GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final – Dublin 4-14 Clare 2-17

Dublin minors edge out Clare at the death

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GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Semi-Final: Clare 2-17 Dublin 4-14

Dublin are through to the All-Ireland minor final for the second year running after a dramatic semi-final win over Clare at Croke on Sunday. The game was level and looking like it was going to extra time when, two minutes into added time, Oisín O’Rorke pounced for his second goal of the game to hand victory to his side. Clare had dominated the game for long periods and were 1-11 to 2-6 ahead at half-time, but they failed to capitalise on their dominance and threw away a game they might well have won. Clare moved 0-5 to 0-1 after just 12 minutes, with Jamie Shanahan and Bobby Duggan scoring two points each while Dublin hit an alarming number of early wides.

The opening goal of the game came on the quarter hour mark when Dublin ‘keeper Cian MacGabhann fouled Shane Taylor and Shanahan drilled home the resultant penalty. Dublin responded brilliantly, with O’Rorke bundling home a goal after Caolán Conway’s delivery into the danger area. Conway went for goal himself minutes later but he was denied when Clare goalkeeper Eibhear Quilligan dived full length to stop his shot. Dublin did get their goal a minute later, and it was Conway who outsmarted Quilligan at the second time of asking, catching a high ball and smashing a shot to the back of the net. Clare still led by 2-6 to 1-11 after a highly entertaining first half.

Dublin were level within minutes of the restart, but Clare found the net for a second time in the 41st minute, when Shane O’Donnell finished expertly to put his side 2-14 to 2-9 ahead. Clare were in control until, with five minutes left, Dublin pulled a goal back through Cian Boland, who jabbed Donal Gormley’s effort, which had fallen just short, to the back of the net. Conor McHugh then put Dublin ahead but Clare were level thanks to a score from David Conroy.

However, the game finished in the most dramatic circumstances imaginable, with Clare’s Bobby Duggan putting a free just wide and then O’Rorke popping up with the winning goal two minutes into added time, applying the finishing touch to a free which had fallen short.

Team News

The Clare Minor Hurling team to play Dublin is as follows –

1. Eibhear Quilligan Feakle

2. Shane O Brien Clonlara Capt

3. Brian Carey Sixmilebridge

4. Gearoid Ryan Clarecastle

5. Aidan McGuane Kilmaley

6. Conor Cleary St Josephs Miltown

7. Eoin Quirke Whitegate

8. David Conroy St Josephs Doora/Barefield

9. Jamie Shanahan Sixmilebridge

10. Shane Taylor Broadford

11. Alex Morey Sixmilebridge

12. Aidan O Gorman O.C.Mills

13. Bobby Duggan Clarecastle

14. Niall Deasy Ballyea

15. Shane O Donnell Eire Og Ennis

Clare make one change in personnel, and a number of positional changes, from the team that lined out against Down in the All Ireland Quarter Final in Mullingar.

Alex Morey returns from injury, and take up the Centre Half forward position for the first time this year, Jamie Malone reverts to the bench. Niall Deasy moves from wing forward to Full, Jamie Shanahan moves from wing forward to Mid- Field. Aidan O Gorman who started that game at mid –field, moves to wing forward .

Clare are playing in their third All Ireland Minor Hurling Semi – Final in 3 years.

2010, they defeated Dublin in the semi – final, losing out to Kilkenny in the final.

2011 lost to Galway in the semi – final, after extra time.

This will be their 6th game in this years championship, Lost to Waterford in the first round of the Munster Championship. Defeated, Cork and Limerick, to reach the Munster Final, which Clare lost to Tipperary, Defeated Down in the All Ireland Quarter Final.

DUBLIN MH: Cian Mac Gabhann (Kilmacud Crokes); Shane Barrett (Na Fianna), Cian O’Callaghan (Cuala), Eric Lowndes (St Peregrine’s) ; Eoghan O’’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille), Robert Murphy (Kilmacud Crokes), Seán McClelland (Lucan Sarsfields); Cormac Costello (Whitehall Colmcille), Colm Cronin (Cuala); Conor McHugh (Na Fianna), Seán Treacy (Cuala); Caolan Conway (Kilmacud Crokes); Oisín O’Rorke (Kilmacud Crokes), Cian Boland (St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh), Paul Winters (St Brigid’s)

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final – Galway 0-22 Cork 0-17

Galway clear penultimate hurdle

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GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final: Cork 0-17 Galway 0-22

Galway are back in All-Ireland final for the first time since 2005 following a five-point defeat of Cork in a gripping game at Croke Park on Sunday. The Leinster champions answered all the questions that had been asked of them in the build-up to the game and delivered yet another power-packed display full of the intensity and passion that was crucial to their win over Kilkenny. Anthony Cunningham’s side didn’t deliver the kind of scorched earth performance that blew the Cats away in the first half, but they still defended masterfully and were always able to keep Cork at arm’s length in a really entertaining game.

The sides were level at 0-11 apiece after a tense first half, but Galway, led superbly by the inspirational Joe Canning, made a burst for the line in the third quarter and were four points clear, 0-17 to 0-13, by the 53rd minute. As is their wont, Cork’s management emptied their bench and the injection of energy from fresh legs and fresh minds brought Cork back into the game, with sub Cathal Naughton arrowing over a superb score in the 58th minute to leave just two points between the sides.

It looked like Cork were going to repeat what they did in the quarter-final win over Waterford, but Galway came back strongly and hit the final three points of the game to seal a place in the final. Cork were guilty of hitting some bad wides in the closing stages, goalkeeper Anthony Nash sending a free wide and Niall McCarthy hitting another opportunity badly wide. Galway punished Cork’s profligacy when Canning landed a crucial score in the 69th minute, the Portumna man sending over his 11th point of the game after he was fouled by Paudie O’Sullivan. Damien Hayes then popped over another point from play in added time to seal an impressive win.

But Galway thoroughly deserved the win. They defended brilliantly in the final quarter, with Fergal Moore, Niall Donoghue and Johnny Coen all outstanding as Cork moved Pa Cronin into attack and launched a series of testing long balls on top of them. Cork’s goal opportunities were rare, with Cronin missing one of their few chances in the 56th minute, the Bishopstown man flashing a shot over the bar when he had the goal at his mercy. Galway, too, had their chances, but Nash denied them minutes earlier when he made a superb save to deny Niall Burke, tipping the ball out for a 65, which Canning converted.

Canning had another massive afternoon in maroon, although he was well marshalled by Brian Murphy, the 23-year-old playing a lone role in attack, where he scored four points from play and chipped in with another seven from placed balls. Hayes, who was crucial to the win over Kilkenny, had another profitable afternoon, picking off four points from play as he continued in a free role. Cork did have some success up front in the first half, with Paudie O’Sullivan notching three scores from play and Pa Horgan striking a succession of frees, including the leveler in first half added time.

Horgan had Cork ahead inside a minute of the restart, but in the subsequent 10-minute period Galway hit four points without reply, a crucial purple patch which won them the game. Hayes and Canning hit scores from play before Niall Burke finished a fine move in which Canning played a crucial role, winning vital possession in despite the attentions of several Cork defenders and laying off for his better-placed team-mate. So, a second big performance from Galway and they will now go into an All-Ireland final full of confidence that they can end a wait for an All-Ireland title that now dates back to 1988. For Cork, their season ends in disappointment but it was an impressive performance from Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s young side, who will benefit massively from a run that yielded far more than initial expectations.

Galway Scorers: D Hayes 0-4, D Burke 0-2, J Regan 0-2, J Canning 0-11 (0-5f, 0-2 65), A Smith 0-1, N Burke 0-2.

Cork Scorers: P Horgan 0-7 (0-6f), J Coughlan 0-1, C McCarthy 0-1, L O’Farrell 0-1, P O’Sullivan 0-3, C Naughton 0-1, D Sweetnam 0-1, P Cronin 0-1, A Nash 0-1 (0-1f).

Galway: J Skehill, D Collins, K Hynes, F Moore, N Donoghue, T Óg Regan, J Coen, I Tannian, A Smith, D Burke, N Burke, J Regan, C Cooney, J Canning, D Hayes. Subs: D Glennon for Cooney (54), C Donnellan for Regan (62), J Glynn for N Burke (67), J Cooney for D Burke (72).

Cork: A Nash; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, B Murphy; T Kenny, E Cadogan, S Óg Ó hAilpín; P Cronin, L McLoughlin; C Lehane, C McCarthy, J Coughlan; P O’Sullivan, L O’Farrell, P Horgan. Subs: C Naughton for C McCarthy (HT), D Sweetnam for Lehane (46), S Moylan for O’Farrell (51), N McCarthy for Coughlan (55), D Kearney for McLoughlin (68).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

Attendance: 41,537