All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Playoff – Cork 1-13 Tipperary 0-9

Cork defeated Tipperary by 1-13 to 0-9 in an All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Playoff on Saturday at Ballincollig.

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers – Kildare 0-19 Limerick 0-12

Lilywhites make great escape as Limerick fade

Report from the Sunday Independent newspaper

KILDARE 0-19 LIMERICK 0-12 (After extra time)

Kildare used their get out of jail card in the fading light of Portlaoise, needing a 70th-minute equaliser from the outstanding Emmet Bolton to give themselves an added 20 minutes, from which they emerged successful. It was tough on Limerick, who had been outstanding throughout, but they failed to score after Brian Scanlon pushed them 0-11 to 0-8 clear with 20 minutes remaining. Kildare were workmanlike but they chipped away. The inspirational John Doyle lofted over a free before James Kavanagh found the mark, seconds after Seanie Johnston had appeared to point. That effort had been waved wide, though, and it looked as if Limerick might hold out.

That was until Kavanagh forced a turnover deep inside his own half and Bolton went off on a dazzling surge that involved a couple of one-twos. He took the final pass from Peter Kelly and held his nerve. From there, it was plain sailing, Michael Foley, Paidi O’Neill and Johnston notching points. Eoghan O’Flaherty opened the scoring from an eighth-minute free into the wind and Kildare were so close to a goal just two minutes later but Bolton was unable to get at the end of Kavanagh’s exquisite pass. Ian Ryan equalised from the next attack and then blasted over under pressure from Kelly, after the Kildare man had misjudged the flight of a diagonal delivery.

Alan Smith clipped over to restore parity, and there was a further exchange of scores between Ryan and Kavanagh before Limerick edged two clear courtesy of a brace of Ryan frees. Mikey Conway then sent over a rare right-footed effort. But it was Limerick that finished the half stronger. Stephen Kelly made amends for an earlier miss with a wonderful point. Substitute Damian Quaid lofted over from 40 metres just before the short whistle and the Shannonsiders led at the interval by 0-7 to 0-4.

Kildare flew out of the traps with early points from Rob Kelly and Foley, but Limerick were not retreating into their shell. Ryan and Ger Collins responded, while Eoghan O’Connor lofted over a brilliant point. Limerick defended impressively, but it was the veterans Doyle, Foley and Bolton that led the Lilywhites’ resistance and Kildare live on.

Scorers — Kildare: M Conway (2fs), J Kavanagh 0-3 each; J Doyle (2fs), S Johnston 0-2 each; A Smith, R Kelly, M Foley, E Bolton, E O’Flaherty (f), P O’Neill, M O’Flaherty, E Doyle, P Fogarty 0-1 each. Limerick: I Ryan 0-8 (5fs); S Kelly, D Quaid, G Collins, E O’Connor 0-1 each.

Kildare: S Connolly; P Kelly, H McGrillen, O Lyons; E Bolton, M O’Flaherty, E Doyle; M Foley, R Kelly; E O’Flaherty, J Doyle, M Conway; A Smith, T O’Connor, J Kavanagh. Subs: P O’Neill for R Kelly (48), S Johnston for E O’Flaherty (48), P Fogarty for O’Connor (56), E Callaghan for Smith (66), G White for Bolton inj (74), A Mac Lochlainn for Lyons inj (74), E O’Flaherty for M O’Flaherty inj (80).

Limerick: B Scanlon; A Lane, S Lucey, J McCarthy; J Riordan, L O’Dwyer, P Ranahan; J Donovan, S Buckley; E O’Connor, S Kelly, P Browne; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan. Subs: D Quaid for Lane (22), I Corbett for O’Carroll (51), B O’Brien for Donovan (54), J O’Meara for Kelly (61), J Cooke for Collins (68), S Kelly for Riordan (83).

Referee: B Cassidy (Derry)


Bolton rescues Kildare before extra-time procession

Report from the web site

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Round 3: Kildare 0-19 Limerick 0-12

Kildare were within seconds of being knocked out of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship on Saturday night by Limerick, but they hit a late, late equaliser before powering home in extra-time. Limerick led 0-11 to 0-10 deep into stoppage time after a brilliant tactical display against the hot favourites, but as has happened them many times in the past, the Treaty County were unable to close out the win as Emmet Bolton hit a brilliant leveller for Kildare with the last kick of normal time. Unsurprisingly, Kildare went on to utterly dominate extra-time against an exhausted Limerick, eventually sealing a 0-19 to 0-12 win to move into Round 4, where they will play Sligo next weekend.

Limerick were so close to what would surely have been the biggest upset of the summer, and boss Maurice Horan clearly won the tactical battle in the first half, as Limerick led Kildare by 0-7 to 0-4 at the break. Eoghan O’Flaherty and Alan Smith got early points for Kildare, but Ian Ryan caused all sorts of problems for Kildare in the opening 35 minutes, and his third point on 14 minutes put Limerick 0-3 to 0-2 ahead. Two more from Ryan, one a wonderful effort from play, edged Limerick two clear at 0-5 to 0-3, and Kildare were having major problems breaking down the Treaty County, while Ryan was punishing any errors from the Lilywhite defenders.

On the other hand, Limerick’s defending was outstanding in the first half, and crucially, they were able to swing enough points over at the other hand to keep in front, with Stephen Kelly and Pa Ranahan adding two more points before the break to establish the interval buffer. Kildare looked like they had got a real rollicking from boss Kieran McGeeney at the break, as they came out looking much sharper, hitting two points in quick succession from Rob Kelly and Mick Foley.

But Limerick were defiant, and remained three points in front after 46 minutes when a score from Eoghan O’Connor left it at 0-10 to 0-7. Limerick’s packed defensive system was suffocating Kildare and keeping scores to a minimun, and the sides exchanged just one point apiece in the next 12 minutes, meaning Horan’s side were a goal ahead with little more than 10 minutes to go. But Limerick were tiring, and a brilliant free from the sideline from John Doyle was followed by a score from James Kavanagh, leaving one in it with more than enough time left for Kildare.

But they were profligate, and Limerick were all set for the most famous of wins until Bolton changed the script at the death. He went on a marauding run up the field, exchanging passes with two players, before coolly firing over. Limerick were broken, and Kildare went on to outscore them in extra-time by 0-8 to 0-1. Kavanagh, Eamonn Callaghan, Doyle and Eoghan O’Flaherty all got on the scoresheet in the extra 20 minutes, which in truth wasn’t a contest as Kildare completely ran the show. It could have been all so different though.

Team News

Limerick make one change from the team that beat Longford last week, Ger Collins having recovered from injury is named at right corner forward. He is the team captain .

1. Brian Scanlon, Gerald Griffin’s.

2. Andrew Lane , St.Senan’s.

3. Johnny McCarthy, St.Kieran’s.

4. Lorcan O’Dwyer, Pallasgreen.

5. John Riordan, Fr. Casey’s.

6. Stephen Lucey, Croom.

7. Pa Ranahan, Ballysteen.

8. Jim Donovan, St Kieran’s.

9. Sean Buckley, Dromcollogher-Broadford.

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

11. Stephen Kelly, Newcastlewest..

12. Paudie Browne, Fr. Casey’s.

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

Kildare: S Connolly; A MacLochlainn, P Kelly, H McGrillen; E Bolton, M O’Flaherty, E Doyle; M Foley, R Kelly; E O’Flaherty, M Conway, A Smith; J Doyle, T O’Connor, J Kavanagh

Match Preview



They last met in the qualifiers in 2008 when Kildare won by 1-11 to 0-11 in a Round 3 clash in the Gaelic Grounds in a game where John Doyle scored 1-6 for the winners. Kildare have remained unbeaten in the qualifiers since losing to Laois in 2007. Their record since then reads: Played 13, Won 12, and Drew 1.

Limerick reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals via the qualifiers last year, beating Offaly, Waterford and Wexford and began this year’s campaign with a win in extra-time against Longford last Saturday.

Championship 2012

Kildare 0-19 Offaly 0-6; Meath 1-17 Kildare 1-11 (Leinster semi-final); Kildare 3-20 Cavan 1-9 (Qualifier Round 2)

Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7; Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15 (Munster semi-final); Limerick 1-21 Longford 1-15 (after extra-time) (Qualifier Round 2)

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers – Kerry 1-16 Tyrone 1-6

O’Connor hails Kingdom revival

By Damian Lawlor for the Sunday Independent newspaper


KERRY maintained their historic record of not losing a home championship game in the past 17 years by utterly dismissing Tyrone at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday evening. And Colm Cooper is now just three points away from becoming the all-time top scorer in Gaelic football history. His 0-5 haul last night edges him even closer to the current holder Mikey Sheehy and it’s odds-on that the Gooch will take his mantle when Kerry play Clare in the fourth round of the qualifiers next weekend.

Cooper’s team has been heavily criticised this year for their wearisome displays but they had a point to prove last night. With the futures of some of their most experienced and established stars hanging in the balance they pulled their sleeves up, gritted their teeth and pulled through in fine style. “Sometimes our backs needs to be against the wall to get a performance and that’s the way it was today,” said Kerry manager Jack O’Connor. “We felt the form was there and the players were there but it took our old nemeses to get this out of us. You never know from week to week if you’ll get a performance like this but we got one.”

Mickey Harte praised Kerry for their display but was critical of referee David Coldrick. “Kerry should have been further ahead half-time,” he said. “That gave us lifeline and we didn’t believe the game was lost by any means. But while they were under pressure when we scored our goal they responded positively.” Harte said he believed the sending-off of Brian McGuigan was harsh. “I do believe the sending-off was harsh. I didn’t think that the shoulder to the back should have been a red card offence. Yes, it was foul and it was petulant and yes it shouldn’t happen but I felt it was harsh, there was no merit in that red card. The extra man did make a difference and after that it was a damage limitation job for us. “Seventeen yellow cards was excessive,” he added. “I thought when Pat McEnaney became the referees’ boss all that was behind us, I thought we were trying to send the message out that we don’t need a plethora of cards. That message didn’t seem to register with this man today. “In every other game I’ve seen this year the card count has gone down — that didn’t happen today.”

In front of a crowd of 24,370 this game was no spectacle. It wasn’t helped by constant bickering and persistent fouling from the players either. When asked if he had concerns over Coldrick’s appointment for the game, the Tyrone manager replied: “I have to say I was concerned that he was appointed. I’m not in a position to blame referees for losing games, let me make that clear. That is the third game we’ve played that he’s taken this year (Kildare in the league final and Donegal in the Ulster championship) and while he didn’t beat us, you have to ask yourself what influence these people have on games. I don’t feel that he benefits our team a lot. Harte also made reference to the fact that he would be around next season to rebuild the side and said it was too early for any of his players to consider retiring.

Midway through the second half Tyrone gave themselves a chink of light with a goal from Conor Gormley, who had run from deep to support his colleagues. Joe McMahon’s shot was saved by Brendan Kealy but Gormley slipped it home. But almost immediately Kieran Donaghy replied with a well-taken goal of his own and from there Kerry only gained in confidence.

Kerry had led 0-8 to 0-4 at the break, but should have been further in front, such was their dominance at times. After the restart, Bryan Sheehan and Aidan Cassidy exchanged points but the game came to life after 43 minutes with Gormley’s goal. Up to then the home team had defended well and pressed even better. It was a bad goal to give away but two minutes later Donaghy also palmed a goal home to send the crowd wild. A marvellous Sheehan catch found Cooper in space — he fisted across for Donaghy to arrive at the far post and raise a green flag. His score left Kerry four ahead again, 1-10 to 1-6. Down a man soon after, Tyrone never recovered. It’s back to the drawing board for Harte but with key players to return from injury and plenty of young players to work with there is still much to look forward to. Kerry’s concerns are more immediate. On the night that Tomas O Se made his 81st championship appearance, it was fitting that their veteran players refused to let the curtain fall on their careers in their own backyard.

Scorers — Kerry: C Cooper 0-5 (1f), K Donaghy 1-1, B Sheehan (3f), Declan O’Sullivan 0-3 each, J O’Donoghue 0-2, P Galvin, P Curtin 0-1 each. Tyrone: C Gormley 1-0, C Cavanagh, C Clarke, D McCurry, M Penrose (1f), A Cassidy, Sean O’Neill 0-1 each

Kerry: B Kealy; M O Se, A O’Mahony, S Enright; T O Se, E Brosnan, K Young; A Maher, B Sheehan; P Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh; J O’Donoghue, C Cooper, K Donaghy. Subs: Darran O’Sullivan for D Walsh (49), P Crowley for S Enright (65), K O’Leary for Declan O’Sullivan (65), P Curtin for O’Donoghue (66), B McGuire for K Young (66)

Tyrone: P McConnell; A McCrory, C Clarke, D Carlin; R McNamee, C Gormley, S O’Neill; J McMahon, C Cavanagh; Mattie Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, P Harte; M Penrose, D McCurry, O Mulligan. Subs: R McMenamin for D Carlin (11), D McCaul for R McNamee (33), A Cassidy for Mattie Donnelly (35), S O’Neill for M Penrose (46), B McGuigan for D McCurry (55)

Referee: D Coldrick (Meath)


Superb Kerry Back on Track

Report from the web site

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Round 3: Kerry 1-16 Tyrone 1-6

Kerry eased through to Round 4 of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers after a 10-point defeat of Tyrone in Killarney on Saturday evening. It was Kerry’s first Championship win over Tyrone since the 1986 All-Ireland final, and surely one of their most impressive in living memory. Jack O’Connor’s side laid the platform with a scoring burst in the first half, which yielded five unanswered points, and then crucially fired a 46th minute goal from the excellent Kieran Donaghy, just after Tyrone had threatened a revival when Conor Gormley hit the back of the net for the Red Hands. Kerry then hit the final six points of the game, taking complete control and securing their 10th straight win in the Qualifiers, after Tyrone’s Brian McGuigan was sent off for a foul on Declan O’Sullivan in the 58th minute.

Having been all but written off after a poor showing in the Munster final, and after narrowly beating Westmeath last Sunday, Kerry answered their critics with a wonderful display. All their big players delivered huge performances: Donaghy scored 1-1 and destroyed the Tyrone full back-line, while Declan O’Sullivan orchestrated matters from centre-forward and Colm Cooper chipped in with five points; Paul Galvin deservedly won the man of the match award after a typically combative display. Kerry were ahead in the first minute when Declan O’Sullivan gave them the perfect start with a fine score from play, before Colm Cavanagh leveled the game for Tyrone.

Kerry, though, were clearly psyched up from the very start and quickfire scores from Cooper and Bryan Sheehan gave them a 0-3 to 0-1 lead. After that early flurry of points, the game settled into a more sedate rhythm, with numerous breaks in play, as both sides delivered big hits in an uncompromising and sometimes scruffy first quarter. Conor Clarke, the Tyrone full-back, did steal up field to score a fine point from play, but it was frenzied stuff punctuated by a string of yellow cards – there were 15 in total by the end of the game – to each side.

In a real battle, Kerry made the first surge, hitting five points in a row to lead by 0-8 to 0-2 by the 33rd minute, although they might have been much further ahead had they been less profligate, with Cooper and Kieran Donaghy both hitting post with point efforts. The Kingdom hit a real seam of form in the second quarter, as Sheehan started that purple patch with his second free before James O’Donoghue and Declan O’Sullivan hammered home their advantage with scores from play. Kerry were opening up the Red Hand defence at will, and Galvin also got off the mark with a superb before Cooper hit his second from play to put the Kingdom six clear and in a position of absolute control.

However, just when Kerry looked to be running away with the game, Tyrone hit back with a point from Darren McCurry, who started in place of the injured Stephen O’Neill. Martin Penrose then landed a free just before the break to leave Mickey Harte’s side trailing by a far more manageable four points at the break, 0-8 to 0-4. Kerry opened the second half with another Sheehan free, but Aidan Cassidy hit back immediately, flashing a shot over the bar when he might just as easily have hit the back of the net. Tyrone did just that in the 43rd minute, when Joe McMahon bullied his way through the Kerry defence and saw his left-footed shot well saved by Kerry goalkeeper Brendan Kealy. The rebound fell kindly for Gormley who bundled the ball over the line.

But three minutes later Kerry hit back and landed the really crucial blow. Sheehan was the creator, drifting behind the Tyrone full-back line and finding Donaghy, who fisted into an empty net. The game was all but over as a contest when McGuigan was shown a red card after tangling with Declan O’Sullivan less than a minute and a half after his introduction. In truth, Kerry were well on top and they drove home their advantage by tagging on three more points late on to seal a 10-point win and a Round 4 Qualifier clash with Clare.

Kerry Scorers: Declan O’Sullivan 0-3, C Cooper 0-5 (0-1f), B Sheehan 0-3 (0-3f), J O’Donoghue 0-2, P Galvin 0-1, K Donaghy 1-1, P Curtin 0-1.

Tyrone Scorers: C Cavanagh 0-1, C Clarke 0-1, D McCurry 0-1, M Penrose 0-1 (0-1f), A Cassidy 0-1, C Gormley 1-0, Seán O’Neill 0-1.

Kerry: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, A O’Mahony, S Enright; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, K Young; A Maher, B Sheehan; P Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh, J O’Donoghue, C Cooper, K Donaghy.

Tyrone: P McConnell; A McCrory, C Clarke, D Carlin; R McNamee, C Gormley, Seán O’Neill; J McMahon, C Cavanagh; Mattie Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, P Harte; M Penrose, D McCurry, O Mulligan.

Referee: David Coldrick

Attendance: 24,370


Kerry underline class with clinical dismissal of Tyrone

By Dermot Crowe for the Sunday Independent newspaper


AT last some relief for Kerry from the oppressive attentions of Tyrone. Having lost two All-Ireland finals, and a semi-final deemed an affront to football civilisation, they gained a measure of compensation with a 10-point win in the third round of the qualifiers. The final result, 1-16 to 1-6, doesn’t flatter them. Not for the first time they’ve found new life along the scenic route. There were some pleasing spells of football, a necklace of five unanswered points in the first half from Kerry, and some classy finishing from Declan O’Sullivan and Colm Cooper. But there was controversy too; it wasn’t a match to inspire the bards. Referee David Coldrick issued 17 yellow cards and sent off Brian McGuigan, a second-half substitute, on a straight red for elbowing O’Sullivan in the back in a schoolboy fit of pique.

By then Tyrone were sinking fast, six points adrift. They were handed a lifeline when Conor Gormley had a goal after 42 minutes which reduced the difference to two points but in the next play Kieran Donaghy had one at the other end. “We got a goal and didn’t defend it, that was the end of the game for us in many ways,” Mickey Harte noted afterwards. Harte protested about the dismissal of McGuigan “in the context” of the match itself, feeling it warranted no more than yellow.

“Seventeen yellow cards was excessive. I thought when Pat McEnaney became the referees’ boss all that was behind us, I thought we were trying to send the message out that we don’t need a plethora of cards. That message didn’t seem to register with this man today. In every other game I’ve seen this year the card count has gone down — that didn’t happen today.” Asked if he had concerns over Coldrick’s appointment, Harte replied: “I have to say I was concerned that he was appointed. I’m not in a position to blame referees for losing games, let me make that clear. That is the third game we’ve played that he’s taken this year (Kildare in the league final and Donegal in the Ulster championship) and while he didn’t beat us, you have to ask yourself what influence these people have on games . I don’t feel that he benefits our team a lot.”

But the players, including a good many from Tyrone, repeatedly and freely got involved in tetchy exchanges leaving Coldrick with little scope for discretion. Indeed he could have taken sterner action and issued a few more. Late on Patrick Curtin was blessed to escape with a yellow card for a challenge no less objectionable than McGuigan’s. Donaghy pushed both hands into Paschal McConnell’s face in the first half and got away with it. Gormley had an early yellow and ran a dangerous line at times thereafter. Kerry face Clare next weekend and they will be unbackable favourites to cruise into the last eight. They worked assiduously and their defending suffocated Tyrone, starving them of scoring openings.

Jack O’Connor will have been additionally pleased with this result. “Fellas really put their bodies on the line,” he said, “and that’s what we had to do. Tyrone are a running team, they like to get numbers back and work it out and it was critical we slowed their momentum coming out of defence.” Tyrone were well beaten and could have no excuses. This is their earliest championship exit since 2006. They are in transition and can point in mitigation to key absentees like Sean Cavanagh and Kyle Coney. Stephen O’Neill was a late withdrawl, the teenager Darren McCurry playing instead, although O’Neill was sent on after half-time. But the usual fire was absent.

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football team to play Tyrone on Saturday July 21st at 5pm in Fitzgerald Stadium is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2. Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

3. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

4. Shane Enright (Tarbert)

5. Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

6. Eoin Brosnan (Dr Crokes)

7. Killian Young (Renard)

8. Anthony Maher (Duagh)

9. Bryan Sheehan (St Mary’s)

10. Paul Galvin (Finuge)

11. Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)

13. James O’Donoghue (Legion)

14. Colm Cooper (Captain) (Dr Crokes)

15. Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)

16. Brian Kelly (Legion)

17. Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmet’s)

18. Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)

19. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

20. Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)

21. Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)

22. Patrick Curtin (Moyvane)

23. Jonathan Lyne (Legion)

24. Seamus Scanlon (Currow)

25. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahilly’s)

26. Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)

27. Michael Geaney (Daingean Uí Chuis)

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) and Eamon Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

TYRONE: (SF v Kerry): P McConnell; A McCrory, C Clarke, D Carlin; C McCarron, C Gormley, Sean O’Neill; J McMahon, C Cavanagh; Mattie Donnelly, M Donnelly, P Harte; M Penrose, Stephen O’Neill. O Mulligan.

Tickets & Traffic Information

Patrons are advised to come early to the game on Saturday as a large attendance is expected and Saturday is a busy day in Killarney.

To avoid delays Patrons are asked to purchase tickets prior to Saturday.

The gates will open at 3pm on Saturday Evening in Fitzgerald Stadium to facilitate patrons.


There are two designated car parks at present:

1. One on the Bye pass road near fire station

2. Down Town : The field beside The Cathedral

3. There is also pay parking car parks available.

4. Other designated car parks are available and those will be well marked on the day. Gardaí & Stewards will direct patrons to all car parks.

5. Patrons are advised to come early to the game as Saturday is a busy shopping day in Killarney.

6. Patrons are advised to park responsibly at all times and not to obstruct exits or other cars.

Entry to Stadium

Please allow plenty of time to walk to the stadium

1. All children need a ticket for the stand. Children u16 are free to terrace and do not need a ticket.

2. The concession gates in stand for OAPs & Students are 39 & 40.

3. Wheelchair entry is through Daltons Avenue only

4. Terrace Children U16 Stiles are as follows for terrace: 5, 7, 13, 21, 28 & 29,. Adult stiles are next to all children stiles

5. Please note strictly u16 years of age will apply for children.

6. Press entry Gate: 22


Patrons are advised to purchase tickets as soon as possible-Tickets for the game are for sale on Friday and Saturday from :

• Garvey’s Supervalu Stores in Tralee, Dingle, Listowel, Castleisland and Newcastlewest and other selected Centra and Supervalu Stores nationwide.

• Public Sale of Tickets Friday 20th July – 12.00-4.00pm – Austin Stack Park Tralee ONLY


You will be automatically given the BEST AVAILABLE SEATS at the price you choose when you order.

It is not possible to select specific sections within the stand or seats for this event.

Ticket prices as follows:

• All Juveniles FREE to Terrace 9 (At least one Adult ticket must be purchased if any Under 16 tickets are included in the order)

• Stand €20

• Terrace €15

• Family Stand Adult €20 – Juveniles €5 (subject to availability)

• Family Terrace Adult €15 – Juveniles FREE

• Student/OAP – Concession on Stand tickets only – pay full priceand get a refund of €5 at specified Stiles on the day (on production of validID)

• No Group tickets as Juveniles FREE to Terrace

Match Preview




They meet in the championship for the first time since the 2008 All-Ireland final when Tyrone beat Kerry for the third time in the championship in six seasons, having also won in 2003 and 2005. It leaves Kerry seeking their first championship win over Tyrone since the 1986 All-Ireland final, which the first time the counties had met in the championship.

Kerry have never lost in the All-Ireland qualifiers while Tyrone’s last loss in the qualifiers was in 2006 when they were beaten by Laois (0-9 to 0-6) in Round 2.

Previous Championship Clashes

2008: Tyrone 1-15 Kerry 0-14 (All-Ireland final)

2005: Tyrone 1-16 Kerry 2-10 (All-Ireland final)

2003: Tyrone 0-13 Kerry 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1986: Kerry 2-15 Tyrone 1-10 (All-Ireland final)

Championship 2012

Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10; Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12 (Munster semi-final); Kerry 2-10 Westmeath 1-12 (Qualifier Round 2)

Tyrone 0-19 Armagh 1-13; Donegal 0-12 Tyrone 0-10 (Ulster semi-final); Tyrone 1-16 Roscommon 0-8 (Qualifier Round 2)

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers – Tipperary 0-10 Antrim 0-8

Gutsy Tipperary march on

Report from the web site

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Round 3: Tipperary 0-10 Antrim 0-8

Tipperary are through to Round 4 of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers after a narrow defeat of Antrim at sunny Semple Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Peter Creedon’s charges made a great start and were 0-5 to 0-1 up after 25 minutes, but the Saffrons came charging back and had the gap down to two points, 0-6 to 0-4, at the break and were level within eight minutes of the restart.

Antrim looked to have all the momentum, but Tipperary regrouped brilliantly and hit the final two scores of the game, through Brian Mulvihill and Alan Maloney, to win in a gripping finale. Maloney was the Premier County hero, scoring 0-6 of their total, including three points from play, but it was the Tipperary defence that once again deserves all the plaudits for maintaining their discipline in the closing stages when the Saffrons threw everything at them. Indeed, it could well have been Antrim facing into a high-profile Round 4 clash with the Ulster final losers had Michael McCann not pulled a late goal chance wide in added time.

After a slow start to the game, Tipperary found their feet first and led in the sixth minute when Maloney landed a free. Maloney made a great start to the game and would score twice more from play before Michael Quinlivan also added his name to the scoresheet to give Peter Creedon’s side a 0-4 to 0-0 lead by the quarter hour mark. Antrim took a full 19 minutes to register their first score, which came from the boot of Tomás McCann, but the Saffrons struggled badly in the wide open spaces of Semple Stadium until manager Liam Bradley decided to drop an extra defender back.

George Hannigan nudged the home side back into a four-point lead, while the Saffrons registered seven wides in the first 25 minutes before the first half finished with a flurry of scores. Simon McDonaghy pulled one back for Antrim before Maloney hit his fourth, but the visitors came with a well-timed burst just before the break, with wing-back James Loughrey hitting two points from play to cut the game to just two at half-time.

After a largely incident-free 35 minutes’ football, the two minutes of time added on contained plenty of drama, and Tipperary might well have hit the back of the net just before the whistle but captain Philip Austin pulled his shot wide when presented with a great chance. The Saffrons hit the first two points of the second half, through Tomás McCann and Kevin Brady, to draw level by the 43rd minute.

It was low scoring but utterly absorbing as Maloney and defender Donagh Leahy put Tipp back into the lead, before Michael Magill leveled matters for the last time in the 58th minute. However, it was the Munster side who kicked on in the closing stages, with sub Mulvihill putting them back into the lead with five minutes left and Maloney grabbing the insurance score at the death.

Tipperary Scorers: A Maloney 0-6 (0-3f), M Quinlivan 0-1 (0-1f), G Hannigan 0-1, D Leahy 0-1, B Mulvihill 0-1

Antrim Scorers: T McCann 0-2 (0-1f), S McDonagh 0-1, J Loughrey 0-2, K Brady 0-1, M McCann 0-1, M Magill 0-1

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; B Fox, R Kiely, A Campbell; G Hannigan, H Coghlan; R Ryan, A Maloney, D Leahy; M Quinlivan, P Acheson, P Austin.

Antrim: C Kerr; A Healy, R Johnston, K O’Boyle; T Scullion, J Crozier, J Loughrey; M McCann, S McDonagh; C Murray, M Sweeney, K Niblock; T McCann, K Brady, M Johnston.

Referee: Eddie Kinsella

Attendance: 2,563


Tipp show vigour to see off dogged Antrim side

By Jackie Cahill for the Sunday Independent newspaper


TIPPERARY’S cover is now well and truly blown. The losers of today’s Ulster final will tread carefully when they face the Premier County in round 4 of the All-Ireland qualifiers next weekend. Because Tipperary, under the astute guidance of Peter Creedon, are on a roll. Yesterday they sent Antrim crashing out — an Antrim side, as manager Liam Bradley admitted afterwards, that had travelled with confidence.

Tipp were worthy winners a week before against a Wexford side that had rattled Dublin in the Leinster semi-final. And they were at it again yesterday in front of 2,563 spectators, the vast majority of them from Antrim. And that’s a damning indictment of Tipperary GAA fans, who surely don’t need much more convincing about the capabilities of this team. They’re transformed under Creedon and yesterday Tipp scored a third championship victory in the same season for the first time since 1998. Just like the Wexford game, when this one was in the melting pot Tipp stepped forward and got the job done.

The sides were level three times in the second half before sub Brian Mulvihill popped over a lovely point with five minutes remaining to send Tipp 0-9 to 0-8 clear. Two minutes from time, 2011 All-Ireland minor medallist Michael Quinlivan was hauled down and from the resultant free, Alan Maloney tapped over. It was the sixth point of a productive afternoon for Maloney, restored to the starting line-up for yesterday’s tie. But there was still one heart-stopping moment to come as Michael McCann dragged a shot narrowly wide in the final minute as Antrim chased a winning goal. If they had grabbed it, Tipp would have rued a second-half tally of 11 wides.

But Antrim were equally profligate before half-time, notching up seven wides. And they needed a brace of James Loughrey scores late in the half to remain in touch, trailing by 0-4 to 0-6 at the break. With Antrim sitting deep, scores were at a premium, but Tipp managed to break through the massed ranks to scorch 0-4 to 0-0 clear in the first 15 minutes — Maloney on target with three points. Antrim’s first score arrived courtesy of Tomás McCann in the 18th minute but they wouldn’t register another until the 32nd minute.

Scorers — Tipperary: A Maloney 0-6 (3f), G Hannigan, D Leahy, M Quinlivan (1f), B Mulvihill 0-1 each. Antrim: J Loughrey, T McCann (1 ’45) 0-2 each, S McDonagh, M McCann, K Brady, M Magill 0-1 each.

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; B Fox, R Kiely, A Campbell; G Hannigan, H Coghlan; R Ryan, A Maloney, D Leahy; M Quinlivan, P Acheson, P Austin. Subs: B Mulvihill for Ryan (h-t), C Sweeney for Austin (64).

Antrim: C Kerr; J Crozier, K O’Boyle, R Johnson; T Scullion, M Sweeney, A Healey; S McDonagh, M McCann; J Loughrey, K Brady, C Murray; K Niblock, M Johnson, T McCann. Subs: M Armstrong for Johnson (h-t), M Magill for Niblock (55), R Murray for C Murray (60), O Gallagher for T McCann (69)

Referee: E Kinsella (Laois)

Team News

The Tipperary senior football team to play Antrim shows 1 change from the team which started in last Saturday’s victory over Wexford. Alan Maloney comes into the team at centre forward in place of Brian Mulvihill.

1. Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard)

2. Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers)

3. Paddy Codd (Killeneule)

4. Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow)

5. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty)

6. Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers)

7. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)

8. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)

9. Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise, Laois)

10. Richie Ryan (Eire Og Annacarty)

11. Alan Maloney (Rockwell Rovers)

12. Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers)

13. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)

14. Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)

15. Philip Austin (Borrisokane) CAPTAIN

Match Preview



They meet for the first time in the championship but they have already met once this season when Antrim won by 1-13 to 0-13 in an Allianz football League (Division 3 game) in Semple Stadium in mid-February. Antrim led by 1-8 to 0-6 at half-time and increased their lead to nine points in the third quarter but Tipperary staged a revival, out-scoring the visitors by 0-6 to 0-1 in the last quarter.

Championship 2012

Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10 (Munster quarter-final); Tipperary 1-12 Offaly 0-10; Tipperary 1-13 Wexford 0-15 (Qualifier Round 2)

Monaghan 1-12 Antrim 1-9 (Ulster quarter-final); Antrim 2-11 London 2-9; Antrim 0-11 Galway 0-10 (Qualifier Round 2)