All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final – Cork 1-12 Kildare 0-13

Cork claim 16th All-Ireland Junior title

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GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Final

Cork 1-12 Kildare 0-13 (aet)

Cork claimed their 16th GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship title following a 1-12 to 0-13 defeat of Kildare after extra-time in Thurles on Saturday afternoon. The Lilywhites led by 0-7 to 1-3 at the break, with Andrew O’Brien scoring Cork’s goal after 28 minutes. O’Brien’s goal came after Kildare had built up a 0-7 to 0-2 lead.

Kildare started the second half well and established a three-point lead five minutes after the restart, but Cork came back and levelled the game at 1-9 to 0-12 at the full-time whistle to force extra-time. The first additional 10-minute period produced just a single point apiece, before the Rebels kicked two vital scores in the second half of extra-time, Kevin Hallissey with the first and then Liam Shorten with the final score of the game, to claim the All-Ireland crown. Éire Óg clubman Hallissey was the star man for the champions, kicking 0-5, while Shorten also pitched in with an impressive tally of 0-4.

Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Galway 0-22 Limerick 2-14

Burke puts Galway on redemption trail

From the Irish Independent web site

Galway 0-22 Limerick 2-14

Monday August 22 2011

GALWAY returned to the scene of one of their greatest hurling humiliations on Saturday and emerged with a shot at redemption. A two-point victory against a fancied Limerick team has set up a final shootout with Dublin on September 10. It was the first time that Galway’s U-21s had played a championship game at Semple Stadium since last September’s 25-point mauling by Tipperary in the 2010 final. And manager Anthony Cunningham, devastated by the manner of that emphatic defeat, was in ebullient form after watching his side claim a merited success against the Munster champions.

Galway arrived into the championship as an unknown quantity but produced a clinical display with seven-point hero Niall Burke, full-back Niall Donoghue and captain Barry Daly to the fore. Cunningham nodded: “Niall had a super game, Barry worked extremely hard and showed great energy while Niall had a super game. We had good patches and poor for some of the players but we’ll kick on from that, no doubt.” Galway’s surge to minor and U-21 hurling finals, following another disappointing season in the senior ranks, follows a very definite trend in recent times. But Cunningham warned of the danger posed by Dublin in both finals, adding: “We’re up against a Dublin set-up on the crest of a wave. They will be two extremely hard matches but the bottom line is that we have to improve. “And we hope they come on after a match like that — it’s as good as a month’s training.”

Galway, reduced to 14 men when wing-back Rory Foy received a second yellow card and subsequent red with five minutes remaining, were rocked by Limerick goals in either half but dug in to claim a gritty win. Burke, Man of the Match in the 2009 All-Ireland minor final, was the undoubted star with seven points from play, including five in the first half, while five of Tadhg Haran’s seven points were converted from placed balls. Teenager Shane Dowling managed 2-5 for Limerick, including a second-half penalty goal which put his side a point up, but the Shannonsiders could not build on that platform. And approaching half-time they lost captain Kevin Downes through injury — the senior star had carried a broken bone in his hand into the game.

Limerick boss Leo O’Connor, who watched his side claim provincial glory following an extra-time epic against Cork, reflected: “It’s disappointing. Things happened tonight that went well for us against Cork.” O’Connor insisted that the immediate aftermath of a championship defeat was not the time to begin speculating about his future at the helm. But the future is bright for this Limerick team, with all but four starters — Pat Begley, Cian Hayes, James O’Brien and Conor Allis — eligible again for this grade next year.

Scorers — Galway: N Burke, T Haran (5f) 0-7 each, B Daly 0-3, D Burke, C Cooney, J Regan, D Glennon and B Burke 0-1 each. Limerick: S Dowling 2-5 (1-0 pen, 5f), D Hannon 0-4 (1 sl), C Allis, S O’Brien, N Kennedy, G Mulcahy, K O’Donnell 0-1 each.

GALWAY — J Ryan; D Connolly, N Donoghue, G O’Halloran; R Foy, P Gordan, J Grealish; J Coen, D Burke; C Cooney, N Burke, T Haran; J Regan, B Daly, D Glennon. Subs: B Burke for Cooney (46), D Fox for Haran (58).

LIMERICK — A Murphy; A Dempsey, P Begley, S O’Reilly; J O’Brien, C Hayes, T O’Callaghan; C Allis , S O’Brien; S Dowling, N Kennedy, D Hannon; G Mulcahy, K Downes, M Ryan. Subs: M Carmody for Downes (29), K O’Donnell for Kennedy (49), W Griffin for Ryan (50), B O’Connell for Dempsey (50).

Ref — A Stapleton (Laois)


Galway return to U21 final after Thurles thriller

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Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U21 Championship semi-final

Galway 0-22 Limerick 2-14

Galway qualified for the final of the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U21 Championship with a two-point defeat of Limerick in an exciting game at Thurles on Saturday evening. Reduced to 14 men in the closing stages following the dismissal of Rory Fox in the 55th minute, Galway showed great character to hold on for the win in what was their first Championship outing of the year. With man-of-the-match Barry Daly in inspirational form, the Tribesmen overcame the concession of goals nine minutes into each half to book their place in the final against Dublin on September 10.

Galway led 0-14 to 1-9 at the break, with Shane Dowling grabbing the first of his two goals after nine minutes to give Limerick the early initiative. Dowling scored a second from the penalty spot on 39 minutes, but Galway, led brilliantly by Daly and the excellent David Burke, secured their place in the All-Ireland final for the second successive year. Limerick were handed a major boost when Senior star Kevin Downes was deemed fit to start despite suffering a cracked bone his hand two weeks ago. Burke and Daly were both on target in the opening quarter to give Galway an early 0-5 to 0-2 lead, but Dowling then hit the back of the net for the first time, before Graeme Mulcahy and Niall Kennedy had the Treaty men three clear after 18 minutes.

However, Downes soon succumbed to injury and was forced off, as Galway took control and led by two points – 0-14 to 1-9 – at the break. Limerick made a fine start to the second half when they were awarded a penalty by referee Anthony Stapleton, Dowling finishing smartly after he had been fouled. In an excellent game of hurling, however, it was the Tribesmen who took control, Kenneth Burke and Daly grabbing scores to put them four clear. With five minutes left, Galway were reduced to 14 men when Fox was shown a second yellow card for hauling down Declan Hannon, with Dowling tapping over the free to leave two between the sides. Burke and Dowling traded scores in the closing minutes, but when Limerick were awarded a late free Dowling’s effort was blocked and Galway held on for a two-point win.


Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 0-13 Roscommon 0-12

Kerry stumble past Rossies

By Damian Stack at Toomevara, County Tipperary for the Kerryman newspaper

Wednesday August 24 2011


KERRY………………………..0-13 ROSCOMMON……………..0-12

IT was as close as the scoreline suggests. Even closer if that’s even possible. Kerry were very much on the rack in the last ten minutes of this game. Hanging on as Roscommon finally got the bit between their teeth and played far better hurling than either side had been able to produce up to then. Had the game gone on another minute or two then Seamus Qualter’s men have would surely secured a draw and extra time and the way things were going and with the kind of form John Coyne was showing having been moved from centre to full-forward, the Rossies could have dumped Kerry from the competition.

When John Meyler spoke after the game he spoke of disappointment. An understandable reaction. On paper – and yes we know games aren’t won on paper – this looked a pretty formidable Kerry side, but it simply didn’t fire. Certain players had fine games, but as a unit they just didn’t perform. A lot of that, one suspects, is down to the fact that this was Kerry’s first game at this grade this season. Roscommon had a Connacht championship campaign under their belts. It told. They were generally the sharper, more tidy bunch of hurlers.

They weren’t exactly flush with quality forwards – only Coyne really shone for them up front – but they were still more economical and got more out of their attacks than Kerry did. Shane Nolan wasn’t at his best – in fairness to the Crotta youngster he was carrying a knock into this game – but even so you would have expected guys like Colm Harty and, especially, Ronan Kenny to step up to the mark. Harty is only finding his way back into hurling at this level following a bad long term injury, but for Kenny, a member for two years of Meyler’s senior set-up, to fail to make an impact is more difficult to explain. It’s frustrating for both himself and for Meyler. He’s going to have to use the final to prove that he’s the good hurler we suspect he might be.

Still there were plenty of positives for Kerry in this game. Anthony Fealy was a rock at centre-back, while the full-back line was impervious – Brian Murphy dominated, while James O’Connor and Jason Bowler, the captain, both played blinders alongside him. Neither side impressed in the first half. It was slow. It was stop start. It was foul and free ridden. Only four of the ten points scored in the first half was from play – two for Coyne, one for Nolan and one for a reasonably impressive Sean Weir.

Kerry led at the break by two and the second half continued in a similar fashion. Tit for tat. A pointed free from Nolan here, a pointed free from Coyne there with neither Kerry pulling away or Roscommon coming too close until those closing exchanges. The furthest Kerry got away from Roscommon was three clear with ten minutes to play. It was, observers felt, enough of a lead to secure Kerry victory given that Roscommon didn’t look like scoring freely or didn’t look like scoring an all important goal.

Maybe that’s why Kerry faded so much in those last ten minutes. Maybe they felt they had the job done. They hadn’t. The Rossies piled on the pressure and were it not for the performance of the full-back line and the simply trojan efforts of PJ Keane at midfield – he was everywhere for Kerry in the second half, roaring into the game after a disappointing opening thirty – they would have been caught. They weren’t caught, however. They’ve got time to put things right between here and the final against Westmeath. Time to welcome Darragh O’Connell back into the fold, but alas not Padraig Boyle who’s out long term it seems. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Bright spots for Kerry for sure, but plenty of work to be done.

KERRY: Martin Stackpoole, James O’Connor, Brian Murphy, Jason Bowler, Patrick O’Keeffe, Anthony Fealy, Jason Leahy, PJ Keane, Brendan Brosnan, Sean Weir (0-1), Ronan Kenny, Colm Harty (0-1), Pa Joe Connolly (0-2), Shane Nolan (0-8 7f), Brian Leen Subs: Stephen Leen (0-1) for B Leen, Sean Dowling for R Kenny

ROSCOMMON: Conor Fitzgibbon, Kieran Dowd, Peter Kelleghan, Declan Leonard, Declan Dowling, Brian Donnelly, Niall Keenan, Alan Moore, Gerard Gill, Eamon Mulry ( 0-1), John Coyne ( 0-10, 6f), Eamon Bannon, Jamie Lawlor, Naos Connaughton, Eamon Kenny (0-1) Subs: Cormac Kelly for N Connaughton, Cillian Egan for G Gill

REFEREE: Michael O’Connor (Limerick)

Team News

The Kerry U21 hurling team to play Roscommon on Saturday August 20th is as follows –

1. Martin Stackpoole (Lixnaw) , 2. James O Connor (Abbeydorney), 3. Brian Murphy (Causeway) 4. Jason Bowler, Captain (Ballyduff) 5. Patrick O Keefe (Glenflesk) 6. Anthony Fealy (Causeway) 7. Jason Leahy (Causeway) 8. PJ Keane (Abbeydorney) 9. Brendan Brosnan (Lixnaw) 10. Sean Weir (Crotta O’Neills) 11. Ronan Kenny (Ballyheigue) 12. Colm Harty (Causeway) 13. Pa Joe Connolly (Ballyduff) 14. Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills) 15. Brian Leen (Abbeydorney)

Subs – Nicholas Leen (Ballyduff), Stephen Leen (Ardfert), Sean Dowling (Kilmoyley), Thomas Quill (Crotta O’Neills), Conor Fitzelle (Kilmoyley), Adam White (Causeway), Micheal O Sullivan (Kilgarvan), Anthony Carroll (Ballyduff), Kevin Orpen (Ardfert), Daire O’Sullivan (Kilmoyley)

Management – Bainisteoir John Meyler Trainer Joe O’Connor Maor Foirne Frank Flannery Selector John Hennessey Selector Sean O’Shea Physiotherapist Trudy Tait