All-Ireland GAA Football Championship Qualifier Round 2 – Limerick 3-13 Offaly 0-15

SFC Qualifier: Ryan shines on Shannonside

From the Hogan Stand web site

09 July 2011

Limerick defeated Offaly by 3-12 to 0-15 in this afternoon’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier at the Gaelic Grounds. An impressive display by Ian Ryan who scored 1-7 during the match paved the way for this victory and to be fair Limerick were worthy winners as they lead for the majority of this match. Erstwhile full back Scott Brady was named at centre forward on the Offaly team. Although named at full back against Monaghan, the Clara clubman featured at centre back, but led the attack with his younger brother Ross moving in the opposite direction. Limerick manager Maurice left us all guessing as to what his starting line up would be as he had to plan without a number of key players for this second round qualifier.

In the early exchanges, Limerick dropped Stephen Lavin back into defence to help out as the home side played against a strong wind in the first half. Tom Lee started well for the Shannonsiders at midfield, but after ten minutes it was Offaly that lead by 0-02 to 0-01 when Niall McNamee put the Faithful County ahead. However, Limerick were soon in front when Ian Ryan scored a good goal after a great move involving Lavin and this was followed by Ger Collins’ second point of the afternoon as Limerick were gathering momentum. Then further disaster for Offaly as Ryan fed Seamus O’Carroll, who raced through to finish low into the net to make it 2-02 to 0-02 after 15 minutes. Limerick were totally dominant at this stage and all Offaly could only manage a wide from Niall Darby.

A brilliant save by Alan Mulhall kept Offaly in the game after Stephen Kelly blasted a shot at goal, but Ryan was on hand to take his point from the rebound and push the home side seven points in front by the 17th minute. Limerick looked set to add a third goal a few minutes later when Ryan got in on goal, but his shot skimmed the crossbar and over for a point to make it 2-04 to 0-02. Veteran Ciaran McManus responded with a pointed free for Offaly, but they needed to build on this and McManus added a 14 metre free to leave six points between the sides. Darby and McNamee kicked wides as Offaly were winning everything around the middle now. Good work by Darby resulted in Bernard Allen scoring Offaly’s third consecutive point as they set about working their way into the deficit. Nonetheless, the impressive Ryan brought his tally to 1-3 when he kicked another point to keep six points between the sides.

A free by McManus 45 metres out from goal sailed over the bar to make it 2-5 to 0-06 by the half hour stage and the Tubber clubman scored yet another free for his fourth of the afternoon, which left the same tally between the sides. Darby was winning a lot of ball around the middle and it was he that was next on score sheet as his point made it 2-05 to 0-08 at half time. Offaly had the first chance of the second half, but McNamee fired wide for Offaly’s tenth of the game. Limerick hit a wide of their own when Lavin kicked a bad wide, but Ryan got the home side off the mark with his fourth point of the afternoon straight after. McNamee responded for Offaly after he did well to win the ball and beat two Limerick defenders before slotting over the bar to leave it 2-06 to 0-09. Substitute Padraig Bracken reduced the gap to two points after he got on the end of a fine move to slot over.

Limerick moved three points clear when Ryan hit yet another free to bring his tally to 1-5 and more importantly put three points back between the sides. Kelly added a free to move four clear and make the score 2-08 to 0-10. Offaly hit back with two points, but Ryan responded yet again with a fisted point to leave three points between the sides once again. The faithful hit the next point through McManus as they continued to stay in touch. Lee, who worked tirelessly through put three between the teams for not the first time in the match. Kelly and McManus exchanged points as the clock ticked down and still Limerick held a three-point lead 2-11 to 0-14 with only a few minutes remaining. McManus hit another free to make it a two-point game, but Collins scored a goal at the other end to leave Limerick five points up (3-11 to 0-15) with time running out. Limerick kicked the last score of the game to book their place in the tomorrow evening’s draw.

Match Preview

2011 Championship

Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9; Wexford 2-16 Offaly 0-8; Offaly 1-18 Monaghan 1-10

They last met in the qualifiers (Round 2) in 2002 when Limerick won by 3-9 to 2-7 in the Gaelic Grounds. The sides met in the Allianz League (Division 3) last February when Offaly won by 2-10 to 1-12. Limerick led by two points at half-time but Offaly fought back to edge home by a single point. They did extremely well in the first round of qualifiers, easily beating Monaghan who played in Division 1 last spring. Limerick qualified for Round 4 of the qualifiers last year as runners-up in Munster and took Cork to extra-time before losing by two points.

All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 3 – Galway 2-23 Cork 1-14

Galway defeated Cork by 2-23 to 1-14 in the All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 3 match on Saturday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Galway on Saturday at 4pm in the Gaelic Grounds will line out as follows:

1. Donal Óg Cusack


2. Stephen McDonnell 3. Eoin Cadogan 4. Brian Murphy

Glen Rovers Douglas Bride Rovers

5. John Gardiner 6. Ronan Curran 7. Shane O’Neill

Na Piarsaigh St. Finbarr’s Bishopstown

8. Jerry O’Connor 9. William Egan

Newtownshandrum Kilbrin

10. Ben O’Connor 11. Cian McCarthy 12. Niall McCarthy

Newtownshandrum Sarsfields Carrigtwohill

13. Luke O’Farrell 14. Paudie O’Sullivan 15. Patrick Horgan

Midleton Cloyne Glen Rovers

Captain: Shane O’Neill


16. Martin Coleman – Ballinhassig

17. Eoin Dillon – Milford

18. Shane Murphy- Erins own

19. James Nagle – Midleton

20. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk

21. Cathal Naughton – Newtownshandrum

22. Bill Cooper – Youghal

23. Jamie Coughlan – Newtownshandrum

24. Kieran Murphy – Sarsfields

25. Conor Lehane – Midleton.

26. Michael Cussen – Sarsfields

Galway (SH v Cork): J Skehill; F Moore, S Kavanagh, D Collins; D Barry, T Óg Regan, A Cullinane; D Burke, A Smith; J Gantley, G Farragher, I Tannian; D Hayes, Canning, A Kerins.

Match Preview

2011 Championship

Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23; Cork 10-20 Laois 1-13; Cork 2-17 Offaly 2-16.

Dublin 0-19 Galway 2-7; Galway 4-25 Clare 0-20.

This will be the 32nd championship clash between the counties, stretching back to 1901 when they met for the first time in the All-Ireland Semi-final which Cork won by 7-12 to 1-3. Cork lead 26-5 from the previous 31 clashes with Galway’s five wins coming in 1975-79-85-2002-2009. Their last meeting in 2009 was also in the All-Ireland qualifiers with Galway winning by 1-19 to 0-15 in Thurles in a game where Joe Canning scored 0-10, Damien Hayes 1-3 and Joe Gantley 1-0 for the winners. Ben O’Connor was Cork’s top scorer on 0-9. Cork won on a 1-20 to 1-17 scoreline when the counties clashed in this year’s Allianz Hurling League in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Last Five Championship Clashes

2009: Galway 1-19 Cork 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

2008: Cork 0-23 Galway 2-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

2005: Cork 1-21 Galway 1-16 (All-Ireland final)

2002: Galway 0-21 Cork 1-9 (All-Ireland qualifier)

1990: Cork 5-15 Galway 2-21 (All-Ireland final)

Cork 3 Galway 2

All-Ireland GAA Football Championship Qualifier Round 2 – Waterford 1-17 London 0-13

Waterford defeated London by 1-17 to 0-13 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland GAA Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday at Ruislip.

Team News

1. Kieran Cotter Geraldines

2. Maurice O’Gorman The Nire

3. Thomas O’Gorman The Nire

4. Eamonn Walsh Ballinameela

5. Tony Grey Stradbally

6. Kieran Connery Clashmore

7. Wayne Hennessey Ardmore

8. Mick Ahearne Kill

9. Gary Hurney Ballinacourty

10. Cillian O’Keeffe Clashmore

11. Sean Fleming Clashmore

12. Paul Whyte Kilrossanty

13. Brian Wall The Nire

14. Brian Phelan Ballinameela

15. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty


Munster TG4 Ladies Intermediate Football Final – Waterford 1-18 Cork 0-14

Waterford 1-18 Cork 0-14

WATERFORD recovered from a poor start to overcome Cork and claim the Munster intermediate ladies football title at Dr Crokes on Saturday.

Despite Cork beginning brightly, moving into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead inside six minutes, once Waterford got on top they proved stronger than the Rebels’ second team.

Early on, Cork threatened to run away with things, captain Shelly Twohig only denied a goal by a wonderful save from Waterford goalkeeper Aimee Jordan, but soon after that, Waterford’s Trish Fitzgerald went close, rattling the crossbar with a fine shot and from there they powered on.

Excellent points from Aileen Wall and Michelle Ryan had them level, and then three between the 18th and 21st minutes, from Sinead Ryan, Linda Wall and Michelle Ryan made it 0-6 to 0-3.

A good Clare Keohane free ended Cork’s drought but it was only brief respite as Linda Wall, Michelle Ryan and Sinead Ryan (two) made it 0-10 to 0-4 before Sinead Ryan’s handpass in injury time put Michelle McGrath in on goal and the joint-captain produced a cool finish to leave nine points between the sides at the break.

Cork applied plenty of pressure early in the second half, but Jordan in the Waterford goal – who won player of the match – was proving unbeatable, making a number of good saves, including two super stops for Orla Finn.

Finn was the main threat in the Cork attack, with Roisin O’Sullivan and Clare Keohane also impressing, but there was always daylight between the sides as McGrath, Sinead Ryan and Linda Wall all popped up with valuable Waterford points. As the game moved into injury time there were four points between the sides by two from Sinead Ryan and one from McGrath ensured that Waterford had seven to spare by the end.

Scorers –

Waterford: S Ryan 0-7, M McGrath 1-2, L Wall, A Wall, M Ryan (0-2f) 0-3 each.

Cork: C Keohane 0-5 (0-4f), R O’Sullivan, L Cronin, O Finn 0-2 each, S Twohig, J Luddy, E Ryan 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: A Jordan; N Dunphy, G Kenneally, G Enright; M Wall, M Foley, L Ryan; E Power, M McGrath; M Liston, M Ryan, T Fitzgerald; L Wall, S Ryan, A Wall.

Subs: K Hannon for Liston (49), F Morrissey for Fitzgerald, L Hogan for Foley (both 57).

CORK: M O’Brien; S O’Reilly, N O’Keeffe, E Harrington; P Murphy, R O’Mahony, R O’Sullivan; A Hutching, J Luddy; S Twohig, E Ahern, L Cronin; O Finn, E Ryan, C Keohane

Subs: L Curtin for Murphy (25), D Downey for Ahern (half-time), K Coakley for Ryan (53).

Referee: J Mullins (Limerick)

All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 3 – Limerick 3-22 Antrim 0-12

Limerick defeated Antrim by 3-22 to 0-12 in Round 3 of the All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday at Parnell Park Dublin.

Match Preview

2011 Championship

Antrim 1-21 Laois 3-12; Wexford 3-16 Antrim 1-11; Antrim 2-25 Westmeath 1-19;

Antrim 0-23 Carlow 1-12

Waterford 3-15 Limerick 3-14; Limerick 1-22 Wexford 2-13

A place in the All-Ireland Quarter-finals will be the prize for the winners. They meet in the championship for the first time since the 2005 qualifiers when Limerick won by 4-25 to 1-9 (current Limerick selector, TJ Ryan was Limerick’s top scorer on 1-5). Prior to that, their last meeting was in 1996 when Limerick won an All-Ireland Quarter-final clash by 1-17 to 0-13. Limerick last reached the All-Ireland Quarter-finals in 2009 where they beat Dublin by four points. Antrim were in last year’s quarter-final losing to Cork by 1-25 to 0-19. This will be Antrim’s fifth game in the Liam MacCarthy Cup race while they also won the Ulster title beating Armagh in the final last Sunday. Limerick and Antrim clashed in Division 2 of the Allianz Hurling League on April 17 in Loughgiel with Limerick winning by 4-15 to 0-15 in a game where Limerick full forward, Kevin Downes, scored 3-0.

Munster TG4 Ladies Senior Football Final – Cork 2-15 Kerry 0-11

Cork 2-15 Kerry 0-12

CORK made it eight Munster senior ladies football titles in a row as they saw off the challenge of Kerry in front of a crowd in excess of 1,200 at Dr Crokes GAA Grounds in Killarney on Saturday afternoon.

Never being forced to play to their optimum, Eamonn Ryan’s side did more than enough, the lack of a real cutting edge in attack hampering Kerry.

Despite playing against the wind in the first half and suffering the loss of Mairéad Kelly for 10 minutes to a yellow card, Cork were still well on top in the first half, which featured a long hold-up due to an injury suffered by Kerry’s Breda Lane.

While Kerry went ahead through a Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh free early on, they would only add two more, failing to score from play.

With Valerie Mulcahy excellent from frees and Annie Walsh and Juliet Murphy bossing midfield, Cork soon got on top and had moved 0-3 to 0-1 ahead by the time of Lane’s injury, which necessitated her removal from the field by ambulance.

When play restarted, the Rebels augmented their advantage as Mulcahy pointed another free before Annie Walsh sent a great pass into Rhona Ní Bhuachalla’s hands and she produced a fine finish.

By half-time it was 1-7 to 0-3, and within 40 seconds Mulcahy had added another goal, rounding off a good move involving Ní Bhuachalla and Cleary.

Kerry persisted with their tactic of bringing a player deep to provide extra coverage in the middle, but this only allowed Angela Walsh and Bríd Stack at the heart of the Cork defence to sweep with ease, despite Kerry subs Sarah Houlihan and Patrice Dennehy providing a bit more impetus for them.

Wing-back Áíne Sheehan was another who shone for Cork going forward, and they continued to open up the Kerry defence, only outstanding saves from netminder Edel Murphy keeping out efforts from Amy O’Shea, Ní Bhuachalla and Nollaig Cleary.

Cleary and Mulcahy both had good scores as the end neared, Houlihan’s frees keeping Kerry in touch but even when they did get behind the Cork defence, goalkeeper Elaine Harte couldn’t be beaten, ensuring Cork retained the title.

Scorers – Cork: V Mulcahy 1-7 (0-4f), R Ní Bhuachalla 1-2, J Murphy 0-2f, A O’Shea 0-2, N Cleary, O Farmer 0-1 each.

Kerry: L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 0-5f, S Houlihan 0-3f, L Galvin 0-2, P Dennehy, L Cronin 0-1 each.

CORK: E Harte; AM Walsh, Angela Walsh, D O’Reilly; A Sheehan, B Stack, G O’Flynn; Annie Walsh, J Murphy; N Cleary, M Kelly, G Kearney; V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla, A O’Shea.

Subs: L MacMahon for Kearney (45), O Farmer for Ní BHuachalla (49), R Buckley for Annie Walsh (53), N Kelly for M Kelly (57).

KERRY: E Murphy; B Lane, A Leonard, A Lyons; C Kelly, A Desmond, G Crowley; L Cronin, B Breen; M O’Donoghue, D Corridan, L Galvin; S Corkery, L Scanlon, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

Subs: D Hallissey for Lane (11, injured), SJ Joy for Crowley (30), S Houlihan for O’Donoghue, L O’Sullivan for Desmond (both half-time), P Dennehy for Corkery (41).

Referee: M Duffy (Tipperary)

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Munster Poc Fada Final

Stevie Brenner (De La Salle, Waterford) won the 2011 Munster Puck Fada competition held at Thurles Racecourse on Saturday 9th July.

Afterwards, Brenner received the Tommy Quaid Perpetual Cup from Robert Frost, vice-chairperson of the Munster Council.

Stevie Brenner goes forward to the All – Ireland Puck Fada competition on the Cooley Mountains on Saturday 30th July.

Visit the Munster GAA Facebook page for photos of the event


1st Stevie Brenner De La Salle Waterford 24

2nd John Chawke Kildimo Limerick 25

3rd Shane Hassett Drom and Inch Tipperary 26

4th Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills Kerry 26

5th Pat Cunningham Clooney/Quinn Clare 27

6th Jason Condon Fermoy Cork 28


1st Darragh O’Callaghan Watergrasshill Cork 18

2nd Joey Knight Portroe Tipperary 20

3rd Keith Carmody Causeway Kerry 20

4th Kevin McCarthy Brickey Rangers Waterford 20

5th Conor Laffan Croom Limerick 21

6th Owen Mccarthy Newmarket on Fergus Clare 23

Poc Fada na Mumhan 2011 will take place in Thurles Racecourse on 9th July. There will be competitions for Senior and Under 16 Hurlers and Senior Camogie Players. One representative per county will participates and County winners will be decided upon in advance.

Each Provincial Council makes a very determined effort to ensure that their respective Provincial Finals are highly competitive for the individual County representatives at both Adult and Under 16 Boys level and deserve great credit for their support and co-operation.

Cumann Camogaiochta na naGael organise the Ladies Poc Fada in conjunction with the Provincial Councils .

Once again we look forward to another three competitive Finals [ Poc Fada , Under 16 Poc Fada and Camogie Poc Fada ] at Annaverna Mountain near Dundalk on Saturday , 30th. July. Should you have any queries please contact us or have a look at our Website – This is the 50th year of the Poc Fada and a special commemorative programme will be produced for the occasion.

Provincial Poc Fada Final dates

ULSTER @ Blacks Mountain , Belfast on 4th. June 2011.

CONNACHT @ Toureen , Mayo on 4th. July 2011

LEINSTER @ Curragh Army Camp on 6th. July 2011

MUNSTER @ Thurles Racecourse on 9th. July 2011.