M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada Finals

Congratulations to Brendan Cummins and Patricia Jackman on winning their respective All-Ireland Poc Fada titles.

The 52nd M. Donnelly GAA All-Ireland Poc Fada finals will be held on the Cooley Mountains on Saturday August 3 at 12.30pm. Defending his title is Brendan Cummins from Tipperary who is trying to equal Ger Cunningham’s (Cork) record of 7 titles.

Also competing for the All-Ireland title is James Skehill (Galway goalkeeper), Eoin Reilly (Laois goalkeeper), Stevie Brenner (former Waterford goalkeeper) and Colm Callanan (Galway goalkeeper). Donal Óg Cusack (Cork) will also be attempting to win the competition for the first time.

Cillian Kiely (Offaly) who won the under 16 title for the last 2 years is now competing in the senior competition.

Patricia Jackman (Waterford) is attempting to win her 5th title in a row in the Camogie section.

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Dublin 1-16 Cork 0-14

Dublin defeated Cork by 1-16 to 0-14 in the GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday August 3rd at Croke Park.

Impressive Dublin move into last four

Report from the GAA.ie web site

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final: Dublin 1-16 Cork 0-14

Dublin advanced to the All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday evening after a very impressive five-point victory over Cork at Croke Park. Jim Gavin’s side joined Tyrone in the last four, the Red Hands having defeated Monaghan in the earlier game of the double header at Headquarters. It was an ominous sign of intent from Dublin, who should have won the game by a lot more. Although Cork contributed plenty to a lively and entertaining game, Dublin missed a large number of goal chances in both halves, and should have been well ahead of Cork by the end.

The game was tight on the scoreboard throughout, and Cork showed great spirit to stay in the game, but Jack McCaffrey’s brilliant goal on 39 minutes saw Dublin take a four-point lead, and they were in control, more or less, for the rest of the game. Their goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton was their top scorer with six points after a brilliant display of ballstriking, and his points proved crucial, considering how profligate his side had been in other areas.

Dublin lead 0-9 to 0-7 at the end of an absorbing first half, but they should have been further in front. Cork started brightly with points from Daniel Goulding and Ciarán Sheehan, but with Cluxton imperious from placed balls, Dublin lead 0-4 to 0-2 after nine minutes, with the goalkeeper kicking three of those. Cork got level following scores from Brian Hurley and John O’Rourke, and they were using a strategy of pumping high ball into their full forward line, and it was paying dividends, with Sheehan excelling in the air.

However, Dublin were creating a lot of goal chances, with Paul Flynn, Michael Darragh Macauley and Bernard Brogan all going close in the first half. Flynn managed two points in the opening 35 minutes, and he put Dublin 0-7 to 0-6 ahead a few minutes shy of half-time. Dublin were on top by then, and they finished the half with points from Ciarán Kilkenny and Brogan. McCaffrey had been outstanding throughout, and he was rewarded for his efforts when he scored a brilliant goal at the start of the second half. He embarked on a searing run down the left wing, exchanged passes with Paul Mannion, and crashed the ball into the top right hand corner of the net from a very tight angle.

That put Dublin four ahead, but Cork responded well with two points from the increasingly influential Brian Hurley. One of Hurley’s points could have been a goal had he kept his shot down, and a Cork goal at that stage could have led to a very different result. However, Dublin brought Kevin McManamon, Dean Rock and Denis Bastick all on in the second half, and all three were very influential, scoring a combined tally of 0-4. Points from McManamon and Rock helped Dublin into a 1-14 to 0-13 lead with 10 minutes to go. Cork battled hard, and tried desperately to force the goal chance they needed. Apart from a few scary moments though, Dublin held out, and when Cluxton drove over his sixth point of the day late on, the game was up for Cork.

Dublin will play either Kerry or Cavan in the All-Ireland semi-final on September 1.


Scorers for Dublin: S Cluxton 0-6 (2f, 4 ’45), J McCaffrey 1-0, P Flynn 0-2, C Kilkenny 0-2, D Rock 0-2, MD Macauley 0-1, B Brogan 0-1 (1f), K McManamon 0-1, D Bastick 0-1

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding 0-5 (2f, 1 ’45), B Hurley 0-3, M Collins 0-2 (1f), C Sheehan 0-1, J O’Rourke 0-1, D Cahalane 0-1 (1 ’45), J Loughrey 0-1

Dublin: S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O’Carroll, K O’Brien; J McCarthy, G Brennan, J McCaffrey; MD Macauley, C O’Sullivan; P Flynn, C Kilkenny, D Connolly; P Mannion, B Cullen, B Brogan. Subs: D Rock for B Cullen (41), P McMahon for J Cooper (50), K McManamon for P Mannion (54), D Bastick for MD Macauley (60), E O’Gara for C Kilkenny (66).

Cork: A Quirke; E Cadogan, M Shields, T Clancy; D Cahalane, G Canty, J Loughrey; A O’Connor, P O’Neill; M Collins, A Walsh, J O’Rourke; D Goulding, C Sheehan, B Hurley. Subs: P Kissane for E Cadogan (36), P Kerrigan for J O’Rourke (43), J O’Sullivan for T Clancy (48), D O’Connor for A O’Connor (51), T Clancy for G Canty (55).

Attendance: 70,018

Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)

Team News

Cork (SFC v Dublin): Alan Quirke (Valley Rovers); Eoin Cadogan (Douglas), Michael Shields (St Finbarr’s), Thomas Clancy (Clonakilty); Damien Cahalane (Castlehaven), Graham Canty (Bantry Blues), James Loughrey (Mallow); Alan O’Connor (St Colum’s), Pearse O’Neill (Aghada); Mark Collins (Castlehaven), Aidan Walsh (Kanturk), John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers); Daniel Goulding (Eire Óg), Ciarán Sheehan (Eire Óg), Brian Hurley (Castlehaven).

Subs: Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown), John Mc Loughlin (Kanturk), Tomás Clancy (Fermoy), Noel O’Leary (Cill na Martra), Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown), Paudie Kissane (Clyda Rovers), Andrew O’Sullivan (Castletownbere), Fintan Goold (Macroom), Patrick Kelly (Ballincollig), Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond).

DUBLIN (SF v Cork): S Cluxton (Parnells); J Cooper (Na Fianna), R O’Carroll (Kilmacud Crokes), K O’Brien (Naoimh Mearnog); J McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams), G Brennan (St Vincent’s), J McCaffrey (Clontarf); M Dara Macauley (Ballyboden St Enda’s), C O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes); P Flynn (Fingallians), C Kilkenny (Castleknock), D Connolly (St Vincent’s); P Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes), E O’Gara (Synge St Templeogue), B Brogan (Oliver Plunketts).

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 0-15 Cavan 0-9

Kerry defeated Cavan by 0-15 to 0-9 in the GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday August 4th at Croke Park.

Kerry 0-15 Cavan 0-09

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Kerry did just enough to get the better of Cavan at Croke Park this afternoon, winning by 0-15 to 0-09 to qualify for the All-Ireland semi-finals. Kerry controlled the first half, leading by 0-11 to 0-02 at the break, with points from Colm Cooper (4)and Johnny Buckley (3). Cavan fought back bravely, and points from Niall McDermott and Eugene Keating narrowed the gap, but an unconvincing Kingdom side held on, despite scoring just four points in the second half, Cooper top-scoring with six.

Cavan, having gone in as rank outsiders, earned many admirers in the way they carried the game fearlessly to the Kingdom in the second half, outscoring the Munster champions by seven points to four. Kerry failed to fire, and manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice faces a tough few weeks as he attempts to get his side back on track and re-establish their credentials as genuine All-Ireland contenders. Martin Dunne’s early point was to be Cavan’s only score of the opening quarter, and it as Kerry who seized control, dictating the pace of the game without threatening to explode into spectacular action. Donnchadh Walsh brought them level, and Johnny Buckley thumped three long range place kicks between the posts.

Kerry struggled to work the ball through Cavan’s massed defence, but did open up a 0-5 to 0-1 lead in the 15th minute when Colm Cooper stroked over a free. As the game wore on, Cavan found it increasingly difficult to track the instinctive runs of the likes of Darran and Declan O’Sullivan, Cooper and Tomas O Se, and when Declan O’Sullivan landed a superb long range score, they led by six. Kieran Donaghy and Cooper tagged on points, and the Kingdom were in cruise control, ahead by eight without hitting second gear.

Ronan Flanagan carved the opening for David Givney to kick Cavan’s first point in 27 minutes, but ace finisher Dunne remained isolated and starved of possession. Cooper slotted another couple of frees between the uprights, and the Munster champions led by 0-11 to 0-2 at the interval. The Breffni men registered the first two points of the second half, both from Niall McDermott frees, before Cooper brought his tally to five.

But Cavan were now much more competitive, and increasingly positive in their desire to commit men forward. Martin Reilly converted a ’45 and substitute McDermott landed a tidy point from play, and when Walsh and David Moran hit the target at the other end, they quickly responded with two Eugene Keating frees. Kerry were on the rack, and when Cian Mackey’s tireless endeavour was rewarded with a splendid long rang point, they now trailed by just five.

Kerry were never going to lose this one, however, despite their failure to impose themselves on the game in the second half, with Rory Dunne and Killian Clarke performing heroically at the back for the Ulster men. Kerry had gone 14 minutes without scoring when Cooper steered over his first point from play, and on a day when many of their big stars failed to shine, the Munster men survived to go through to the last four, with much work to be done between now and semi-final day.

Kerry: B Kealy, F Fitzgerald, M O Se, S Enright, T O Se, K Young, P Crowley, D Moran (0-1), J Buckley (0-3, 2f, 1 ’45), P Galvin, C Cooper (0-6, 5f), D Walsh (0-3), Declan O’Sullivan (0-1), K Donaghy (0-1), Darran O’Sullivan
Subs: P Geaney for Donaghy, K O’Leary for Walsh, P Curtin for Darran O’Sullivan, M Geaney for Galvin

Cavan: A O’Mara, T Corr, R Dunne, K Clarke, J McLoughlin, A Clarke, R Flanagan, D O’Reilly, D Givney (0-1), C Mackey (0-1), D McVeety, F Flanagan, M Reilly (0-1, ’45), M Dunne (0-1), E Keating (0-2, 2f)
Subs: N McDermott (0-3, 2f) for R Flanagan, M Argue for Corr, J Brady for Dunne, J McEnroe for Givney, K Tierney for Keating

Referee: E Kinsella (Laois)

Team News

Cavan team to face Kerry: Alan O’Mara (Bailieborough Shamrocks), Thomas Corr (Denn), Rory Dunne (Redhills), Killian Clarke (Shercock), Jason McLoughlin (Shannon Gaels), Alan Clarke (Kingscourt), Ronan Flanagan (Castlerahan), Damien O’Reilly (Belturbet), David Givney (Mountnugent), Cian Mackey (Castlerahan), Jack Brady (Ramor United), Feargal Flanagan (Butlersbridge), Martin Reilly (Killygary), Martin Dunne (Cavan Gaels), Eugene Keating (Saint Sylvesters)

Kerry (XV to face Cavan): Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin), Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes), Marc Ó Sé (An Gaeltacht), Shane Enright (Tarbert), Tomás Ó Sé (An Gaeltacht), Killian Young (Renard), Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers), Anthony Maher (Duagh), Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes), Paul Galvin (Finuge), Colm Cooper, captain (Dr Crokes), Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane), Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses), Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks), Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

Subs: Brian Kelly (Killarney Legion), Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore), Eoin Brosnan (Dr Crokes), Bryan Sheehan (St Mary’s), Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes), Patrick Curtin (Moyvane), David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys), Jack Sherwood (Firies), Paul Geaney (Dingle), Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore), Michael Geaney (Dingle).

• The team features 11 of the side that took the field in Kerry’s defeat by Donegal in their last All Ireland Qtr Final tie last August while Johnny Buckley and Darran O’Sullivan were introduced as subs. Aidan O’Mahony, Eoin Brosnan and Bryan Sheehan, who are named among the substitutes, and James O’Donoghue who is not fully fit, are the absent foursome.

• Kerry have played in twelve quarter finals losing just two, 2010 to Down and last year to Donegal.

• The evergreen Tomás Ó Sé, in his 16th Championship season, will make his 87th Championship appearance in the Green and Gold. He has scored 3 – 35 in Championship games.

• Fionn Fitzgerald of the Dr Crokes Club in Killarney made his Championship debut against Tipperary earlier this year having made his full Allianz Football League debut against Down in Tralee in March. He played against Waterford in the Munster Semi final and was introduced as a sub against Cork in the Munster Final. Fionn, a Munster Minor medallist in 2008, has 3 County Senior Championship medals, and 2 Munster Club medals to his credit and is a nephew of former Kerry Goalkeeper, Eamonn Fitzgerald who won 2 NFL medals with Kerry in 1972 and 1973.

Electric Ireland GAA Football All Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Tyrone 0-17 Kerry 1-12

Tyrone defeated Kerry by 0-17 to 1-12 after extra time in the Electric Ireland GAA Football All Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday August 4th at Croke Park.

Stubborn Tyrone find that little bit extra to oust wasteful Kerry

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

Tyrone’s stubborn refusal to accept defeat earned them a sensational extra-time win in yesterday’s All-Ireland MFC semi-final at Croke Park. They were trailing by a point and down to 13 men in stoppage time, but Stephen McGrath’s leveller earned them a reprieve, and they got the better of a wasteful Kerry side in the extended 20 minutes.

Kerry stunned the Ulster lads with a third-minute goal, Jack Savage collecting to send a low shot to the net. Lee Brennan, Stephen McGrath and Daire Gallagher slotted over points as Tyrone eased ahead at the end of the opening quarter, but they were pegged back by a couple of Savage frees. However, Tyrone finished the half strongly, with Brennan scoring twice to send his side in with a 0-9 to 1-4 advantage.

Kerry dominated the second half, but were unable to close the game out. Savage did look like he had clinched it with a couple of frees, but the Red Hands, who had Christopher Morris and skipper Ruairi McGlone sent off on second bookings, pulled the game out of the fire with McGrath’s equaliser, tying it up at 0-12 to 1-9. Tyrone, now back to their full complement of players, eased ahead with McGrath’s fourth score, and led 0-15 to 1-11 midway through extra-time.

TYRONE: S Fox; C Byrne, R Quinn, C McCann; S Hamill, C Morris (0-1), P McGirr (0-1); R Nugent F Burns; D Mulgrew, C McKenna (0-3, one 45), D Gallagher (0-1); L Brennan (0-4, one free); R McGlone (0-1), S McGrath (0-4). Subs: P Donnelly (0-1)for McGirr, C McShane for Mulgrew, T Donnelly (0-1, 45), E McElroy, C O’Donnell for Nugent, R McHugh for Hamill, S Fox for Byrne.

KERRY: S Ryan; F Clifford, C Ó Luing, P O Conchuir; M Flaherty, D Foran, S Dillon; G Horan, C Jordan; M Burns, J Savage (1-8, seven frees), E Ó Conchuir; C Keane (0-2), S O’Connor, K Spillane (0-1). Subs: K Murphy (0-1) for E Ó Conchuir, T Ó Se for O’Connor, K Shanahan for Jordan, T Brosnan for Spillane, T O’Sullivan for Burns.

Referee: N Ward (Westmeath)

Team News

KERRY: Shane Ryan (Rathmore); Fionan Clifford (Waterville), Cathal Ó Luing (An Ghaeltacht), Pádraig Ó Conchúir (Dingle); Matthew Flaherty (Dingle), David Foran (St Senan’s), Sean T Dillon (St Senan’s); Greg Horan (Austin Stacks), Conor Jordan (Austin Stacks); Michéal Burns (Dr Crokes), Jack Savage (Kerins O’Rahilly’s), Éanna Ó Conchúír (An Ghaeltacht); Conor Keane (Legion), Shane O’Connor (John Mitchel’s), Killian Spillane (Templenoe).

Subs: Darragh O’Shea (Ballydonoghue), Brian Sugrue (Renard), Kevin Shanahan (Ardfert), Kieran Murphy (Glenflesk), Tom O’Sullivan (Dingle), Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Tony Brosnan (Dr Crokes), Barry O’Sullivan (Dingle), Joe O’Kelly (Austin Stacks).

Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Quarter Final – Galway 2-19 Tipperary 0-9

Galway defeated Tipperary by 2-19 to 0-9 in the Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Quarter Final on Saturday August 3rd at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Tipperary were smarter off the mark and led three times inside the opening eight minutes thanks to Nicole Walsh (twice) and Noreen Flanagan. Galway gradually imposed themselves with three points from Niamh McGrath and a goal on the half-hour by player of the match, Ailish O’Reilly giving the westerners a 1-11 to 0-5 half-time advantage. McGrath and Molly Dunne added points at the change of ends and when O’Reilly blasted to the Tipperary net for her second goal, it was game over.

Match Preview

Galway v Tipperary, O’Moore Park, 3.30pm

Galway were in the hugely competitive five-team Group 1 that also included Wexford, league semi-finalists Clare and senior newcomers Derry but was completely dominated by Kilkenny. They crossed swords with the Noresiders in the first round six weeks ago and despite a much improved second half effort, just failed by two points to peg them back.

Tony Ward’s charges displayed their genuine championship credentials from thereon though, coming out on top by two points against Wexford in what most have been a very satisfying result given the amount of setbacks they have suffered at the Yellowbellies’ hands over the years.

They followed that up with perhaps their most complete performance to date in a 3-12 to 1-12 win over a highly-considered Clare, and with Derry their last victims, finished a comfortable second to earn a tie against the third team in Group 2.

That proved to be Tipperary, who made it through despite a largely uninspiring campaign. A largely youthful outfit that badly missed the guile and experience of injured former All-Ireland winner Joanne Ryan, it was always going to be difficult.

Cork were much too strong in their opening tie and though more competitive against Offaly, they never looked likely to be victorious.

That left their last game against Dublin as a straight shootout for a quarter-final spot. With Nicole Walshe, Ereena and Sarah Fryday, and the outstanding Jill Horan in their ranks, they had too much firepower for the Metropolitans, having 10 points in hand at the final whistle.

Galway have been operating at a completely different level however, appearing in an All-Ireland semi-final and two finals in the past three seasons. They are without the retired Veronica Curtin, and Aislinn Connolly, who has taken the year off, but can still call on Therése Maher, Lorraine Ryan, Ann Marie Hayes and goal machine Brenda Hanney, which should ensure their advance to the penultimate stages once more.

GALWAY: S Earner; S Coen, S Dervan, H Cooney; T Manton, T Maher, L Ryan; N Kilkenny, M Dunne; E Haverty, N McGrath, E Kilkelly; B Hanney, AM Hayes, A O’Reilly.

TIPPERARY: R Burke; T Ryan, J Kirwin, S Larkin; G Grace, C Devane, J Bourke; J Horan, M Teehan; S Fryday, C Kennedy, N Flanagan; A Kennedy, T Kennedy, N Walshe.

All-Ireland Ladies Minor B Football Final – Laois 4-9 Clare 2-13

All-Ireland ladies minor B football final

Clare 2-13 Laois 4-9

By Jackie Cahill at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh

SUPERSUB Niamh Power scored two second half goals as Laois claimed their first All-Ireland ladies minor football title since 1992, in a thrilling final against Clare on Monday afternoon. Power came off the bench to make a huge impact as the O’Moore girls won the B final at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh. In a superb game, Laois were six points twice in the first half against last year’s winners. The Leinster outfit cruised into an early 1-3 to 0-0 lead, with Ciara Burke netting the ninth minute goal.

But Clare settled and responded in the 16th minute when player of the match Gráinne Nolan slotted home a penalty after Katie Connole was fouled. Laois scored a second goal in the 26th minute, with corner forward Shannon Costello on target, and that strike put the newly-crowned champions 2-6 to 1-3 clear. But a run of four unanswered points brought Clare back in contention by half-time, as they trailed by 1-7 to 2-7. Sub Aoife Keane tied the game with Clare’s second goal early in the second half and the sides were level again before Power struck the first of her two goals.

And after the sides were level again with just a few minutes remaining, 3-9 to 2-12, Power’s decisive second goal ensured victory for Laois. Keane slotted over a late point for Clare but time ran out for the Banner girls as Laois edged a memorable see-saw battle by two points, in what was their very first All-Ireland B decider. Laois were appearing in their first All-Ireland final since the 2004 A defeat to Cork – and when the dust settled, they were celebrating a second ever national success in the minor grade.

Scorers for Clare: G Nolan 1-7 (1-0 pen, 0-5f), A Keane 1-1, C Moloney 0-3, O Devitt 0-2.

Scorers for Laois: N Power 2-0, L.M. Maher 0-5 (3f), S Costello 1-2, C Burke 1-0, A Fitzgibbon & A Haberlin 0-1 each.

CLARE: A O’Neill; J Howley, A O’Brien, S Harvey; E Hillary, M Foran, O Lynch; A Corbett, N Kaiser; N Blake, O Devitt, K Connole; A O’Gorman, C Moloney, G Nolan.

Subs: A Keane for Blake (30), S Quinn for Howley (30).

LAOIS: F Kelly; K Preston, C Dunne, N Byrne; F Dooley, C Dollard, A Loughman; M Dunne, A Haberlin; C Burke, A Fitzpatrick, L.M. Maher; S Costello, A Fitzgibbon, C Simms.

Subs: L Kearney for Fitzpatrick (h.t.), N Power for Fitzgibbon (45), R Rafter for Byrne (48), R O’Connell for Costello (60).

Referee: G Carmody (Mayo)

Electric Ireland GAA Football All Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Monaghan 0-12 Tipperary 0-9

Monaghan defeated Tipperary by 0-12 to 0-9 in the Electric Ireland GAA Football All Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Monday August 5th at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park Longford.

Monaghan edge out Tipperary in a dramatic All-Ireland minor quarter-final

by Brian McDonnell for the Tipperary star newspaper


Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final

Tipperary 0-9 Monaghan 0-12

Tipperary came within inches of landing a knock-out blow in a dramatic All-Ireland minor football quarter-final played at Pearse Park, Longford on Monday afternoon.

Two minutes into injury time Monaghan led 0-10 to 0-8 when Charlie McGeever’s men surged forward in search of a grandstand finalé. The ball was worked into the hands of Stephen Quirke who created room for a shot which was blocked. Gerry Cronin gathered the rebound only to see his effort at a three-pointer blocked before Quirke grabbed the ball once more. The Moyle Rovers man went for goal and this time the crossbar denied Quirke and Monaghan cleared their lines.

Monaghan, who were well worth their three-point win, managed to hold off Tipperary during a frantic final few minutes, but the Premier were left cursing their luck following Stephen Quirke’s misfortune and the failure of Charlie McGeever’s men to take full advantage of a strong breeze in the opening half. Indeed, Tipperary only led by one (0-5 to 0-4) at the break.

That said there are very real reasons for Tipperary to feel proud of these players. Not once did their heads drop or appetite for the contest dwindle. Indeed, corner-back Willie Connors illustrated all that was good about this Tipperary team. The Kildangan man shipped a bloody knock to the head in the 48th minute and returned three minutes into injury time to man his station in determined fashion. Ross Mulcahy, Jimmy Feehan, Colin O’Riordan, Paul Maher and Alan Tynan all excelled for Charlie McGeever’s men.


Monaghan won the toss and elected to play against the wind in the opening half. A surging run from Colin O’Riordan set the tone for a determined Tipperary in the opening minute and although that attack came to nothing the JK Bracken’s man was fouled two minutes later and Alan Tynan kicked the Premier into the lead.

Monaghan served notice of their attacking prowess a minute later when a flowing move almost culminated in a goal for the Ulster champions. Tipperary, however, stretched their lead to two in the sixth minute when Josh Keane picked out Paul Shanahan and Shanahan booted over a great point.

Within seconds Conor McCarthy opened Monaghan’s account, but Tipperary responded with a point from Alan Tynan after a smartly-taken ’45 by Josh Keane. Then, in the tenth minute, Liam Casey added to the Tipperary tally (0-4 to 0-1) following a surging dash forward. Sadly, Casey was forced to shoot before the Cahir man could off-load to the unmarked Paul Maher.

Monaghan responded with points from Ferghal McMahon and Michael O’Dowd to reduce Tipperary’s lead to a single point by the 13th minute and although the Premier had already tested the resolve of Monaghan ‘keeper Conor Forde with a couple of searching deliveries aimed at the towering Paul Shanahan the Ulster champions already appeared the more significant force in this encounter. To discommode the Monaghan lads Tipperary needed a goal and that’s exactly what the raiding Ciarán Lowry had on his mind in the 24th minute, but the Arravale Rovers man was swallowed up by an alert full-back line.

In the 27th minute an Alan Tynan free extended Tipperary’s lead before Josh Keane found a post with a misfortunate effort from a placed ball in the 28th minute. That effort could have opened a three-point gap between the sides, but, instead, Monaghan reduced the Premier lead to a very manageable single point when Conor McCarthy kicked his second from play in the 32nd minute. The circumstances of that McCarthy effort were significant. Once more Monaghan had attacked with real menace. Full-back Kevin Loughran had featured in the assault and provided David McAllister with a final pass before McAllister’s effort on goal was saved superbly by Tipperary ‘keeper Jack Brady. Tipperary smothered a follow-up effort before McCarthy found the room to leave one between them at the break – Tipperary 0-5 Monaghan 0-4.


The advantage now enjoyed by Tipperary did not feel like nearly enough. The breeze was growing stiffer by the minute and the illustration of that complication arrived as early as the 34th minute when Josh Keane’s free fell short. Conversely, in the 35th minute, Conor McCarthy landed a long-range point off his left to tie the game.

A minute later Monaghan took the lead for the first time when some ferocious tackling from the Monaghan forwards forced Kevin Fahey into an over-carry and Ferghal McMahon booted the Ulster champions into a 0-6 to 0-5 lead in the 36th minute. Michael O’Dowd added to his side’s tally with a monster from distance in the 40th and Monaghan led by two – 0-7 to 0-5.

Monaghan had now scored 0-3 without reply and Tipperary needed to respond. And, respond they did. A brilliant point from a tight angle in the 41st minute courtesy of Paul Maher left one between them before an Alan Tynan free a minute later left the sides locked at 0-7 apiece. It should be noted that the Tynan free was generous and came courtesy of a referee who proved himself of the fussy variety.

Tipperary’s momentum was checked somewhat in the 48th minute when an ugly clash of heads between Willie Connors and Dónal Meegan delayed the game for five minutes – happily both players returned to the field of play following treatment.

Monaghan steadied themselves thereafter with spectacular points from Conor McCarthy and Ryan McAnespie helping the Ulster champions into a 0-9 to 0-7 lead by the 58th minute. Tipperary responded with an Alan Tynan free, but in the first minute of injury time a Ferghal McMahon effort forced Monaghan two clear. We were then treated to the drama of seeing two Tipperary efforts at goal blocked before Stephen Quirke’s rasper found the Monaghan crossbar and was cleared to safety.

With referee Shane Hehir electing to play at least six minutes of injury time there was still time for Tipperary to rally, but in the 64th minute a Ferghal McMahon free helped Monaghan into a three-point lead before a sensational effort from Adam Treanor made it four two minutes later.

In the 67th minute a second yellow card saw Michael O’Dowd dismissed for Monaghan before Colin O’Riordan kicked a point from a tight angle to leave just three points between them entering the 68th minute. Monaghan ‘keeper Conor Forde delayed his subsequent kick-out to such a degree that referee Shane Hehir elected to throw the ball in on the 21-yard line. Colin O’Riordan managed to break it, but the Monaghan defence hovered up the loose ball and seconds later the final whistle blew.


Tipperary: Jack Brady (Ballina), Danny Owens (Moyle Rovers), Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule), Willie Connors (Kildangan), Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), Ross Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers), Ciarán Lowry (Arravale Rovers), Liam Casey (Cahir, 0-1), Colin O’Riordan (JK Bracken’s, captain, 0-1), Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle), Tom Kirwan (Ardfinnan), Pádraig Louram (Clonmel Commercials), Alan Tynan (Inane Rovers, 0-5, 0-4 frees), Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash, 0-1), Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch-Drombane, 0-1)
Subs: (39th) Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers) for Tom Kirwan, (50th) Mark Russell (Lattin-Cullen) for Liam Casey, (50th) Michael Connolly (Clonmel Commercials) for Willie Connors [blood], (53rd) Gerry Cronin (Ardfinnan) for Pádraig Louram, (63rd) Willie Connors for Michael Connolly

Monaghan: Conor Forde, Paul McArdle, Kevin Loughran, Shane Treanor, Adam Kieran, Aodh Curran, Mervyn Brown, Desmond Ward, Mikey Murnaghan, Ryan McAnespie (0-1), David McAllister, Michael O’Dowd (0-2), Conor McCarthy (0-4), Ferghal McMahon (0-4, 0-2 frees), Barry McGinn
Subs: (20th) Ciarán Martin for Shane Traenor, (37th) Dónal Meegan for Adam Kieran, (47th) Adam Treanor (0-1) for Barry McGinn, (50th) Mark Magee for Dónal Meegan [blood], (64th) Dónal Meegan for Mark Magee, (64th) Seán McMahon for Desmond Ward

Referee: Shane Hehir (Galway)


Monaghan through to MFC semi-final after Tipperary win

Monaghan 0-12 Tipperary 0-9

Report from thescore.ie

MONAGHAN HAVE BEATEN Tipperary in the All-Ireland MFC quarter-final at Pearse Park. The Farney County, already crowned Ulster champions this year, have booked a date with Mayo at Croke Park on August 25 by claiming a three-point win. Beaten Munster finalists Tipperary began with a strong wind advantage and scored the opening point through an Alan Tynan free. Paul Shanahan added a second but Monaghan responded with scores from Conor McCarthy and Fearghal McMahon to make it 0-4 to 0-2 after 11 minutes. Monaghan had a goal chance brilliantly saved by Jack Brady right before the half-time whistle went but McCarthy followed up to send over a point and leave one between them at the break.

Tipperary started the second half strongly but McCarthy pulled Monaghan level with his third point. Monaghan then took the lead for the first time through McMahon and Michael O’Dowd added to it with a brilliant score. Tipp got back on par with Paul Maher and Tynan on target. There was a brief stoppage in play after a clash of heads between Donal Meegan and Willie Connors then McCarthy added another score and Ryan McAnespie, with a long distance effort, put gave Monaghan a two-point cushion. Tynan kept Charlie McKeever’s men within touching distance and they were unlucky to see two goalbound efforts blocked on the line and a third attempt crash off the crossbar. Mick O’Dowd picked up a second yellow card and O’Riordan pulled one back for the Munster men before the final whistle blew.

MONAGHAN: C Forde; S Treanor, K Loughran, P McArdle; A Kieran, A Curran, D Brown; D Ward, M Murnaghan; R McAnespie, D McAlister, M O’Dowd; C McCarthy, B McGinn, F McMahon.

TIPPERARY: J Brady; D Owens, J Feehan, W Connors; L Boland, R Mulcahy, K Fahey; L Casey, C O’Riordan; P Shanahan; J Keane, C Lowry; A Tynan, T Kirwan, P Maher

Team News

The Tipperary minor football team to play Monaghan in the Electric Ireland Minor Football championship quarter final on Monday at Pearse Park Longford is unchanged from the team which played Kerry in the Munster final:

1. Jack Brady (Ballina)

2. Danny Owens (Moyle Rovers)

3. Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule)

4. Willie Connors (Kildangan)

5. Luke Boland (Moyle Rovers)

6. Ross Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers)

7. Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)

8. Liam Casey (Cahir)

9. Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens) CAPTAIN

10. Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch Drombane)

11. Josh Keane (Golden Kilfeacle)

12. Ciaran Lowry (Arravale Rovers)

13. Alan Tynan (Inane Rovers)

14. Tom Kirwan (Ardfinnan)

15. Paul Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash)

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Qualifiers Round 2 – Tipperary 4-20 Limerick 1-10

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 4-20 to 1-10 in Round 2 of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Qualifiers on Saturday August 10th at Mungret, Co. Limerick.

Team News

Tipperary have announced their starting 15 with three changes from the side which were defeated in the TG4 Munster Intermediate Football Championship. Claire Carroll resumes her position in the half back line while Jennifer Grant moves to Mid Field replacing Mairead Morrissey. Patricia Hickey is starting as goalkeeper replacing Helen Kennedy and Caitriona Walsh is in the full forward position replacing Kelly Hackett.

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor B Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 3-14 Wicklow 3-12

Kerry defeated Wicklow by 3-14 to 3-12 in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor B Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday August 10th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Fixture Details

10.08.2013 (Sat)

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor B Championship Quarter Final

Austin Stack Park 15:00

Ciarraí v Cill Mhantáin

Referee: David Copps (Corcaigh)

(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Kerry Minor Hurling team to play Wicklow in The Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor ”B” Championship Quarter Final at The Austin Stack Park today at 3pm is as follows.

Stephen Murphy, Causeway

Brendan Dunne, Ballyheigue

Cathal Kearney, Ballyduff

Jamie Barrett, Causeway

Stephen O’Sullivan, Abbeydorney

Pat O’Shea, Kilgarvan

Darragh Shanahan, Lixnaw

Philp Lucid, Ballyheigue

Paudie O’Connor, Kilmoyley

Micheal O’Leary, Abbeydorney

Jordan Brick, Kilmoyley

Aaron Murphy, Dr Crokes

Jason Wallace, Lixnaw ( Capt)

Daniel O’ Carroll, Ballyduff

Chris Donsel, Dr Crokes


Fionan O’Sullivan, Kenmare

Kevin Bowler, Ballyduff

Willie O’Conner, Lixnaw

David Crowley, Kenmare

Brian Cantillon, Causeway

Sean Browne, Ballyduff

J.P. Byrne, Abbeydorney

Shane Hanafin, Dr Crokes

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Qualifiers Round 2 – Tyrone 1-15 Clare 1-9

Tyrone defeated Clare by 1-15 to 1-9 in Round 2 of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Qualifiers on Saturday August 10th at Pearse Park Longford.

Match Preview

Clare v Tyrone – Pearse Park, Longford – 3.45

CLARE recovered brilliantly from their Munster championship mauling against Kerry by edging past Kildare in an extra-time thriller. Niamh O’Dea was the scoring star from that round 1 qualifier as the full-forward finished with a haul of 2-7. The Tyrone defence will need to keep a close eye on O’Dea but the Ulster semi-finalists are a superior calibre of opposition to Kildare. They’ve dipped well below the high levels of 2010, when they reached an All-Ireland final, but the Red Hands still have enough about them to get the job done here.