GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor B Championship Final – Kerry 4-17 Roscommon 1-7

Kerry defeated Roscommon by 4-17 to 1-7 in the GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor B Championship Final on Saturday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

 

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies IFC Semi-Final – Waterford 2-10 Fermanagh 0-14

TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football championship semi-final

FERMANAGH 0-14 WATERFORD 2-10

By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

MICHELLE Ryan scored 1-6 against Fermanagh on Saturday afternoon as beaten 2010 finalists Waterford qualified for the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies intermediate football final on September 30. The Munster champions edged past the 2009 runners-up by two points in an entertaining semi-final at sun-kissed St Brendan’s Park in Birr. And it was Ballymacarbry star Ryan who led the line brilliantly for Waterford at centre forward, scoring three crucial points from play in the second half after notching 1-3 in the first half.

Ryan has won eleven county and three All-Ireland club medals with her club and the 26-year-old would dearly love to win an All-Ireland title with the county team. Waterford, who led by two points at half-time, were by far the better side in the second half and thoroughly deserved a victory that sets up an All-Ireland final showdown with Armagh. They were five points clear – 2-9 to 0-10 – midway through the second half before full-back Gráinne Enright was sin-binned.

But Fermanagh’s numerical advantage was short-lived as sub Danica Beattie suffered a similar fate in the 48th minute. Waterford, with the breeze advantage in the second half, looked on course for a comfortable victory but Fermanagh made a real fight of it in the closing stages. And the Erne County, inspired by Caroline Little, were back to within two points with three minutes remaining, before Waterford played keep ball to run the clock down and see the game out.

At half-time, they led by 2-4 to 0-8 and it was experienced stars Michelle McGrath and Ryan who kicked late first half points to hand the Déise a crucial advantage. The sides had been level three times in the opening half but wind-assisted Fermanagh had to work harder for their scores as Waterford’s support play opened up the opposition defence on more than one occasion. Fermanagh led by 0-3 to 0-2 before Shona Curran scored Waterford’s opening goal in the 13th minute, finishing off a handpassing move with a clinical close-range finish.

Caroline Little and Noelle Connolly hit back with Fermanagh scores to tie the game before Waterford scored a second goal in the 17th minute. Aileen Wall was fouled and from the resulant penalty, Ryan stepped forward and beat Roisin Gleeson with a powerful strike. That score handed Waterford a three-point lead – 2-2 to 0-5 – but three unanswered points tied the scores again for a Fermanagh side reduced to 14 players following the sin-binning of Tara Little. The centre back’s absence allowed Waterford to push forward before the break to open up a narrow half-time lead.

Scorers for Fermanagh: C Little 0-6 (5f), S Little & N Connolly 0-2 each, R O’Reilly, M Connolly, A Moane & L McFrederick 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M Ryan 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), S Curran 1-0, M McGrath, L Wall, A Wall & H Landers 0-1 each.

FERMANAGH: R Gleeson; R O’Reilly, O Reihill, C Woods; M Connolly, T Little, S Hamilton; A Moane, D Chapman; N McManus, N Connolly, A McBrien; S Little, L McFrederick, C Little.

Subs: D Beattie for McManus (43), B Brogan for Hamilton (52), S Woods for McFrederick (56).

WATERFORD: A Jordan; A Landers, G Enright, N Dunphy; R Tobin, G Kenneally, K McGrath; M McGrath, E Power; H Landers, M Ryan, L Wall; A Wall, S Curran, M Wall.

Subs: P Fitzgerald for M Wall (56).

Referee: J Flood (Wexford)

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC Semi-Final – Cork 2-15 Monaghan 0-12

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC semi-final

CORK 2-15 MONAGHAN 0-12

By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

EAMON Ryan’s Cork booked their place in a seventh TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship final in eight seasons with a comfortable nine-point point victory over Monaghan at St Brendan’s Park in Birr on Saturday afternoon. The holders will face Kerry in the All-Ireland final on September 30 – in what will be a repeat meeting of the Munster final between the counties in July, a game Cork won by six points.

Kerry boss William O’Sullivan was an interested spectator as Cork avenged their Bord Gáis Energy National League Division 1 final defeat against Ulster champions Monaghan by scoring an impressive All-Ireland semi-final win. And if Cork see off the Kingdom in the showpiece decider at Croke Park, they’ll have won the All-Ireland title in seven of the last eight seasons.

In a repeat of the 2008 and 2011 finals, Cork led by 1-9 to 0-6 at half-time and it was a devastating scoring blitz before the break that put the holders in a real comfort zone. Monaghan, with the aid of the breeze in the first half, led by 0-5 to 0-4 in the 18th minute but Cork opened up with a run of 1-5 without reply to cruise into a seven-point lead. Valerie Mulcahy, quiet until then, began to cause real problems for Monaghan captain and full back Sharon Courtney. And after the superb Briege Corkery had kicked her second point of the game to bring Cork level at 0-5 apiece, the Leesiders scored the opening goal of the game.

It was a move instigated from inside the Cork half and finished by Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, who also netted against Monaghan in last year’s final. Ní Bhuachalla was one of three late changes to the Cork starting line-up and the deadly forward justified her inclusion with a cool finish, rounding Linda Martin before slotting the ball into an empty net. Mulcahy added three points on the trot, including two from play, before inspirational midfielder Juliet Murphy kicked a 27th minute point – her third of the half.

Shellshocked Monaghan responded through Ciara McAnespie before Murphy dragged a free wide with the final kick of the half when a score would have propelled Cork into a seven-point interval lead. Monaghan opened the second half with three unanswered points to reduce the deficit to just three points but in typical fashion, Cork hit back with three successive scores of their own. And for the remainder of a tie played out in front of a healthy attendance, Cork kept Monaghan comfortably at arm’s length.

Experienced defender Angela Walsh made a welcome return to the Cork colours in the second half, coming on as a second half sub for Ciara O’Sullivan. But worryingly for Cork, O’Sullivan went off with a knee injury that must put her final participation in some doubt. O’Sullivan suffered cruciate knee ligament damage against Tyrone in the 2010 quarter-final and Cork management will hope that the Mourneabbey player has not suffered a serious injury on this occasion.

Gallant Monaghan never gave up in the second half but any faint hopes of a comeback were snuffed out when Nollaig Cleary pounced from close range for Cork’s second goal near the end, after a long-range free had struck the Monaghan upright. And Cork will start as red-hot favourites to lift the Brendan Martin Cup again when they face Kerry in the final. A remarkable era of dominance shows no signs of ending just yet and whenever the questions are asked of this remarkable bunch of players, they just keep on responding.

Scorers for Cork: N Cleary 1-2, V Mulcahy 0-5 (3f), J Murphy 0-4 (2f), R Ní Bhuachalla 1-0, B Corkery & O Finn 0-2 each.

Scorers for Monaghan: C McConnell 0-4 (2f), N Kindlon 0-4f, C McAnespie, E McCarron, L McEnaney & C Mohan 0-1 each.

CORK: E Harte; A.M. Walsh, B Stack, D O’Reilly; B Corkery, R Buckley, G O’Flynn; J Murphy, N Kelly; O Farmer, C O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan; N Cleary, V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla.

Subs: L McMahon for Farmer (42), O Finn for Ní Bhuachalla (50), Angela Walsh for C O’Sullivan (51), A Hutchings for Kelly (54), Annie Walsh for Cleary (58).

MONAGHAN: L Martin; G McNally, S Courtney, C Reilly; T McNally, N Fahy, A McAnespie; A Casey, E McElroy; C McAnespie, L McEnaney, C Mohan; C McConnell, N Kindlon, C Courtney.

Subs: E McCarron for McElroy (25).

Referee: J Niland (Sligo)