All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter Final Qualifers – Clare 1-19 Tipperary 1-7

Clare defeated Tipperary by 1-19 to 1-7 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter Final Qualifers on Saturday at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.


GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Round 4 – Down 1-13 Tipperary 0-11

Down end Tipperary’s fairytale run

Report from the web site

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 4 Qualifier: Down 1-13 Tipperary 0-11

Down sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship with a five-point defeat of Tipperary at Cusack Park, Mullingar on Saturday. Down led by 1-6 to 0-4 at the break after Benny Coulter bundled home a crucial goal just on the stoke of half-time. Coulter was the Mourne County’s hero, scoring 1-2 from play, while Mark Poland pitched in with four points. Ambrose Rogers was superb in midfield for James McCartan’s side, who bounced back brilliantly from their big defeat to Donegal in last Sunday’s Ulster final.

Tipperary’s 2012 adventure under Peter Creedon came to a disappointing end, but they gave another heroic display and had the gap down to three points at one stage in the second half, but ultimately could not find the goal they needed. Two early Poland points, as well as efforts from Dan Gordon and Rogers, gave Down a 0-4 to 0-0 lead after 21 minutes, before Michael Quinlivan eventually got the Premier Men off the mark on 23 minutes. Poland then missed a great goal chance before Quinlivan and Tipp wing-back Brian Fox cut the gap to two points in first half added time. But the drama did not end there, as Kevin Duffin struck a post with a long-range effort and in the ensuing scrum Coulter poked the ball home to give his side a 1-6 to 0-4 lead at the break.

Philip Austin hit back early in the second half for Tipp, before Rogers, Coulter and Duffin all pointed as Down moved into a 1-9 to 0-5 lead. Again, Tipperary hit back in the final quarter with a pair of points from Maloney reducing the gap to three, 1-11 to 0-11, with five minutes left. However, Down showed their experience in the closing stages and Poland and Rogers sealed the win with late scores.

Down Scorers: B Coulter 1-2, M Poland, A Rogers 0-4 (0-1f) each, D Gordon, K Duffin (0-1f), B McArdle 0-1 each.

Tipperary Scorers: M Quinlivan 0-3 (0-2f), A Maloney 0-3 (0-1f), P Austin 0-2, B Mulvihill, P Acheson, B Fox 0-1 each.

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

Down: B McVeigh, D O’Hagan, D Gordon, C Garvey; A Brannigan, B McArdle, A Carr; A Rogers, K King; K Duffin, M Poland, C Maginn; E McCartan, C Laverty, B Coulter.


Coulter delivers as Down make little bit of history

Down 1-13 Tipperary 0-11

By Brendan O’Brien for the Irish Examiner newspaper

DOWN may have made history on Saturday, but manager James McCartan still believes the sooner the dreaded six-day turnaround is put out to grass the better – and fairer – it will be for losing provincial finalists. No team had ever managed to claim a qualifier win within six days of defeat in one of the four provincial finals, but the 2010 All-Ireland finalists managed it with a little bit to spare against Tipperary on Saturday. “The sooner it is gone the better,” said the winning coach.  “It is always going to be hard. We tried to chat to the guys Sunday night and Monday and let them home lunchtime to cocoon them away from the scribes that would be criticising them. We talked to them about the game (later in the week). “We showed them a lot of clips of things that they done well and we showed them the chances that, had they taken — I know I am talking about the wrong game here but even the first ten minutes we had four wides – but we didn’t want that to be the legacy of this team. “I have been in a lot of Down dressing rooms where we have been beaten in far off fields in the back door and so has Benny and Doyler and Big Dan, those guys. “We didn’t want this to be the place that we were put out of the championship.”

Down travelled to Mullingar a tad fragile after their loss to Donegal, with Danny Hughes unavailable through injury, Benny Coulter at less than 100% fitness and facing a side seeking to breach the last eight for the first time after three straight victories. It was, clearly, a date fraught with pitfalls but they made life easier for themselves by playing with the aid of a strong wind at their backs and duly amassed five unanswered points in the opening 23 minutes. At that stage, it looked every bit like a game between sides that had played Division One and Three football last spring, but the gap narrowed to six points to four before the game’s defining score was landed against the Munster side on the stroke of half-time. Kevin Duffin seemed to have misjudged the strength of the breeze when he launched in a long ball that bounced up and off one of the Tipp posts and back down into the danger area before Coulter applied the last touch amidst a confusing muddle.

Suddenly, a two-point deficit stood at five and, with the elements playing less of a role in the second period, Tipp failed to make a charge until the last dozen or so minutes when a seven-point deficit was cut briefly to three. That was as close as they would get. Down had done enough if not a lot more but McCartan was glad simply to tick the one box that mattered and return home in time for the quarter-final draw and start building towards Croke Park next week.

“Relief, mixed with being glad that the boys showed a wee bit of pride,” he said. “Everybody was tipping this as the shock of the weekend. We were determined that wasn’t going to be the case even if it wasn’t pretty at times. “We said going into this game that it was all going to be about character and mental strength and the goal at half-time turned it in our favour and gave us that wee bit of a leg up that we needed. Playing well wasn’t really part of the occasion. “We obviously shipped a lot of criticism last week. “We felt for three-quarters of the game that we got a whole lot right but they got no credit for that. “It is the last quarter that everybody remembers and rightly so. We have another opportunity to put that right again next week (against Mayo). We’ll obviously be underdogs but we will go in and have a puncher’s chance.” They would have a better shot if Hughes were fit but McCartan claimed that was a “long shot” given he aggravated his injury when brought on against Donegal in the Ulster final.

Scorers for Down: B Coulter (1-2); M Poland (0-4, 1 free); A Rogers (0-4, 1 free); D Gordon (0-1); B McArdle (0-1); K Duffin (0-1 free).

Scorers for Tipperary: A Maloney (0-3, 2 frees); M Quinlivan (0-3, 2 frees); P Austin (0-2); B Fox (0-1); P Acheson (0-1); B Mulvihill (0-1).

Subs for Down: K McKernan for Carr (48); L Doyle for McParland (52); D O’Hare for McCartan (56); A Brannigan for Duffin (60).

Subs for Tipperary: B O’Brien for Ryan (35); B Mulvihill for Austin (54); R Costigan for Hannigan (54); M Dunne for Coghlan (62); J O’Callaghan for Kiely (62).

Referee: C Reilly (Meath)

Team News

The Tipperary senior football team to play Down in the GAA football championship round 4 at Mullingar on Saturday shows no changes in personnel from the team which started against Antrim last Saturday. The team is

1. Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard) Pól MacGearailt
2. Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers) Andreis O Moiriosa
3. Paddy Codd (Killeneule) Padraig O Coda
4. Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow) Ciarán MacDomhnaill
5. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty) Briain Ó Sionnaigh
6. Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers) Roibeard Ó Cadhla
7. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers) Ailin Mac Cathmhaoil
8. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers) Seoirse Ó hAnnagáin
9. Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise, Laois) Aodh Ó Cochláin
10. Richie Ryan (Eire Og Annacarty) Ristread O Riain
11. Philip Austin (Borrisokane) CAPTAIN Pilib MacAbhistín
12. Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers) Donacha O Laocha
13. Alan Maloney (Rockwell Rovers) Alein O Maoldomhnaigh
14. Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers) Peadar Acheson
15. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials) Micheál Ó Caoindealbháin


Match Preview


They meet for the first time in the championship after Down lost last Sunday’s Ulster final to Donegal while Tipperary won their third qualifier, beating Antrim by two points. Tipperary will be attempting to reach the All-Ireland quarter-finals for the first time while Down’s last appearance in the quarterfinal was in 2010.

Down and Tipperary met three times in the Allianz Football League in 2009/2010. In 2009, Down beat Tipperary by 0-18 to 1-9 in Thurles in a Division 3 group game but after both won promotion, Tipperary turned the tables on Down in the final, winning by 0-18 to 1-14 after extra-time in Pearse Park. The sides drew in Newry (Down 0-14 Tipperary 1-11) in the 2010 Division 2 campaign.

2012 Championship

Down 2-10 Fermanagh 1-8; Down 1-14 Monaghan 1-13; Donegal 2-18 Down 0-13 (Ulster final).

Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10 (Munster quarter-final); Tipperary 1-12 Offaly 0-10; Tipperary 1-13 Wexford 0-15; Tipperary 0-10 Antrim 0-8 (Qualifier Round 3).

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GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Round 4 – Kerry 2-22 Clare 1-6

Kerry torpedo Clare, dodge Galvin bullet

Kerry 2-22 Clare 1-06

By Tony Leen for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A mismatch of some scale this, so does that excuse the Kerry management for falling asleep like the rest of us early in the second half? With Paul Galvin booked and on the edge, logic and reason suggested that when Jack O’Connor and his selectors came to make his first two attacking substitutions, they’d be calling the Finuge man ashore for his own good — and for the good of Kerry’s All-Ireland quarter-final chances next weekend against Donegal. Instead, and inexcusably, Kerry let Galvin, red mist and all, play on and minutes later, he was off for a second yellow card after a high tackle on Clare’s John Hayes — yes, the same Hayes from 2008, Paddy Russell and all that. It was only a yellow, yes, but with Galvin in such a confrontational mindset, it was asking for needless trouble not to yank him after the first yellow card.

O’Connor wasn’t inclined to explore the issue in any detail afterwards and perhaps he’s right. It was a momentary blemish on an otherwise impressively ruthless Kerry display that sees the Kingdom head for their favourite field in fine fettle. Importantly too, the likes of Kieran Donaghy, Aidan O’Mahony, Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan and Donnchadh Walsh are bringing some form with them. “(Taking Galvin off) was in our thoughts alright, but both yellow cards were harmless enough. Paul is playing great stuff at the moment, we just wanted him to keep the momentum going. Players will tackle, and it looked like he mistimed it, that’s all.” Tomás Ó Sé duly set his record for the most Championship appearances ever by a footballer (82) and Colm Cooper sailed past Mikey Sheehy’s Championship scoring record, his 1-4 moving him to 19-240 in 70 Championship games. But again, wasn’t there a case for replacing them early in the second period for safety sake, and not the likes of Killian Young or James O’Donoghue? A moot point, I guess, even if Ó Sé did appear to tweak a troublesome back late on.

Galvin’s double-yellow dismissal was as mystifying as it was ludicrous. For three-quarters of an hour, he was the best player Kerry had in terms of ball-winning around midfield, quality distribution to his forwards, and hound-like grafting to dispossess Clare ball. He may have exaggerated a couple of half-hearted third-man tackles, but in terms of provocation, this was nothing like the examination of his temperament he passed with flying colours last week against Tyrone. After that game he seemed on the verge of tears as he defended those “great men” in the Kerry dressing room. One wonders what they’d have thought of him had he earned a straight red on Saturday with Kerry leading Clare by 18 points?

The Wayne Rooney defence — that Kerry and Galvin “lose” something if he’s not pumped to the max — is ridiculous. If that is the case, he is a liability. Galvin, in this form, is so good, so important to Kerry, his absence against a side like Donegal could be the difference between winning and losing. With Galvin in tow, and three Championship outings in as many weeks in their legs, Kerry will fancy their chances against anyone in Croke Park, but Donegal was the draw they wanted least. The Ulster champions’ intensity will test some of those high mileage limbs more than Dublin did last September.

Therefore, Kerry could have done with another rigorous test of their well-being in the final round of qualifiers. But as soon as Clare saw the green and gold jerseys coming out to meet them at the Gaelic Grounds, their shoulders sagged just a little. Whatever chance Micheal McDermott’s side had, it was to get into Kerry’s face early and often. They erected a doomed-to-fail defensive structure in the early exchanges, but they were confronted with a Kerry side with momentum from the week before — and damned determined to hold onto it.

Jack O’Connor had drawn a line all the way back to the start of this year’s national league for his team-talk, urging the players not to follow the high of victory against Dublin with the low of a home loss to Armagh at the beginning of February. Saturday was competitive for around 20 minutes, with Ger Quinlan’s point keeping Clare on Kerry coat-tails at 0-4 to 0-3. It would be more than half an hour before Clare would score again, and in the meantime Kerry made half-time 0-12 to 0-3 to the good.

The early stages of the second half had a sense of Kerry moving seamlessly into top gear. Galvin pointed off his left, Sheehan landed a free from 50-odd metres, and they transferred the ball with pace and precision from end to end for James O’Donoghue to pass to the net for their first goal on 41 minutes. When the Legion man — Kieran O’Leary’s impressive second half appearance will keep O’Donoghue on his toes — quickly added another point, there was a sense of the 1979 Milltown massacre amongst the crowd of 7,388. That day Kerry put 9-21 on the bewildered Banner. Kerry thought about declaring at that stage, perhaps prompted by Galvin’s departure, but with 10 minutes left, Cooper bagged a tap-in to rub salt in the wounds.

Kerry scorers: C Cooper (1-4), J. O’Donoghue (1-3); B Sheehan (0-4, frees); K. Donaghy (0-3); Declan O’Sullivan, K O’Leary (0-2 each); M Ó Sé, A Maher, P Galvin, D Walsh (0-1 each).

Clare scorers: D Russell (1-1), D Tubridy (0-3, frees), G Quinlan (0-2).

Subs for Kerry: K O’Leary for Declan O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan for Walsh (both 49); J Buckley for Maher (53); J Lyne for Young; BJ Keane for O’Donoghue (both 59).

Subs for Clare: G Kelly for McGrath (33); N Browne for O’Shea (half time); D Russell for Clohessy (50); C Talty for Kelly (53).

Referee: M. Deegan (Laois)


Superb Kerry March On

Report from the web site

GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifiers Round 4: Clare 1-6 Kerry 2-22

Kerry showed all their class on Saturday evening at the Gaelic Grounds as they crushed Clare in Round 4 of the Qualifiers and marched into the last eight of the championship. Kerry led 0-12 to 0-3 at half-time after hitting eight points without reply in the final fifteen minutes of the half, and they resumed where they left off after the restart, hitting three more quick points. They moved fifteen points clear when James O’Donoghue found the net on 42 minutes, and that ended the game as a contest, if that was not already the case.

Colm Cooper struck a second Kerry goal before the end, and with that score he surpassed Mikey Sheehy in the Kingdom’s scoring charts to become his county’s top championship scorer of all time. It was a fitting note to end a remarkably dominant day for Kerry, who had 19 points to spare by the finish.

Kerry’s nine-point half-time lead was established in a golden period of dominance in the final 15 minutes of the first half. Clare had lived with Kerry for the first quarter of the game, and trailed by just one point at 0-4 to 0-3 after 18 minutes, with Ger Quinlan kicking two early scores for them. But when a well-taken point from Cooper put Kerry 0-5 to 0-3 ahead, it kickstarted a run from the Kingdom which left Clare a long way behind. Donnacha Walsh gave Kerry a three point lead after 25 minutes, and Jack O’Connor’s men then kicked six points in the final 10 minutes of the half to firmly put their dominance on the board, and leave Clare with an impossible task for the second half. James O’Donoghue (2), Kieran Donaghy (2), Sheehan and Anthony Maher all fired over in that period, with a few of the scores superbly worked team efforts.

Three quick points after the restart pushed Kerry even further clear, one of them a typically massive kick from Sheehan, and then O’Donoghue found the net to put Kerry fifteen points ahead with close to half an hour left in the game. Kerry continued to sail over scores, but Clare gave their supporters something to cheer about when David Russell grabbed a goal to make it 1-18 to 1-4 after 56 minutes. Unfortunately for the Banner men, that wasn’t the start of a period of mercy from Kerry, and they outscored Clare by 1-4 to 0-2 in the final 15 minutes. Cooper got their second goal, and it was one for the history books as he became his county’s top championship scorer in the process. One note of disappointment for Kerry was the dismissal of Paul Galvin before the end, but it didn’t take much away from what was a very impressive show of strength from the rapidly improving Kingdom.

Team News

Clare (SF v Kerry): J Hayes: K Harnett, B Duggan, L Healy; E Coughlan, G Kelly, J Hayes; G Brennan, G Quinlan; S Brennan, S McGrath, A Clohessy; R Donnelly, D Tubridy, M O’Shea.

The Kerry Senior Football team to play Clare on Saturday July 28th

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 McGuire (Listowel Emmets)

18. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

19. Peter Crowley (Laune Rgs)

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)

Match Preview


They meet in the championship for the first time since the 2008 Munster semifinal when Kerry won by 1-14 to 0-5 in Killarney. Clare’s last win over Kerry in the championship was in 1992 when they won the Munster final. Kerry’s win over Tyrone on Saturday maintained their 100 per cent record in the qualifiers and kept them in line to qualify for the All-Ireland quarter-finals for a 12th successive year. Clare are bidding to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since the championship system was changed in 2001.

Last Five Championship Clashes

2008: Kerry 1-14 Clare 0-5 (Munster semi-final)

2004: Kerry 2-10 Clare 0-9 (Munster quarter-final)

2000: Kerry 3-15 Clare 0-8 (Munster final)

1999: Kerry 3-17 Clare 0-12 (Munster semi-final)

1997: Kerry 1-13 Clare 0-11 (Munster final)

Championship 2012:

Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10; Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12 (Munster semi-final); Kerry 2-10 Westmeath 1-12; Kerry 1-16 Tyrone 1-6 (Qualifier Round 3).

Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15; Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13 (Munster final)

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Clare 3-19 Down 0-5

Deadly Duggan and Deasy on fire as Clare run wild

Clare 3-19 Down 0-05

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare manager Eamon Fennessy admitted considerable improvement is needed ahead of next month’s semi-final showdown with Leinster champions Dublin. Clare put their Munster final heartache behind them to advance to a third successive All-Ireland semi-final as Ulster champions Down provided feeble resistance at Cusack Park last Saturday. Down arrived in the midlands in buoyant mood, having captured the Ulster minor title for the first time since 1994, but were crushed in the first-ever meeting between the counties in this grade.

And now Clare face Dublin in a meeting between the 2010 and 2011 All-Ireland final losers. The prize is a crack at Tipperary or Galway in the final and Clare have the firepower to trouble any of the teams remaining in the competition. Bobby Duggan and Niall Deasy were in free-scoring form as the pair finished with a combined total of 2-12. Duggan had all but one point of his 1-7 haul posted by half-time, while Deasy bagged 0-3 in the first-half and 1-2 in the second period. And it was Duggan’s goal in the second minute that sent Clare on their way to a facile 23-point win.

At half-time, wind-assisted Clare led 2-11 to 0-3 as Shane O’Donnell banged home a fine solo goal ten minutes before the break. And the rout was capped by Deasy’s 35th minute goal, batted home from close range after Down goalkeeper Seán Savage had brilliantly saved Jamie Malone’s blistering drive. Down battled gamely to the finish in unpredictable weather conditions but mustered just three points from play. “It was always going to be a banana skin for us but we came up and treated Down with respect,” reflected Fennessy. “We have work to do, there’s no doubt about it. That’s a good way to be going into a semi-final, knowing that you have work to do.”

Down boss Fergus Cooper appeared to call time on his three seasons in charge afterwards: “What I hope for next year and whoever comes in to work with them is that we develop and move on, that we set the bar high and we’re competitive. “We’re obviously disappointed but they put in an absolutely fantastic season. We’ve been at this since June last year. And this year, nobody gave us a chance in hell.”

Scorers for Clare: B Duggan 1-7 (0-5fs), N Deasy 1-5, S O’Donnell 1-0, S Gleeson 0-2, A O’Gorman, J Shanahan, J Malone, C Deasy, M O’Leary 0-1 each.

Scorers for Down: C Bailie 0-3 (2fs), G Lynch, E Sands 0-1 each.

CLARE: E Quilligan; S O’Brien, B Carey, G Ryan; A McGuane, C Cleary, E Quirke; D Conroy, A O’Gorman; N Deasy, J Malone, J Shanahan; B Duggan, S Taylor, S O’Donnell.

Subs: C Deasy for Taylor (15), M O’Leary for O’Gorman (ht), S Gleeson for O’Donnell (36), N Bolton for Quirke (40), E Tuohy for Cleary (48).

DOWN: S Savage; C Costello, J McGrath, C Taggart; R Brannigan, G O’Neill, J McManus; L McMullan, C Egan; R Burns, C O’Neill, C Bailie; G Lynch, M Nicholson, E Sands.

Subs: S Mageen for Lynch (21), C Fitzsimmons for G O’Neill (41), S O’Callaghan for Mageen (41), P Óg McCrickard for Burns (54), B Byers for Costello (55).

Ref: P O’Dwyer (Carlow)