

Cork ran riot in the second half of this All-Ireland SHC qualifier as they powered their way to an astonishing 34-point win over Laois. Pat Horgan and Paudie O’Sullivan both scored hat-tricks in this Portlaoise pulverising, Luke O’Farrell notched one and Championship debutants Bill Cooper and Jamie Coughlan (2) also found the net. Willie Hyland’s 28th-minute goal kept Laois in contention at half-time as they trailed by 3-09 to 1-08. But the Rebels, with Horgan amassing 3-10 in all, showed no mercy in the closing 35 minutes.

Denis Walsh’s men completely dominated and took chance after chance against a Laois full-back line that was left hopelessly exposed. They move on to a home game against Offaly next Saturday. Cork had some careless shooting in the opening stages, tallying up four early wides as the midlanders moved 0-04 to 0-02 ahead by the eighth minute. Hyland showed some very good touches, landing a brace of early scores as did the lively Neil Foyle. Horgan, with the benefit of the left hand post, reduced the gap to a single point before Ger Reddin set up John Brophy for Laois’ fifth. The well-placed Patrick Mullaney managed to save a goal-bound shot from O’Sullivan and Laois smuggled the ball clear through John A Delaney after two further blocks. But just moments later, Laois’ rearguard was split open for Horgan to smack home his goal and shoot the visitors ahead at 1-03 to 0-05.

Walsh’s charges pushed on with a second goal, O’Sullivan breaking onto a point attempt that held up in the breeze and rounding Mullaney in impressive fashion. Cork were suddenly taking advantage of the space afforded to them, their half-forwards, particularly Niall McCarthy, coming alive as Horgan (free) and O’Sullivan tagged on points. Hyland and centre-back Matthew Whelan, who thumped a free over from near his own 45, got Laois back in the scoring groove amid a heavy rain shower. Horgan then took his personal haul to 1-03 and O’Farrell was hooked by Conor Dunne just as a third Cork goal seemed likely. O’Farrell’s subsequent ground shot was meat and drink to Mullaney. Hyland raised Laois’ hopes immediately as the ball was cleared downfield and he rose in behind Eoin Cadogan to catch it and rasp his shot past goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack.

The small crowd was lapping up the free-flowing hurling, with Cork finding the ideal response in the form of O’Farrell’s 33rd-minute goal – credit to Horgan for his run and final pass. McCarthy added his second point of the afternoon and Horgan sent a free over into driving rain, before Brophy popped over an injury-time point from near the sideline. Cooper, dusting himself off after a heavy challenge, broke onto a pass from McCarthy to finish the first half’s scoring and restore Cork’s seven-point advantage. Apart from a busy opening minute during which Reddin and Horgan traded scores, the intensity dropped quite substantially in the second half.

The competitiveness went right out of the game. Noel Costelloe pointed to make it 3-10 to 1-10 but Cork, with a considerable breeze now behind them, were soon coasting. Horgan struck three successive points and after a purposeful run from Ben O’Connor and a lapse from the Laois defence, O’Sullivan drove home a 47th minute goal. With Laois’ overworked full-back line struggling to keep up, Horgan added another two minutes later. Points followed from McCarthy and John Gardiner, with a trademark free from distance, and Cooper’s superbly-struck goal gave Cork a 6-15 to 1-10 lead.

Coughlan, who came on as a second half substitute, rounded his man and provided a pinpoint pass for O’Sullivan to complete his hat-trick, and shortly after that Horgan get loose again to register his third goal. Cooper landed a point to move himself onto 1-02 and the one-way traffic continued with a pointed free from Horgan. Laois stopped the rot briefly courtesy of a free from Whelan and a Brophy point from play. The hosts’ defending left a lot to be desired and Cork clinically put their scores away. Newcomer Coughlan turned well to fire the ninth goal past an unfortunate Mullaney. Cork goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack produced an excellent stop to deny Hyland a goal at the other end. There was yet more misery for Hyland’s defensive colleagues when points from Horgan (0-02) and substitute Ronan Curran were followed by a final goal from Coughlan, who was set up by his Newtownshandrum club-mate Ben O’Connor.

Cork will now play Offaly in the next round on Saturday next.

Match Preview

It’s only the second Championship clash between the counties and a first since the 1915 All-Ireland final when Laois, represented by Ballygeehan, beat Cork, represented by Redmonds, on a 6-2 to 4-1 scoreline. The last major clash between the counties was in the 1984 Centenary Cup final which Cork won by 2-21 to 1-9. #

Cork go into the qualifiers off a 3-22 to 0-23 defeat by Tipperary in the Munster quarter final. Patrick Horgan scored 0-13 (0-10 frees) while Ben O’Connor and Niall McCarthy scored 0-3 each as Cork recovered to draw level in the 56th minute before losing out on the home stretch.

Laois lost the Leinster quarter-final to Antrim by 1-21 to 3-12. Laois led by 2-7 to 1-5 at half-time, but Antrim, who had a man sent off five minutes into the second half, staged a spirited recovery to run out three point winners. Willie Hyland was Laois’s top scorer on 1-4.

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