Munster Camogie Annual Golf Classic

The Munster Camogie Council Annual Golf Classic will take place on Thursday August 18th atthe Tipperary Golf and Country Club Dundrum Co. Tipperary


(Includes Dinner)

Valuable Prizes

Prize for best Camogie Team

Enquiries to Marion Graham (087-2764856) or Eamonn Browne (087-1256025)

All-Ireland Minor A Ladies Football Final – Cork 5-15 Dublin 4-11

All-Ireland minor A ladies football final

Cork 5-15 Dublin 4-11

By Jackie Cahill in Birr….

CORK were crowned All-Ireland minor A ladies football champions in Birr this afternoon after scoring a thrilling seven-point victory over Dublin. Tara Maguire scored a hat-trick of goals for the Rebelettes, who recovered from a sluggish start to win the minor crown for the first time since 2007, and seventh in all. It was a quite brilliant game at the Offaly venue and Cork were worthy winners in a tie pockmarked by nine goals.

Maguire may have top-scored for the Leesiders but Emma Farmer received the player of the match award on the back of a quite brilliant performance. Farmer, wearing number 14, was superb at midfield and centre forward as her hard-running caused endless problems for the Dublin defence. The Aghada star finished with five points from play and helped to drag Cork back into contention after they fell 0-0 to 1-2 behind with just nine minutes on the clock.

Dublin were rampant in the early exchanges and goaled in the third minute when Aisling King netted a stunning effort. Four minutes later, the Jackies had the chance to bag a second goal but Lauren Ebbs struck the base of the post from a penalty, with Aoife Gallagher lashing the rebound against the woodwork. Cork finally got off the mark in the eleventh minute when Elaine Scally, who scored 1-3, pointed but Ebbs atoned for her earlier penalty miss with an 18th minute goal, tapping the ball into an empty net. Dublin were five points clear, 2-4 to 0-5, approaching half-time before the pendulum swung dramatically in Cork’s favour.

Dublin corner back Leah Caffrey couldn’t keep out Brid O’Sullivan’s 28th minute goal for Cork before the Sky Blues struck goal again on the half hour when Aoife Gallagher lashed home a magnificent strike. But Cork’s response before half-time was magnificent as an unanswered 2-1 established a 3-6 to 3-5 interval lead. Maguire scored both of those Cork goals and the Rosscarbery corner forward completed her hat-trick within a minute of the restart as the Munster champions moved 4-7 to 3-5 clear.

Cork were relatively comfortable from there until the final whistle but approaching the finish, a goal from Dublin sub Shauna Garvin and the impressive Killeen’s fourth point from play brought the metropolitans to within two, 4-10 to 4-12. But in the 60th minute of actual playing time, Scally killed off dogged Dublin resistance with Cork’s fifth goal and there was still time for Cork goalkeeper Lisa Crowley to deny Killeen and Ebbs with a breathtaking late double save.

Scorers for Cork: T Maguire 3-1, E Scally 1-3, E Farmer 0-5, K O’Dea 0-5 (3f), B O’Sullivan 1-0, J O’Shea 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: A Gallagher & L Ebbs 1-1 each, S Killeen 0-4, S Woods 0-4 (2f), A King & S Garvin 1-0 each, C Ruddy 0-1.

CORK: L Crowley; A Barry, E Coakley, G O’Sullivan; S Kelly, J Barry, R Phelan; E Farmer, J O’Shea; K O’Dea, B O’Sullivan, A Allen; E Scally, A Cott, T Maguire.

Subs: M Dineen for Barry (36), F Neville for Cott (53), A O’Driscoll for Phelan (60+2).

DUBLIN: A Gillen; L Caffrey, E Keatley, C King; G Barrett, J Ward, A Nolan; O Smart, E McDonagh; E McGrath, S Killeen, A King; S Woods, A Gallagher, L Ebbs.

Subs: A Caffrey for King (h.t.), S McCaffrey for McDonagh (37), D Murphy for L Caffrey (42), S Garvin for McGrath (48), C Ruddy for Gallagher (57).

Referee: J Niland (Sligo)

All-Ireland GAA Football Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Dublin 1-11 Cork 1-3

Dublin defeated Cork by 1-11 to 1-3 in the All-Ireland GAA Football Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Monday at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

The Cork Minor footballers followed the Seniors out of the Championship today as they were comprehensively beaten by a strong Dublin side in Portlaoise. In wet conditions, Cork failed to score in the first half and trailed 1-8 to 0-0 at half-time, leaving themselves with a mountain to climb.

The Rebels started the second half well, Alan Cadogan setting up captain Dan McEoin for a fine goal after five minutes, which McEoin quickly followed up with a pointed free to leave the margin at a more manageable seven points, 1-8 to 1-1, but this was to be as close as Cork got to Dublin. They failed to score again until the 57th minute when McEoin (Cork’s only scorer) popped over the first of two late frees to leave the final score at 1-11 to 1-3 in favour of Dublin.

Cork: James McDonnell, Jamie Davis, Conor Dorman, Stephen Cronin, Killian O’Hanlon, Brian O’Driscoll, Killian McIntyre, Kevin Kavanagh, Mark Sugrue, Cathal Vaughan, Alan Cadogan, Cian O’Sullivan, Dan McEoin (1-3, 0-3f), Stephen O’Mahony, David Harrington.

Subs used: Darragh Murphy, TJ Brosnan, Kevin Fulignati, John Corkery, Paul Fitzgerald

Round-up from

Team News

The Cork Minor Football Team to play Dublin in the All-Ireland MFC Quarter-Final at Portlaoise on Monday 1st August at 4pm will line out as follows:

1. James McDonnell

St. Finbarr’s

2. Jamie Davis 3. Conor Dorman 4. Stephen Cronin

Douglas Bishopstown Nemo Rangers

5. Killian O’Hanlon 6. Brian O’Driscoll 7. Killian McIntyre

Kilshannig Tadhg MacCárthaigh Carrigaline

8. Kevin Kavanagh 9. Mark Sugrue

Carrigaline Bandon

10. Cathal Vaughan 11. Alan Cadogan 12. Cian O’Sullivan

Iveleary Douglas Clyda Rovers

13. Dan McEoin 14. Stephen O’Mahony 15. David Harrington

Ilen Rovers Gabriel Rangers Adrigole

16. Patrick Rossiter O’Donovan Rossa

17. Kevin Fulignati Nemo Rangers

18. T.J. Brosnan Newmarket

19. Darragh Murphy Valley Rovers

20. Kevin Hayes Curtin Douglas

21. John Corkery Aghabullogue

22. Paul Fitzgerald Douglas

23. Luke Prenderghast Ballincollig

24. Sean Kiely Ballincollig

Captain: Dan McEoin

All-Ireland GAA Football Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Tipperary 0-11 Meath 0-7

Meagher puts up stout defence to put Tipp into semi-final

Tipperary 0-11 Meath 0-7

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

IT was not as clear-cut as their momentous Munster final triumph four weeks ago but it was the qualities of grit and perseverance that saw Tipperary dig out a win over Meath in yesterday’s All-Ireland MFC quarter-final in O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. This was a hugely notable triumph for football in the Premier County as they advanced to a semi-final meeting with Roscommon on August 21, the first time they will contest the last four of the competition since 1995. More critically, they ended a succession of defeats at the quarter-final stage over the past decade. “It was our fifth quarter-final in 10 years and after the Munster final win we’ve reached another milestone by winning here today,” said Tipperary boss David Power.

On a difficult day for football due to the greasy underfoot conditions, Tipperary produced an admirable level of composure to stave off the dogged challenge posed by Meath. With four minutes left, Meath had cut the gap to 0-8 to 0-7 and were pushing hard for a levelling point. Tipperary weathered the storm though, and produced the goods in front of goal when it mattered most. First, Michael Quinlivan tapped over a free after he was felled near goal and then the Clonmel Commercials youngster crowned a brilliant display when he hooked a superb shot over his shoulder between the posts. Centre-back Dylan Fitzelle rounded off the game in injury-time when he arrowed over a point from distance.

In a game where scores were hard to come by, that late spree by Tipperary was decisive. Considering that they only managed to register one point in the first 27 minutes of the game, Tipperary turned around their attacking fortunes to a remarkable extent after that and shot six points in the last 20 minutes. They were forced to line out without their scoring star from the provincial decider, TJ Ryan, due to illness with John McGrath, younger brother of senior hurling star Noel, stepping into the breach. Ryan did come on as a late substitute but in his absence Tipperary coped, with Quinlivan particularly to the fore.

Tipperary’s defensive qualities were also integral to this success. In a tight first half which saw the teams locked together at 0-3 apiece at the break, Meath threatened their rearguard at various stages with Bobby O’Brien and Brian McMahon both showing well. However. Tipperary managed to limit the amount of scores they leaked with excellent hassling of Meath players in possession, as wing-backs Colin O’Riordan and Seamus Kennedy impressed. The real standout was full-back John Meagher, who dominated in the air and on the ground and ensured Meath never got a chance to draw level entering the final minutes. “When the pressure came on today lads really stepped up,” said Power. “We didn’t play particularly well today but we battled well and it was about grinding out the result.”

Scorers for Tipperary: M Quinlivan 0-4 (2f); P Quirke 0-2 (2f); B Maher, I Fahey (1f), S O’Brien, D Fitzelle, C O’Riordan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Meath: B McMahon 0-4 (3f); B O’Brien, O Sheridan, A Forde 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: G Slattery; N Sullivan, J Meagher, C O’Sullivan; C O’Riordan, D Fitzelle, S Kennedy; S O’Brien, I Fahey; G Henry, P Quirke, B Maher; L McGrath, M Quinlivan, J McGrath.

Subs: J Lonergan for Henry (49), TJ Ryan for Fahey (58), J Martin for Quinlivan (63).

MEATH: R Burlingham; C Finn, C McGill, O Fitzpatrick; A Forde, P Harnan, S Melia; S McEntee, A Flanagan; O Sheridan, B O’Brien, S Sheridan; B McMahon, C O’Sullivan, W McGrath.

Subs: E Wallace for S Sheridan (38), C Sheridan for McEntee (43), D Smyth for C Sheridan (49), R Gore for McGill (60), R Farrelly for McGrath (62).

Referee: Niall Ward (Westmeath)


Meagher crushes Meath hopes as Tipp march into last four

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper


Tuesday August 02 2011

Tipperary will meet Roscommon in the minor football semi-final after they battled their way past Meath at O’Moore Park yesterday. It wasn’t pretty, but the Premier County now take to Croke Park with wins over Cork, Kerry and the Royals to boost their confidence. Tipp’s meeting with Roscommon will be a repeat of the 1984 semi-final which they won before going down to Dublin in the final. Michael Quinlivan was the star in a forward line that failed to click for long periods, but the victory was built around a powerful display from full-back John Meagher. Meagher, who also lined out in the No 3 shirt for the county’s minor hurlers, was flawless.

The sides shared six points in a drab opening half. Tipp forward TJ Ryan failed to recover from an ankle injury to start and his ruthlessness was sorely missed in the early exchanges. Bobby O’Brien got Meath off the mark with a booming point after three minutes, but Philip Quirke slotted a free five minutes later to level the encounter. With the Tipp defence on top, Meath were struggling to get chances in front of goal, but Bryan McMahon edged them ahead once again 11 minutes before the break.

O’Brien crashed an effort off the post when a goal looked likely moments later, but Tipp settled and two points from Quinlivan pushed them ahead in injury-time, only for Oliver Sheehan to take advantage of a quick free from McMahon to make it 0-3 each at half-time. Meath had a goal from O’Brien disallowed for ‘square ball’ 10 minutes after the restart. The toil continued after the break and it wasn’t until Tipperary wing-back Colin O’Riordan split the posts from distance with his weaker left foot, that either side gained the upper hand. That inspirational score made it 0-6 to 0-5 for Tipp, but quick scores from Stephen O’Brien and Bill Maher stretched that lead to three. Meath looked to pull their championship from the fire with a pair of points from McMahon and Anthony Forde, but three late scores from the courageous Munster champions sealed their spot in Croke Park.

Scorers — Tipperary: M Quinlivan 0-4 (2f), P Quirke 0-2f, B Maher, S O’Brien, C O’Riordan, D Fitzelle, I Fahey (f) 0-1 each. Meath: B McMahon 0-4 (3f), B O’Brien, O Sheridan, A Forde 0-1 each.

Tipperary — G Slattery; N Sullivan, J Meagher, C O’Sullivan; C O’Riordan, D Fitzelle, S Kennedy; S O’Brien, I Fahey; B Maher, P Quirke, G Henry; L McGrath, M Quinlivan, J McGrath. Subs: J Lonergan for Henry (49), TJ Ryan for Fahey (59), J Martin for Quinlivan (64).

Meath — R Burlington; C Finn, C McGill, O Fitzpatrick; S Melia, S McEntee, A Forde; P Harnan, A Flanagan; O Sheridan, B O’Brien, S Sheridan; B McMahon, C O’Sullivan, W McGrath. Subs: E Wallace for S Sheridan (38), C Sheridan for McEntee (53), D Smyth for C Sheridan (49), R Gore for McGill (60), R Farrelly for McGrath (62).

Ref — B Cassidy (Derry)

Team News

The Tipperary minor football team to play Meath in the All-Ireland minor quarter final at Portlaoise on Monday August 1 at 2pm is:

1. Gearóid Slattery (Cashel King Cormacs)
2. Niall Sullivan (Moycarkey-Borris)
3. John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney)
4. Conor O’Sullivan (Galtee Rovers)
5. Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens)
6. Dylan Fitzelle (Cashel King Cormacs)
7. Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)
8. Stephen O’Brien (Ballina)
9. Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
10. Greg Henry (Killenaule)
11. Philip Quirke (Moyle Rovers)
12. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash)
13. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney) Captain
14. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)
15. TJ Ryan (Rockwell Rovers)

01.08.2011 (Mon) GAA Football All Ireland Minor Championship
Quarter Finals
Portlaoise 4.00pm Áth Cliath v Corcaigh
Referee: Ciaran Brangan (An Dún)
(E.T. if Necessary
Portlaoise 2.00pm Tiobraid Árann v An Mhí
Referee: Barry Cassidy (Doire)

(E.T. if Necessary






All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Meath 2-12 Kerry 0-6

Meath defeated Kerry by 2-12 to 0-6 in the All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Team News

The Kerry Minor team V Meath Austin Stack Park Tralee Saturday 6th August 2011 at 2pm is as follows:

1. Kieran Fitzgibbons Kenmare .

2. Tom B McElligott Crotta ONeills

3. Colman Savage Kilmoyley

4. Kevin O’ Sullivan Kenmare

5. Paul McGrath Causeway

6. Tommy Barrett Causeway

7. Mikey O’Halloran Ballyheigue

8. Luke Fitzell Kilmoyley

9. Darren Leahy Causeway

10.Pa Jo Connolly Ballyduff

11. Muris Delaney Causeway

12. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

13. Shane Dunne Ballyheigue

14. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

15. Ricky Heffernan Lixnaw

16. Jason Wallace Lixnaw

17. Eric O’Connor Ballyduff

18. Vincent Savage Kilmoyley

19. Tomas Casey Ballyheigue

20. Tadhg Moore Dr Crokes

21. David Goulding Ballyduff

22. Damien Lynch Ballyduff

23. John Godley Kilmoyley

24. Sean Nolan Kilmoyley

25. Kevin Bowler Ballyduff

26. Keith Carmody Causeway

27. Dougie Fitzell Kilmoyley

28. Tony Cunningham Abbeydorney


Manager : Ger McCarthy Causeway

Coach : Joe Walsh Kilmoyley

Selector : Joe Walsh Kilmoyley

J P Leahy Ballyduff

Andy O’Sullivan Kenmare

Physio Maura Griffin

Team Attendant Kiernan Houlihan

All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Cork 0-14 Sligo 1-6

Cork defeated Sligo by 0-14 to 1-6 in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday at Croke Park.

Team News

The Cork Junior Football team to play Sligo in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Saturday at 5pm in Croke Park will line out as follows:

1. Tom O’Connor


2. Enda Wiseman 3. Eoin O’Mahony 4. Kevin Harrington

Castletownbere Macroom Bantry Blues

5. Seán Kiely 6. Richard O’Sullivan 7. AJ O’Connor

Macroom Kinsale Kiskeam

8. Andrew O’Sullivan 9. Daniel O’Donovan

Castletownbere Bishopstown

10. Tom Clancy 11. Cathrach Keane 12. Brian Coughlan

Fermoy Newcestown Kinsale

13. Kevin Hallissey 14. Andrew O’Brien 15. Liam Shorten

Eire Og Kildorrery B. Átha’n Ghaorthaidh

Captain: Cathrach Keane


16. Sean Murphy Lyre

17. Bart Daly Newmarket

18. Rory Buckley Macroom

19. Peter Daly St Mary’s

20. Pat Gayer Castlemagner

21. Murt Kelleher Whitechurch

22. Matt Dilworth Knocknagree

23. Hurl Dockery Mallow

24. Conor Brosnan Ballinora


All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Galway 1-23 Clare 1-18

Galway Minors see off Clare after extra-time

From the web site

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Semi-Final

Clare 1-18 Galway 1-23

A last minute goal from Galway’s Gerard O’Donoghue forced extra-time in Croke Park where the Tribesmen proved too strong for Clare and progressed through to the Minor Hurling All-Ireland final. Galway captain Shane Maloney, who registered 0-10, played a massive part for Galway as he led his side to a memorable victory.

Oisín Hickey’s goal for Clare with 10 minutes to go looked to have given the Banner the edge going into the closing stages but a goal mouth scramble allowed O’Donoghue to score and give Galway another chance in the two additional periods. Clare midfielder Tony Kelly almost won the game in normal time but his effort came off the post and Galway powered their way through extra-time with an impressive 20-minute performance.

Gerry O’Connor and Donal Moloney’s Clare side were on top throughout the first 60 minutes and it showed when they were 0-6 to 0-3 up with 20 minutes gone, the best of the bunch coming from Aaron Cunningham and Shane O’Donnell. Galway looked to have forced their way back into the game with two frees from Maloney, who is in his third year as a Minor, which narrowed the gap to just two points but Clare’s Cathal O’Connell stepped up to the plate to bring the sides in at half-time 0-9 to 0-5

Matt Murphy’s Galway side came out a different team in the second half and managed to score four points on the bounce to level up the sides but with 10 minutes left on the clock, Hickey looked to have done enough for Clare. A fine run from Cunningham opened up the space for corner forward Hickey and he struck the ball home.

The sides exchanged points in the closing stages of the game but it was O’Donoghue’s last-gasp goal that forced the extra-time with Kelly’s effort for Clare rebounding off the upright in cruel fashion. Fitness proved to be the key in this game as Maloney opened the added period with two quick scores but Clare only managed the one point in the first half of extra time. The second half was pretty much the same and points from Galway subs Jack Carr and Brian Molloy made sure their side were going through.

Clare Scorers: C O’Connell 0-6 (0-2f) A Cunningham 0-4, O Hickey 1-0, T Kelly 0-3 (0-1f), C Galvin 0-3, S O’Donnell 0-2, M Moroney 0-1.

Galway Scorers: S Maloney 0-10 (0-7f), G O’Donoghue 1-2, J Carr 0-3, P Brehony 0-2, D Higgins 0-2, J Hanbary 0-1, B Lane 0-1, M Mullins 0-1, B Molloy 0-1.

Clare: E Quilligan; S O’Brien, J Browne, S Morey; J Colleran, J Shanahan, G O’Connell; C Galvin, T Kelly; E Enright, C O’Connell, P Duggan; S O’Donnell, O Hickey, A Cunningham.
Subs: S Liddy for G O’Connell (38’), M Moronry for G O’Connell (45’), D Moloney for Liddy (70’), G O’Connell for O Hickey (77’).

Galway: S Mannion; O Teagle, P Killeen, C Diviney; J Hanbary, S Sweeney, P Mannion; B Lane, P Brehony; J Flynn, J Glynn, A Tuohy; G O’Donoghue, S Maloney, K Cullinane.
Subs: J Carr for Cullinane (30’), D Higgins for Flynn (37’), B Molloy for Lane, M Mullins for Flynn (54’), P Flathery for G O’Donoghue (69’).

All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final – Wexford 2-11 Cork 1-9

Wexford defeated Cork by 2-11 to 1-9 in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final on Saturday at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.


All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16

Kilkenny display killer instinct to dismantle Deise


By Martin Breheny from the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday August 08 2011

A familiar August tale of Kilkenny efficiency and Waterford shortcomings colliding to produce a predictable result. Just as they had done over five previous seasons, Kilkenny booked in for another All-Ireland final date without having to show their full hand, while, yet again, Waterford failed to cross the class line which has proved so elusive for so long. They were infinitely better than in the Munster final where Tipperary humiliated them, but still came up quite some way short.

Nobody could question Waterford’s workrate, resolve or resilience, but even a tightly-packed combination of all three was never going to be enough to dislodge Kilkenny in their obsessive drive to return to the All-Ireland final. If Waterford were to succeed where they failed repeatedly against Kilkenny over the last seven years, they needed to perform at a level not reached this season. It would also have required Kilkenny to drop down a few notches, a scenario that looked most unlikely when they hit Waterford for 1-2 in the opening six minutes.

Ominously, Kilkenny’s first score was a goal from Danesfort sniper Richie Hogan, who smashed the ball to the net in the third minute. Could this turn into a repeat of the 2008 All-Ireland final where Kilkenny scourged Waterford in a manner not seen on the big day for a very long time? With the memory of the seven-goal Munster final massacre still lurking dangerously close to the surface, Waterford must have feared that unless they stopped the bleeding immediately they were in line for a second embarrassing defeat in four weeks.

To their credit, they stemmed the flow and, having done that, they set about trying to wound Kilkenny. For a time, they succeeded, cutting a 1-3 to 0-1 Kilkenny lead after 10 minutes to just a two-point deficit after 31 minutes. Much of the credit for the recovery belonged to John Mullane, whose driving runs from centre-forward seriously discommoded the Kilkenny defence. Moving Mullane out from the corner has reinvigorated him and he continued to cause serious problems for Kilkenny all day. He scored 1-6 — all from open play — and was desperately unlucky not to have landed a second goal in what became a match-turning minute just before half-time. Mullane hit his first goal in the 25th minute and eight minutes later looked certain to strike again when he pulled the trigger from close range.

However, Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity, who was extremely secure all day, made a brilliant block, diverting the ball into the air before collecting it comfortably. It was the worst possible outcome for Waterford, who might have had a goal, a point or even a ’65’ off Mullane’s drive. However, their bad luck got worse almost immediately when Kilkenny broke downfield and Colin Fennelly played in Hogan, who batted the ball to the net. It was a six-point turnaround in the space of a minute, leaving Kilkenny leading by 2-9 to 1-7 when they could so easily have been trailing by 2-7 to 1-9.

Henry Shefflin pointed a free just before the interval to further depress Waterford as they headed for the dressing-room. They needed a positive start to the second half, but instead it was Kilkenny who retained the initiative, out-scoring Waterford by 0-5 to 0-1 in the third quarter. It left Kilkenny leading by 10 points after 51 minutes and, while Waterford pared it back by one around the hour mark, it still looked as if they were headed for a comprehensive beating.

However, Waterford summoned a late of burst of energy, firing over four unanswered points to come within striking distance with seven minutes left, but, as Kilkenny have done so often in the past, they tightened their defensive security, ensuring that Waterford couldn’t get through for the goal they so badly needed. Subs Paddy Hogan and Eddie Brennan scored late points for Kilkenny before Mullane closed out the scoring, leaving Kilkenny six points clear and comfortably through to their ninth All-Ireland final in 10 seasons. They did it with the minimum of fuss while always giving the impression they had plenty in reserve if tougher questions were asked.

Eight Kilkenny men scored in the first half — seven from open play — while only four countered for Waterford, three from open play. That was a significant difference on a day when Mullane’s excellence was the only redeeming feature of the Waterford attack. Shane Walsh scored two goals against Kilkenny in the 2009 All-Ireland semi-final, but found no room to manoeuvre yesterday; Eoin Kelly made no impression, while Pauric Mahony, who has done well overall in his debut season, had a lean time too. Tony Browne, Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh and Noel Connors did well in the Waterford defence, but, in terms of overall balance, Kilkenny held the edge all over the field.

Paul Murphy, Jackie Tyrrell and Tommy Walsh were ultra-vigilant in defence, Michael Fennelly emerged as the day’s most influential midfielder, while in attack Hogan’s goals, Shefflin’s leadership and Colin Fennelly’s industry left Waterford with a range of difficulties. Kilkenny’s only blip was their inaccurate shooting. They shot seven wides in the first half and were off-target 10 times in the second, an error rate which suggests that target practice will be high on the agenda in Nowlan Park over the coming weeks. Waterford had their shooting problems too, especially in the opening 15 minutes of the second half when they shot five wides, while scoring just one point.

It left them with far too much to do and while they showed commendable appetite for the recovery effort, they needed goals to really rattle Kilkenny. They dropped lots of lengthy deliveries in front of the Kilkenny goal, but the defence sealed all approach routes in front of Herity. In the end, then, it was business as usual for Kilkenny, while Waterford are once again facing the reality that, despite their best efforts, they just can’t break through the barrier which continues to torment them in August. Kilkenny, in contrast, are back in the All-Ireland final after straight-forward wins over Wexford, Dublin and Waterford.

Scorers — Kilkenny: H Shefflin 0-7 (4f), R Hogan 2-0, M Fennelly 0-3, C Fennelly, E Larkin 0-2 each, M Rice, B Hogan, TJ Reid, P Hogan, E Brennan 0-1 each. Waterford: J Mullane 1-6, E Kelly 0-3 (2f), P Mahony (2f), M Shanahan (1f) 0-2 each, S Molumphy, S Prendergast, R Foley (f) 0-1 each.

Kilkenny — D Herity 8; P Murphy 8 N Hickey 7, J Tyrrell 8; T Walsh 8, B Hogan 6, JJ Delaney 7; M Fennelly 8, TJ Reid 6; M Rice 7, R Power 7, H Shefflin 7; C Fennelly 7, E Larkin 7, R Hogan 8. Subs: P Hogan 7 for Reid (h-t), E Brennan 7 for Rice (61).

Waterford — C Hennessy 7; N Connors 7, L Lawlor 6, D Fives 6; T Browne 7, M Walsh 7, D Prendergast 5; K Moran 6, S O’Sullivan 6; S Prendergast 6, J Mullane 9, P Mahony 5; S Molumphy 6, S Walsh 5, E Kelly 5. Subs: J Nagle 6 for D Prendergast (h-t), M Shanahan 7 for Mahony (44), T Ryan 6 for Kelly (52), R Foley 6 for S Walsh (53).

Ref — B Kelly (Westmeath)


Hogan double helps Cats to sixth successive final

Report from the web site

Sunday, August 07, 2011

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final

Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16

Kilkenny may have failed to reach their usual high standards, but they did enough to beat Waterford by six points and reach their sixth successive GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship final. Two Richie Hogan goals at either end of the first half were the difference between the sides in the end, but the Cats would have won by a far more comfortable margin had they not struck a total of 17 wides. Hogan’s 34th minute goal helped Kilkenny to a 2-10 to 1-7 lead at the break. That margin flattered the Cats as Waterford had recovered well from the concession of an early Hogan goal to reduce the gap to just two points in the second quarter after John Mullane’s 25th minute strike had brought them right back into contention.

When Kilkenny hit five of the first six scores in the second half, the portents looked ominous for the Déise. However, Kilkenny failed to show any of their trademark ruthlessness in a disappointing second half as their forward line struggled to capitalise on the surfeit of ball coming their way, hitting wide after wide and allowing Waterford back into the game. Thanks largely to the inspirational Mullane – who finished with 1-6 from play – the Déise staged a brief rally in the closing 10 minutes and whittled the gap back to five by the 64th minute.

Despite their difficulties in attack, Kilkenny’s defence held solid and superb performances from Jackie Tyrrell and Paul Murphy helped them stem the tide in that worrying closing spell, as late points from Michael Rice and Eddie Brennan ruled out any fleeting hopes that Waterford would claim a first Championship win over their south-east neighbours for the first time in 52 years. Waterford, one suspected, needed a positive start to give them the confidence they needed bridge that daunting gap; they got the opposite. With just under three minutes played, the Cats ransacked their full-back line, as Richie Hogan raced onto a breaking ball and fired to the net. Michael Fennelly and Henry Shefflin added quick scores to compound the Déise misery.

Eight minutes had passed before Waterford registered a point, Eoin Kelly on target from a free, but there were signs that, despite the horrible start, Waterford were up for the battle. Kevin Moran was excelling again in midfield and he found a bristling Mullane, who sent over a fine score from play. When Pauric Mahony and Seamus Prendergast made it three Waterford scores in a row, belief began to course through their side, especially after Prendergast’s wonderful effort in the 13th minute.

However, Kilkenny ruthlessly stamped out that little revival when they hit four points in six minutes. Fennelly, who has been in inspired form at midfield this year, hit a second point, while TJ Reid and Eoin Larkin were also on target. Six points down, Waterford needed a response – and it was Mullane who came up trumps again with a goal on 25 minutes. Seamus Prendergast won the ball and rather than take his point, the Ardmore man spotted Mullane’s run and he finished brilliantly to the Kilkenny net.

Davy Fitzgerald’s side were buzzing and two lovely points from Mullane and Kelly reduced the gap to just two points – 1-9 to 1-7 – with four minutes to go to half-time. Indeed, they might have had the lead had Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity not saved well from Mullane, who probably should have taken his point given the tight angle. Nevertheless, Waterford were on top and looked on course to be trailing by a very manageable margin at half-time. But disaster struck when a loose defensive clearance was snaffled up by the Cats and Colin Fennelly fed Richie Hogan, whose flicked finish over Clinton Hennessy was sublime. Henry Shefflin added a point in added time to leave Kilkenny six ahead at the break.

Shefflin opened the second half with two more scores and by the 51st minute, the Cats had increased their lead to 2-14 to 1-8 and the game appeared to be over as a contest. However, that is when Kilkenny uncharacteristically lost their way and allowed Waterford back into the game. The Déise forwards had struggled in the third quarter and the introduction of Maurice Shanahan, Tommy Ryan and Richie Foley appeared to give them a new lease of life. Waterford’s comeback began in earnest in the 56th minute, as captain Stephen Molumphy began a purple patch that produced six points in nine minutes. Shanahan hit three and Mullane added two more points from play to his total.

But there was to be no fairytale ending to Waterford’s roller coaster season as Kilkenny responded with two points to end any hopes of a comeback. Rice and Brennan finally hit the target for the Cats after their second half performance had been pockmarked by a string of wides.

Kilkenny Scorers: H Shefflin 0-7 (0-4f), R Hogan 2-0, M Fennelly 0-3, E Larkin 0-2, C Fennelly 0-2, M Rice 0-2, E Brennan 0-1, B Hogan 0-1, TJ Reid 0-1.

Waterford Scorers: J Mullane 1-6, E Kelly 0-3 (0-2f), M Shanahan 0-3 (0-2f), P Mahony 0-2 (0-2f), S Molumphy 0-1, S Prendergast 0-1.

Kilkenny: D Herity; P Murphy, N Hickey, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, JJ Delaney; M Fennelly, M Rice; TJ Reid, R Power, E Larkin; C Fennelly, H Shefflin, R Hogan. Subs: E Brennan for R Hogan (Temp, 34-36), P Hogan for TJ Reid (HT), E Brennan for M Rice (61)

Waterford: C Hennessy; D Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; T Browne, M Walsh, D O’Sullivan; K Moran, S Sullivan; S Prendergast, S Molumphy, P Mahony; J Mullane, S Walsh, E Kelly. Subs: J Nagle for D Prendergast (HT), M Shanahan for P Mahony (45), T Ryan for E Kelly (52), R Foley for S Walsh (53).

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)

Attendance: 31,634

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final – Kerry 3-11 Mayo 0-10

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final

Kerry 3-11 Mayo 0-10

By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

BEATEN Munster finalists Kerry produced a strong second half performance against Connacht champions Mayo at St Brendan’s Park in Birr on Saturday afternoon to book a place in the semi-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship for the second successive year. Just a point separated the two teams when the met in last year’s qualifiers but Kerry emerged victorious with ten points to spare on this occasion. Mayo had a seven-point haul from Cora Staunton but the Westerners, who trailed by 0-6 to 1-6 at half-time, managed just a single point from play in the second half, scored by substitute Amy Bell.

Kerry, impressive winners against last year’s All-Ireland intermediate champions Donegal last weekend, were in good form again with Deirdre Corridan, a late call up in place of Maria Quirke, catching the eye with a haul of 1-2 crowning a hard-working display. But it was Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh’s goal in the 22nd minute that put some breathing space between the teams in the opening half, helping Kerry to lead by three points at the break. Ní Mhuircheartaigh collected a pass from Louise Galvin and slotted a low shot past Yvonne Byrne for the first of three Kingdom goals.

Five minutes after half-time, Lorraine Scanlon was credited with Kerry’s second goal as she got the faintest of touches to divert fellow midfielder and team captain Bernie Breen’s accurate delivery past Byrne. And in the 46th minute, Corridan made the game safe for Kerry with her side’s third goal and again, it was a flowing move from William O’Sullivan’s team that cut through Mayo. Sarah Houlihan finished with a 0-5 haul for Kerry but overall, this was an impressive team display and even wing back Denise Hallissey got in on the act, bombing forward for two points from play. Mayo struggled desperately for scores and to break down a resolute Kerry defence, with Jason Taniane’s team registering just six points from play. It’s been a disappointing season for Mayo, who despite winning the Connacht championship, were also relegated from Division 1 of the Bord Gáis Energy National Football League before bowing out of the championship in tame fashion.

Scorers for Mayo: C Staunton 0-7 (4f), A Gilroy, C Hegarty & A Bell 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: D Corridan 1-2, S Houlihan 0-5 (2f), L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 1-1, L Scanlon 1-0, D Hallissey 0-2, P Dennehy 0-1.

MAYO: Y Byrne; L Ryder, C Hanahoe, D McDonagh; N Hurst, M Carter, N Tierney; C Egan, F McHale; S Cafferky, A Gilroy, K Sullivan; C Hegarty, C Staunton, L Cafferky.

Subs: C McManaman for S Cafferky (45), A Bell for McDonagh (45), A Roddy for Hegarty (60), G Kelly for Gilroy (60+1).

KERRY: E Murphy, C Kelly, A Leonard, A Lyons; D Hallissey, A Desmond, S.J. Joy; L Scanlon, B Breen; D Corridan, M O’Donoghue, L Galvin; S Houlihan, P Dennehy, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

Subs: S Corkery for Ní Mhuircheartaigh (49), L Cronin for Dennehy (49), M O’Connell for Scanlon (56), M Quirke for Galvin (58), C Reen for O’Donoghue (60+1).

Referee: P Kehoe (Carlow)