TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC Quarter-Final – Cork 8-27 Donegal 0-2

Cork Prove Too Strong for Donegal

Report from the Ladies Football web site

Cork 8-27 Donegal 0-2

All-Ireland champions Cork sent out a strong statement of intent as they recorded a massive 49-point victory over Donegal in the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championship quarter-final at Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon on Saturday.

Though up against a Donegal side depleted due to a number of squad members attending a wedding, Cork showed sheer ruthlessness in making sure they did not fall into the trap that saw them eliminated by Tyrone at the same stage two years ago.

The outcome was never in doubt at any stage, as Cork began in emphatic fashion, Nollaig Cleary goaling inside 30 seconds following good work from Geraldine O’Flynn, and while Roisín Friel responded with a Donegal point, Ciara O’Sullivan added a second green flag.

With Bríd Stack marshalling a strong defence, Cork were not giving their opponents many scoring opportunities, and at the other end Cleary, O’Sullivan, Laura MacMahon and Valerie Mulcahy were all among the scores.

A third goal arrived in the 15th minute when Cleary won the ball and finished after O’Sullivan’s point attempt fell short, leaving it 3-5 to 0-1, and O’Sullivan and Annie Walsh both had chances to add further goals.

As it was, Donegal’s only other first-half score came through Kate Kearney and Cork continued to add on the points at the other end, Mulcahy with two in quick succession before Cleary point just before the hooter to leave it 3-13 to 0-2 at half-time.

After Mulcahy and Cleary pointed early in the second half, sub Rhona Ní Bhuacha added another goal before Mulcahy converted a penalty when Ní Bhuachalla was fouled. Ní Bhuachalla and another sub, Doireann O’Sullivan, were keen to make an impact and both scored some fine points before Cleary got the six goal and her hat-trick

Such was Cork’s dominance they could afford to withdraw Player of the Year Juliet Murphy for the final 20 minutes, but even so Doireann O’Sullivan and Mulcahy added further goals as the rout continued.

Scorers for Cork: N Cleary 3-4, V Mulcahy 2-6 (1-0 penalty, 0-2f), D O’Sullivan 1-4, R Ní Bhuachalla 1-3, C O’Sullivan 1-2, L MacMahon, J Murphy (0-2f) 0-3 each, G O’Flynn, O Farmer 0-1 each.

Scorers for Donegal: K Kearney, R Friel 0-1 each.

CORK: E Harte; AM Walsh, B Stack, D O’Reilly; B Corkery, R Buckley, G O’Flynn; J Murphy, N Kelly; A Walsh, C O’Sullivan, L MacMahon; N Cleary, V Mulcahy, G Kearney.

Subs: O Farmer for A Walsh, R Ní Bhuachalla for Kearney (both half-time), A Barrett for Corkery (37), D O’Sullivan for Murphy (40).

DONEGAL: N Mailey; O Carr, K Wilson, T Khan; T McCafferty, G Houston, A Watters; E Gallagher, A McDonnell; K Kearney, K Guthrie, R Friel; R Curran, CD Shovlin, K Feeney.

Subs: A McDonnell for Khan (18), R Boyle for Curran (43), O Furlong for Feeney (47), B McGinty for Houston (51).

Referee: G Corrigan (Down).

 

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 Championship Semi-Final – Clare 4-24 Antrim 0-8

Clare march into U21 decider

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Semi-Final: Clare 4-24 Antrim 0-8

Clare were utterly dominant at Semple Stadium on Saturday as they cruised past Antrim and into the final of the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Championship. The game was never a contest, as Clare took an early lead and continued to absolutely dominate the game for the full 60 minutes. They struck four goals through Cathal McInerney, Conor McGrath (2) and Niall Arthur, but the most impressive feature of their play was their point-taking, as they registered a huge tally of points against an Antrim defence which had no meaningful resistance.

Clare led 2-14 to 0-3 at the break, and the second half was simply target practice for them, as they emptied their bench and continued to add scores with ease. They led 0-6 to 0-1 after 13 minutes, Seadna Morey, Cathal O’Connell and Aaron Cunningham all hitting fine early points for them. It could have been much worse for Antrim early on had outstanding goalkeeper James O’Mullan not pulled off a series of superb saves from a number of Clare efforts, and he continued with this form throughout the game, denying Clare at various junctures. O’Mullan’s efforts were simply repelling the inevitable Clare tide though, and three points in the space of a minute from the outstanding O’Connell pushed them eight clear.

The Munster champions were utterly dominant by now, and after McInerney struck Clare’s first goal on 20 minutes, the gap was 13 points. Antrim responded with points from Michael Devlin and Kevin McKiernan, but Clare continued to plunder scores before the break, and finished the half with a second goal. Full forward McGrath got it, finishing sweetly after racing onto a breaking ball through the middle. That left it 2-14 to 0-3, with no way back for the Saffrons. Clare’s third goal came shortly after the break, McGrath finishing well after holding off a few Antrim challenges.

By this stage, Clare started taking off some of their marquee forwards, withdrawing McGrath and O’Connell, but the pattern of scoring showed no interruption. Arthur flicked in a lovely fourth goal with five minutes to go for Clare to further advance his case for a starting berth for the final, although by then the game had become very pedestrian.

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell 0-7 (2f), C McGrath 2-0, N Arthur 1-2, T Kelly 0-4 (3 65′), C McInerney 1-0, P Collins 0-2, A Cunningham 0-2, S Morey 0-2, S Golden 0-1, P Duggan 0-1, P O’Connor 0-1, C Malone 0-1, D O’Halloran 0-1

Scorers for Antrim: K McKiernan 0-2, M Devlin 0-2 (1f), J Black 0-1, C Laverty 0-1, E McAlonan 0-1, D McKinley 0-1

Clare: R Taaffe; P Flanagan, D McInerney, K Ryan; P O’Connor, C Ryan, S Morey; C Galvin, S Golden; T Kelly, P Collins, A Cunningham; C McInerney, C McGrath, C O’Connell.

Subs used: P Duggan, C Malone, D O’Halloran, N Arthur, S O Halloran

Antrim: J O’Mullan; R McCloskey, R Gillan, C Morgan; J Black, M Donnelly, J McCouaig; A McKeown, F Donnelly; M Devlin, S Dobbin, K McKiernan, N Elliot, C McCann, D McCloskey.

Subs used: E McAlonan, C Laverty, C Murray, D McKinley, N McFadden.

Team News

Clare shows one change for Saturday’s All Ireland Semi- final clash with Antrim, from the side that defeated Tipperary in the Munster Under 21 Hurling final in Cusack Park. Cathal McInerney who was introduced as a substitute during that game at corner forward, retains his place, with David O Halloran reverting to the bench,

Clare are bidding for a place in the All Ireland under 21 final for only the second time in the county’s history. Galway or Kilkenny await the winners of Clare and Antrim. The final is fixed for Semple Stadium on Sept 15th.

1. Ronan Taaffe

2. Paul Flanagan

3. David McInerney

4. Killian Ryan

5. Patrick O Connor

6. Conor Ryan

7. Seadna Morey

8. Colm Galvin

9. Shane Golden

10. Tony Kelly

11. Padraic Collins

12. Aaron Cunningham

13. Cathal McInerney

14. Conor McGrath

15. Cathal O Connell

GAA Football All Ireland Junior Championship Final – Kerry 0-19 Mayo 1-7

Kerry defeated Mayo by 0-19 to 1-7 in the GAA Football All Ireland Junior Championship Final on Saturday at Cusack Park Ennis.

Team News

Kerry Junior Team to play Mayo in the GAA Football All Ireland Junior Championship Final on Saturday 25th August 2012 in Cusack Park, Ennis at 2.30pm

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 Emmets)

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) 26. Pat Corridan (Finuge)

Manager: Sean Moynihan (Spa)

Trainer: Willie Cahill, (Spa)

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

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Semi-Final – Kildare 5-17 Kerry 1-11

Kildare defeated Kerry by 5-17 to 1-11 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Semi-Final on Saturday at MacDonagh Park Nenagh.