GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Round 1 – Tipperary 1-12 Offaly 0-10

Tipperary 1-12 Offaly 0-10

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Tipperary cruised into the second round of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship qualifiers at Offaly’s expense this evening. The Premier County scored a comfortable 1-12 to 0-10 victory in front of 1,310 spectators at Semple Stadium. The hosts produced a cracking second-half display, outscoring the visitors by 0-07 to 0-04 after half-time. Tipp led by 1-05 to 0-06 at the break, with Peter Acheson bagging the goal in the 17th minute. Alan Maloney’s long ball in towards the Offaly goalmouth was flicked on by Michael Quinlivan for Acheson, who pounced from close range at the Town End.

Quinlivan was a constant thorn in Offaly’s side and the 2011 All-Ireland minor medallist finished the game with four points, including three from play. Five of Tipp’s six starting forwards scored from play last night and not even the pre-match introduction of marquee forward Niall McNamee could inspire Offaly, for whom Ken Casey kicked five points. Tipperary held a two-point lead at half-time but it could have been more, as Quinlivan saw his injury-time penalty saved by Offaly goalkeeper Alan Mulhall.

Referee Conor Lane booked Mulhall for bringing down Quinlivan, but the Walsh Island shotstopper atoned with a smart save before Alan Maloney pointed from the rebound. Tipp led by four points twice in the first half, but Offaly cut the gap back to a single point with a run of three unanswered scores – the last of those a wonderful effort from McNamee, one of three late changes for the visitors. However this was an evening when Tom Coffey’s Offaly struggled woefully in attack, with Casey the notable exception. Tipp’s win was just their fourth from 13 qualifier outings, a run stretching back to 2001.

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; B Fox, R Kiely, A Campbell; G Hannigan, H Coghlan; P Austin (0-02), P Acheson (1-00), D Leahy; A Maloney (0-03), M Quinlivan (0-04, 1f), R Ryan (0-02).

Subs: B Mulvihill (0-01) for Coghlan (43 mins), S Scully for Leahy (62), L Egan for Hannigan (66), B O’Brien for Quinlivan (67), P Whelan for Maloney (68).

Offaly: A Mulhall; S Sullivan, J Moloney, S Pender; B Darby, M Brazil, E Rigney; R Brady, A McNamee; N Dunne (0-03, 2f), K Casey (0-05, 1f), R Dalton; A Sullivan, P Cunningham, N McNamee (0-02).

Subs: N Smith for A McNamee (h/t), D Hanlon for Brazil (51), G Guilfoyle for Rigney (51), D Currams for Cunningham (64), D Kelly for Dunne (68).

Referee: C Lane (Cork)

Team News

Offaly: Alan Mulhall; Shane Sullivan, John Moloney, Sean Pender; Brian Darby, Michael Brazil, Eoin Rigney, Alan McNamee, Richie Dalton; Ross Brady, Daniel Currams, Niall Smith; Ken Casey, Graham Guilfoyle, Anton Sullivan.

The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Offaly in the first round of the qualifiers on Saturday June 30 at 7pm at Semple Stadium is:

Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard)

Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers)

Paddy Codd (Killenaule)

Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow)

Brian Fox (Eire Og Annacarty)

Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers)

Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)

George Hanningan (Shannon Rovers)

Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise)

Philip Austin (Borrisokane) Captain

Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)

Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers)

Alan Maloney (Rockwell Rovers)

Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)

Richie Ryan (Eire Og Annacarty)

Admission Details

Ardán Ó Riain (New Stand) and the Town Terrace will be open.

Admission prices are as follows –

Stand – adults €15, students / OAPs €10 and Under 16s free

Terrace – adults €10, students/OAPS €10 (same as adult) and Under 16s free

Match Preview

GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 1

Tipperary v Offaly, Semple Stadium, 7pm

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Tipperary versus Offaly is a fixture generally more associated with hurling, but the two sides meet in Round 1 of the GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifiers on Saturday evening in Semple Stadium.

It’s the first time the two teams have ever met in the football championship, and it promises to be an interesting tie, as both sides will see it as a good chance for them to get a championship win, and start to rebuild in the Qualifiers.

It has been a difficult year for both counties so far. They both were relegated from Division III of the Allianz Football League after two very poor campaigns that resulted in them both parting company with their managers.

Peter Creedon took over the Tipperary footballers from John Evans at the end of March, while Tom Coffey replaced Gerry Cooney as Offaly boss in April.

The similar pattern of their seasons continued in their respective provincial championship campaigns – Tipperary were downed by Kerry in Munster, while Offaly were no match for Kildare in their Leinster quarter-final recently.

It all means that Saturday’s clash has the same importance for both sides – defeat will mean that the year has been pretty much as bad as it can get, while a victory could spark a much needed revival for the remainder of the summer.

Speaking ahead of the game, Offaly boss Coffey says he will be adopting a tough approach to any players not showing sufficient commitment in the future, as he looks to usher in a new era for Offaly football.

“Even if a guy is one of your better players or lower down the ladder, the call will have to be made and you’ll have to move on,” he said.

“It’s not working the way it has been. We’ll just have to get everyone on board and committed. When you get that commitment you get a great bond in a team.”

Offaly have been given a major boost ahead of the game with the news that star forward Niall McNamee is close to full fitness following a recent injury.

McNamee came on against Kildare, but understandably looked short of sharpness. Coffey says he expects him to take a while to be at 100 per cent, but he is expected to feature at some stage against Tipperary.

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

Tipperary produced a shock when recording a comfortable 2-16 to 0-9 win over Clare at Semple Stadium. The Banner girls had beaten Cork in the Munster final and only lost by a point last week but from the time Tipp captain, Joanne Ryan goaled in the opening minute, they were never in the game.

The home team led by 1-8 to 0-1 at the interval and though Claire McMahon scored four points to give the girls in saffron and blue hope, a Cáit Devane goal quickly ended their prospects. With Nicole Walsh bringing her tally to eight points, Tipp were able to run out easy victors.

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All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Wexford 0-14 Cork 0-9

Wexford maintained their good start to the All-Ireland senior camogie championship, and gained some measure of revenge for their defeat in the league final in the process, by defeating Cork 0-14 to 0-9 in their second round tie at Bellefield. The champions built their success on an unyielding defensive unit and that was critical in a game in which both sides largely cancelled themselves out.

Wexford led by four points at the break, with Ursula Jacob, Una Leacy and Kate Kelly capitalising on the outstanding work of Catherine O’Loughlin and Mary Leacy to find the target. Jenny O’Leary and Orla Cotter were on the mark for Cork and they were still in with a chance with ten minutes remaining. But Katrina Mackey was denied a certain goal by Wexford custodian Mags D’Arcy, and points from Una Leacy and Jacob – who finished with eight – confirmed the result.

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All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier Phase 1 – Limerick 8-26 Antrim 1-15

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Qualifiers Phase 1 : Limerick 8-26 Antrim 1-15

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Limerick moved into Phase III of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship on Saturday with a massive 32-point win over Antrim at the Gaelic Grounds. Limerick hit four goals in an astonishing first 10 minutes, and while Antrim recovered a little for the remainder of the first half, they completely capitulated in the second, as Limerick racked up a huge tally, which included four more goals. The first ten minutes of the game were about as dramatic as possible, with Limerick hitting four goals to move into a 4-2 to 0-3 lead.

The first goal came within less than a minute, Seanie Tobin rattling to the net after an assist from Tommy O’Brien. Just five minutes passed before the second goal came, Shane Dowling firing home his first of the day to make it 2-1 to 0-2. As bad as the first five minutes were for Antrim, the second five were nearly worse, with goals from Niall Moran and Dowling in the space of 50 seconds giving the early scoreline a scarcely credible look.

Antrim responded with points from Shane McNaughton (2) and Liam Watson, but when Graeme Mulcahy fired in a fifth goal with less than 16 minutes played, the scoreline was 5-2 to 0-5 and it was clearly going to be a difficult afternoon for Antrim. They steadied the ship somewhat before half-time, and aided by some excellent point-scoring by McNaughton and Watson, were back to 5-4 to 0-12 after 29 minutes. Limerick finished the half strongly though, and scores from Mulcahy and O’Brien left them 5-7 to 0-13 up at half-time.

Unfortunately for Antrim, the second half was a humiliating experience, best exemplified by the fact that Limerick added 3-15 in the first 20 minutes of the half. Dowling completed his hat-trick three minutes after the restart, and then a run of points, from Declan Hannon (2), Tobin, Dowling, Mulcahy made it 6-18 to 0-14. Niall Moran got his team’s seventh goal with a kicked finish after 50 minutes, and the net rippled again shortly after with Mulcahy knocking one in. That left it 8-18 to 0-14, Antrim had scored just one point in the second half by that stage, and the final 15 minutes was painful viewing for Saffron hurling fans, as Limerick continued to add scores and extend what was already a massive lead. Neal McManus hit a late goal for Antrim, but it made almost no difference on a scoreboard laden down with Limerick goals and points.

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Round 1 – Wicklow 1-17 Waterford 0-15

GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifiers Round 1: Wicklow 1-17 Waterford 0-15

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Wicklow defeated Waterford after extra-time in Aughrim on Saturday, to progress to Round 2 of the GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifiers. Alan Byrne’s point with the last kick of the game in normal time rescued Wicklow, and they overpowered 14-man Waterford in extra-time to progress. Points from Seánie Furlong, Joey Kelly, and Conor McGraynor all proved crucial in the extra period, as Harry Murphy’s men made up for a poor display in normal time with a strong showing in the extra 20 minutes. Waterford led 0-7 to 0-4 at the break, despite having had a man sent off in the opening 35 minutes.

Gary Hurney was dismissed for the Déise with 10 minutes of the first half left to play, but aided by a strong breeze, the visitors stayed in front. They had gone 0-3 to 0-1 up in the first few minutes, Hurney and Seán Dempsey their early scorers. Wicklow edged back into it, and trailed by one after 19 minutes following frees from Tony Hannon and Seánie Furlong. However, the breeze was particularly influential, and despite the sending off of Hurney, Waterford kicked three of the last four scores in the first half, Paul Whyte and Dempsey helping to establish the three-point half-time buffer.

Wicklow came out flying in the second half, and as well as being fired up, they also had wind advantage and soon made it count on the scoreboard. Points from Dean Healy, McGrath and McGraynor made it seven points apiece and then, with just four minutes of the second half gone, McGraynor completed a dramatic turnaround by finishing low to the net. That put Wicklow three up and seemingly headed for victory, but Waterford showed great resolve to fight back, and when JJ Hutchinson put the ball over on 50 minutes, the sides were level at 1-7 to 0-10.

Waterford then had the better of the last 20 minutes of normal time, and although the score exchanged hands a few times in that period, Paul Whyte’s point for Waterford with seven minutes to go looked like it would give them the win. But just when it seemed as though Wicklow wouldn’t break them down and would exit the championship, Byrne managed to get the ball over the bar and force the extra period. Once that had happened, it was probably inevitable that Wicklow would go on to win in extra-time, given the hammer blow to Waterford’s spirit that the equaliser was, and the difficulty of playing with 14 men. And sure enough, Wicklow found it much easier to score in extra-time, and a brilliant point from McGraynor put four between them early in the second half of the extra period. Further scores followed from Niall Gaffney and James Stafford, and Wicklow ended the game in total control, and as deserving winners.

Team News

The Waterford Senior Football team to play Wicklow is as follows –

1. Stephen Enright Ballinacourty

2. Maurice O’Gorman Nire

3. Thomas O’Gorman Nire

4. Kieran Connery Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

5. Tony Grey Stradbally

6. Shane Briggs Ballinacourty

7. Wayne Hennessy Ardmore

8. Sean Dempsey Colligan Emmets

9. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty

10. Liam Ó Lonáin An Rinn

11. Paul Whyte Kilrossanty

12. Cillian O’Keeffe Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

13. Mark Ferncombe Ballinacourty

14. Gary Hurney Ballinacourty (Captain)

15. J.J. Hutchinson Gaultier

Match Preview

WICKLOW v WATERFORD, Aughrim (Saturday, 14.30)

Championship 2012

Meath 0-16 Wicklow 0-11

Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7

They meet for the first time in the championship but have already met this year in Division 4 of the Allianz Football League with Waterford winning by 4-7 to 1-12 in Aughrim on March 4. Three first half goals from Mark Ferncombe set Waterford on their way to a 3-6 to 0-5 lead and while Wicklow battled back in the second half, they had left themselves with too much to do.

Qualifiers 2011

Wicklow 1-18 Sligo 0-16; Wicklow 2-13 Armagh 0-19 (after extra-time)

Armagh 2-9 Wicklow 0-10 (replay) (Round 2)

Waterford 1-17 London 0-13; Limerick 0-14 Waterford 0-9 (Round 3)