Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Quarter Final – Waterford 2-13 Limerick 1-10

Casey strike paves the way for Deise victory

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Waterford 2-13 Limerick 1-10

WATERFORD proved much too crafty for Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds, though at one stage in the second half the Shannonsiders had narrowed the gap to a goal. Two first-half goals, the first after 13 minutes, and the second with the last action of the half, were the real difference between the sides. The first goal was superbly taken by full-forward Mitchell Casey who took a great catch from a cross by John Coffey before blasting his shot past James Brouder from close range. Goal number two was even more brilliantly executed, with Waterford goalkeeper Paul Houlihan starting a move which involved six players before David Power applied the finishing touch.

By half-time, Waterford led 2-4 to 0-4 and they went further ahead when Ed Hogan had the opening point on the resumption. That sparked a Limerick revival. Substitute Mark O’Sullivan scored a goal to raise their hopes of a comeback, but Waterford retained possession very efficiently in the final quarter and they cruised to a comfortable victory.

Waterford’s defence was superb, especially in the first half, during which Limerick’s only point from play came from wing-back John Bourke. Full-back Declan Prendergast, Richie Hennessy and Ger Dunphy excelled, while Michael O’Gorman and Patrick Lynch dominated midfield. Ronan Cahill was the perfect middle man in the half-forward line and he was flanked by the two Powers, Paul and David, who also shone all through. Limerick were a big disappointment, with only John Bourke, Stephen Nix and Derry O’Connor, catching the eye.

SCORERS — Waterford: D Power 1-2, M Casey 1-1, G Crotty 0-3, P Power, E Hogan (1f), 0-2 each, R Hennessy, R Cahill, J Coffey 0-1 each. Limerick: K O’Callaghan 0-5 (4f), D O’Connor 0-3, M O’Sullivan 1-0, J Bourke 0-2.

WATERFORD — P Houlihan; J Walsh, D Prendergast, G Dunphy; A O’Loughlin, E Rockett, R Hennessy; M O’Gorman, P Lynch; P Power, R Cahill, D Power; E Hogan, M Casey, J Coffer. Subs: G Crotty for O’Gorman (h-t), S Lannon for O’Loughlin (40), K Sheehan for Lynch (52), D Wall for P Power (59), K Buckley for Casey (59).

LIMERICK — J Brouder; M O’Keeffe, S Browne, A O’Sullivan; P Sheahan, S Nix, J Bourke; B O’Brien, T Cahill; K O’Connor, M Quilligan, T McMahon; S Cronin, K O’Callaghan, D O’Connor. Subs: M O’Sullivan for Cronin (22), B O’Sullivan for McMahon (25), G Noonan for Cahill (39).

REF — J Lynch (Kerry)

 

Casey and Power pave way for Déise

Waterford 2-13 Limerick 1-10

By John Redington for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Former Waterford senior boss John ‘Jackson’ Kiely made a successful return to inter-county management when his side secured victory in yesterday’s Munster JFC quarter-final at the Gaelic Grounds. A 15th minute goal gave the visitors a lead they never relinquished. A second moments before the interval was a huge blow to the hosts. After Limerick pair Kieran O’Callaghan and John Bourke traded scores with Ronan Cahill and John Coffey, Waterford took control when Mitchell Casey netted after fielding a long delivery.

O’Callaghan sent over another two frees either side of points from Paul Power and David Power before the latter’s injury-time goal gave Waterford a 2-4 to 0-4 interval lead. Mark O’Sullivan’s goal lifted Limerick hopes but the two Powers responded to ease Waterford worries. Scores from Derry O’Connor and O’Callaghan brought Limerick within two but Waterford finished in style to ease into the last four.

Scorers for Waterford: D Power 1-2, M Casey 1-1, G Crotty 0-3, P Power 0-2, E Hogan 0-2 (1f), R Cahill 0-1, J Coffey 0-1, R Hennessy 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: K O’Callaghan 0-5 (4f), D O’Connor 0-3, M O’Sullivan 1-0, J Bourke 0-2.

WATERFORD: P Houlihan; J Walsh, D Prendergast, G Dunphy; A O’Loughlin, E Rockett, R Hennessy; M O’Gorman, P Lynch; P Power, R Cahill, D Power; Edmond Hogan, M Casey, J Coffey.

Subs: G Crotty for M O’Gorman (h-t), S Lannon for A O’Loughlin (38), K Sheehan for P Lynch (52), D Wall for P Power (58), K Buckley for M Casey (60).

LIMERICK: J Brouder; M O’Keeffe, S Browne, A O’Sullivan; P Sheehan, S Nix, J Bourke; B O’Brien, T Cahill; K O’Connor, M Quilligan, T McMahon; S Cronin, K O’Callaghan, D O’Connor.

Subs: M O’Sullivan for S Cronin (23), B O’Sullivan for T McMahon (28), G Noonan for T Cahill (38).

Referee: J Lynch (Kerry)

Team News

Limerick Junior Football Team V Waterford on 20th May 2012.

1. James Brouder Mountcollins.

2. Michael O’Keeffe Newcastlewest.

3. Shaun Browne Newcastlewest.

4. Aidan O’Sullivan Bruff.

5. Patrick Sheahan St. Mary’s/Sean Finn’s. Captain.

6. Stephen Nix Newcastlewest.

7. John Bourke Oola.

8. Bobby O’Brien Bruff.

9. Tom Cahill Fr. Casey’s.

10. Keith O’Connor Hospital/Herbertstown.

11. Michael Quilligan Newcastlewest.

12. Tony McMahon Pallasgreen.

13. Sean Cronin Newcastlewest.

14. Kieran O’Callaghan Ballylanders.

15. Derry O’Connor Fr.Casey’s.

16. Tom Enright Fr. Casey’s.

17. Gary Enright St. Mary’s/Sean Finn’s.

18. Shane O’Connor Fr. Casey’s.

19. Mark O’Sullivan St. Mary’s/Sean Finn’s.

20. Brendan O’Sullivan Hospital/Herbertstown.

21. Padraigh Horan Glin.

22. Jamie Lee Newcastlewest.

23. Conor Henebry Galbally.

24. Garrett Noonan Dromcollogher- Broadford.

Management Team: Manager John Cummins (Galbally); Selectors Billy Lee (Newcastlewest) and Gerry O’Sullivan (Hospital/Herbertstown); Logistics Coordinator Kieran Donovan (St.Mary’s/Sean Finn’s)

 

Waterford Junior Football Team

1. Paul Houlihan St. Saviours P. Ó hUallacháin

2. Justin Walsh Nire S. Breathnach

3. Declan Prendergast Ardmore D. de Priondargáis

4. Ger Dunphy Newtown G. Mac Donnchaidh

5. Adam O’Loughlan St. Molleran’s A. Ó Lochlainn

6. Eddie Rockett (CAPTAIN) Stradbally E. Mac Rocéid

7. Richie Hennessy Ardmore R. Ó hAongasa

8. Michael O’Gorman Nire M. Ó Gormáin

9. Patrick Lynch Ballinacourty P. Ó Loingsigh

10. Paul Power Portlaw P. de Paor

11. Ronan Cahill Rathgormack R. Ó Cathail

12. David Power Kilrossanty D. de Paor

13. Edmond Hogan Rathgormack E. Ó hÓgáin

14. Mitchell Casey De La Salle M. Ó Cathasaigh

15. John Coffey Stradbally S. Ó Cofaigh

Munster GAA SFC Q-Final – Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7

Limerick defeated Waterford by 2-12 to 0-7 in the Quarter Final of the Munster GAA Senior Football Championship on Sunday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

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Limerick capitalise on Scanlon heroics

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7

Munster SFC

Be the first to comment There was nothing to suggest at half-time at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday that this was going to turn into a stroll for Limerick as just a point separated the sides. But the game turned two minutes after the restart when Limerick goalkeeper Brian Scanlon saved a penalty from Mark Ferncombe. Waterford did not score after that and Limerick tacked on 1-7 to ease into a semi-final showdown with Clare on June 9.

“It was a big moment all right. It was a great save by Brian Scanlon,” said Limerick manager Maurice Horan afterwards. “We were sickened when we saw the referee awarding a penalty. But Brian got himself organised, he had a minute or two. I won’t say he did a Petr Cech on it but he saved it. It was a turning point for us.”

Waterford kicked all of their scores from play in the opening half but failed to register a single score after the restart and, aside from the penalty miss, they also shot eight wides in the second half. “At the end of the day we had opportunities to close the gap in the last 10 minutes but that didn’t happen. It is very difficult,” reflected Waterford boss John Owens. “It was one of those days we felt if we could get within striking distance, but we had that in the first half and we didn’t push on and that was disappointing.” He will face a difficult task getting them ready for the qualifiers but they gave as good as they got in the opening half but in Ian Ryan, who finished with 1-7, Limerick had a match winner.

Waterford’s collapse was not evident in the opening half in front of a crowd of 2,431 and Limerick led by 1-5 to 0-7 at the break after both sides picked off some fine scores. The crucial score of the opening period was a goal after 19 minutes from Seamus O’Carroll when Waterford goalkeeper Kieran Cotter failed to deal with a swirling high ball from the right by Paul Kinnerk. It broke kindly for Eoghan O’Connor and he set up O’Carroll who blasted to the roof of the net. The sides were deadlocked at 0-3 each when O’Carroll struck, with Waterford racing into an early lead thanks to points from JJ Hutchinson and Ferncombe.

Ryan landed his third free before O’Carroll blasted to the net but the Waterford response to the goal was good, with Hutchinson getting his second point before Tony Grey reduced the margin to the minimum seven minutes from the break when he again went forward to score. The game turned when Ian Corbett brought down Grey two minutes after the restart but Ferncombe’s miss from the resultant penalty was crucial. Within a minute, Ryan turned the screw with a Limerick point and Waterford never looked like recovering. The O’Gorman twins, Maurice and Thomas, were both booked as Waterford struggled to contain a rejuvenated Limerick attack.

Ryan pointed both frees following the bookings to open up a 1-8 to 0-7 lead after 56 minutes and there really was only going to be one winner after that. Limerick manager Horan introduced Stephen Kelly and the Newcastle West man looked sharp, picking off a good point and was full of running. Ger Collins also finished the game strongly and shot two points as Waterford’s day of woe got worse. Appropriately, it was Ryan who finished the contest in style when he worked his way in from the left and gave Cotter no chance with a rocket to the roof of the net to set up a semi-final clash with Clare as they bid to reach the Munster final for the third time in four years. They will go to Cusack Park with plenty of confidence, especially if their injury situation continues to improve, but it looks like being another short summer for Waterford.

Scorers — Limerick: I Ryan 1-7 (6f), S O’Carroll 1-1, G Collins 0-2, J Cooke, I Corbett 0-1 each. Waterford: T Grey, M Ferncombe, JJ Hutchinson 0-2 each, S Ahearne 0-1.

Limerick — B Scanlon 8; J McCarthy 7, P Browne 7, L O’Dwyer 6; S Lavin 6, J Riordan 7, P Ranahan 6; T Lee 7, P Kinnerk 7; S Buckley 6, G Collins 7, E Barry 6; E O’Connor 7, S O’Carroll 7, I Ryan 8. Subs: I Corbett 6 for Barry (33), J O’Meara 6 for Kinnerk (48), S Kelly 7 for O’Carroll (56), J Cooke 6 for Lee (62), S Lucey 6 for Ranahan (68).

Waterford — K Cotter 6; K Connery 6, T O’Gorman 7, M O’Gorman 7; T Grey 7, S Briggs 6, C O’Keeffe 5; S Ahearne 6, S O’Hare 5; JJ Hutchinson 7, S Dempsey 5, P Hurney 5; M Ferncombe 6, W Hennessy 7, T Prendergast 6. Subs: L O Lionain 6 for Prendergast (35), J Veale 6 for Ferncombe (59), P Whyte 6 for Hurney (59), S Fleming 6 for Hutchinson (59), A Doyle 6 for M O’Gorman (69).

Ref — C Lane (Cork)

 

Relief for Horan as Treaty take time to shake off rust and dump Déise

Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

They have knocked at the provincial title door for years and made a successful attempt at the start of another tilt at Munster in the Gaelic Grounds yesterday. There was no silverware on show here and the 2,341 patrons present witnessed a level of performance that will require refinement if Limerick are to finally thrive this summer. The 11-point margin concealed the competitive nature of Waterford’s performance for a good hour and a few shortcomings on Limerick’s part. Yet at the beginning of a championship road, victory was all manager Maurice Horan desired to set up a meeting with Clare on June 9.

“We lost the first round of the Munster championship last year so we’re happy in that sense to have won this,” reflected Horan. “I wouldn’t be delighted with the first half though. We were very rusty at times, some of our passing went astray and there a breakdown in communication as well. “But at least we got organised at half-time. We swallowed up their attacks and started to settle whereas they got demoralised. Our subs came on and made an impression. The penalty was obviously a major turning point as well.”

The spot kick Horan referred to came in the 38th minute when Waterford substitute Liam Ó Lionáin was felled by Limerick youngster James O’Meara. It had the sense of a pivotal moment at the time and that was confirmed afterwards. Waterford had only been 1-5 to 0-7 adrift at the interval and were firmly in the hunt. Their defence was shutting down Limerick’s attacking sources as Wayne Hennessy acted as an important screen while Kieran Connery and Tony Grey made impressive forays forward.

An attack missing talisman Gary Hurney was coping well with JJ Hutchinson, parachuted into the team before the off, and Mark Ferncombe confidently kicking four points between them. When the chance came to hit the net from the penalty, a goal would have been a huge boost but Ferncombe’s effort was smothered by Limerick netminder Brian Scanlon. That knocked Waterford back and they endured a tough second half in front of goal as they failed to add to their half-time tally.

“It’s very disappointing,” admitted Waterford boss John Owens. “Great credit to Limerick, they persevered and got the scores when they needed. You wouldn’t read too much into the scoreboard. “When the team gets a run on you, the heads go down. We just didn’t get enough ball into our forwards and it’ll be very difficult to pick things up now.”

It took Limerick a long time to get into their stride yet they always had the cushion of a functioning rearguard behind them. Padraig Browne and John Riordan were excellent in the spine, Stephen Lavin’s influence became more pronounced as the match progressed and Thomas Lee, a recent returnee from Australia, put in a good shift at midfield. Their attack found it difficult to punch holes but the opportunism of Seamus O’Carroll in rifling the ball to the net in the 19th minute, after a skyscraper by Paul Kinnerk slipped from Kieran Cotter’s grasp, proved important.

Ian Ryan should have found the net in the 31st minute when his shot flew over the bar but his class told by the finish. His free-taking was exemplary as his points from those situations allowed Limerick to keep Waterford at arm’s length during the second half. In the 69th minute he provided the gloss to the victory with a stinging drive to the net.

Limerick had their own scoring problems in the second half yet the old guard dug them out in the finale. Stephen Kelly sprang from the bench to lob over the first point from play of the second half in the 63rd minute and Ger Collins, quiet by his high standards, knocked over a brace. The sight of Stephen Lucey joining in the action was reassuring for Limerick supporters and they will hope to have Jim Donovan fit and ready for the semi-final. That will be a stern test but this was at least a start that offers hope.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 1-7 (6fs), S O’Carroll 1-1, G Collins 0-2, J Cooke, S Kelly 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M Ferncombe, T Grey, JJ Hutchinson 0-2 each, S Ahearne 0-1.

Subs for Limerick: I Corbett for Barry (33), J O’Meara for Kinnerk (48), S Kelly for O’Carroll (56), J Cooke for Lee (63), S Lucey for Ranahan (68).

Subs for Waterford: L Ó Lionáin for Prendergast (ht), J Veale for Ferncombe (59), S Fleming for Hutchinson (59), P Whyte for Hurney (59), A Doyle for M O’Gorman (70).

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)

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Student/OAP – Concession on specific styles on the day (on production of I.D.) – €10
Group Stand Discount (when purchased through a club) – €15
Under 16s will admitted free

Match Preview

From the GAA.ie web site

The Munster GAA Football Championship 2012 gets underway this weekend with the meeting of Limerick and Waterford at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. While Limerick have reached four Munster finals this Millennium and Waterford have not contested a provincial final since 1960, there has been surprisingly little between the sides when they have met in recent years. In fact, the most recent meeting was in the Allianz League back in March, when the Déise torpedoed Limerick’s promotion hopes with an excellent 1-18 to 1-14 victory at the Gaelic Grounds.

That victory earned John Owens’ side a measure of revenge for the Round 3 All-Ireland Qualifier defeat they suffered at the hands of Limerick last summer. After a trimming by Cork in the Munster Championship semi-final, Waterford regrouped and earned a creditable victory over London in Ruislip, with team captain Gary Hurney scoring 1-3. In the next round at the Gaelic Grounds, the game turned on a controversial incident involving Tom Lee in the 59th minute when, with Waterford trailing by just two points, Hurney was sent off. The in-form Stephen Kelly was to the fore as Limerick took advantage of their numerical advantage to record a five-point win.

Hurney is ruled out of Sunday’s game after damaging his jaw in a club championship game with Ballinacourty, while Kelly, Limerick’s star in their run to a first-ever All-Ireland quarter-final appearance, has failed to make their starting XV and is a major loss with ligament damage. Midfielder Lee is thrown straight into midfield having arrived back from Australia at the start of the month. His inclusion is a major plus given talisman John Galvin is unavailable after damaging his cruciate knee ligament once again in the league game against Fermanagh. Eoin Barry makes his championship debut at wing-forward.

Limerick have won nine Munster Championship games since 2000, but only two of those victories have come at the Gaelic Grounds, against Waterford in 2004 and Clare in 2006. An indication of the size of the task facing Waterford is the statistic that they have won just twice in the Munster Championship since 1988, with both victories coming on home soil against Clare. Speaking this week, Waterford manager John Owens was confident of overcoming that poor record. “There’s only a kick of a ball between the two counties on a championship day or a league day,” he said. “What we will be hoping is that we bring our ‘A’ game and take these guys on in their own backyard, nobody in the dressingroom is afraid of that.”

The prize for the winners is a semi-final place against Clare.

Team News

The Waterford Senior Football Team to play Limerick is as follows –

1. Kieran Cotter Geraldines C. Mac Oitir

2. Maurice O’Gorman Nire M. Ó Gormáin

3. Thomas O’Gorman Nire T. Ó Gormáin

4. Kieran Connery Clashmore/Kinsalebeg C. O Conaire

5. Wayne Hennessy Ardmore W. Ó hAonghusa

6. Tony Grey Stradbally A. de Gré

7. Shane Briggs Ballinacourty S. De Brig CAPTAIN

8. Shane Ahearne Stradbally S. Ó hEathairn

9. Sean O’Hare Ballinacourty S. Ó hEithir

10. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty P. O’hUrnai

11. Paul Whyte Kilrossanty P. de Faoite

12. Cillian O’Keeffe Clashmore/Kinsalebeg C. Ó Caoimh

13. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty T. de Priondargáis

14. Sean Fleming Clashmore/Kinsalebeg S. Phleimeann

15. Mark Ferncombe Ballinacourty M. Ferncombe

Eoin Barry (26 years) from the Dromcollogher-Broadford club makes his Championship debut and Paul Kinnerk makes his first Championship start having come on as a sub in the Round 3 qualifer V Waterford in 2011. Ger Collins (Monaleen) is the team captain. Thomas Lee returns having missed all the AFL games.

Limerick Senior Football Team V Waterford MSFC 20th May 2012.

1. Brian Scanlon, Gerald Griffin’s.

2. Johnny McCarthy, St.Kieran’s.

3. Paudie Browne, Fr. Casey’s.

4. Lorcan O’Dwyer, Pallasgreen.

5. Steven Lavin, Adare.

6. John Riordan, Fr. Casey’s

7. Pa Ranahan, Ballysteen.

8. Thomas Lee, Ballylanders.

9. Paul Kinnerk , Monaleen.

10. Eoin Barry, Dromcollogher-Broadford.

11. Eoghan O’Connor, St. Mary’s/Sean Finn’s.

12. Seanie Buckley, Dromcollogher-Broadford.

13. Ger Collins, Monaleen CAPTAIN.

14. Seamus O’Carroll, Cappagh Kilcornan.

15. Ian Ryan, St. Senan’s.

Management Team ; Manager Maurice Horan (Na Piarsaigh) , Selector Joe Lee (Newcastlewest), Selector/Coach Brian Lacey. Doctor: Dr. Mick Lucey, Head Physio: Jamie Bowman, Assistant Physio: Darragh Kennedy.

Fixture Details

SUNDAY MAY 20TH

Munster GAA Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final

Limerick v Waterford

Venue: Gaelic Grounds Limerick @ 3:30pm

Referee – Conor Lane (Cork)

Stand By Referee – Michael Collins (Cork)
Linesman – Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary)
Sideline Official – Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)
Umpires – John Joe Lane, Ger Fleming, D J O’Sullivan, Pat Kelly

Replay date
– May 26th

Next Round – the winners play Clare in the Munster Semi-Final on Saturday June 9th at 7:00pm


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

For the Record

Limerick Waterford
2011 Championship Performance Lost to Kerry by 1-26 to 3-9 in the Munster Semi-Final before making a good run in the Qualifiers, defeating Offaly, Waterford and Wexford. Limerick lost to Kerry in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final by 1-20 to 0-10 at Croke Park. Lost to Cork by 5-17 to 2-8 in the Munster Semi-Final. In the Qualifiers, Waterford defeated London by 1-17 to 0-13 before losing to Limerick by 0-14 to 0-9 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.
Number of Munster Senior Football titles 1 1
Last Munster Senior Football Title 1896 1898
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 22
Won – 9
Lost – 12
Drawn – 1
Played – 14
Won – 2
Lost – 12
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship June 6th 2010 at Fraher Field Dungarvan – Limerick 1-17 Waterford 1-9 (Munster Semi-Final) – an early Ger Collins goal set Limerick on their way to an eight point victory over Waterford.
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Last meeting in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship July 16st 2011 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Limerick 0-14 Waterford 0-9 – (All-Ireland Qualifiers) – Stephen Kelly kicked 7 points for Limerick to help them to a hard fought victory
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Last meeting in the Allianz Football League Division 4 March 24th 2012 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Waterford 1-18 Limerick 1-14 – Waterford scored six unanswered points in the final quarter to secure a come from behind victory with Gary Hurney accounting for 7 of Waterford’s points.
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Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2012


Quarter-Finals

Sunday May 20th (Replay date – May 26th)

@ Pairc na nGael                             Waterford v Limerick @ 3:30pm

Sunday May 27th (Replay date – June 2nd)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary v Kerry @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals
Saturday June 9th (Replay date – June 16th)

@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare v Waterford or Limerick @ 7:00pm

or Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Sunday June 10th (Replay date – June 16th)

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                        Cork v Tipperary or Kerry @ 2:00pm

Final

Sunday July 8th (Replay date – July 14th)

2:00pm throw-in

Useful Information

There has been a 57% increase in the number of scores in the last 4 Munster Senior Football Championships – 2008 (21 scores per game), 2009 (24 scores per game), 2010 (28 scores per game), 2011 (33 scores per game).

Cork have won both competitions entered thus far in 2012, Cork won the McGrath Cup in January with victories over Clare, CIT and Tipperary, conceding a total of 20 points in 210 minutes of action. Cork then progressed to win the Allianz Football League Division 1 title for the third consecutive year. During the 7 group matches in Division 1, Cork conceded the least amount of scores (an aggregate of 78 points). Kerry had the second best defensive record with a concession of 86 points on aggregate. Cork’s defensive record in the 12 competitive matches played in 2012 has seen them concede an average of 8.16 points per game.

Since 2000, Kerry have drawn more matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship than they have lost, 5 draws (all v Cork) as compared to 4 defeats in 33 matches played.

Tipperary have lost their first game in the Munster Senior Football Championship in the last 8 seasons. Tipperary’s last Munster SFC victory came in the first round in 2003 when helped by 11 points by Declan Browne, the Premier County defeated Waterford at Walsh Park by 0-18 to 1-12. Cork native Denis Walsh was the Waterford manager on the day.

Since 2000, Limerick have won as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship (9) than Tipperary (2), Clare (5) and Waterford (2) combined. Only 2 of those 9 Limerick victories have come at home, against Waterford in 2004 (1-18 to 0-7) and against Clare in 2006 (2-5 to 0-8).  Limerick have a home tie with Waterford in the 2012 first round on May 20th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Clare have won 1 of their last 7 matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship, a 0-9 to 0-7 victory over Waterford at Cusack Park Ennis in May 2008.

Waterford have won 2 matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship since 1988. Both victories have come at the expense of Clare in games played at Fraher Field Dungarvan – a 1-6 to 0-7 victory in 2007 and a 1-10 to 0-9 win in 2010.

Cork’s Daniel Goulding was the top scorer in the 2011 Munster Senior Football Championship with 2-16 (0-9 from frees) in three matches. Colm Cooper (Kerry) was second with 0-14 (0-5 frees) while there was a three-way tie for 3rd place involving Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry – 2-6), Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry – 0-12) and Donnacha O’Connor (Cork – 2-6, 0-3 frees, 1-0 penalty).

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (74) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011

Cork (36) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009

Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935

Clare (2) – 1917, 1992

Waterford (1) – 1898

Limerick (1) – 1896

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sf_teams/

Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 36, 14 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.