All Ireland Minor A Camogie Championship Final Replay – Kilkenny 1-12 Cork 0-6

Kilkenny defeated Cork by 1-12 to 0-6 in the All Ireland Minor A Camogie Championship Final Replay on Saturday at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Tesco Homegrown Ladies Football Division 1 Final – Cork 0-14 Mayo 0-7

Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division 1 final

Cork 0-14 Mayo 0-7

By Jackie Cahill at Parnell Park, Dublin

EAMONN Ryan’s all-conquering Cork claimed a seventh Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division 1 title in nine seasons on Saturday afternoon. The Leesiders, appearing in their ninth final in ten years, scored a comfortable seven-point victory over Mayo at Parnell Park in Dublin. Cork lost last year’s final to Monaghan but regained the title with a solid if unspectacular win against 2012 Division 2 champions Mayo. Defensively, the Rebelettes were in no mood to concede scores as in-form Cora Staunton, scorer of 1-10 against Monaghan in the semi-final, was bottled up. Staunton did manage four points but the Carnacon star was restricted to just a pointed free in the second half. And Mayo managed just two points in the entire second half as Cork finished with a flurry of scores to claim national silverware again.

Mayo shot themselves in the foot by registering ten wides in the first half but they were always up against it, having failed to build up a lead after playing with a breeze. Mayo were level at half-time at 0-5 apiece and went in front for the first time in the game when captain Fiona McHale kicked the opening score of the second half. But All-Ireland champions Cork responded with a run of five unanswered points to gain a firm grip on proceedings, as Mayo went 17 minutes without a score. Mayo also had player of the match Yvonne Byrne to thank for an inspired performance as the Hollymount netminder pulled off a string of fine saves. Two were particularly memorable as Byrne dived full length to keep out Valerie Mulcahy in the fifth minute – and again after half-time as the ace Cork corner forward fired in left-footed shots. And Byrne rushed from her line to deny Cork sub Emma Farmer with five minutes remaining as the former All-Ireland winning shotstopper preserved a clean sheet.

Overall, Cork never had to hit the heights they are capable of during the course of a well-attended League decider. Bríd Stack and Geraldine O’Flynn were outstanding in defence, with Orla Finn the pick of Cork’s attack. Ultimately, it was Cork’s strong second half performance that got the job done as they outscored Mayo by 0-9 to 0-2. The Westerners managed just one point from play after half-time – scored by McHale. Playing into the teeth of a stiff breeze, that was never going to be enough against Cork, who bided their time before picking off their opponents in clinical fashion.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 0-4 (3f), O Finn 0-3, G O’Flynn 0-3 (2f), R Ní Bhuachalla 0-2 (1f), D O’Sullivan & Angela Walsh 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mayo: C Staunton 0-4 (1f), S Rowe 0-2, F McHale 0-1.

CORK: E Harte; A.M. Walsh, B Stack, A Barrett; B Corkery, D O’Reilly, G O’Flynn; Annie Walsh, R Buckley; O Farmer, Angela Walsh, O Finn; V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla, D O’Sullivan.

Subs: N Cleary for Mulcahy (48), E Farmer for O’Sullivan (54), V Foley for Barrett (56).

MAYO: Y Byrne; M Corbett, N Tierney, K Sullivan; Ciara McManamon, M Carter, L Ryder; C Egan, C McManamon; A Gilroy, D Doherty, F McHale; L Cafferky, C Staunton, S Rowe.

Subs: A Bell for Ryder (19), G Kelly for Cafferky (45), N Kelly for Doherty (45), C Connelly for Ciara McManamon (45).

Referee: K Delahunty (Tipperary)

Tesco Homegrown Ladies Football Division 2 Final – Kerry 1-13 Galway 1-10

Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division 2 final

Kerry 1-13 Galway 1-10

By Jackie Cahill at Parnell Park, Dublin

KERRY regained top-flight status by holding off a spirited Galway fightback in Saturday’s Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division 2 final at Parnell Park in Dublin. With 13 minutes remaining, the Kingdom led by eight points but with Aoife Lyons sin-binned, Galway took advantage of their numerical advantage to cut the deficit to just two points with time running out. But sub Lorraine Scanlon settled Kerry’s nerves with three minutes remaining and William O’Sullivan’s side held out to claim a first League title for the county since the 1991 Division 1 showpiece.

For Galway, this was a second successive Division 2 final defeat, following on from the 2012 loss to Connacht rivals Mayo. With the aid of the strong wind in the first half, last year’s beaten All-Ireland senior finalists Kerry took advantage to open up a 1-8 to 0-5 half-time lead. They raced into a 1-4 to 0-0 lead with 14 minutes on the watch before Galway’s leading scorer Edel Concannon opened her side’s account.

Kerry struck early for the game’s opening goal as Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh blasted home a third minute penalty after Rebecca McPhilbin fouled Margaret Fitzgerald. Four minutes before the break, Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh’s second point of the first half opened up an eight-point lead for Kerry – 1-8 to 0-3. But Galway responded with points from Deirdre Brennan and Edel Concannon to leave six points between the sides at the interval. Galway’s top scorer Concannon and player of the match Sarah Houlihan traded frees after the restart before Kerry sub Laura Rogers tested Galway’s crossbar with a blistering drive in the 41st minute.

Points from Houlihan and Rogers had Kerry eight points in front – 1-11 to 0-6 – but Galway responded strongly and were right back in the hunt when Annette Clarke buried a 47th minute penalty. The award was probably the correct call by referee Maggie Farrelly, who whistled for over 60 frees during a stop-start encounter, but the decision to yellow card Lyons was somewhat harsh. Galway kicked on and were breathing down Kerry’s necks approaching the finish.

But it was final heartbreak for the Westerners again as Kerry, with three current Allstars in their starting line-up, returned to Division 1 after a three-year absence. Overall, Galway struggled to break down a Kerry defence superbly marshalled by full-back Aislinn Desmond. Galway boss Barry Downey took off four of his six forwards during the game and at midfield for Kerry, captain Bernie Breen led by example before accepting the coveted silverware.

Scorers for Galway: E Concannon 0-6f, A Clarke 1-0 pen, B Hannon, D Brennan, A Daly & L Hannon 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), S Houlihan 0-6 (4f), B Breen, P Dennehy, L Scanlon & L Rogers 0-1 each.

GALWAY: J Connolly; A Rohan, R McPhilibin, N Ward; B Hannon, E Flaherty, S Burke; A Clarke, E Curley; G Conneally, D Brennan, A Daly; T Leonard, R Leonard, E Concannon.

Subs: L Joyce for T Leonard (h.t.), L Hannon for Conneally (45), C Cormican for Curley (45), C Hehir for Brennan (48), G O’Connor for R Leonard (54).

KERRY: E Murphy; C Lynch, A Desmond, A Lyons; B Lane, C Kelly, D Hallissey; E Sherwood, B Breen; D Corridan, M Fitzgerald, S Houlihan; L Galvin, P Dennehy, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

Subs: L Scanlon for Fitzgerald (h.t.), L Rogers for Dennehy (h.t.), M O’Connell for Galvin (45).

Referee: M Farrelly (Cavan)

Christy Ring Cup – Kerry 0-14 Derry 0-8

Nolan stars as Kerry continue fine run

By Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 0-14 Derry 0-08

Shane Nolan fired Kerry into the last four of the Christy Ring Cup with a nine point haul at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Saturday. Kerry had the strong wind in the opening half but shot nine wides as they led 0-10 to 0-4 at the interval with Nolan on target eight times. But the Kingdom opted for blanket defence on the restart and despite the efforts of Paddy Henry, Kevin Hinphey and Conor McSorley there was no way Derry could overturn the deficit. Kerry boss Tom Howard admitted: “The conditions ruined it as a game; it made the game very fragmented. We got our noses in front by half-time) and we had to rethink our strategy for the second half. ”

Scorers for Kerry: S Nolan 0-9 (0-7 frees), J Egan 0-2, D O’Connell 0-1 free, D Dineen and C Harty 0-1 each

Scorers for Derry: P Henry 0-4 (frees), B Rodgers 0-2, K Hinphey and C McSorley 0-1 each

KERRY: B Rochford, R Horgan, L Boyle, P Costello, D O’Connell, T Murnane, D Dineen, J Griffin, D Collins, J Egan, G O’Brien, C Harty, W O’Dwyer, A Boyle, S Nolan

Sub: P Boyle for W O’Dwyer (64)

DERRY: D McDermott, M Warn, P Kelly, J McCloskey, R McCloskey, L Hinphey, M Hagen, C Convery, B Quigley, B Rodgers, A Grant, K Hinphey, P Cleary, O McCloskey, P Henry.

Subs: M Kirkpatrick for C Convery (48), S Farren for B Quigley (58), C McSorley for B Rodgers (60)

Referee: Pat Casey (Waterford)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Derry in Round 2 of the Christy Ring Cup in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Saturday at 1 pm shows 3 personnel changes and a number of positional changes from the side that started the opening Round game against Down. Rory Horgan comes into the full back line, John Egan comes in at wing forward and Gary O’Brien returns at centre forward. Brian Murphy, Brendan Brosnan and the exam-tied Brendan O’Leary are the players to lose out.

The team is as follows:

1. Bernard Rochford Killeagh (Cork)

2. Rory Horgan St Brendans

3. Liam Boyle Ballyduff

4. Paud Costello Ballyduff (Captain)

5. Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney

6. Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

7. Darren Dineen St Brendans

8. John Griffin Lixnaw

9. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

10. John Egan St Brendans

11. Gary O’Brien Ballyduff

12. Colm Harty Causeway

13. Willie O’Dywer Mullinavat (Kilkenny)

14. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff (Captain)

15. Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

16. P.J. Gorman Ballyduff

17. Patrick O’Keeffe Glenflesk

18. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

19. Brian Murphy Causeway

20. Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw

21. David Fitzell Kilmoyley

22. Pa Joe Connolly Ballyduff

23. Sean Maunsell Kilmoyley

24. Tommy Barrett Causeway

25. Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

26. Ally O’Connor Ballyduff

27. Jason Leahy Causeway

 

Mangement

Manager: Tom Howard

Trainer: Fergie O’Loughlin

Selectors: Padraig Regan, (Kilmoyley); Mike Burke (Causeway); Noel Browne (Ballyduff)