TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC round 2 qualifier – Clare 1-11 Meath 1-10

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC round 2 qualifier

Clare 1-11 Meath 1-10

By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

NAOMI Carroll’s late point sealed a shock victory for Clare against Meath in this afternoon’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies SFC round 2 qualifier at St Brendan’s Park, Birr.

Clare lost to Cork by eleven points in the Munster semi-final but hit back in spirited fashion to send Leinster finalists Meath crashing out of the All-Ireland series. And it was Carroll who sealed Clare’s passage to the quarter-finals with 55 seconds left on the clock. A tie that was level six times looked destined for extra-time but Carroll, despite being off-balance, fired over the winner to clinch a surprise win.

Meath finished the game with 14 players when Jenny Rispin was sin-binned in the closing minutes but overall, the Royal County didn’t do enough to get the job done. They were over-reliant on captain Katie O’Brien for scores as the St Ultans player finished with 1-7.

O’Brien also levelled the scores at 1-10 apiece with two minutes remaining but that was her sole score of the second half. Meath managed just three points in entire second period, despite playing with the aid of a stiff breeze. But when midfielder Shauna Bennett popped over a 32nd point, Meath were two clear and with a decent platform to build from.

Clare’s response was impressive, however, but a run of four unanswered points – including two from impressive forward Niamh O’Dea – send the Banner County into a 1-10 to 1-8 lead. Meath hit back with scores from Mahon and O’Brien but there was a late sting in the tail as Carroll fired over the priceless winner for the 2009 All-Ireland intermediate champions.

Meath, with O’Brien landing 1-6, led at half-time, 1-7 to 1-6, but had to overturn a four-point deficit to establish that slender interval lead. In a half that was level four times, it was wind-assisted Clare who struck the first real decisive blow in the 12th minute when Ailish Considine’s defence-splitting pass found Maria Kelly through on goal, and the West Clare Gaels player made no mistake with a low finish.

Niamh O’Dea tagged on a point and Clare were 1-4 to 0-3 clear but Meath were on terms at 1-5 apiece five minutes before half-time. The goalscorer was O’Brien, who collected a pass from midfielder Shauna Bennett, dodged a defender and cracked home a rising drove to the roof of the Clare net.

That strike midway through the half breathed fresh life into the Leinster runners-up and it was O’Brien who was pulling the strings, roving to good effect in attack and popping over scores with regularity. O’Brien hit including 1-3 from play but it was a free from the ace forward in the 25th minute that tied the scores at 1-5 each. Considine nudged Clare back in front again but O’Brien would have the final say in the first half, landing two glorious points from play before half-time to inch Meath ahead again.

Scorers for Clare: N O’Dea 0-5 (2f), M Kelly 1-1, A Considine 0-3 (1f), N Carroll 0-2.

Scorers for Meath: K O’Brien 1-7 (0-3f), S Bennett 0-2, F Mahon 0-1.

CLARE: E O’Driscoll; S Kelly, L Kelly, L Ryan; R Looney, L Henchy, M Delaney; M Considine, F Lafferty; N Carroll, N Keane, M Kelly; N Lardner, N O’Dea, A Considine.

Sub: S Harvey for Lardner (h.t.).

MEATH: I Munnelly; O Byrne, A Murray, O Sheridan; E Troy, E Rahill, H Regan; S Bennett, F Mahon; M Sheridan, K O’Brien, J Rispin; V McCormack, A Thompson, B Lynch.

Subs: M Peel for Regan (21), L Dempsey for Thompson (42), J Byrne for Lynch (43), G Doherty for McCormack (55).

Referee: S Joy (Kerry)

GAA Football All Ireland Junior Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 1-16 Cavan 2-6

Kerry deliver final warning

Cavan 2-06 Kerry 1-16

By Michael Brophy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A classy forward display and dominance in midfield saw Kerry book a place in the All-Ireland JFC final on Saturday. They were on top in most areas, with brief spells of Cavan dominance insufficient to topple the Munster champions. Cavan’s Martin Dunne opened the scoring in the first minute from a free before Kerry responded with three of their own. A Conor Cox free was followed by an outstanding team move finished by David O’Callaghan and a long-range effort from Alan O’Sullivan.

Despite the aid of a strong breeze in the first half, Kerry struggled to build a healthy lead, missing a plethora of chances. Cavan pushed three of their forwards into the midfield area, creating space inside the Kerry full-back line. When Martin Dunne saw his shot rebound of the post, Óisín O’Connell followed up to point from close range. Midway through the first half Cavan enjoyed a period of dominance which would yield the first goal of the game.

A long-range effort rebounded off the post into the arms of Seán Gaffney who was subsequently dragged down in the square for a penalty. Martin Dunne gave the keeper no chance. That 20th-minute penalty was to be the culmination of Cavan’s scoring in the first half. Mike O’Donoghue then followed up his own well-taken point by scoring Kerry’s sole goal in the game. A 45 landed short, into the arms of Alan O’Sullivan, who off-loaded to O’Donoghue. The Spa clubman found the net from close range. Points from Kerry trio Conor Cox, David O’Callaghan and Niall O’Mahony closed out a well contested first half, which ended with Kerry five points ahead.

Cavan enjoyed little respite from Kingdom dominance at the beginning of the second half. Indeed from the 20th to the 40th minute of the game, Kerry scored 1-7 to a single Cavan point. Kerry’s class up front was emphasised by the fact that all six starting forwards were on the score sheet soon after the beginning of the second half. Mayo, who beat Lancashire in the other semi-final last weekend, will have to perform resolutely in defence if they are to emerge victorious in the final.

Despite being aided by the breeze, Cavan continued to play with just three forwards inside the Kerry half. Kerry’s dominance in midfield meant that those forwards were able to make little use of the space afforded to them. However, Cavan were given a lifeline midway through the second half when a quickly taken free made its way to Martin Dunne, whose deflected shot left Ó Ciardubháin rooted to the spot. Another point from Dunne soon after gave Cavan impetus to overturn the deficit but it was not to be.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cox 0-5 (2f), M O’Donoghue 1-1, P O’Donoghue 0-3 (1 45, 1f), D O’Callaghan (1f), N O’Mahony 0-2 each, A O’Sullivan, N Ó Sé 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cavan: M Dunne 2-5 (2f, 1-0 pen), O O’Connell 0-1.

KERRY: S Óg Ó Ciardubháin (Cordal); K Quirke (Duagh), B O’Mahoney (John Mitchels), K O’Dwyer (Waterville), M Mangan (Milltown/ Castlemaine), J Sherwood (Firies), J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), A Garnett (Spa), A O’Sullivan (Tuosist), N O’Mahony (Spa), N Ó Sé (Piarsaigh na Dromada), P O’Donoghue (St Mary’s), D O’Callaghan (St Pat’s Blennerville), M O’Donoghue (Spa), C Cox (Listowel Emmets).

Subs: C Kerins (Milltown Castlemaine) for D O’Callaghan (45); E Hickson (Annascaul) for K Quirke (50), M Brennan (Churchill) for A Garnett (52), E Walsh (Knocknagoshel) for A O’Sullivan (60), C Moriarty (Milltown Castlemaine) for N Ó Sé (60).

CAVAN: J Farrelly (Kingscourt); J Morris (Arva), R Dunne (Redhills), F Slowey (Ballyhaise), D Barkley (Ramor United), K Brady (Mullahoran), E O’Connell (Castlerahan), S Gaffney (Kill), B Murray (Killygarry), P O’Connor (Cavan Gaels), M Reilly (Killygarry), K Fannin (Drumgoon), O O’Connell (Castlerahan), M Dunne (Cavan Gaels), D Sexton (Cavan Gaels).

Subs: J Dillon (Kingscourt) for R Dunne (ht); N Reilly (Ballinagh) for E O’Connell (38), B Reilly (Kingscourt) for S Gaffney (39), C McClarey (Cavan Gaels) for K Fannin (51), N McKiernan (Lacken) for O O’Connell (57)

Team News

Kerry Junior Team to play Cavan on Saturday 11th August 2012 in Nenagh at 3.30pm

1.Seán Óg Ó Ciardubháin (Cordal) 2. Kieran Quirke (Duagh) 3. Brendan O Mahoney (John Mitchels) 4 Kevin O’Dwyer (Waterville) 5.Marcus Mangan (Capt ) (Milltown/Castlemaine) 6.Jack Sherwood (Firies) 7. James Walsh (Knocknagoshel) 8. Andrew Garnett (Spa) 9. Alan O’Sullivan (Tuosist) 10. Niall O’Mahony (Spa) 11. Niall Ó Sé (Piarsaigh na Dromada) 12. Paul O’Donoghue (St. Mary’s) 13. David O’Callaghan (St Pats Blennerville) 14. Mike O’Donoghue (Spa) 15. Conor Cox (Listowel Emmet’s)

Substitutes: 16. Sean O’Dee (Beale) 17. Michael Brennan (Churchill) 18. Eamon Hickson (Annascaul) 19. Colm Kerins (Milltown Castlemaine ) 20. Edmund Walsh (Knocknagoshel) 21. Niall Fitzgerald (Waterville) 22. Jason Hickson (Annascaul) 23. Brendan Poff (St Pats Blennerville) 24. Cathal Moriarty (Milltown Castlemaine) 25. Daniel O’Dwyer (Waterville)

Manager: Sean Moynihan (Spa)

Trainer: Willie Cahill, (Spa)

Selectors: Michael A O Connell (Piarsaigh na Dromoda), Seamus Murphy (St. Pats Blenerville)

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor B Championship – Kerry 3-10 Meath 0-17

Hussey the key to Kingdom win

Kerry 3-10 Meath 0-17

By Noel Coogan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A dramatic injury-time goal by Cian Hussey sent Kerry into the last four of the All-Ireland MBHC and eliminated holders Meath at Páirc Tailteann, Navan. Despite losing Michael O’Leary to a second yellow card on 55 minutes, Kerry refused to concede defeat and after the home defence failed to clear a delivery from Tommy Casey, corner-forward Hussey got the winning touch. O’Leary had made his mark with a contribution of 1-3 with the goal coming after 13 minutes to leave the visitors leading by 1-3 to 0-3. Spearheaded by the accuracy of Jack Kane, Meath rallied to hold a 0-12 to 1-3 interval advantage.

Scorers for Kerry: M O’Leary 1-3, R Heffernan 0-6, 6 frees, P Lucid 1-1, C Hussey 1-0.

Scorers for Meath: J Regan 0-7, 4 frees, 1 65, G McGowan 0-4, S Doyle 0-3, J Fagan 0-2, J Andrews 0-1.

KERRY: J Wallace; T McElligott, C Savage, K Madden; D Goulding, D Fitzell, Tommy Casey; D Collins, B O’Leary; M O’Leary, Thomas Casey, K Carmody; P McGrath. R Heffernan, C Hussey.

Subs: F Horgan for Goulding (26), P Lucid for Thomas Casey (ht).

MEATH: C Bird; L Ferguson, S Whitty, S Benville; C O’Shea, D Kelly, C Darby; S Kelly, L Rickard; S Doyle, V Moore, G McGowan; J Regan, J Andrews, J Fagan.

Sub: D Keenan for Doyle (57).

Referee: J Heffernan (Wexford)