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