Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-15

Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-15

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Kilkenny drew first blood in the Allianz Hurling League with an eight-point defeat of great rivals Tipperary at Nowlan Park. Meeting for the first time since the Cats’ 2011 All-Ireland win, the hosts charged into an early lead with Richie Power netting a 12th minute penalty. TJ Reid impressed up front as the hosts built a 1-10 to 0-08 interval lead, while free-taker Pa Bourke led Tipp’s scoring with 0-05.

Declan Ryan’s side soon reduced the arrears to three points, but Eoin Larkin, who grabbed a 41st minute goal, and top scorer Power (1-11) steered Kilkenny home. Strong in the air and fast on their feet, the Cats were just too sharp for the Munster men this afternoon with Power producing a man-of-the-match performance full of accurate shooting and clever interplay. Tipp manager Ryan handed league debuts to defender Donagh Maher, a brother of Shane Maher, and wing forward Adrian Ryan, who is a first cousin of Gearoid Ryan.

The Cats started the game with eight players who lined out for last September’s All-Ireland decider, while Kilkenny had 12 back on board – their three absentees being the retired Eddie Brennan and injured duo Henry Shefflin and Richie Hogan. Colin Fennelly won a first minute free which Power pointed and in a bright opening spell, Noel McGrath levelled with a lovely score from the right. Brendan Cummins, a late inclusion for the visitors, did well to parry Reid’s shot from close range, but Power pointed the resulting ’65’.

Reid’s rousing midfield catch and delivery in set up Matthew Ruth for Kilkenny’s third point and Michael Rice, in acres of space, soon added a fourth. Reid continued to catch the eye, soaring high to claim a David Herity puck-out and driving forward for a deserved first point. Kilkenny moved 1-05 to 0-01 ahead after just 12 minutes. Power gathered a ball in from the left sideline and was fouled by Conor O’Mahony for a harshly-awarded penalty which he smashed home himself.

Tipperary had an immediate goal chance at the other end but Noel McGrath was closed down by JJ Delaney and Brian Hogan and eventually kicked the ball wide. Placed balls from O’Mahony and Pa Bourke got wind-backed Tipp into the game, and Gearoid Ryan teed up McGrath for his second point from play. The Premier County outfit continued to improve with Bourke converting a 21st minute free. But Power ended a barren spell for the Cats with a close range free. Approaching the half hour Bourke and Rice swapped further scores, the latter benefiting from a superb flicked pass from Ruth. Pointed frees from Power and Bourke dominated the remainder of the first half, the former tallying up 1-05 over the opening 35 minutes.

However, the home supporters were treated to a smashing late score from play when great interplay between Brian Hogan, Power and Reid set up Larkin for a crisp strike over the bar. Three minutes into the second half, McGrath landed his third point from play after a short free was played into him. Tipp were chipping away at Kilkenny’s advantage but just when Bourke had the deficit down to three again, Larkin grabbed his side’s second goal. Reid plucked another puck-out down from the sky and passed for Larkin to drive through the heart of the Tipp defence.

With Cummins and the covering Donagh Maher unable to stop him, Larkin did well to stay on his feet and scoop the ball into an empty net. Power added two more frees over the next four minutes, moving the Cats 2-12 to 0-10 clear and the two league points were within their grasp. Colin Fennelly had two opportunities to find the net for Kilkenny but he was hooked for the first, and Donagh Maher also did well to block a goal-bound effort.

Two more frees from Power and an excellent Larkin point from 50 metres cancelled out a Brendan Maher score at the other end. Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity will have been pleased to keep a clean sheet. John O’Brien soon have netted in the 56th minute after a lovely set-up by Brian O’Meara who fed a pass through off his knees. Despite the Cats’ defence was caught off guard for once, O’Brien’s angled shot flew wide of the far post and as the intensity dropped, Kilkenny’s opening Division 1A victory was a certainty. Tipp substitutes Eoin Kelly and Shane Bourke added a late collection of points, with the latter landing three well-taken scores from play. Fellow substitute James Woodlock raided forward to set up Bourke’s second point as the gap was cut to 2-15 to 0-13. Bourke added a third from a tight angle, but Power fittingly closed out the scoring with two more frees.

Scorers – Kilkenny: R Power 1-11 (1-00 pen, 0-10f, 0-01 ’65’), E Larkin 1-02, M Rice 0-02, M Ruth, TJ Reid 0-01 each

Tipperary: P Bourke 0-06 (0-05f, 0-01 ’65’), N McGrath, S Bourke 0-03 each, C O’Mahony (0-01f), B Maher, E Kelly 0-01 each

KILKENNY: David Herity; Jackie Tyrrell, JJ Delaney, Noel Hickey; Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, Paul Murphy; Paddy Hogan, Michael Fennelly; TJ Reid, Michael Rice, Eoin Larkin (capt); Colin Fennelly, Richie Power, Matthew Ruth.

Subs used: Conor Fogarty for Delaney (57 mins), John Mulhall for C Fennelly (63), Richie Doyle for P Hogan (66).

TIPPERARY: Brendan Cummins; Donagh Maher, Paul Curran (capt), Michael Cahill; Shane Maher, Conor O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, David Young; Gearoid Ryan, Noel McGrath, Adrian Ryan; Pa Bourke, Brian O’Meara, John O’Brien.

Subs used: James Woodlock for B Maher (17-18 mins, blood sub), Shane Bourke for A Ryan (half-time), Eoin Kelly for G Ryan (49), James Woodlock for O’Brien (57), John O’Keeffe for Curran (60), Shane McGrath for P Bourke (64).

Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford)

 

Power inspires Cats to opening day win

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-15

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Kilkenny delivered a huge statement of intent at Nowlan Park on Sunday afternoon, opening their 2012 Allianz Hurling League campaign with an impressive eight-point defeat of Tipperary. It was an early-season repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final and once again the Cats proved far too strong, with Richie Power scoring 1-11 of their total in a high-scoring game.

For those of a superstitious nature, the winner of the Allianz League game between the sides in each of the last seasons has gone on to win the All-Ireland final later in the year. Brian Cody, the Kilkenny manager, named 12 of the side that contested last September’s All-Ireland final in his starting XV, while Tipperary started with eight, Brendan Cummins coming in as a late replacement for Darren Gleeson, whose wife gave birth this morning.

Kilkenny had the better of the first half and led by 1-10 to 0-8 at the break, Power converting a 12th minute penalty after he had been fouled in the square. At that stage the Cats led by 1-5 to 0-1, but Tipperary hit the next four points in a row to come back into the game, Pa Bourke hitting a brace and Noel McGrath also getting on the scoreboard.

The Premier County had the gap down to just three points within minutes of the resumption of play, as the prolific Bourke brought his tally for the day to 0-6 and McGrath struck a third from play. Kilkenny, however, hit back ruthlessly, Eoin Larkin forcing the ball over the line for a perfectly timed goal on 41 minutes after a long ball into the Tipperary defence had caused chaos.

Declan Ryan looked to the Tipperary bench to freshen things up and Eoin Kelly and Shane Bourke certainly seemed to liven up the visitors’ attack when they were introduced. Kilkenny were brilliant in defence, though, with Tommy Walsh, imperious under the high ball in the half-back line, once again seeming to deliver his best performances when faced with blue and gold opposition. Two late Power frees saw the 2011 GAA All Star bring his total to 1-11 and Kilkenny cruise to a deserved eight-point win.

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Westmeath 0-19 Kerry 3-8

Murtagh seals Westmeath win

Westmeath 0-19 Kerry 3-08

By Paul O’Donovan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Not even a hat-trick by Kerry’s Padraig Boyle could prevent Westmeath from getting off to a winning start in their Allianz Division 2A campaign at Cusack Park, Mullingar, yesterday. Westmeath led at the break by 0-12 to 1-6, with Boyle grabbing the first of his three goals in the 14th minute. The home side should have been out of sight 10 minutes into the second half, but they struck too many wides and wasted too much possession. This allowed Kerry to stay in contention and when Boyle flicked his second goal to the net, the Munster men trailed by just a point.

Boyle’s third goal in the 54th minute put Kerry one point in front, but Westmeath rallied and four points by the excellent Brendan Murtagh ensured a win for the Lake County. Murtagh was certainly the star for Westmeath as he finished the match with a personally tally of 13 points.

Scorers for Westmeath: B Murtagh 0-13 (8fs, 1 65), A Mitchell 0-2, A McGrath, J Gilligan, F Boyle, P. Dowdall 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: P Boyle 3-0, S Brick 0-4 (3fs), W Dwyer 0-2, S Nolan, A Boyle 0-1 each.

WESTMEATH: S. McGovern; P. Fennell, A. Price, C. Jordan; J. Gilligan, E. Price, P. Gilsenan; P. Dowdall, J. Clarke; B. Murtagh, A. McGrath, P. Greville; F. Boyle, A. Mitchell, C. Boyle.

Subs: D Carty for C Boyle (53), A Clarke for A Mitchell (60), D McCormack for Jordan (60), C Jordan for Fennell (65).

KERRY: B Rochford; R Horgan, T Murnane, P Costello; J Godley, J Casey, C Harris; D Dineen, J Griffin; D O’Connell, M Boyle, W Dwyer; P Boyle, S Brick, S Nolan.

Subs: A O’Connor for Godley (25), C Harty for Casey (33), A Boyle for O’Connell (47), D Walsh for Harty (55).

Referee: Garrett Duffy (Antrim)

Dr. Harty Cup Final – Colaiste Na Deise 2-14 Nenagh CBS 1-10

Déise savour ‘unbelievable’ victory

Coláiste na nDéise 2-14 Nenagh CBS 1-10

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

For only the fourth time in the history of the competition, the Dr Harty Cup resides in Waterford after Dungarvan combination Coláiste na nDéise swept to glory in sparkling fashion at Cashel. Coláiste na nDéise followed in the footsteps of the 1953 winning Mount Sion side and the De La Salle outfit that claimed back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008, as they produced a dynamic and skilful display that broke the resistance of a brave Nenagh CBS challenge.

There was a great sense of expectation before this final began as both sides were pursuit of their first title and the novelty of the pairing attracted a huge crowd to Leahy Park. However a blistering opening half performance by Coláiste na nDéise settled the encounter as they enjoyed a 2-5 to 0-1 advantage after the opening quarter and by the interval were still in control as they led 2-10 to 0-5.

Nenagh CBS battled brilliantly to the final whistle, with Jack Peters and Jack Loughnane leading the way, but they could never make serious inroads into the Coláiste na nDéise advantage. The final whistle sparked huge scenes of celebration as the amalgamation, who lost their opening game to Midleton CBS, savoured a remarkable triumph. “Kerry Colleges beat us two years ago and we were at the lowest ebb we could be,” revealed manager Darragh Duggan afterwards. “They came from nowhere, it’s unbelievable. The boys have come back and you saw today how much they wanted it. Fellas asked did we want it more than Nenagh and I think we answered everyone today, with no little hurling as well. “That can’t be overlooked. The boys have unbelievable skill. Looking at the Dungarvan lads after the Doon defeat last week was heartbreaking, they had it and they were sucker-punched. They learned from it and today weren’t going to be beaten.”

Nenagh coach CBS Donagh O’Donnell showed the polar opposite emotion: “We’re gutted. We thought we had everything right – kept to our routine and we just didn’t really show up. Maybe nerves got to us and we leaked two goals in the first ten minutes. “After that it was going to be uphill. I’m very proud of the players, they’re such a good group. They work very hard and even despite the way the first half went, they kept plugging away in the second half.”

Coláiste na nDéise had an array of outstanding individual performers with the Curran brothers, Cathal and Patrick, posing problems for the Nenagh CBS rearguard all afternoon as they struck 2-11 between them. Kieran Power and Michéal Harney also had important roles to play in attack while Colin Dunford and Cormac Curran, a grandson of Austin Flynn the full-back on the 1959 Waterford All-Ireland senior winning team, excelled at midfield. In defence Clashmore’s Tadgh Burke was hugely impressive while goalkeeper Eoin Kearns made a superb early save to deny Stephen O’Brien a potentially vital goal for Nenagh CBS.

Coláiste na nDéise were clinical from the off in attack while they displayed a sharpness all over the pitch that prevented Nenagh CBS from replicating the heroics of recent wins over Thurles CBS and Ardscoil Rís. Patrick Curran smashed home their first goal in the ninth minute after a great team move involving Power, Harney and Cormac Curran. Then in the 12th minute, Cathal Curran blasted a 20-yard free to the roof of the net and Coláiste na nDéise were in a commanding nine-point lead.

Nenagh fought manfully to get back in contention, with Tadhg Gallagher hitting a couple of fine points, but Cathal and Cormac Curran raised four white flags at the end of the half, to reinforce Coláiste na nDéise’s superiority. The Dungarvan combination maintained their focus after the interval with a defence led by Tom Tobin, Tom Devine and Burke in exemplary form and at one juncture enjoyed a 2-13 to 0-6 advantage. Nenagh CBS mounted a revival in the closing quarter with Jason Forde, who was well-marshalled by the Coláiste na nDéise defence, grabbing a late consolation goal. Both sides were reduced to 14 men in the closing stages with Podge Shanahan (Nenagh CBS) and Evan Collins (Coláiste na Déise) dismissed in separate incidents.

Scorers for Coláiste na nDéise: Cathal Curran 1-9 (1-6fs), P Curran 1-2, Cormac Curran 0-2 (0-1f), C Dunford 0-1.

Scorers for Nenagh CBS: J Forde 1-4 (0-4f), T Gallagher 0-3, J Loughnane (1 65) 0-2, P Shanahan 0-1.

COLÁISTE NA DÉISE: E Kearns (St Mary’s); K Looby (St Oliver’s), T Tobin (St Mary’s), S O’Donovan (Modeligo); E Collins (Abbeyside), T Devine (Modeligo), T Burke (Clashmore); C Dunford (Colligan), Cormac Curran (Brickey Rangers); R Donnelly (Dungarvan), M Harney (Bunmahon), K Power (Kilrossanty); M Kiely (St Mary’s), Cathal Curran (Dungarvan), P Curran (Dungarvan).

Subs: K Sheehan (St Mary’s) for Power (59), E Crotty (Abbeyside) for Donnelly (59).

NENAGH CBS: W Power (Silvermines); D Quinn (Éire Óg Nenagh), K Gubbins (Éire Óg Nenagh), S Cleary (Kilruane McDonaghs); J Flaherty (Burgess), J Peters (Kilruane McDonaghs), E Hynes (Templederry); J Loughnane (Kildangan), T Gallagher (Kildangan); C Delaney (Toomevara), J Forde (Silvermines), S O’Brien (Ballina); P Fogarty (Silvermines), P Shanahan (Toomevara), J Mackey (Éire Óg Nenagh).

Subs: S Geaney (Éire Óg Nenagh) for Mackey (22), K Gleeson (Éire Óg Nenagh) for Delaney (42).

Referee: Shane Hourigan (Limerick)

GAA Football Interprovincial Final – Ulster 3-11 Munster 1-15


Hughes in plea for Interpros

Ulster 3-11 Munster 1-15

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

“Hopefully Christy doesn’t get his way,” was the cry from Ulster captain Darren Hughes after accepting the M Donnelly Interprovincial SF Cup from the GAA president. The Monaghan man had a quiet word with Cooney after the declaration at the end of his winning speech as if to say he meant no offence with his jibe at the Cork man’s questioning of the series. But Hughes’ words were greeted with a rapturous response from the Ulster supporters in the 2,860 crowd, who remained on to see him lift the silverware as the northern province retained the title they won in 2009 when they also beat Munster. Earlier this week, Cooney suggested the series has had its day but Hughes begged to differ and so did the entertainment in yesterday’s final.

With both sides agreeable to open football and sweepers nowhere to be seen, the fare was pretty on the eye as was the marksmanship from Owen Mulligan and David Tubridy. Donegal full-back Neil McGee turned the game decisively in Ulster’s favour two minutes from the end when he dispatched the ball past Alan Quirke after a flowing move initiated by Hughes. Up until that, Ulster were struggling around midfield and had seen a one-point advantage at half-time — 1-7 to 0-9 — transform into a three-point deficit by the 51st minute. A Peter Harte goal brought them right back in the game only for a shot by substitute Rory Donnelly to cannon off Lacey and into the Ulster net.

Captain Hughes added his second and third points to narrow the deficit to two before McGee’s foray up the field provided the ultimate dividend. Ulster manager Joe Kernan was delighted for his team just as much as he was for the competition, which he feels got a shot in the arm yesterday. “It’s not dead,” he insisted. “If this is dead, then the Sigerson has to be wiped too. There was nobody at it on Saturday. “It is a great competition and the players love playing in it. It’s great for developing players.” Kernan criticised the lack of promotion done for the final. “I was listening to a lot of the radio stations down south yesterday and not one of them mentioned this game was on today, which was disappointing.”

His opposite number Ger O’Sullivan agreed the competition can go from strength to strength on the back of the final’s quality. He pinpointed the profile it had given to players from Division 4counties like Clare duo Tubridy, who scored eight points, Gary Brennan as well as Waterford’s Gary Hurney. “I’ve seen them first hand in Munster and they’re as good as any player in Munster, nationally, really. They’ll get on any team in Ireland.” O’Sullivan rued Munster’s missed chances when they went three points ahead twice in the second-half. We had a chance or two to go ahead by more but we didn’t take them. We left the door open.”

Kernan was thrilled with the effort of his players. “We gave the boys the freedom to go out and play but they had to have a responsibility and couldn’t be kamikaze. “They did that and they worked for each other — when somebody went up, somebody covered. The ball that Darren Hughes broke to win the ball for the winning goal … bad players don’t win them balls — wholehearted players do and it just epitomised what the boys were like all day.”

By half time, Tubridy and Paddy Kelly had notched all but two of Munster’s total of nine points. Munster looked to attack as much as possible but they discovered the consequence was gaps between their two back lines, which Mulligan exploited at will. The Tyrone player had bagged three points by the break while winning a free, which Martin Penrose converted, and setting up Mark Poland with a superb pass for another score. Poland was the recipient of another terrific ball from Benny Coulter to score Ulster’s first goal. It was their first of three as Munster, despite Tubridy and Paul Kerrigan’s tag team partnership in the second-half, found out to their cost.

Scorers for Ulster: M Poland 1-1 (1f), O Mulligan 0-4 (1f), P Harte, N McGee 1-0, D Hughes 0-3 (2 45s), M Penrose 0-2 (1f), D Gordon 0-1.

Scorers for Munster: D Tubridy 0-8 (3fs, 1 45), P Kerrigan 0-3, K Lacey (og) 1-0, P Kelly, G Hurney (f) 0-2 each.

ULSTER: B McVeigh (Down); B Donaghy (Armagh), N McGee, K Lacey (both Donegal); J Loughrey (Antrim), D Hughes (Monaghan), C McKeever (Armagh); D Gordon (Down), R Kavanagh (Donegal); P Harte (Tyrone), M Poland (Down), M Penrose (Tyrone); C Gilligan (Derry), B Coulter (Down), O Mulligan (Tyrone).

Subs: Joe McMahon (Tyrone) for Gilligan (inj. 23), O Lennon (Monaghan) for Kavanagh (47), V Corey (Monaghan) for Loughrey (50).

MUNSTER: A Quirke (Cork); A O’Mahony (Kerry), J McCarthy, S Lavin (both Limerick); T Ó Se (Kerry), G Canty, P Kissane (both Cork); G Brennan (Clare), S Scanlon (Kerry); P Kelly, P Kerrigan (both Cork), J Cooke (Limerick); D Tubridy (Clare), G Hurney (Waterford), I Ryan (Limerick).

Subs: P O’Neill (Cork) for Cooke (44); R Donnelly (Clare) for Kelly (50); M Collins for Ryan (62).

Referee: Michael Duffy (Sligo)

Ulster take Interprovincial title in dramatic style

From the Breakingnews.ie web site

Ulster 3-11 Munster 1-15

Ulster and Munster served up an Interprovincial football final classic at the Athletic Grounds today, where the northern province retained the title with a late smash-and-grab raid in the form of a goal from full back Neil McGee. A crowd of less than 3,000 turned up, but the quality of this thrilling encounter should give the competition a reprieve of another couple of seasons at least. Ulster’s 30th title takes them two clear of nearest rivals Leinster, but for long stages, Munster looked as if they were set to claim their 16th success.

Inspired by the clinical finishing of Clare’s David Tubridy, who finished with eight points, they seized control in the third quarter, and Rory Donnelly’s goal took them to within touching distance of triumph. But McGee charged forward to blast a superb winning goal to the net two minutes from the end. In front of a crowd of 2,860, Owen Mulligan wasted no time in making his mark, curling over Ulster’s opening point after just 30 seconds. But scores from Clare’s David Tubridy, from a free, and Paddy Kelly had the southerners ahead by the fifth minute.

In an open and entertaining contest, both sides placed the emphasis on playing constructive football, with no sign of sweepers or extra men committed to the defensive cause. And the consequence was a high-scoring opening half which saw the sided level on six occasions. Tubridy looked lively in the left corner throughout, hitting five points, there of them delightful efforts from play, while Kelly and Cork team-mate Paul Kerrigan also found the target.

But while Munster’s approach often focused on route one ball to Waterford full forward Gary Hurney, Ulster, playing into the wind, displayed more fluency and flair, with Mulligan jinking his way around marker Aidan O’Mahony to hit his second point. Monaghan’s Darren Hughes thumped a ’45 between the posts to level the game on the half-hour, and a minute later, the holders struck for a goal. Ciaran McKeever punted a long ball down the right wing in the direction of Benny Coulter, who picked out his down colleague Mark Poland, and he stepped around goalkeeper Alan Quirke before planting the ball in the net. Two more from Tubridy narrowed the gap to a point, Ulster ahead by 1-7 to 0-9 at the break.

Tubridy’s sixth point, from a ’45, had the sides level within two minutes of the restart, and with Gary Brennan and Seamus Scanlon bossing midfield, they went three clear in the 54th minute. Ulster had defended desperately for long stages, but they were given a massive boost when, for the second time in the game, Coulter showed wonderful vision to cross for Peter Harte to first-time to the net with a quarter of an hour to play. But Munster restored their three points cushion four minutes later through substitute Rory Donnelly, another Clare man, whose rasping shot was deflected past Ulster goalkeeper Brendan McVeigh by Karl Lacey.

Despite this latest setback, Ulster had the confidence and composure to play themselves back into the game. Centre back Darren Hughes inspirational captaincy to drive a ’45 through the posts before adding a point from play. In the 68th minute, full back McGee got on the end of a move involving Lacey and Harte to fire an angled shot to the net for a sensational winner.

Scorers:

Ulster: M Poland 1-1, P Harte, N McGee 1-0 each, O Mulligan 0-4 (1f), D Hughes 0-3 (2 ’45), M Penrose 0-2 (1f), D Gordon 0-1.

Munster: R Donnelly 1-0, D Tubridy 0-8 (3f, 1 ’45), P Kerrigan 0-3, P Kelly, G Hurney (1f) 0-2 each.

Teams:

Ulster: B McVeigh, B Donaghy, N McGee, K Lacey, C McKeever, D Hughes, J Loughrey, D Gordon, R Kavanagh, P Harte, M Poland, M Penrose, C Gilligan, B Coulter, O Mulligan.

Subs: J McMahon for Gilligan, O Lennon for Kavanagh, V Corey for Loughrey

Munster: A Quirke, A O’Mahony, J McCarthy, S Lavin, T O Se, G Canty, P Kissane, G Brennan, S Scanlon, P Kelly, P Kerrigan, J Cooke, D Tubridy, G Hurney, I Ryan.

Subs: P O’Neill for Cooke, R Donnelly for Kelly, M Collins for Ryan

Referee: M Duffy (Sligo)

Click to view photos from the final on Munster GAA Facebook

Team News

There are a number of changes to the Munster Football panel to play Ulster in Sunday’s M Donnelly Inter Provincial Final at the Morgan Athletic Grounds Armagh (2:00pm throw-in).

Limerick’s Seanie Buckley (injured) and Waterford’s Thomas O’Gorman (family commitments) are ruled out of the Munster panel. Meanwhile, Munster manager Ger O’Sullivan has added Rory Donnelly (Clare), Pearse O’Neill (Cork) and Marc O’Se (Kerry) to the panel. Tomás Ó Sé will captain the Munster team.

Munster SF panel v Ulster – Gary Brennan (Clare), Rory Donnelly (Clare), Gordan Kelly (Clare), David Tubridy (Clare), Graham Canty (Cork), Mark Collins (Cork), Patrick Kelly (Cork), Paul Kerrigan (Cork), Paudie Kissane (Cork), Pearse O’Neill (Cork), Alan Quirke (Cork), Brendan Kealy (Kerry), Aidan O Mahony (Kerry), Marc O Se (Kerry), Tomas O Se (Kerry – Captain), Seamus Scanlon (Kerry), John Cooke (Limerick), Steven Lavin (Limerick), Johnny McCarthy (Limerick), Pa Ranahan (Limerick), Ian Ryan (Limerick), Shane Briggs (Waterford), Gary Hurney (Waterford), Patrick Hurney (Waterford), Maurice O’Gorman (Waterford)

Ulster Team for Sunday’s Inter-Pro Football Final: Brendan McVeigh; Brendan Donaghy, Neil McGee, Karl Lacey; Ciaran McKeever, Darren Hughes, James Loughrey; Dan Gordan, Rory Kavanagh; Peter Harte, Mark Poland, Martin Penrose; Conleith Gilligan, Benny Coulter, Owen Mulligan

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

For the Record

Munster Ulster
Team Manager Ger O’Sullivan (Cork) Joe Kernan (Armagh)
Team Captain Tomás Ó Sé (Kerry) Darren Hughes (Monaghan)
2009 Performance (last year this competition was played) Defeated Connacht by 1-16 to 1-13 in the Semi-Final before losing to Ulster in the final Defeated Leinster in nthe Semi-Final before defeating Munster in the final by 0-15 to 1-8
Number of Football titles 15 29
Last Football Title 2008 2009
Inter Provincial Football Record since 2000 Played – 14
Won – 5
Lost – 9
Drawn – 0
Played – 18
Won – 14
Lost – 4
Drawn – 0

2012 M Donnelly Inter Provincial Football Fixtures / Results


Semi-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday February 19th

@ Parnell Park Dublin                      Munster 1-16 Leinster 1-13

@ Markevicz Park Sligo                  Ulster 3-16 Connacht 0-11

Final (Extra time)

Sunday February 26th

@ Morgan Athletic Grounds            Munster v Ulster                                 @ 2:00pm

Inter Provincial Football – A look back

Ulster have defeated Munster in the last 8 Inter Provincial Finals they have contested dating back to 1979.

Munster’s last victory over Ulster in a final came in 1978 after a replay on a scoreline of 4-12 to 0-19.

Ulster and Munster have played 48 times in the Inter Provincial Football competition since their first meeting in 1927. Ulster have won 25, Munster 18 while there have been 5 draws.

The record of the teams in Inter Provincial Finals involving both Munster and Ulster is Played 17, Ulster 11, Munster 4 and Drawn 2.

Munster have won 15 Inter Provincial Football titles. The breakdown by county of winning Munster Football captains is as follows – Kerry (11), Cork (4). John O’Keeffe (Kerry) is the only player to captain Munster to Inter Provincial Football success on two occasions, winning in 1977 and 1978 while playing at full-back. Tomas O Se is aiming become the 11th captain from Kerry to lead Munster to Inter Provincial Football honours.

Munster Football panel member Rory Donnelly (Cooraclare and Clare) is a nephew of Martin Donnelly, current sponsor of the competition. Rory was part of the team which lost to Ulster by 2-13 to 0-9 in the 2005 semi-final.

Munster did not win an Inter Provincial Football title from 1950 through 1971.

After winning the 1999 title (captained by Seamus Moynihan of Kerry), Munster lost in the semi-final for the next 7 consecutive years. During those barren years, Nicholas Murphy (Cork) played in 6 of the 7 games, missing out only in 2004 before getting his just rewards as winning Munster captain in 2008.

Munster captured 4 Inter Provincial Football titles in a row from 1975 to 1978. Jimmy Barry-Murphy (Cork), Dave McCarthy (Cork), John O’Keeffe (Kerry), Ger Power (Kerry) and John Egan (Kerry) won medals in all four years.

Munster captured the first ever Inter Provincial Football competition in 1927 with victories over Ulster and Connacht.  John Joe Sheehy of Kerry was the winning captain.

Inter Provincial Football Roll Of Honour

Ulster (29) – 1942, 1943, 1947, 1950, 1956, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009

Leinster (28) – 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1974, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006

Munster (15) – 1927, 1931, 1941, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1999, 2008

Connacht (9) – 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1951, 1957, 1958, 1967, 1969

List of Munster Inter Provincial Football Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site at http://munster.gaa.ie/history/railway-cup-football/ to view the list of all the teams to represent Munster in the Inter Provincial Football competition

Most Recent meeting – Ulster v Munster

2009 Final – Ulster 0-15 Munster 1-8 – Ruislip on November 8th

Munster Team: Paul Fitzgerald (Tipperary); Tomas O’Gorman (Waterford), Johnny McCarthy (Limerick), Padraig Reidy (Kerry); Maurice O’Gorman (Waterford), Michael Shields (Cork); Pa Ranahan (Limerick); Nicholas Murphy (Cork), Pierce O’Neill (Cork); Patrick Kelly (Cork), Donncha O’Connor (Cork – Captain), Paul Kerrigan (Cork); Gary Hurney (Waterford), Daniel Goulding (Cork), Liam Ó Lionáin (Waterford)
Subs: Robbie Costigan (Tipperary) for Maurice O’Gorman, James Ryan (Limerick) for Paul Kerrigan, Seamus Scanlon (Kerry) for Pierce O’Neill, Aidan Walsh (Cork) for Liam Ó Lionáin. Joe Hayes (Clare). Alan O’Connor (Cork), Colm O’Neill (Cork), Shane Walsh (Waterford), Ger Quinlan (Clare) played in the semi-final.

Ulster Team: J Devine (Tyrone); K Lacey (Donegal), Justin McMahon (Tyrone), G O’Kane (Derry); A Kernan (Armagh), C McKeever (Armagh), R Flanagan (Cavan); K Hughes (Tyrone), E McGinley (Tyrone); P Finlay (Monaghan), B Coulter (Down), Joe McMahon (Tyrone); P Bradley (Derry), S O’Neill (Tyrone), M Murphy (Donegal)
Subs: C Gormley (Tyrone) for McKeever (28); R McCloskey (Fermanagh) for Lacey (ht); D Hughes (Down) for Joe McMahon (41); D Gordon (Down) for Murphy (43); T Freeman (Monaghan) for Hughes (52).

Most Recent victory for Munster v Ulster

2008: Semi-Final: Munster 1-5 Ulster 0-5 – October 26th at Fermoy

Munster: Paul Fitzgerald (Tipperary); Diarmuid Duggan (Cork), Johnny McCarthy (Limerick), Padraig Reidy (Kerry); Tomas Ó Sé (Kerry), Stephen Lavin (Limerick), Tomas O’Gorman (Waterford); John Galvin (Limerick), Nicholas Murphy (Cork); Patrick Kelly (Cork), Daniel Goulding (Cork), Maurice O’Gorman (Waterford); Donncha O’Connor (Cork), Micheal Cussen (Cork), Ian Ryan (Limerick).
Subs: Alan O’Connor (Cork) for Kelly (38), Liam Ó Lionáin (Waterford) for M O’Gorman (56), Michael Crowley (Limerick) for Ryan (59)

Ulster: J Devine (Tyrone); F Moriarty (Armagh), V Corey (Monaghan), K Lacey (Donegal); D Harte (Tyrone), C Gormley (Tyrone), A Carr (Down); D Clerkin (Monaghan), R Kavanagh (Donegal); B Dooher (Tyrone), B Mallon (Armagh), D Hughes (Down); S Johnston (Cavan), E Bradley (Derry), T Freeman (Monaghan).
Subs: K Toner (Armagh) for Johnston (38), S O’Neill for Bradley, E Lennon (Monaghan) for Carr, R Flanagan (Cavan) for Hughes (all 44), R Woods for Kavanagh (53).

Last Inter Provincial Football Title for Munster

2008: Final – Munster 1-9 Connacht 0-7

Munster team: Paul Fitzgerald (Tipperary); Diarmuid Duggan (Cork), Johnny McCarthy (Limerick), Padraig Reidy (Kerry); Tomas Ó Sé (Kerry), Steven Lavin (Limerick), Tomas O’Gorman (Waterford); John Galvin (Limerick), Nicholas Murphy (Cork – Captain); Patrick Kelly (Cork), Donnacha O’Connor (Cork), Maurice O’Gorman (Waterford); Daniel Goulding (Cork), Alan O’Connor (Cork), Ian Ryan (Limerick)
Subs: Robbie Costigan (Tipperary) for Tomas O’Gorman, John Hayes (Cork) for Alan O’Connor, Steven O’Donoghue (Cork) for Patrick Kelly, Eddie Rockett (Waterford) for Maurice O’Gorman, Michael Crowley (Limerick) for Ian Ryan. Joe Hayes (Clare). Michael Cussen (Cork) and Liam Ó Lionáin (Waterford) played in the semi-final.