Bord Gais Energy Munster U21H Q-F – Tipperary 0-18 Cork 0-17

Rebels rocked as Tipp finish with a flourish

Tipperary 0-18 Cork 0-17

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary staged a remarkable late revival to plunder the spoils against Cork in last night’s Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21HC semi-final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, with senior panellist Sean Curran proving the matchwinner when he arrowed over a priceless late point from the wing. It was a stunning transformation as Curran’s strike propelled Tipperary into the lead for the first and only time of the game. At various junctures during the second half, it seemed like their trip south would be an unhappy one as they trailed on the scoreboard.

When Cork led by 0-16 to 0-12 with only six minutes left, the Rebels appeared capable of closing out this game. But Tipperary stuck grimly to their task and diligently chipped away at Cork’s lead. Captain John O’Dwyer, David Collins, Niall O’Meara and their hero Curran were to the fore as they outscored their opponents by 0-6 to 0-1 in the closing stages to fashion a notable triumph. The victory ensured redemption for manager Ken Hogan after the Rebels caused their exit from last year’s championship and sets up a semi-final showdown with reigning champions Limerick on July 18.

Defeat was a bitter disappointment for Cork and followed on other recent underage setbacks for the county, with minor hurling and football teams bowing out of their respective Munster championships. This loss was all the more galling because of the fact that they made the running for long stages. Senior stars Jamie Coughlan and Conor Lehane chalked up 0-12 between them while midfielder David Drake caught the eye with his inventive play as he struck 0-3 and Christopher Joyce was immense at centre-back. Yet those bright aspects of their performance were overshadowed by the fact that their campaign has ground to a halt at the first hurdle.

The game was not the cracking affair that we have grown accustomed to in this championship in recent years but the closely contested nature of it maintained the interest for the attendance of 3,026 present. The adverse weather conditions did not aid free-flowing hurling either and indeed torrential showers before the game raised the distinct prospect of a postponement at one stage. The game did proceed but it was a tough night for players to hurl on a sodden surface that was particularly troublesome as they tried to keep their footing underneath the covered stand.

Cork started in bright and confident fashion with Lehane and Drake impressing in the accuracy of their shooting while Joyce’s play was outstanding at the heart of the rearguard. They led 0-4 to 0-1 after 10 minutes and when Lehane skipped through the defence in the 19th minute before raising a white flag, that three-point advantage was still evident at 0-7 to 0-4. But Tipperary were starting to warm to the task. The performances of Brian Stapleton and O’Dwyer, who started on the 2010 Tipperary All-Ireland U21 winning team, were integral to their recovery as they only trailed by 0-9 to 0-8 after 28 minutes when Stapleton was on target. Scores by Eoin O’Sullivan and Coughlan restored Cork’s lead by the interval but the sense that Tipperary were not going to be dislodged easily, still persisted.

That was maintained in the second half as the teams traded points. Coughlan snapped over three frees which were matched by a brace by O’Dwyer and a point by last year’s Tipperary All-Ireland minor football-winning captain, Liam McGrath. Cork led 0-14 to 0-11 entering the last quarter but they could not strike either a goal or string together a run of points that would have killed off Tipperary’s chances. Instead Tipperary timed their run to the finishing line brilliantly. Stephen Maher, a UCC Fitzgibbon Cup medal winner earlier this year, thundered into the action at right corner-back while Stapleton slotted comfortably into the centre-back position and became one of the game’s most prominent figures. O’Dwyer maintained his accuracy up front while Curran, Collins and O’Meara all assisted him in that regard. Those facets fused into a successful late rally by Tipperary and they also managed to repel a late Cork onslaught that ensured they did not ship a levelling score and eradicated any prospect of Cork bringing the game into extra-time.

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 0-9 (0-6f), S Curran, D Collins 0-2 each, B Stapleton, D McCormack, N O’Meara, E Murray, L McGrath 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: J Coughlan 0-9 (0-6f), C Lehane, D Drake 0-3 each, C Joyce (0-1 ’65), E O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: Paul Ryan; S Maher, A Ryan, Pa Ryan; W Ryan, D Maher, J Cahill; B Stapleton, D McCormack; N O’Meara, S Curran, D Collins; L McGrath, J O’Dwyer, E Murray.

Subs: C Hogan for D Maher (45), A McCormack for Murray (48), T Heffernan for D McCormack (51).

CORK: S Nyhan; P O’Mahony, D Cahalane, C Spillane; D O’Mahony, C Joyce, P O’Brien; N Kelly, D Drake; M Sugrue, J Cronin, C Lehane; J Coughlan, D Brosnan, E O’Sullivan.

Subs: K Kavanagh for Spillane (inj) (8), B Murray for Brosnan (44), C Murphy for Kelly (52), P Haughney for Cronin (60).

Referee: Pat Casey (Waterford).

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Team News

The Tipperary under 21 hurling team to play Cork in the Bórd Gáis Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling quarter-final on Wednesday June 6 at Páirc Ui Chaoimh at 7.30pm is:

1. Paul Ryan (Upperchurch Drombane)

2. Stephen Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

3. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara)

4. Pa Ryan (Clonakenny)

5. Willie Ryan (Clonakenny)

6. Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

7. Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

8. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

9. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)

10. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule) Captain

11. Sean Curran (Mullinahone)

12. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

13. Eanna Murray (Templederry Kenyons)

14. David Collins (Drom and Inch)

15. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

The Cork team to play Tipperary in Wednesday night’s Bórd Gáis Energy Munster U21 Hurling Championship Quarter-Final, at 7.30pm in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, will line out as follows:

1. Stephen Nyhan

2. Patrick O’Mahony 3. Damien Cahalane 4. Colm Spillane

5. Daniel O’Mahony 6. Christopher Joyce 7. Patrick O’Brien

8. Nicky Kelly 9. David Drake

10. Mark Sugrue 11. John Cronin 12. Conor Lehane

13. Jamie Coughlan 14. Dean Brosnan 15. Eoin O’Sullivan

Subs:

16. Tommy Wallis – Midleton

17. Finbarr O’Mahony – Midleton

18. Colm Barry – Castlelyons

19. Darragh Rodgers – Brian Dillons

20. Kevin Kavanagh – Carrigaline

21. Cormac Murphy – Mallow

22. Sean O’Mahony – Ballymartle

23. Brian Murray – Bishopstown

24. Paul Haughney – Midleton

Extended Panel

Daire Lordan – Courcey Rovers

Philip Crowley – Bandon

Eoghan Finn – St Finbarrs

Rob O’Shea – Carrigaline

Kevin Hallissey – Eire Og

Mark Howard – Passage

Killian Burke – Midleton

Adam Dennehy – Na Piarsaigh

Jamie Wall – Kilbrittain

Patrick Deasy – Blackrock

Eamonn Brosnan – Meelin

Darren Sweetnam – Dohenys

For the Record

Cork Tipperary
2012 Team Management Ger Fitzgerald
(Midleton – Manager) 

Darragh Holland (Inniscarra)

Don Cronin (Glen Rovers)

Liam Barry (Bride Rovers)

John Hodgins (St. Finbarr’s)

Ken Hogan
(Lorrha and Dorrha – Manager) 

TJ Connolly
(Cashel King Cormacs)

Tony Lanigan
(Holycross-Ballycahill)

2012 Team Captain Conor Lehane (Midleton) John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
2011 Championship Performance Defeated Tipperary before losing to Limerick after extra time in the Munster Final on a scoreline of 4-20 to 1-27. Defeated Waterford by 4-12 to 1-16 in the first round before losing to Cork in the Munster Semi-Final by 1-21 to 4-19.
Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling titles 18 20
Last Munster Under 21 Hurling  Title 2007 2010
Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship Record since 2000 Played – 26
Won – 14
Lost – 10
Drawn – 2
Played – 25
Won – 16
Lost – 7
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship July 15th 2011 at Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final) – Cork 4-19 Tipperary 1-21 – Goals by Dean Brosnan, Conor Lehane, Luke O’Farrell and Aidan Walsh helped Cork to a 7 point victory. John O’Dwyer scored 11 points for Tipperary, 10 from frees.
What happened 3 years ago? 

2009 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Round-up

Drew with Tipperary in the semi-final (5-17 to 5-17) at Pairc Ui Chaoimh before losing the replay by 2-21 to 1-12 at Semple Stadium Thurles. Defeated Limerick by 1-21 to 0-11 in the first round. After getting over Cork in the semi-final, Tipperary lost to Waterford by 0-18 to 1-13 in the Munster Final.

BORD GAIS ENERGY MUNSTER GAA HURLING UNDER 21 CHAMPIONSHIP 2012

Quarter-Final

Wednesday June 6th

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                        Cork v Tipperary                                                       @ 7:30pm

Semi-Finals

Wednesday July 18th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Limerick v Tipperary or Cork                                   @ 7:30pm

or Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Thursday July 19th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare v Waterford                                                      @ 7:30pm

Final

Wednesday August 8th

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (20) – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

Cork (18) – 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007

Limerick (6) – 1986, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2002  , 2011

Waterford (3) – 1974, 1992, 1994

Clare (1) – 2009

Munster Under 21 Hurling 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 in1964 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/u21h_teams/

Munster Under 21 Hurling Cup

Corn na Cásca presented by the Munster Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.

All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship

In the Under 21 Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts along with Kilkenny with 11 titles. Galway are the defending champions and have 10 titles followed by Tipperary with 9. Limerick have won 4 All-Ireland titles in this grade while Waterford and Clare have 1 title each.

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship

Tipperary v Cork Past Meetings Breakdown

Overall Record Matches at Tipperary venue Matches at Cork venue Munster Finals Only
Played 31 16 15 16
Tipperary 14 8 6 7
Cork 14 6 8 7
Drawn 3 2 1 2

Details of recent underage meetings

2009 ESB Minor Hurling Semi-Final Replay – Tipperary 2-21 Cork 1-12

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 0-11 (0-7 frees, 0-1 65); D Collins 1-2; D Butler 1-1; D Maher, M O’Brien 0-2 each; W Ryan, E Murray, A Cleere 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: Cork: E O’Sullivan 1-2; D Drake 0-4 (0-2 frees); J Coughlan 0-3 (0-2 frees); D Brosnan, J Dineen, P Houghney 0-1 each.

Tipperary: P Ryan; A Ryan, L Butler, J Meagher; W Ryan, D Maher, A Hogan; A Cleere, B Stapleton; S Curran, P Heffernan, J O’Dwyer; D Collins, R Gleeson, E Murray.

Subs: D Butler for Heffernan (half time); M O’Brien for Cleere (45); T Butler for Gleeson (58)

Cork: T Hogan; R Ryan, D Rodgers, A Cagney; P Wiley, P O’Rourke, J Hutchinson; R O’Sullivan, D Drake; John Dineen, E Brosnan, Paul Hockney; J Coughlan, Odran O’Connell, E O’Sullivan.

Subs: C Joyce for Wiley (20); J Wall for O O’Connell (half-time) P O’Brien for Hutchings (37); B Hartnett for Brosnan (40); C Lehane for Dineen (45)

Referee: Ger Hoey (Clare)
2011 Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Semi-Final – Cork 4-19 Tipperary 1-21

Scorers for Cork: C Lehane 1-4, L O’Farrell 1-3, D Brosnan 1-2, A Walsh 1-1, J Coughlan 0-5 (0-2f), M O’Sullivan 0-2, W Egan (0-1f), S O’Farrell 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 0-11 (0-10f), B O’Meara 1-1, N McGrath 0-3 (0-3f), A Ryan, S Curran 0-2 each, K Morris, J O’Neill 0-1 each.

Cork: D McCarthy; C Joyce, E Finn, S Corry; J Nagle, W Egan, M Ellis; S O’Farrell, D Roche; D Brosnan, C Lehane, A Walsh; L O’Farrell, M O’Sullivan, J Coughlan.

Subs: D Drake for Roche (half-time), D Cahalane for Finn (42), E O’Sullivan for S O’Farrell (58).

Tipperary: P Ryan; C Haugh, K O’Gorman, S O’Brien; J Barry, N McGrath, P Heffernan; B Stapleton, A Ryan; J O’Neill, S Curran, P Murphy; K Morris, B O’Meara, J O’Dwyer.

Subs: J Gallagher for Barry (25), S Maher for O’Brien (half-time), M Sheedy for Morris (50), W Maher for Murphy (54).

Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford)

Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Semi Final – Clare 0-13 Waterford 0-6

Banner have edge in attack

By Terry Reilly for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 0-13 Waterford 0-7

That Clare finished this game with eight Kilmurry-Ibrickane men on the field told its own story. The Banner men had too much class for a Waterford side desperately lacking cutting edge at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday night. Racing into a five-point lead after 20 minutes they looked primed to rack up a huge score. However, Waterford, with former senior boss John Kiely at the helm, showed a stubborn streak and Adam O’Loughlan, Gavin Crotty, David Power and Edmond Hogan scores made it 0-7 to 0-4 at the interval.

But the Déise men never capitalised on their possession and as the Kilmurry-Ibrickane trickle of men on the field became a flood, all chances of an upset we snuffed out. Niall Downes gave an exhibition at full-forward while Paul Reidy and Paudge McMahon played solid support roles as the Banner pulled clear. Clare’s experience also showed in defence where Shane Hickey, a candidate for the senior panel, and one-time New York senior inter-county player Paul O’Connor were to the fore.

Scorers for Clare: N Downes 0-5, P McMahon (1f) 0-4, P Reidy (1f) 0-3, C Malone (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: E Hogan (2fs) 0-3, G Crotty 0-2, A O’Loughlan, D Power 0-1 each.

CLARE: P Deloughrey (Cratloe); E Ralph (Ennistymon), D Kelly (St Seans Kilkee), D Hickey (Kilmurry-Ibrickane);, P O’Connor (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), S Malone (St Joseph’s Miltown); C Ryan (Cratloe), K King (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); P Reidy (Kilmihill), D Molohan (St Josephs Miltown), C Dunning (Wolfe Tones na Sionna); P McMahon (Clondegad), N Downes (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), C Malone (Kilfenora).

Subs: N Hickey (Kilmurry-Ibrickane) for C Malone (ht), I McInerney (Kilmurry-Ibrickane) for Molohan (ht), S Cormican (St Brekans) for Dunning (48), K Cahill (Wolfe Tones) for Reidy (52), E Talty (Kilmurry-Ibrickane) for S Malone (55).

WATERFORD: P Houlihan (St Saviours); J Walsh (Nire), D Predergast (Ardmore), G Dunphy (Newtown); S Lannon (Stradbally), E Rockett (C) (Stradbally), R Hennessy (Ardmore); R Cahill (Rathgormack), A O’Loughlan (St Molleran’s); P Power (Portlaw), Gavin Crotty (Dungarvan), D Power (KIlrossanty); E Hogan (Rathgormack), M Casey (De La Salle), J Coffey (Stradbally).

Subs: M Walsh (Nire) for Lannon (ht), M O’Gorman (Nire) for Casey (39), P Larkin (Rathgormack) for Hennessy (58), S Ryan for P Power (58).

Referee: S Joy (Kerry)

Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Semi Final – Kerry 0-13 Cork 1-8

Kerry survive late Cork onslaught to book final date

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, June 11, 2012

Kerry 0-13 Cork 1-8

Kerry booked a spot in this year’s Munster JFC final after surviving a late Cork onslaught in yesterday’s semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Kerry survive late Cork onslaught to book final date The Kingdom were firmly in control with eight minutes remaining after sub Paul O’Donoghue stretched their advantage to six points. But Cork, champions in this grade last year which meant they had to field an entirely new side for this game, mounted a late rally with subs Eoghan Buckley and John Dineen hitting four points between them from frees to narrow the gap. Ultimately it took a brave block by Sean Og O Ciardubháin to deny Dineen a goal in injury-time to secure Kerry’s win.

They were full value for the victory, having recovered from a poor start when Cork corner-forward John Paul Murphy crashed home a brilliant goal in the fifth minute. Cork built on that to lead 1-2 to 0-1 by the 12th minute yet Kerry, with Mike O’Donoghue excelling in attack, recovered to lead 0-6 to 1-2 at the interval. The opening stages of the second-half were evenly contested with O’Mahony and David O’Callaghan raising white flags for Kerry before Murphy and Mark Delaney replied for Cork. However, Kerry then upped the tempo with Conor Cox, a shining light for the county U21 side this season, O’Donoghue and Stephen O’Brien all posing problems in attack and demonstrating accuracy in front of goal. O’Mahony was again denied by Seymour when he closed in on goal in the 50th minute yet Kerry’s advantage still looked healthy at 0-13 to 1-4 with eight minutes left. They needed to fend off a powerful comeback by Cork though before sealing their place in the final against Clare on July 11.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cox (0-2f), M O’Donoghue 0-3 each, S O’Brien, N O’Mahony 0-2 each, D O’Callaghan, N Ó Sé, P O’Donoghue 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: JP Murphy 1-1 (0-1f), E Buckley, J Dineen 0-2 (0-2f) each, K O’Driscoll, M Delaney, P O’Flynn (0-1f) 0-1 each.

KERRY: S Óg Ó Ciardubháin; K Quirke, P Corridan, K O’Dwyer; E Hickson, M Mangan, J Sherwood; A Garnett, J Walsh; N O’Mahony, M O’Donoghue, D O’Callaghan; S O’Brien, N Ó Sé, C Cox.

Subs: P O’Donoghue for O’Callaghan (40), G O’Driscoll for Cox (53), M Brennan for O’Mahony (58), A O’Sullivan for Garnett (60).

CORK: A Seymour; J McLoughlin, J Dennehy, B O’Riordan; N Barry, M Hickey, J Cronin; M Delaney, R Deane; P O’Flynn, K O’Driscoll, C O’Driscoll; J Lane, S Beston, JP Murphy.

Subs: J Dineen for C O’Driscoll (16-18, blood), N McCarthy for Barry (38), F O’Shea for Delaney (46), Dineen for Murphy (50), J Ryan for Hickey, E Buckley for C O’Driscoll (both 54).

Referee: Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary)

Team News

The Cork Junior Football team to play Kerry in Sunday’s Munster Semi-Final will line out as follows:

1. Anthony Seymour

2. John McLoughlin 3. Joe Dennehy 4. Brian O’ Riordan

5. Noel Barry 6. Martin Hickey 7. John Cronin

8. Mark Delaney 9. Ruairi Deane

10. Paul Flynn 11. Kevin O’Driscoll 12. Colm O’ Driscoll

13. John Lane 14. Shane Beston 15. John Paul Murphy

Subs:

16. David Hanrahan (Douglas)

17. John Ryan (Newmarket)

18. Niall Doherty (Grenagh)

19. Cillian Brosnan (Brian Dillons)

20. Niall Mccarthy (Kinsale)

21. Fionn O’ Shea (Clyda Rovers)

22. Eoghan Buckley (St . Michael’s)

23. John Dineen (Eire Og)

24. Ted O’ Shea (Ballyclough)

Kerry Junior Team to play Cork on Sunday 10th June .

1. Seán Óg Ó Ciardubháin

(Cordal)

 

2. Kieran Quirke

C. Ó Coirc

(Duagh)

 

3. Pat Corridan

P. Ó Corradáin

(Finuge)

 

4. Kevin O’Dwyer

C. Ó Duibhir

(Waterville)

 

5. Eamon Hickson

E. Ó Icí

(Annascaul)

 

6. Marcus Mangan (Capt )

M. Ó Mongáin

(Milltown/Castlemaine)

 

7. Jack Sherwood

S. Sherwood

(Firies)

 

8. Andrew Garnett

A. Garnett

(Spa)

 

9. James Walsh

S. Breathnach

(Knocknagoshel)

 

10. David O’Callaghan

D. Ó Ceallacháin

(St Pats Blennerville)

 

11. Mike O’Donoghue

M. Ó Donnchú

(Spa)

 

12. Niall O’Mahony

N. Ó Mathúna

(Spa)

 

13. Stephen O’Brien

S. Ó Briain

(Kenmare)

 

14. Niall Ó Sé

(Piarsaigh na Dromada)

 

15. Conor Cox

C. Mac an Choilligh

(Listowel Emmets)

 

16. Sean O’Dee

S. Ó Diaghaidh

(Beale)

 

17. Alan O’Sullivan

A. Ó Suilleabháin

(Tuosist)

 

18. Garry O’Driscoll

G. Ó Drisceóil

(Skellig Rangers)

 

19. Brendan O Mahoney

B. Ó Mathúna

(John Mitchels)

 

20. Niall Fitzgerald

N. Mac Gearailt

(Waterville)

 

21. Michael Brennan

M. Ó Braonáin

(Churchill)

 

22. Paul O’Donoghue

P. Ó Donnchú

(St. Mary’s)

 

23. Jason Hickson

J. Ó Icí

(Annascaul)

 

24. Cathal Moriarty

C. Ó Muircheartaigh

(Milltown Castlemaine)

 

25. Brendan Poff

B. Poff

(St Pats Blennerville)

 

26. Edmund Walsh

E. Breathnach

(Knocknagoshel)

 

27. Colm Kerins

A. Ó Céirín

(Milltown Castlemaine)

 

Manager: Sean Moynihan (Spa)

Trainer: Willie Cahil, (Spa)

Selectors: Michael A O Connell (Piarsaigh na Dromoda)

Seamus Murphy (St. Pats Blenerville)

Munster GAA SFC Semi Final – Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12

Cork banish Kingdom to the scenic route

SEÁN MORAN at Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the Irish Times newspaper

MUNSTER SFC SEMI-FINAL: Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12: FOR A championship fixture that to the casual observer must appear to take place twice a week, yesterday’s Munster football semi-final between Cork and Kerry had a significant feel to it. It’s three years since Cork beat their neighbours and in the interim they had met on four occasions, so man of the match Donncha O’Connor’s declaration that “the more times you beat Kerry the happier you will be” had a ring of conviction. Favourites generally don’t do well in the fixture, even though the odds are rarely too radically skewed so it was satisfying for the home side to carry that weight into action and deliver after 70 minutes of fairly prosaic football.

There was an elegiac air to Kerry’s defeat. Two of their totemic figures, Paul Galvin and Kieran Donaghy, were replaced in the second half and the team trailed for all but a few minutes of the match. It was possible to believe that maybe an era was passing but similar sentiments three years ago after an even more comprehensive defeat for Kerry looked foolish by the time the All-Ireland was presented some weeks later. Lurking reservations about Cork’s mental resilience when Kerry crank it up meant it would have been damaging for them to squander the winning platform as they had done two years ago. So the contest was a challenge and the league winners also had to cope with a trading loss at centrefield where Kerry won most of the possession.

In practical terms Cork’s defence did well to shut out their opponents in a first half that saw a few goal chances foiled and their patience in moving the ball around the attack before teasing out an opening was rewarded with some well taken scores, with O’Connor once again showing well with six points, including four from play.

Cork made two changes before the throw-in. Both Fintan Goold and Pearse O’Neill were withdrawn because of injuries just before the start and Ciarán Sheehan and the veteran Nicholas Murphy started. After a few moments at centrefield with Aidan Walsh in the full-forward line, Murphy switched inside and took up duties at full forward. Having started the sharper looking team, Cork fell into a dip, as Kerry built the more convincing attacks and were hungrier on the breaks around the middle. Good covering and focused support play helped Cork’s defence stand up but there were occasional lapses, which created goal chances that Kerry will rue not converting. Within a minute Kerry were looking for a penalty after Colm Cooper went down under pressure from Michael Shields but referee David Coldrick correctly decided otherwise. Cork took a 0-3 to 0-1 lead but had to defend.

Sheehan, in his first competitive start since getting injured against Kerry 11 months ago, put in a great block having just boomed a point over minutes previously. Kieran O’Leary was fouled after Graham Canty was caught out by the ball and Cooper equalised. In the 16th minute Kerry’s first goal chance came. Declan O’Sullivan broke past Canty, opened the defence and passed to Donaghy. He maybe should have taken on the shot but immediately transferred to Cooper whose attempt to squeeze in the goal was blocked by Shields. The consequent 45 indicated one of the big problems for Kerry. Bryan Sheehan’s absence with injury had deprived them of a place-kicker who only two years ago helped them survive the drawn semi-final in Killarney. In his absence Brendan Kealy tried to emulate Dublin’s shooting goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton but he was wide with two 45s.

The second goal opening came after a penetrative move featuring Peter Crowley, Darran O’Sullivan, Cooper and Donaghy forced a smothering block from Alan Quirke. Trailing 0-4 to 0-7 at the break, Kerry reconfigured and replacements Johnny Buckley, at centrefield, and James O’Donoghue in attack made an immediate impact, combining within a minute of the restart to cut the margin. O’Donoghue went on to have an impressive match, kicking two points, providing an assist for Eoin Brosnan’s point and winning a converted free after yet another save was demanded of Quirke, this time by Declan O’Sullivan.

For all the early second-half promise, Kerry were pegged back by Cork who managed to stay in front and restore the three-point lead twice in the third quarter. Kerry switched their match-ups, putting Marc Ó Sé on to Donncha O’Connor until the Corkman moved to the half forwards but the character of the match didn’t swing. Cork were still able to get the scores necessary to maintain their lead. Murphy caused problems at full forward, breaking the ball for O’Connor in the 57th minute but instead of a goal attempt he opted for the safety of a fisted point. With 10 minutes left, the match was poised at two, 0-13 to 0-11, but any Kerry hopes that Cork might develop jitters or the champions contrive a goal came to nothing, as the home intensified the pressure.

Paul Kerrigan played a prominent role in the second half, his runs opening up space and his ability to thread an accurate pass through the defensive cover a threat. Daniel Goulding made his own reappearance and kicked two points from play to signal his return to the fray. Colm O’Neill might have had an injury-time goal but his shot flew over. He clutched his head in his hands in recognition of the wasted chance but a minute later swung over the final point of the day from a free to leave Cork on course for direct entry to the All-Ireland quarter-finals through next month’s provincial final against Clare. Kerry are back on the open road, a course they’ve stayed before but the passing of time won’t make it any easier.

CORK : 1 A Quirke; 2 R Carey, 4 E Cadogan, 3 M Shields; 5 P Kissane (0-1), 6 G Canty, 7 N O’Leary; 8 A O’Connor, 9 A Walsh; 21 C Sheehan (0-1), 12 P Kelly, 15 P Kerrigan (0-2); 13 C O’Neill (0-5, three frees), 17 N Murphy, 14 D O’Connor (0-6, two frees). Subs: 23 D Goulding (0-2) for Sheehan (52 mins), 25 B O’Driscoll for Murphy (70 mins), 19 M Collins for Kerrigan (73 mins), 18 E Cotter for Kissane (73 mins). Yellow cards: Shields (49 mins), O’Connor (53 mins).

KERRY : 1 B Kealy; 4 K Young, 3 A O’Mahony, 2 M Ó Sé; 7 P Crowley, 6 Brosnan (0-1), 5 T Ó Sé; 8 A Maher, 9 S Scanlon; 10 P Galvin (0-1), 11 Declan O’Sullivan (0-2), 12 Darran O’Sullivan (0-1); 13 C Cooper (0-5, 0-3 frees), 14 K Donaghy, 15 K O’Leary. Subs: 20 J O’Donoghue (0-2) for O’Leary (half-time), 23 J Buckley for Scanlon (half-time), 17 P Curtin for Donaghy (66 mins), 22 BJ Keane for Galvin (66 mins). Yellow cards: Maher (35 mins), Darran O’Sullivan (63 mins), Crowley (72 mins).

Referee : David Coldrick (Meath).

Att : 23,184

‘Today we did show a bit of composure and slowed it down’

For Cork, beating Kerry is its own reward and yesterday before a small Páirc Uí­ Chaoimh attendance of 23,184 Conor Counihan’s team were rewarded for the first time in three years. Although they ultimately ran out as comfortable winners, the verdict was open until the closing minutes. As usual when these two sides meet this was a physical contest. Referee David Coldrick appeared to have forgotten his cards for much of the first half and the eventual flashing of yellow at Anthony Maher in first half injury-time loosened him up and he was less inhibited thereafter.

Cork manager Counihan was pleased with his side’s ability to keep their focus throughout to finish strongly. “On other days we mightn’t have shown the same composure. Today we did show a bit of composure and slowed it down and I think we tried to boss the game a little, which is we haven’t done previously.” He revealed that Fintan Goold (toe infection) and Pearse O’Neill (groin strain) had been ruled out only before the throw-in and that he was glad to be able to bring players of the quality of Ciarán Sheehan and Nicholas Murphy.

One of the team’s strengths has been its impenetrability and yesterday, alert goalkeeping and resolute defending kept Kerry goalless despite the creation of some good chances. “Goals are psychologically important for any team and we’ve been fortunate enough that we’ve done well in that regard this year. We’re probably disappointed we’re not getting one or two ourselves but I think it’s important and if you can prevent goals you’re a long way there.”

His counterpart Jack O’Connor had no excuses and was disappointed by his team’s lack of productivity. “We’ve had some good days against Cork over the past years but they were deserving winners today. Kicking 12 points won’t win you too many games. “There was a period in the first half when we had some good chances but didn’t nail them. We must have missed at least three goal chances. We managed to create the chances but we needed to take at least one of them. “That would have given us confidence. Instead, they were able to break away and get scores from the turnovers. That was critical.” He reacted sharply to suggestions by RTÉ pundit Martin Carney that this had been the day “the music died” for the Kerry team.

“Is he becoming the be-all and end-all? We think there’s a fair bit left in this squad. We have to come back and look at it (not this week – they have championship games) when they come back training. We’ll see. It depends on the attitude fellas come back with.”

Man of the Match Donncha O’Connor said that in Conor Counihan’s regime past performance is no guide to future prospects. “Conor keeps on to us about the panel we have and if you’re not focused and ready for the next game, no matter who it’s against, there will be other fells who want it more than you. “You have to turn up to training or matches fully focused or you won’t be long being found out. “It doesn’t matter who you’re playing – Dublin, Mayo or Clare, you have to be focused. We have to treat every game the same because it’s so hard to hold on to your place. With the players we have on the bench we can take nothing for granted.” Seán Moran

 

Cork’s power point

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, June 11, 2012

Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12

With seven minutes left, Daniel Goulding spun away from slotting over a point into the Blackrock end and raised an arm to the crowd in celebration. Premature? Not a chance. The win was baked and caked. As Jack O’Connor said afterwards, Cork won pulling up. Even if a subdued Darran O’Sullivan pointed two minutes later, any chance of a Kerry goal — and there had been a few — had disappeared by the break.

There was no urgency in Kerry’s reaction to Goulding’s score, which put Cork four points up. Seconds later, after attempting to plough what was admittedly a lonely furrow in the full-forward line, Kieran Donaghy was hauled off. Paul Galvin, whose first touch was untypically off, then made way, much to the delight of the home crowd. It was then they knew their team had won.

Goulding, in fact, had done the exact same thing in the Division 1 final when also coming on as a substitute to make a scoring contribfution to the victory. Back then, there were only a scattering of Cork souls to greet his effort. Yesterday, he had a more fitting audience who must have been satisfied with the conviction of their team. They had been waiting three years to earn these bragging rights but that will make them all the sweeter especially given Cork’s composure and the doubts hanging over Kerry’s All-Ireland credentials. When previewing yesterday’s game, we spoke of Kerry’s superior flexibility. In fact, it was Cork who were the more so here with just one of the four forwards originally named in the team playing where he was selected (Colm O’Neill).

Kerry, on the other hand, lined out their attack as O’Connor had announced early last week. The persuasive manner of Cork’s second-half display also put to bed any fears at half-time the result of the game might be swayed by the officiating. David Coldrick’s laissez-faire approach had threatened to damage the game as a spectacle too. In all, 27 frees had been awarded with Anthony Maher in additional time the only yellow card recipient of the first-half.

With such leeway, both teams, more so Cork, indulged in a lot of cynical play safe in the knowledge they wouldn’t be blown up too much. Galvin, having been ticked, should have been yellow-carded in the 21st minute. Nicholas Murphy was also fortunate to escape more than a warning. At the interval, Cork were three points up — 0-7 to 0-4 — after finishing it stronger.

But they had also started the better too despite Colm Cooper stumbling when through on goal in the opening minute. Cork were 0-3 to 0-1 up after six minutes, Ciarán Sheehan — a late replacement for Fintan Goold — and Donncha O’Connor pointing after O’Connor and Declan O’Sullivan had exchanged points. Murphy, who had come in for Pearse O’Neill, was positioned at the edge of the square and was marshalled well by Aidan O’Mahony before he enjoyed a purple patch midway through the second-half.

Kerry burst back with a flurry of points which put them ahead for the first and only time in the 20th minute. All three scores came from Cooper’s pegs, the latter two from frees. Prior to the last of those, he had a goal chance denied by Alan Quirke after Donaghy, who should have kicked towards the net himself, passed to him.

The resultant 45 was put wide by Brendan Kealy, one of two he failed to convert on a day when Bryan Sheehan’s dead-ball expertise was sorely missed. It was then Cork’s turn to score three on the bounce, O’Neill making up for a miss from an easy free with a delightful point, which was quickly followed by one from Paul Kerrigan and then an O’Connor free after sloppy play from Seamus Scanlon. Although Kerry didn’t score for the remainder of the half, Quirke was sharp to block a Donaghy shot after Darran O’Sullivan and Cooper had linked up.

How Kerry rued that spurned opportunity as O’Neill floated over a free to put Cork three ahead following an O’Mahony foul. With Scanlon and an unlucky Kieran O’Leary exiting at half-time, Johnny Buckley and James O’Donoghue brought vitality to the Kerry attack. O’Donoghue, with his first touch, and Declan O’Sullivan had Cork’s lead whittled down to one two minutes in but Cork managed to keep their noses in front. They restored their three-point lead in the 44th minute after Paudie Kissane punted over an outside-of-the-boot effort following O’Connor and Cooper scores.

Galvin responded with one of his own and O’Donoghue grabbed his second only for Kerrigan to punish a Peter Crowley mistake. Murphy had a shot snuffed out by Brendan Kealy in the 54th minute but Goulding reacted quickest to put three between the teams again. Twice Kerry got within two via a Cooper free and an Eoin Brosnan point but O’Connor responded each time, the first after a Murphy lay-off and then almost directly from a Kerry kick-out. Goulding’s defining score, reacting quicker than Declan O’Sullivan to a Tomás Ó Sé pass, had Cork’s supporters believing. With two of Kerry’s leaders taken off the field, it was left to O’Neill to perform the coup de graces. Kerry already knew their fate.

Scorers for Cork: D O’Connor 0-6 (2f); C O’Neill 0-5 (2f); P Kerrigan, D Goulding 0-2 each; C Sheehan, P Kissane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cooper 0-5 (3f); Declan O’Sullivan, J O’Donoghue 0-2 each; P Galvin, E Brosnan, Darran O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Subs for Cork: D Goulding for Sheehan (52); B O’Driscoll for Murphy (70); E Cotter for Kissane (73); M Collins for Kerrigan (74).

Subs for Kerry: J Buckey for Scanlon, J O’Donoghue for O’Leary (both h-t); P Curtin for Donaghy (63); BJ Keane for Galvin (66).

Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)

Team News

CORK (SF v Kerry): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; P Kissane, G Canty, N O’Leary; A Walsh, A O’Connor; F Goold, P O’Neill, P Kelly; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, P Kerrigan.

Kerry Senior Team V Cork for Munster Semi Final on Sunday 10th June at 2.00pm in Pairc Uí Chaoimh has been announced as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2. Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) 3. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore) 4. Killian Young (Renard)

5. Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) 6. Eoin Brosnan (Dr Crokes) 7. Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)

8. Anthony Maher (Duagh) 9. Seamus Scanlon (Currow)

10. Paul Galvin (Finuge) 11. Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada) 12. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

13. Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes) Captain 14. Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks) 15. Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)

Substitutes:

16. Brian Kelly (Legion)

17. Patrick Curtin (Moyvane)

18. Shane Enright (Tarbert)

19. Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks)

20. James O’Donoghue (Legion)

21. Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmett’s)

22. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys)

23. Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)

24. Jonathan Lyne (Legion)

25. Michael Geaney (Daingean Ui Chuis)

26. Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Traenálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks)

Diarmuid Ó Murchú (Daingean Uí Chúis)

Note changes to team from Tipperary game.

• Bryan Sheenan is injured.

• Marc Ó Sé returns after injury.

• Aidan O’Mahony and Kieran Donaghy are on first fifteen.

• Brian Maguire, Daniel Bohan and Patrick Curtin are on the bench.

For the Record

Cork Kerry
2012 Team Manager Conor Counihan Jack O’Connor
2012 Team Captain Graham Canty Colm Cooper
2011 Championship Performance Defeated Clare and Waterford to qualify for the Munster Final. Lost to Kerry by 1-15 to 1-12 in the Munster Final at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney. Defeated Tipperary, Limerick and Cork to win the Munster Final. Defeated Limerick and Mayo to qualify for the All-Ireland Final where they lost to Dublin by 1-12 to 1-11.
Number of Munster Senior Football titles 36 74
Last Munster Senior Football Title 2009 2011
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 30
Won – 17
Lost – 8
Drawn – 5
Played – 34
Won – 25
Lost – 4
Drawn – 5
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship July 3rd 2011 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Final) – Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12 – a Darran O’Sullivan goal capped off a dominant first half performance as Kerry led by 1-10 to 0-5 at the interval. Cork came back to within a point in the second half but Kerry held out for a three point victory. Click for more details

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

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2012

Quarter-Finals

Sunday May 20th

@ Pairc na nGael                             Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7

Sunday May 27th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10

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

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Clare v Limerick @ 7:30pm

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

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

Final

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

2:00pm throw-in

Useful Information

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 34 matches played.

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).

“Points win games”!! – Or so you would think looking at the recent record of Cork and Kerry. Neither County has recorded more than 1 goal in Munster Senior Football Championship meetings since the 2000 Munster Semi-Final which Kerry won by 2-15 to 1-13. During the 14 subsequent Munster Championship matches between the counties, they have combined to score a total of 14 goals between them or 1 goal for every 70 minutes of Championship action.

The highest score by an individual team in a Cork vs. Kerry Munster Senior Football Championship match was the 1976 Munster Final replay at Pairc Ui Chaoimh which Kerry won by 3-20 to 2-19.

The highest margin of victory between the teams was in the first round match in 1937 played at Killarney with Kerry winning by 6-7 to 0-4 – a margin of 21 points.

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, Limerick have won as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship (10) than Tipperary (2), Clare (5) and Waterford (2) combined. Only 3 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) and most recently against Waterford (2-12 to 0-7) 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.

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).

2011 Munster Senior Football Final – Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12

Kerry: B Kealy, S Enright, M O’Se, T O’Sullivan, A O’Mahony, E Brosnan, K Young, A Maher, B Sheehan, Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh, C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary

Subs: B J Keane for K O’Leary (52), M Quirke for B Sheehan (56), D Bohan for S Enright (63), J O’Donoghue for Darran O’Sullivan (66)

Cork: A Quirke, J O’Sullivan, G Canty, M Shields, N O’Leary, J Miskella, P Kissane, A O’Connor, A Walsh, C Sheehan, P Kelly, P O’Neill, D Goulding, D O’Connor, P Kerrigan

Subs: E Cotter for J O’Sullivan (h/t) F Gould for C Sheehan (inj 42), E Cadogan for P Kissane (48), F Lynch for P Kerrigan (69), D O’Sullivan for J Miskella (70)

Referee: D Coldrick (Meath)

Scorers for Kerry: Declan O’Sullivan 0-5, Darran O’Sullivan 1-0, C Cooper 0-2 (0-1 free), B Sheehan for K Donaghy 0-2 each, E Brosnan, D Walsh, K O’Leary and J O’Donoghue 0-1 each

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding 0-5 ( 0-3 frees), D O’Connor 1-1, P Kerrigan 0-3, A O’Connor, C Sheehan, and P Kelly 0-1 each

2012 Munster Senior Football Championship Matches played to date

Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7 – May 20th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Quarter-Final)

Limerick: B Scanlon; J McCarthy, P Browne, L O’Dwyer; S Lavin, J Riordan, P Ranahan; T Lee, P Kinnerk; E Barry, E O’Connor, S Buckley; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan
Subs used: I Corbett for Barry (34 mins), J O’Meara for Kinnerk (48), S Kelly for O’Carroll (54), J Cooke for Lee (63), S Lucey for Ranahan (68).

Waterford: K Cotter; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, K Connery; W Hennessy, T Grey, S Briggs; S Ahearne, S O’Hare; P Hurney, S Dempsey, C O’Keeffe; T Prendergast, JJ Hutchinson, M Ferncombe
Subs used: J Veale for Ferncombe, P Whyte for Dempsey, S Fleming for Hutchinson (all 60 mins).

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)

Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10 – May 27th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Shane Enright, Daniel Bohane, Killian Young; Tomás O’Sé, Eoin Brosnan, Peter Crowley; Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan; Paul Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Leary; Colm Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, Patrick Curtin.
Subs used: Kieran Donaghy for Galvin (45); Brian Maguire for Young (48 inj); Barry John Keane for Curtin (50); James O’Donoghue for O’Leary (50); Aidan O’Mahony for Brosnan (62).

Tipperary: Paul Fitzgerald ; Andrew Morrissey , Paddy Codd , Ciarán McDonald ; Brian Fox , Robbie Costigan , Alan Campbell ; George Hannigan , Hugh Coghlan ; Lorcan Egan , Peter Acheson , Shane Scully ; Alan Maloney , Michael Quinlivan , Philip Austin
Subs used: Donagh Leahy  for Costigan (26 inj); Richie Ryan  for Scully (48); Bernard O’Brien  for Quinlivan (64); Aldo Matassa  for Hannigan (70+1).

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Football Championship

Ian Ryan (Limerick) – 1-7 (0-6 frees)
Bryan Sheehan (Kerry) – 0-6 (0-5 frees)
Seamus O’Carroll (Limerick) – 1-1
Colm Cooper (Kerry) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
Alan Maloney (Tipperary) – 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Ger Collins (Limerick) – 0-2
Peter Acheson (Tipperary) – 0-2
Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) – 0-2 frees
JJ Hutchinson (Waterford) – 0-2
Tony Grey (Waterford) – 0-2
Mark Ferncombe (Waterford) – 0-2

Tomás O’Sé (Kerry), Anthony Maher (Kerry), Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry), Kieran O’Leary (Kerry), Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry), James O’Donoghue (Kerry), Stephen Kelly (Limerick), John Cooke (Limerick), Philip Austin (Tipperary), Hugh Coghlan (Tipperary), Shane Ahearne (Waterford)  – 0-1 each

Kerry v Cork

Past Munster Senior Football Championship Meetings

Year Stage Kerry Cork Venue Notes
1889 Semi Final Kerry 0-1 Cork 0-2 Mallow
1890 Final Kerry 0-0 Cork 0-0 Markets Field Abandoned
1890 Final Kerry 0-1 Cork 1-4 Banteer
1891 Semi Final Kerry 0-2 Cork 2-5 Killarney
1892 Final Kerry 3-6 Cork 0-5 Killarney
1893 Final Kerry scr Cork w.o Mallow
1901 Round 1 Kerry 0-6 Cork 0-6 Limerick Draw
1901 Round 1 Kerry 0-6 Cork 0-8 Millstreet Replay
1902 Semi Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 0-3 Millstreet
1903 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 0-3 Markets Field
1904 Semi Final Kerry 1-4 Cork 0-0 Markets Field
1905 Semi Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 0-5 Cork A G
1906 Final Kerry 0-3 Cork 1-10 Tipperary
1907 Semi Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 1-9 Limerick
1909 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 2-4 Markets Field Draw
1909 Final Kerry 1-5 Cork 0-6 Cork A G Replay
1910 Final Kerry 0-4 Cork 0-3 Cork A G
1912 Round 1 Kerry 2-3 Cork 0-1 Tralee
1913 Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 0-1 Cork A G
1914 Final Kerry 0-5 Cork 0-1 Tralee
1920 Semi Final Kerry 2-6 Cork 0-4 Cork A G
1923 Semi Final Kerry 3-4 Cork 0-3 Cork A G
1924 Semi Final Kerry 4-3 Cork 2-1 Cork A G
1925 Semi Final Kerry 3-8 Cork 1-0 Tralee
1926 Semi Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 2-1 Listowel
1927 Round 1 Kerry 1-7 Cork 0-1 Cork A G
1929 Semi Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 1-3 Cork A G
1934 Round 1 Kerry 2-6 Cork 0-3 Fermoy
1937 Round 1 Kerry 6-7 Cork 0-4 Killarney
1938 Final Kerry 4-14 Cork 0-6 Clonakilty
1942 Final Kerry 3-7 Cork 0-8 Tralee
1943 Semi Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 2-3 Cork A G Draw
1943 Semi Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 2-5 Cork A G Replay
1945 Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 1-11 Killarney
1946 Round 1 Kerry 1-8 Cork 1-4 Killarney
1947 Final Kerry 3-8 Cork 2-6 Cork A G
1948 Final Kerry 2-9 Cork 2-6 Killarney
1950 Final Kerry 2-5 Cork 1-5 Cork A G
1951 Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 0-4 Killarney
1952 Final Kerry 0-2 Cork 0-11 Cork A G
1953 Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 2-3 Killarney
1954 Final Kerry 4-9 Cork 2-3 Cork A G
1955 Final Kerry 0-14 Cork 2-6 Killarney
1956 Final Kerry 2-2 Cork 0-8 Cork A G Draw
1956 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 1-8 Cork A G Replay
1958 Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 0-3 Cork A G
1959 Final Kerry 2-15 Cork 2-8 Killarney
1961 Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 1-7 Cork A G Draw
1961 Final Kerry 2-13 Cork 1-4 Killarney Replay
1962 Final Kerry 4-8 Cork 0-4 Cork A G
1963 Final Kerry 1-18 Cork 3-7 Killarney
1964 Final Kerry 2-11 Cork 1-8 Cork A G
1966 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 2-7 Killarney
1967 Final Kerry 0-7 Cork 0-8 Cork A G
1968 Final Kerry 1-21 Cork 3-8 Killarney
1969 Final Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-4 Cork A G
1970 Final Kerry 2-22 Cork 2-9 Killarney
1971 Final Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-25 Cork A G
1972 Final Kerry 2-21 Cork 2-15 Killarney
1973 Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 5-12 Cork A G
1974 Final Kerry 0-7 Cork 1-11 Killarney
1975 Final Kerry 1-14 Cork 0-7 Killarney
1976 Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 0-10 P. Ui Chaoimh Draw
1976 Final Kerry 3-20 Cork 2-19 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
1977 Final Kerry 3-15 Cork 0-9 Killarney
1978 Final Kerry 3-14 Cork 3-7 P. Ui Chaoimh
1979 Final Kerry 2-14 Cork 2-4 Killarney
1980 Final Kerry 3-13 Cork 0-12 P. Ui Chaoimh
1981 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-3 Killarney
1982 Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 0-9 P. Ui Chaoimh Draw
1982 Final Kerry 2-18 Cork 0-12 Killarney Replay
1983 Final Kerry 3-9 Cork 3-10 P. Ui Chaoimh
1984 Final Kerry 3-14 Cork 2-10 Killarney
1985 Final Kerry 2-11 Cork 2-7 P. Ui Chaoimh
1986 Final Kerry 0-12 Cork 0-8 Killarney
1987 Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 1-10 P. Ui Chaoimh Draw
1987 Final Kerry 1-5 Cork 0-13 Killarney Replay
1988 Final Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-14 P. Ui Chaoimh
1989 Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 1-12 Killarney
1990 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 2-23 P. Ui Chaoimh
1991 Semi Final Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-11 Killarney
1992 Round 1 Kerry 2-14 Cork 0-10 P. Ui Chaoimh
1993 Semi Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 1-10 Killarney
1994 Semi Final Kerry 2-8 Cork 1-13 P. Ui Chaoimh
1995 Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 0-15 Killarney
1996 Final Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-11 P. Ui Chaoimh
1998 Semi Final Kerry 1-14 Cork 1-11 Killarney
1999 Final Kerry 2-4 Cork 2-10 P. Ui Chaoimh
2000 Semi Final Kerry 2-15 Cork 1-13 Killarney
2001 Final Kerry 0-19 Cork 1-13 P. Ui Chaoimh
2002 Semi Final Kerry 0-8 Cork 0-8 Killarney Draw
2002 Semi Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 0-15 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2004 Semi Final Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-7 Killarney
2005 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-11 P. Ui Chaoimh
2006 Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 0-10 Killarney Draw
2006 Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 1-12 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2007 Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-13 Killarney
2008 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-15 P. Ui Chaoimh
2009 Semi Final Kerry 0-13 Cork 1-10 Killarney Draw
2009 Semi Final Kerry 0-12 Cork 1-17 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2010 Semi Final Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-15 Killarney Draw
2010 Semi Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-14 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2011 Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12 Killarney

Munster Senior Football Championship
Kerry vs. Cork Past Meetings Breakdown

Overall Record Matches at Cork venue Matches at Kerry venue Matches played at a Neutral venue Munster Finals Only Matches played when Cork are defending All-Ireland Champions Matches played when Kerry are defending All-Ireland Champions
Played 103 57 43 3 69 7 32
Cork 29 19 8 2 20 3 5
Kerry 61 30 31 0 41 4 22
Drawn 12 7 4 1 7 0 5
Abandoned 1 1 0 0 1 0 0

Note – All-Ireland Championship matches between Kerry and Cork are not included
These are Munster Championship stats only

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, 13 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.

Munster GAA SFC Semi Final – Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15

Tubridy’s late show decisive

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Sunday June 10 2012

Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15

Clare stumbled across the line with two late David Tubridy scores as they almost threw away a nine-point lead at the Gaelic Grounds. Ian Ryan looked to have been the hero for Limerick with eight second-half points but Clare showed great character to recover from a desperate second-half and reach the provincial decider. Looking for their first Munster final spot in 12 years Clare blasted into the Limerick challenge in the opening 10 minutes, looking more like the team with a championship win already to their name.

Micheal McDermott’s side kicked five points before Limerick hit the target after 15 minutes. In the 23rd minute centre-back Gordan Kelly ran onto a pin-point pass from Shane McGrath, carried from the 45m line and blasted past Brian Scanlon from the edge of the large rectangle for a great Clare goal and a 1-9 to 0-3 lead at the break. Limerick came roaring back in the second-half, inspired by Ryan, and when they edged ahead on 66 minutes Clare looked to have squandered a golden opportunity. Tubridy had other ideas however and the Banner advance to a rare Munster final appearance.

Scorers — Clare: D Tubridy 0-5 (1 ’45’, 1f), R Donnelly 0-3, G Kelly 1-0, S McGrath 0-2, G Brennan 0-1, A Clohessy 0-1, G Quinlan 0-1. Limerick: I Ryan 0-10 (5f), G Collins 0-2, S O’Carroll 0-1, S Kelly 0-1, E O’Connor 0-1.

Limerick: S Scanlon; L O’Dwyer, J Riordan, P Browne; S Lavin, J McCarthy, P Ranahan; T Lee, P Kinnerk; I Corbett, S Kelly, S Buckley; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan. Subs: J O’Meara for Kinnerk (27), E O’Connor for Kelly (53), J Cooke for Corbett (56), J Donovan for O’Carroll (62), G O’Connell for Buckley (70).

Clare: J Hayes; K Hartnett, S McNelis, L Healy; M McMahon, G Kelly, J Hayes; G Brennan, G Quinlan; S McGrath, E Coughlan, A Clohessy; M O’Shea, D Tubridy, R Donnelly. Subs: S Brennan for Quinlan (58), N Browne for Coughlan (62), D Russell for McGrath (65), B Hartnett for McNelis (66).

Referee: D Fahy (Longford)

 

Munster GAA Football Championship Semi-Final: Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Clare sealed a place in the Munster GAA Football Championship final with a dramatic victory over Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening. In an incredible contest, Clare threw away a 10 point lead to let Limerick back into a game they had looked to have absolutely no chance of winning, when early in the second half they trailed by a huge margin. Clare had been 1-9 to 0-3 ahead at half-time, but Limerick produced a brilliant second half performance, and led by Ian Ryan, who hit 0-10, took the lead with just four minutes left.

However, after hitting just two points in the second half up until those dying moments, Clare somehow recovered their composure and hit two late points through David Tubridy to nab the win and break Limerick hearts. The first half belonged to Clare, and Limerick had no answer to their dominance in the opening 35 minutes. They raced into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead within 10 minutes, Rory Donnelly, Shane McGrath and David Tubridy among their scorers in that exciting opening patch. Limerick looked to have recovered from their poor start when they hit three in a row, Ryan hitting two of them with one of his efforts a superb score fashioned off a wonderful pass from Ian Corbett.

However, midway through the half Clare took over again and two well-taken points from Donnelly were followed by a goal from the Banner men which put them seven ahead. Gordon Kelly got the major, his shot deflecting in past Limerick goalkeeper Brian Scanlon. That made it 1-7 to 0-3 and further scores before the interval from Tubridy and Alan Clohessy left a huge gap of nine in it. Clare hit the first score after the restart as well to go 10 ahead, but then Limerick finally found their groove after that dreadful first half display. They hit six unanswered points between the 37th and 52nd minutes to come right back at Clare, who were unravelling under the Treaty onslaught.

Seamus O’Carroll and Stephen Kelly got the first two, then Ryan knocked over four in a row, three of them frees. Tubridy stopped the rot for Clare with a point on 55 minutes, but Limerick scores followed swiftly from Ger Collins and Ryan to leave just a goal in it with 10 minutes left. By now, Limerick were playing brilliantly, and this time it was Clare who had no answer as scores from Eoghan O’Connor and Ryan (2), incredibly, brought Limerick level.

Ryan then sailed over his tenth point to put Limerick ahead for the first time with less than five minutes to go but inevitably, after such a dramatic game, there was a sting in the tail. Having come back from 10 behind, Limerick were now seemingly set for the most famous of victories but Clare rallied in the dying minutes, and grabbed a win which they looked to have thrown away. Tubridy was their hero, hitting two points, the second in injury time, to send Clare into their first Munster GAA Football Championship final since 2000.

Team News

CLARE (SF v Limerick): Joe Hayes; K Harnett, S McNelis, L Healy; M McMahon, G Kelly, John Hayes; G Brennan, G Quinlan; S McGrath, E Coughlan, A Clohessy; M O’Shea, D Tubridy, R Donnelly
Subs: T Burke, S Brennan, N Browne, D Russell, B Harnett, D Blake, S Haugh, J Dowling, M Foran, T Downes, T Ryan.

Iain Corbett aged 19 makes his first champion start having come on as a substitute in the first round game V Waterford last month, he replaces Eoin Barry. Stephen Kelly who was also a substitute in the Waterford game has recovered from injury and starts in place of Eoghan O’Connor. There are no other changes. Ger Collins (Monaleen) is the team captain.

Limerick Senior Football Team V Clare MSFC Semi-Final on Saturday 9th June 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. Iain Corbett, Newcastlewest.

11. Stephen Kelly, Newcastlewest..

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.

For the Record

Limerick Clare
2012 Team Manager Maurice Horan Micheal McDermott
2012 Team Captain Ger Collins Alan Clohessey
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 1-23 to 0-11 in the Munster Quarter-Final. Lost to Down by 1-13 to 1-12 in the first round of the All-Ireland Qualifiers at Cusack Park Ennis.
Number of Munster Senior Football titles 1 2
Last Munster Senior Football Title 1896 1992
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 22
Won – 9
Lost – 12
Drawn – 1
Played – 18
Won – 5
Lost – 12
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship June 7th 2009 at Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Semi-Final) – Limerick 1-13 Clare 1-9 – Limerick outscored Clare by 0-6 to 0-2 in the second half after the sides were level at the interval to ensure Limerick’s place in the 2009 Munster Final. Ian Ryan scored 6 points while Limerick’s goal was converted by Stephen Lavin. Click for more details.
Last meeting in the Allianz Football League Division 4 March 4th 2012 at Cusack Park Ennis – Clare 0-10 Limerick 0-9 – Clare led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the interval and despite 15 wides, held out for a one point victory. David Tubridy (Clare) and Ian Ryan (Limerick) both scored five points.

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

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2012

Quarter-Finals

Sunday May 20th

@ Pairc na nGael                             Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7

Sunday May 27th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10

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

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Clare v Limerick @ 7:30pm

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

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

Final

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

2:00pm throw-in

Useful Information

Recent Championship meetings

2009 – Limerick 1-13 Clare 1-9 (Semi-Final at Ennis)

2006 – Limerick 2-5 Clare 0-8 (Quarter-Final at Limerick) – first half goals by Michael Crowley and John Galvin helped Limerick to defeat a wasteful Clare side who kicked 15 wides.

2003 – Limerick 2-14 Clare 0-12 (Semi-Final at Ennis)

Clare’s last victory over Limerick in the Munster Senior Football Championship came on June 3rd 1984 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on a scoreline of 2-5 to 0-10, a replay after the sides drew at Semple Stadium Thurles a week earlier.

Between 1909 and 1980, Limerick recorded just 1 victory over Clare in the Munster Football Championship – a run spanning 19 matches during which there were 3 draws and 15 victories for Clare.

Since 2000, Limerick have won as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship (10) than Tipperary (2), Clare (5) and Waterford (2) combined. Only 3 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) and most recently against Waterford (2-12 to 0-7) 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.

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’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).

2009 Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Limerick 1-13 Clare 1-9

Clare: D. O’Brien, L. Healy, C. Whelan, D. Ryan, G. Kelly, K. Dilleen, G. Kelly, G. Quinlan, G. Brennan, E. Coughlan, D. Russell (c), P. Reidy, M. O’Shea, T. Ryan, D. Tubridy.

Subs: M. McMahon for D. Ryan, 26; S. Collins for Coughlan, 49; C. O’Connor or Reidy and G. Lynch for Ryan, both 63; N. Considine for Healy, 70. .

Limerick: S. Kiely, J. McCarthy, S. Gallagher, M. O’Riordan, S. Lavin, S. Lucey, P. Ranahan, J. O’Donovan, J. Galvin, P. Browne, I. Ryan, S. Buckley (c), C. Joyce-Power, J. Stokes, G. Collins.

Subs: E. Hogan for Joyce-Power HT; K. O’Callaghan for Stokes, 54; D. Phelan for Buckley (blood) 59-61; T. Cahill for O’Donovan, 72.

Referee: P. McGovern (Galway)

Scorers for Clare: D. Tubridy 0-4 (f’s); G. Brennan 1-0; G. Quinlan 0-2; E. Coughlan, Gordon Kelly and M. O’Shea 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: I. Ryan 0-6 (0-3 f’s); G. Collins 0-3 (0-2 fs), S. Lavin 1-0; S. Buckley, J. O’Donovan, S. Lucey, E. Hogan 0-1 each

2012 Munster Senior Football Championship Matches played to date

Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7 – May 20th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Quarter-Final)

Limerick: B Scanlon; J McCarthy, P Browne, L O’Dwyer; S Lavin, J Riordan, P Ranahan; T Lee, P Kinnerk; E Barry, E O’Connor, S Buckley; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan
Subs used: I Corbett for Barry (34 mins), J O’Meara for Kinnerk (48), S Kelly for O’Carroll (54), J Cooke for Lee (63), S Lucey for Ranahan (68).

Waterford: K Cotter; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, K Connery; W Hennessy, T Grey, S Briggs; S Ahearne, S O’Hare; P Hurney, S Dempsey, C O’Keeffe; T Prendergast, JJ Hutchinson, M Ferncombe
Subs used: J Veale for Ferncombe, P Whyte for Dempsey, S Fleming for Hutchinson (all 60 mins).

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)

Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10 – May 27th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Shane Enright, Daniel Bohane, Killian Young; Tomás O’Sé, Eoin Brosnan, Peter Crowley; Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan; Paul Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Leary; Colm Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, Patrick Curtin.
Subs used: Kieran Donaghy for Galvin (45); Brian Maguire for Young (48 inj); Barry John Keane for Curtin (50); James O’Donoghue for O’Leary (50); Aidan O’Mahony for Brosnan (62).

Tipperary: Paul Fitzgerald ; Andrew Morrissey , Paddy Codd , Ciarán McDonald ; Brian Fox , Robbie Costigan , Alan Campbell ; George Hannigan , Hugh Coghlan ; Lorcan Egan , Peter Acheson , Shane Scully ; Alan Maloney , Michael Quinlivan , Philip Austin
Subs used: Donagh Leahy  for Costigan (26 inj); Richie Ryan  for Scully (48); Bernard O’Brien  for Quinlivan (64); Aldo Matassa  for Hannigan (70+1).

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Football Championship

Ian Ryan (Limerick) – 1-7 (0-6 frees)
Bryan Sheehan (Kerry) – 0-6 (0-5 frees)
Seamus O’Carroll (Limerick) – 1-1
Colm Cooper (Kerry) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
Alan Maloney (Tipperary) – 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Ger Collins (Limerick) – 0-2
Peter Acheson (Tipperary) – 0-2
Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) – 0-2 frees
JJ Hutchinson (Waterford) – 0-2
Tony Grey (Waterford) – 0-2
Mark Ferncombe (Waterford) – 0-2

Tomás O’Sé (Kerry), Anthony Maher (Kerry), Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry), Kieran O’Leary (Kerry), Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry), James O’Donoghue (Kerry), Stephen Kelly (Limerick), John Cooke (Limerick), Philip Austin (Tipperary), Hugh Coghlan (Tipperary), Shane Ahearne (Waterford)  – 0-1 each

Munster Senior Football Championship – Limerick vs. Clare Past Meetings Breakdown

Overall Record Matches at Limerick venue Matches at Clare venue Matches played at a Neutral venue
Played 37 15 19 3
Limerick 10 5 5 0
Clare 22 10 10 2
Drawn 5 0 4 1

Note – there were 2 walkovers not included in the table above in 1889 (for Clare) and in 1900 (for Limerick)

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, 13 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.

Munster GAA Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi Final – Clare 1-19 Waterford 3-9

Champions Clare cruise into final

Clare 1-19 Waterford 3-09

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Munster and All-Ireland champions Clare cruised into a second successive provincial intermediate hurling decider at Semple Stadium yesterday. Clare were 12 points ahead after 50 minutes before late goals from Gavin Crotty and captain Martin O’Neill brought some degree of respectability to the scoreboard for Waterford. Clare were 0-8 to 0-0 ahead after just 17 minutes. Waterford finally got off the mark through a Fionán Murray free in the 18th minute and a Jake Dillon goal three minutes before half-time kept them in touch at the break, trailing 0-10 to 1-3. The issue was put beyond doubt 15 minutes from time when Tony Kelly cracked home a 20m free.

Scorers for Clare: T Kelly 1-3 (1-1f), D O’Halloran 0-6 (1f), C O’Connell 0-4 (2f), C O’Doherty 0-2 (1f, 1 65), C Malone, C Ryan, F Kennedy & M O’Neill 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: G Crotty 1-1, F Murray 0-4 (3f), J Dillon & E Murphy 1-0 each, J Prendergast, S Lawlor, B O’Halloran & R Barry 0-1 each.

CLARE: R Taaffe; P Flanagan, D McInerney, K Ryan; E Boyce, C Duggan, C O’Doherty; P Sheahan, C Ryan; F Kennedy, C O’Connell, C Chaplin; C Malone, T Kelly, D O’Halloran.

Subs: P Duggan for Chaplin (45), B Donnellan for Sheahan (48), M O’Neill for O’Connell (49), H Vaughan for O’Doherty (55), A Lynch for Kennedy (58).

WATERFORD: R Roche; M Kearney, S O’Keeffe, M Wyse; S Hannon, E Madigan, W Henley; J Prendergast, S Lawlor; J Dillon, B O’Halloran, P Nevin; F Murray, G Crotty, E Murphy.

Subs: R Barry for Henley (20), S Roche for Lawlor (h-t.), S Power for Prendergast (44), P Power for Dillon (44), I Galgey for Nevin (53).

Referee: D Copps (Cork)

Team News

The Waterford Intermediate Hurling team to play Clare is as follows –

1. Richie Roche Mount Sion

2. Michael Kearney Ballyduff Upper

3. Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner

4. Mark Wyse Passage

5. Seamus Hannon Ballyduff Upper

6. Eoin Madigan De La Salle

7. William Henley Tallow

8. John Prendergast Lismore

9. Seamus Lawlor Fourmilewater

10. Jake Dillon De La Salle

11. Brian O’Halloran Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

12. Paidí Nevin De La Salle

13. Fionán Murray Cappoquin

14. Gavin Crotty Dungarvan

15. Eamonn Murphy (Captain) Dunhill

 

Bainisteoir Fergal Hartley (Ballygunner)

Roghnorií John Fives (Tourin), Michael Walsh (Ballyduff Upper)

 

The Clare Intermediate Hurling team to play Waterford is as follows –

1 Ronan Taffe Tubber

2 Paul Flanagan Ballyea

3 David McInerney Tulla

4 Killian Ryan Ruan

5 Enda Boyce Cratloe

6 Cillian Duggan Clooney

7 Ciaran O Doherty Crusheen

8 Pa Sheahan SMB

9 Conor Ryan Cratloe

10 Fergus Kennedy Crusheen

11 Cathal O Connell Clonlara

12 Cathal Chaplin Broadford

13 Mikey O Neill Kilmaley

14 Tony Kelly Ballyea

15 Davy O Halloren Eire Og

16 Niall Woods Newmarket

17 Haulie Vaughan Inagh Kilnamona

18 Cathal Malone Ennistymon

19 Niall Arthur Inagh Kilnamona

20 Gary Guilfoyle Feakle

21 Jarlath Colleran St Josephs

22 Sean O Connor Newmarket

23 Gary Neville O Callaghans Mills

24 Ross Horan Scariff

25 Padraig Taylor Broadford

26 Brian Donnellan Ocallaghans Mills

27 Cathal Dillon Crusheen

28 Peter Duggan Clooney

29 Aidan Lynch Ruan

30 Cillian Fennessy Clonlara

Munster SHC Semi-Final – Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18

Deise lower Fitzy’s Banner

By Vincent Hogan for the Irish Independent newspaper

The old ground emptied with a gasp of swallowed hysteria, leaving us scribblers high up in the press coop, condemned to bluff an understanding. This was the Munster Championship that old-timers reminisce about with misty eyes. Two proud, inflamed teams, hurling as if there was nothing else in life worth doing. It was clumsy, intemperate, panicked, error-ridden, unrelentingly courageous and, frankly, epic. Waterford edged it against a manager who’d guided their fortunes for the last four years and, in an oddly inappropriate little tableau at the end, John Mullane ran to celebrate directly in front of Davy Fitzgerald. The Clare manager, sensibly, disregarded the moment, deflecting it with impressive grace. “There’s so much stuff in John Mullane, it’s unreal,” observed Fitzgerald later. “There’s no fear of that lad.”

Nor is there, for Mullane was one of their more conspicuous heroes in drawing Waterford over the mountain-top against a young Clare team that came desperately close to delivering the county’s first championship win in the province since 2008. Two remarkable late saves from championship debutant goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe ultimately carried Waterford into an unprecedented fourth consecutive provincial final. This is a team that keeps challenging supposed wisdom. The game was already in injury-time when Clare substitute Darach Honan hovered up low ball and directed a sublime handpass into the path of an accelerating Conor McGrath just left of the small square.

A two-point game looked about to be jolted in the opposite direction, but O’Keeffe pulled off a stunning save and Nicky O’Connell — his confidence spilling like corn from a sack — missed the resultant ’65’. Then, in the third minute of stoppage-time, Clare were awarded a 20-metre free, marginally to the right of goal. They brought their goalkeeper, Patrick Kelly, up to fire the bullet. His contact was clean, but it was O’Keeffe’s hurley again that got the crucial ricochet.

Seconds later, James McGrath spread his arms. A humanitarian gesture for those of us feeling dizzy. It had been a wonderful contest, routinely tilting in opposite directions as both sides emptied themselves of all they had. Waterford’s return to a more direct style looked to have them pushing clear, particularly when an unanswered 1-4 scoring burst between the 10th and 17th minutes edged them four points ahead. Descending high ball had all manner of sirens wailing in the Clare full-back line, yet the goal came from what — on replay — was confirmed as a harshly awarded penalty.

Eoin Kelly had drifted in to full-forward and, as Richie Foley’s long free came dropping towards the square, Kelly tugged at Cian Dillon’s helmet. The full-back seemed to fall off balance, his arm reaching around Kelly’s neck. McGrath saw the second act only, booking an unfortunate Dillon. Kelly nailed the penalty. Six minutes later, Waterford had another goal from another high delivery. This time Dillon missed it and Patrick Kelly overshot the runway in his attempt to spoon the sliotar to safety. Shane Walsh nudged the ball home one-handed, like a farmer hurrying a sheep into a pen.

Davy Fitz’s preference for thoughtful, carefully guarded use of possession was crying out for patience now. Clare’s two-man full-forward line had begun to look increasingly isolated, especially with an adventurous O’Keeffe virtually supplementing his full-back line as an extra body. Waterford were clearly winning midfield and Mullane’s clever diagonal runs from left wing to right had his marker, Conor Cooney, employed in a thankless task of damage limitation. But Clare were thrown a lifeline 23 minutes in when two Waterford defenders collided and Padraig Collins crossed from the left corner for John Conlon to beat O’Keeffe with a rasping finish. It was game on.

Conlon, Jonathan Clancy and Conor McGrath all looked to have the beating of their markers, though the latter’s influence waned a little when debutant Stephen Daniels was moved across after Aidan Kearney’s early booking. Waterford had a better ball-winning capacity, particularly in the middle third where Kevin Moran and Seamus Prendergast were, at times, majestic in the air. Yet, by the mid-point, their lead was a miserly two as a brace of late Conlon points left Clare looking perfectly primed for a team that hadn’t hurled with any palpable freedom. Two quick Waterford points just after the resumption then prefaced Clare’s best period of the game. Between the 39th and 50th minutes, they struck five unanswered points to go in front by a point, the fifth an enormous free from deep in his own half by goalkeeper Kelly. If Waterford’s fitness, either mental or physical, was up for question, now was that moment. Their answer, though, proved exemplary. Five unanswered scores of their own were delivered, three of them frees, the others from Mullane and the magnificent Stephen Molumphy.

Clare, mind, got four of the next five scores and a realisation began to dawn that the game was lurching towards a late terror-ride. Critically, for Clare, O’Connell’s free-taking was now in mini-crisis. On the stroke of 70 minutes, Martin O’Neill’s point at the Killinan end effectively ended the scoring. But the fourth official had announced three minutes of added-time and they were to prove minutes scripted by Dante. Between O’Keeffe’s two wonder-saves, Honan would twice fail to get the sliotar to co-operate while in a goal-scoring position and, at the other end, Thomas Ryan had his pocket brilliantly picked as he lined up a potential kill. “I still think there’s a savage amount in that Waterford team but anybody that knows my style, knows I won’t be throwing in the towel too easy,” said Davy Fitz at the end. Michael Ryan reflected: “It’s a big result for us, there’s no two ways about it. There’s a long way to go, but we’re on the road.” The rest of us just thanked the Lord we’d had the good sense to travel.

SCORERS — Waterford: M Shanahan 0-7 (5f), S Walsh 1-1, J Mullane 0-3, E Kelly 1-0 (pen), P Mahony, S Molumphy, S Prendergast, G O’Brien, M O’Neill, R Foley (f) 0-1 each. Clare: J Conlon 1-2, N O’Connell 0-5 (4f), C McGrath 0-4, J Clancy, C Ryan (3f) 0-3 each, P Kelly 0-1f.

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe 9; A Kearney 6, L Lawlor 7, S Daniels 8; R Foley 7, M Walsh 7, K Moran 9; P Mahony 7, S Molumphy 9; M Shanahan 8, S Prendergast 8, E Kelly 6; J Mullane 8, S Walsh 7, G O’Brien 6.

Subs: N Connors 7 for Kearney (h-t), P O’Brien 7 for O’Brien (h-t), T Ryan 6 for S Walsh (60), D Twomey 6 for Foley (61), M O’Neill 7 for Kelly (67).

CLARE: P Kelly 6; C Cooney 7, C Dillon 6, D O’Donovan 8; B Bugler 8, J McInerney 6, P O’Connor 7; N O’Connell 7, P Donnellan 7; J Conlon 9, J Clancy 8, E Barrett 7; P Collins 7, C Ryan 6, C McGrath 8.

Subs: L Markham 7 for McInerney (45 ), F Lynch 7 for Barrett (54), S Morey 7 for O’Connor (60), D Honan 7 for Collins (60), A Cunningham 6 for Ryan (65).

Ref — J McGrath (Westmeath)

 

Resolute Waterford stand firm at the finish

SEÁN MORAN at Semple Stadium for the Irish Times newspaper

Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18: APART FROM being the tightest-rated match of the weekend, yesterday’s Munster hurling semi-final didn’t promise a great deal. Clare, by common consent, are on the up and Waterford travelling in the other direction but between them they contrived a contest that pulsed until the end when in a finale of striking drama, Clare had a two-point deficit and a 20-metre free to try and remedy it.

Goalkeeper Patrick Kelly, who had redeemed an early mistake with some good saves and a monster free from his own half, came up and from a slight angle went for goal. His counterpart Stephen O’Keeffe blocked the shot and as the ball ricocheted into the air, Clare appeared to celebrate the inevitability of batting it into the net but it was Waterford’s defence, which scrambled clear to leave Michael Ryan’s team heading for a fourth successive Munster final. It was agonising for a Clare team that had put itself in a position to win the match on a couple of occasions.

They will look back on Nicky O’Connell’s dead ball striking going on the blink in the second half when, by his first-half standards, he left behind three scoring chances – two frees and a 65. They will also think of Darach Honan’s injury-time chance when he twice fumbled a pick-up, which would have given him a clear shot on goal but having been sent on for the final 10 minutes after a long lay-off, his touch lacked the assassin’s calm. They will believe they had Waterford on the ropes in the last 15 minutes or so but just failed to make it count. They will be pained by the goal conceded in the first half when Eoin Kelly’s tussle with full back Cian Dillon should have been a free out rather than a penalty.

Although the tide looked to be flowing against them, Waterford did enough to survive. They would have been speechless had they lost after managing in rugby parlance to butcher a three-on-one overlap in the 72nd minute albeit that Patrick Donnellan’s hook on O’Neill was high-quality fire brigade service. But a point at that stage would have made them unbeatable. Instead the match surged up the other end, as Clare made one last play to earn their last shot at salvation.

Arguably the first chance Clare let slip was in the opening quarter when they surrendered an early initiative when leading by 0-4 to 0-1. Waterford’s half backs were struggling to establish a bulwark and the ball was flying into the danger area too frequently for comfort. Yet for the following 10 minutes it was Waterford who developed momentum and outscored their opponents with an unanswered 1-4. The half backs began to function as a platform with Michael Walsh imposing himself and Kevin Moran, switched to wing back before the start, stepping up the resistance. The goal came when Kelly drove home a confident penalty after an incident, which had begun with the Waterford forward fouling his marker Cian Dillon but concluded with the Clare full back retaliating.

Worse was to follow. The excellent Stephen Molumphy, whose drive and energy sustained Waterford, dropped the ball in and although Patrick Kelly came to it, he failed to secure possession and Shane Walsh was on hand to bundle home a typical poacher’s goal for a six-point lead, 2-5 to 0-5. Clare’s response was admirable. Conor McGrath, who was a major threat (but ultimately contained by Waterford who switched Aidan Kearney off and Stephen Daniels on to the Clare forward) produced a dazzling turn and lift in the 22nd minute which led to the first salvo in the comeback. He finished with four points.

John Conlon, another thorn in Waterford’s side – particularly in the first half – erupted onto a ball that had been dug out of a scrum in the corner and finished decisively to cut the margin to two and although the lead expanded once more, Conlon showed a calm nerve to add two more points in injury-time. Waterford’s half-time lead of two, 2-8 to 1-9, looked vulnerable. Early on in the second half it looked as if Waterford’s experience and steadiness would smooth the way. John Mullane stepped up on an already good performance and Seámus Prendergast underlined his aerial domination and the interval lead was doubled by Mullane and Maurice Shanahan.

But the suspicion that Clare’s younger legs might last longer began to harden, as five unanswered points flipped the lead – the last one shot from goalkeeper Kelly around his own 65. Two fouls, one harshly judged, on replacement Paul O’Brien allowed Shanahan to restore the lead almost immediately and it became clear that the match was heading for a photo finish. But Waterford were able to source vital scores – Richie Foley’s free from the half-back line, Mullane popping up with another. Critically O’Connell began to miss his chances and the pressure built on Clare. But they kept coming and closed to within a point before O’Neill notched the last score of the match. It wasn’t a definitive statement, as so much excitement was to follow in the final minutes. There was a bit of unseemly triumphalism in front of Clare – and former Waterford – manager David Fitzgerald but his day had already been spoiled and he disappointed anyone seeking to provoke an angry outburst.

WATERFORD: 1 S O’Keeffe; 2 A Kearney, 3 L Lawlor, 4 S Daniels; 5 R Foley (0-1, free), 6 M Walsh, 8 K Moran; 7 P Mahony (0-1), 9 Molumphy (0-1); 10 M Shanahan (0-7, 0-5 frees), 11 S Prendergast (0-1), 12 E Kelly (1-0, penalty); 13 J Mullane (0-3), 14 S Walsh (1-1), 15 G O’Brien (0-1).

Subs: 20 N Connors for Kearney (half-time), 22 P O’Brien for G O’Brien (49 mins), 26 T Ryan for S Walsh (59 mins), 21 D Twomey for Foley (62 mins), 24 M O’Neill (0-1) for Kelly (68 mins). Yellow cards: Kearney (17 mins), Foley (40 mins), G O’Brien (46 mins), Mullane (49 mins), Connors (73 mins).

CLARE: 1 P Kelly (0-1, free); 2 D O’Donovan, 3 C Dillon, 4 C Cooney; 5 B Bugler, 6 J McInerney, 7 P O’Connor; 9 P Donnellan, 8 N O’Connell (0-5, 0-4 frees); 14 J Conlon (1-2), 12 J Clancy (0-3), 10 E Barrett; 22 P Collins, 13 C Ryan (0-3, frees), 15 C McGrath (0-4).

Subs: 18 L Markham for McInerney (45 mins), 20 F Lynch for Barrett (54 mins), 17 S Morey for O’Connor (59 mins), 24 D Honan for P Collins (59 mins), 21 A Cunningham for Ryan (66 mins). Yellow cards: Dillon (12 mins), Donnellan (29 mins).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath).

 

Dogged Déise shade a gripper

Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A superb Munster senior hurling championship semi-final in balmy Semple Stadium yesterday, with drama right at the death as Waterford’s championship debutant Stephen O’Keeffe saved a rifled 20m free from Clare custodian Patrick Kelly in the final act of the game to deny the Banner men a victory they had been favoured to achieve. In the end it was a fully merited win for Waterford, and saw them create their own little bit of history, becoming the first team from the Decies to reach four Munster finals in a row.

And yet such was the see-saw nature of this game, so evenly matched the teams, that had Kelly’s last-ditch effort succeeded, or had Clare sub Darach Honan managed to control the bobbling ball on the edge of the Waterford square a few seconds earlier, or had Nicky O’Connell pointed even two of the three late placed-ball opportunities Clare had and the result been a win for the Banner, that too would have been well merited. It was that kind of game.

Much of the talk beforehand had been dominated by what had come to be known as The Davy Factor, the influence that former Waterford manager (2008-11) Davy Fitzgerald would have now that he had taken his allegiance home to his native Clare. Always an animated figure on the sideline, engaging on occasion with match officials, opposing managers/selectors and even opposing players, would that be the case on this occasion? Would it turn sour, would the side-show dominate the main event?

Thankfully none of the above ever transpired, not until after the final whistle when John Mullane (an outstanding performance yet again from one of the finest forwards of the past dozen years) ran crossfield to celebrate Waterford’s win in front of Davy, prompted apparently by reports mid-week that his former manager had written him off as being over the hill. Mischief-making, that’s all it was — the opposite is in fact the case. “I think John Mullane was told something that was untrue,” said Davy; “Listen, let me say this 100% on the record — John Mullane is one of the best players I’ve ever seen and has another two or three years in him big-time if he wants. Sometimes people tell players things to get them riled up and to perform in a game. I have a lot of respect for those guys.” Even more respect this morning, surely, because while this wasn’t champagne hurling of the type and the style we’ve seen from Waterford teams of the past decade, it was still a performance of outstanding character.

Goalkeeper O’Keeffe was outstanding, always available to take a back pass from his under-pressure defence, struck laser-like puckouts and produced a super block of a point-blank Conor McGrath shot minutes before the final game-saving heroics. Another debutant, corner-back Stephen Daniels, did a brave containing job on the aforementioned McGrath (a superstar in the making) while full-back Liam Lawlor and Aidan Kearney alongside him also did well.

The half-back trio of Richie Foley, captain Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh and Kevin Moran formed a stout outer defensive wall, Phillip Mahony (yet another debutant) and Stephen Molumphy shaded the midfield battle, while up front, well, six forwards scoring, five of those from play, what more can you ask? Clare too had their heroes, starting with keeper Patrick Kelly who recovered from an early stumble that gifted Shane Walsh the second Waterford goal to make a super save from Gavin O’Brien, hit a monster free in the second half to put his side a point ahead with just 20 minutes remaining.

Full-back Cian Dillon too recovered from a shaky start to do well, Domhnall O’Donovan was a tiger, Conor Cooney did the same kind of limitation job on Mullane as Daniels was doing at the other end, midfielders Nicky O’Connell and Patrick Donnellan had their moments, while up front Clare too had their scoring heroes, four players sharing the load with McGrath who, even if wasn’t the main scorer for either side, was certainly the main man. On a day when there was no great wind advantage to speak of Waterford led at the break by two points, 2-8 to 1-9, their goals coming from an Eoin Kelly penalty bullet (13th minute, Kelly himself getting away with an earlier foul) and Walsh’s opportunist effort (20th minute).

John Conlon had Clare’s major after a fine cross by late call-up Padraig Collins. Twice in that period Waterford led by four points and were looking the more balanced side, but two Conlon points just before the break kept Clare in touch. Early in the second half Waterford again went four clear thanks to fine points from Mullane and Maurice Shanahan, but a five-point run from Clare culminating in that 100m Kelly bomb had them ahead by one in the 50th minute (1-14 to 2-10). Waterford’s turn then to take charge, five unanswered points restoring that four-point lead; then a change in fortunes yet again as Clare went into the ascendancy, back to a point in the 65th minute (2-16 to 1-18).

Again and again Clare were going to McGrath and he almost delivered, but Daniels was always doing just enough to frustrate him. Sub Martin O’Neill had the final word on the scoreboard, scoring with his first touch for Waterford to put them two clear, setting up those last-minute dramatics. Enjoyable, hugely enjoyable — pity there were only 12,296 there to see it.

Scorers for Waterford: M Shanahan 0-7 (5f); S Walsh 1-1; J Mullane 0-3; E Kelly 1-0 (pen); P Mahony, S Molumphy, S Prendergast, G O’Brien, M O’Neill, R Foley (f), 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: J Conlon 1-2; N O’Connell 0-5 (4f); C McGrath 0-4; J Clancy 0-3; C Ryan 0-3 (3f); P Kelly 0-1 (1f). Subs for Waterford: N Connors (Kearney 35); P O’Brien (G O’Brien 49); T Ryan (S Walsh 59); D Twomey (Foley 62); M O’Neill (Kelly 68).

Subs for Clare: L Markham (McInerney 44); F Lynch (Barrett 54); D Honan (Collins 59); S Morey (O’Connor 59); A Cunningham (Ryan 65).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath).

 

Waterford edge out Clare in thrilling finale

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Munster GAA Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Clare 1-18 Waterford 2-17

Waterford are through to a Munster GAA Hurling Championship final for the fourth year in a row after a thrilling two-point win over Clare at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday. But the Déise were made to live on their nerves in the closing stages, as Clare spurned several late chances to win the game in a breathless finale. Debutant Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe will rightly get all the plaudits having pulled off a super save to deny Conor McGrath in the 70th minute and then to block a 20-metre free from his opposite number, Clare ‘keeper Pa Kelly, who had the chance to win the game for Davy Fitzgerald’s side with the last puck of the game.

It wasn’t to be for Fitzgerald against his former charges. Two missed dead balls, both hit wide by the normally reliable Nicky O’Connell, as well as another wasted late goal chance from sub Darach Honan, who spilled possession at just the wrong time, contributed to their downfall. However, Waterford probably deserved the win, as they shaded a full-blooded contest before the harum scarum finish, with Eoin Kelly and Shane Walsh netting first half goals to give them a commanding lead. Clare refused to die, though, and they hit five points in a row at one stage in the third quarter, goalkeeper Kelly doing a wonderful impression of his manager to land a long-range free, to give the Banner County the lead. Waterford’s experience came to the fore in the final quarter, as Michael Walsh played his cards cleverly to add some vitality from the bench to aid the Désie’s experienced hands, including the excellent Michael Walsh, Stephen Molumphy, Seamus Prendergast and John Mullane.

Clare made all the running in the opening exchanges and were 0-4 to 0-1 ahead inside 10 minutes. McGrath opened the scoring, before Jonathan Clancy added a point and O’Connell landed two well-struck frees. Waterford’s only response in that period was a Philip Mahony point in the third minute, but after a shaky start the Déise soon imposed themselves on the game, with Michael Walsh, in particular, making his presence felt at centre back. Mullane started a brilliant spell with a fine score from play in the 10th minute. Remarkably, Waterford hit 2-4 over the next nine minutes to take complete control of the game. Their first goal came when Clare full back Cian Dillon was penalised for fouling Eoin Kelly, and the former GAA All Star forward dusted himself down and drilled a penalty to the roof of the Clare net on 12 minutes. Two successive scores from Maurice Shanahan nudged Waterford even further ahead, before they grabbed a second goal, when Shane Walsh beat Clare goalkeeper Kelly to a breaking ball and poked the sliothar into an empty net.

Fitzgerald’s side were six points in arrears, 2-5 to 0-5, and needed an instant response. Conor McGrath grabbed a relieving point, before John Conlon gave them a shot in the arm when he pounced on an Aidan Kearney mistake and buried a shot past Waterford goalkeeper O’Keeffe. Shanahan hit back with his third score for the Déise, before debutant Gavin O’Brien forced a fine save from Clare goalkeeper Kelly. O’Brien, one of four Waterford debutants, should have passed to Eoin Kelly who was in a much better position, but he made amends when he snaffled his first score moments later. Still four points down going into first half added time, Clare goalscorer Conlon, brimming with confidence, scored two points in a row to bring the Banner County right back into the game at half-time, 2-8 to 1-9. It was Waterford who made the better start to the second half and two quick scores, from Mullane and Shanahan, stretched their lead to three points.

However, in keeping with the tone of the game in which each side enjoyed period of dominance, Clare hit a rich seam of form and struck five points without reply, goalkeeper Kelly rounding off that purple patch with a beautifully hit long-range attempt that no doubt would have pleased his manager. Waterford’s response? They hit five points of their own in a row and were back in the lead by the 57th minute, when Richie Foley matched Kelly with a massive free.

McGrath notched his fourth point from play and Colin Ryan tapped over a free to leave just one point in it with five minutes left. O’Connell then missed a great chance to level matters from a free, before Waterford sub Martin O’Neill hit what proved to be the final point of the game. It was then that O’Keeffe made what will surely prove one of the saves of the season, diving spectacularly to save McGrath’s angled shot. O’Connell and Honan then fluffed their lines and it was left to goalkeeper Kelly to save the day, but it just wasn’t to be for Clare.

Waterford Scorers: P Mahony 0-1, J Mullane 0-3, S Walsh 1-1, E Kelly 1-0 (1-0 pen), M Shanahan 0-7 (0-5f), G O’Brien 0-1, S Prendergast 0-1, S Molumphy 0-1, R Foley 0-1 (0-1f), M O’Neill 0-1.

Clare Scorers: C McGrath 0-4, N O’Connell 0-5 (0-4f), J Clancy 0-3, C Ryan 0-3 (0-3f), J Conlon 1-2, P Kelly 0-1 (0-1f)

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; A Kearney, L Lawlor, S Daniels; R Foley, M Walsh, P Mahony; K Moran, S Molumphy; M Shanahan, S Prendergast, E Kelly; J Mullane, S Walsh, G O’Brien.

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, C Cooney; B Bugler, J McInerney, P O’Connor; N O’Connell, P Donnellan; E Barrett, P Collins, J Clancy; C Ryan, J Conlon, C McGrath.

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)

Attendance: 12, 296

Team News

The Clare Senior Hurling team to play Waterford is as follows –

1. Patrick Kelly Inagh/Kilnamona P.O.Ceallaigh

2. Domhnall O Donnovan Clonlara D.O.Donnabhain

3. Cian Dillon Crusheen C.O.Diolon

4. Conor Cooney O.C.Mills C.O.Cuana

5. Brendan Bugler Whitegate B.O.Bolguir

6. James McInerney Newmarket S.MacAirchinnigh

7. Patrick O Connor Tubber P.O.Cunchuir

8. Nicky O Connell Clonlara N.O.Conaill

9. Patrick Donnellan O.C.Mills ( C ) P.O.Donalain.

10. Enda Barrett Newmarket E.O.Bairead

11. Sean Collins Cratloe S.O.Coilean

12. Jonothan Clancy Clarecastle S.O.MacLannchaidh.

13. Colin Ryan Newmarket C.O.Riann

14. John Conlon Clonlara S.O.Conallain

15. Conor McGrath Cratloe C,MacGraith

16. Donal Touhy Crusheen D.O.Tuathaigh

17. Seadna Morey Sixmilebridge S.O.Mora

18. Liam Markham Cratloe L.O.Marchain

19. Brian O Connell Wolfe Tones na Sionna B.O.Conaill

20. Fergal Lynch Clooney/Quin F.O.Lionsigh

21. Aaron Cunningham Wolfe Tones na Sionna A.MacCuinneagain

22. Padraig Collins Cratloe P.O.Coilean

23. Colm Galvin Clonlara C.O.Gealbhain

24. Darach Honan Clonlara D.O.hEoghanain

25. Eamon Glynn Inagh/Kilnamona E.O.Glionn

26. Camin Morey Sixmilebridge C.O.Mora

Management Team : Davy Fitzgerald, Mike Deegan, Louis Mulqueen, Joe O Connor, Paul Kinnerk, Saoirse Bulfin

Medical : Dr Padraic Quinn M.D. Physio : Abbey Physio.

Goalkeeper Patrick Kelly will be the only player named in the starting 15, making his Championship Debut against Waterford on Sunday.

James McInerney resumes his position at centre back , having missed the League Semi-Final against Kilkenny with a broken hand.

Sean Collins remains a serious doubt, while Darach Honan , Brian O Connell, and Padraig Collins, take their place on the panel for the first time this year,

 

The Waterford Senior Hurling team to play Clare on Sunday is as follows –

1. Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner

2. Aidan Kearney Tallow

3. Liam Lawlor Fourmilewater

4. Stephen Daniels De La Salle

5. Richie Foley Abbeyside

6. Michael Walsh (Captain) Stradbally

7. Philip Mahony Ballygunner

8. Kevin Moran De La Salle

9. Stephen Molumphy Ballyduff Upper

10. Maurice Shanahan Lismore

11. Seamus Prendergast Ardmore

12. Eoin Kelly Passage

13. John Mullane De La Salle

14. Shane Walsh Fourmilewater

15. Gavin O’Brien Roanmore

Bainisteoir: Michael Ryan

Roghnoirí: Sean Cullinane, Ken McGrath

For the Record

Clare Waterford
2012 Team Manager Davy Fitzgerald Michael Ryan 

 

2011 Championship Performance Lost to Tipperary by 4-19 to 1-19 in the Munster semi-final before going down to Galway by 4-25 to 0-20 in the All-Ireland Qualifiers. Defeated Limerick in the Munster semi-final before losing to Tipperary in the Munster Final. Defeated Galway by 2-23 to 2-13 in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final before losing to Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
Number of Munster Senior Hurling titles 6 9
Last Munster Senior Hurling Title 1998 2010
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 25
Won – 3
Lost –  12
Drawn – 0
Played – 24
Won – 13
Lost –  8
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship June 7th 2010 – Waterford 0-22 Clare 1-15 (Munster Semi-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles) – Clare led by four points at the interval but Waterford scored 13 second half points to secure a place in the 2010 Munster Final. Click for more details.

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2012

Quarter-Final

Sunday May 27th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19


Semi-Finals
Sunday June 17th (Replay date – June 23rd)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Clare v Waterford @ 4:00pm

Sunday June 24th (Replay date – June 30th)

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                        Cork v Tipperary                                        @ 4:00pm

Sunday July 15th (Replay date – July 21st)

Venue permutations

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Clare v Cork                                                  @ 4:00pm

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Waterford v Cork                                           @ 4:00pm

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                        Waterford v Tipperary                                   @ 4:00pm

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Clare v Tipperary                                          @ 4:00pm

2012 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19 – May 27th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary: B Cummins; D Maher (C O’Brien 48), P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; J Woodlock (S McGrath 28), B Maher; G Ryan (S Callanan 50), N McGrath, P Bourke; E Kelly (Patrick Maher 42), B O’Meara, J O’Brien (S Bourke 63).

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara (T Ryan 68), D O’Grady, G O’Mahoney; P Browne, J Ryan; D Breen, C Allis (B Geary 63), S Dowling; S Tobin (N Moran 65), K Downes (D Hannon 50), G Mulcahy.

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Pa Bourke (Tipperary) – 1-7 (0-4 frees, 0-1 65)
Shane Dowling (Limerick) – 0-8 (0-4 frees)
Brian O’Meara (Tipperary) – 1-2
Graham Mulcahy (Limerick) – 1-2
Noel McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-3
Sean Tobin (Limerick) – 0-3
Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Kevin Downes (Limerick) – 0-2
Conor Allis (Limerick) – 0-2

Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) (0-1 free), Thomas Stapleton (Tipperary), John O’Brien (Tipperary), Shane Bourke (Tipperary), Shane McGrath (Tipperary), Conor O’Brien (Tipperary), David Breen (Limerick), Declan Hannon (Limerick) – 0-1 each

Match Preview

They meet for the 30th time in the championship (including All-Ireland qualifiers) with Clare leading 15-10 while there were four draws in their previous 29 encounters. Their last clash was in the 2010 Munster semi-final when Waterford won by 0-22 to 1-15 in Thurles. Eoin Kelly (0-6), Declan Prendergast (0-3), John Mullane (0-3) were Waterford’s top scorers while Darach Honan (1-3), Nicky O’Connell (0-3), Jonathon Clancy (0-3) were Clare’s top marksmen.

Waterford are bidding to reach the Munster final for a fourth successive year w

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Cork 0-16 Clare 2-9

Cork defeated Clare by 0-16 to 2-9 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on Saturday at Newmarket-on-Fergus.


All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Wexford 1-17 Tipperary 1-6

Wexford defeated Tipperary by 1-17 to 1-6 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on Saturday at the Tipperary Camogie Grounds in The Ragg.


All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier Preliminary Round – Limerick 6-21 Laois 1-11

Ruthless Limerick hammer Laois

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Report from the GAA.ie web site

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Preliminary Round: Limerick 6-21 Laois 1-11

Limerick had far too much for Laois as they cruised into Phase 1 of the All-Ireland Hurling Qualifiers with a massive 25-point victory at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening. Two first half goals, from David Breen and Niall Moran, set John Allen’s men on their way, and Laois never mounted a challenge against the Treaty men in what was a very one-sided game. Although Teddy McCarthy’s side battled in the second half, they weren’t able to get anywhere near the home team on the scoreboard, and four more Limerick goals, two of them from Moran as he completed a hat-trick, put a huge margin between the teams.

Limerick led 2-10 to 0-3 at the break after a dominant first-half performance which completely overwhelmed Laois. They started brightly, and were 0-5 to 0-1 up early on, with Graeme Mulcahy and Shane Dowling among their scorers. The decisive score of the half came after 15 minutes, David Breen firing to the net after a brilliant assist from James Ryan. Limerick didn’t let up either, and a second goal from the stick of Moran after 23 minutes put 13 points between the sides.

Willie Hyland clipped over a couple of points for Laois before the break, and McCarthy’s men added a couple more after the restart, Hyland and Stephen Maher increasing their tally. That mini Laois scoring run reignited Limerick though, and points from Paudie O’Brien, Dowling (2), and Declan Hannon put them 14 points ahead again.

The final 20 minutes were all about goals. First, Moran finished off a brilliant Limerick move on 53 minutes, and then seconds later grabbed his third goal after a fine Breen set-up. Hyland goaled for Laois with a brilliant finish shortly afterwards, but Limerick found two more majors before the end to pile the misery on Laois, Dowling and Tommy Quaid both hitting the net. Limerick will now play Antrim in Phase 1 of the Qualfiers next weekend.

Match Preview

They last met in the championship in 2009 when Limerick won an All-Ireland qualifier tie by 0-20 to 1-14 in Thurles. They also beat Laois in 2005, winning a qualifier clash by 2-15 to 1-9. This will be Laois’ third outing in this year’s championship, having beaten Carlow by 0-20 to 0-13 in the Leinster first round before losing the quarter-final to Dublin by 3-23 to 1-7. Limerick had one outing so far, losing a Munster quarter-tie to Tipperary by 2-20 to 1-19. The winners play Antrim in the next round on Saturday week, June 30.

Team News

Limerick (SH v Laois): N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara, D O’Grady, G O’Mahony; J Ryan, P Browne; S Dowling, B Geary, D Breen; G Mulcahy, N Moran, S Tobin.