TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Quarter-Final – Cavan 3-18 Waterford 1-8

Cavan defeated Waterford by 3-18 to 1-8 in the TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday August 17th at Birr.

TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Quarter-Final – Tipperary 3-11 Longford 3-10

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Quarter Final – Tipperary 3-11 Longford 3-10

Report from the Tipperary Ladies Football web site

St. Brendan’s Park, Birr, Co. Offaly was the venue for the epic TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Quarter Final on Saturday last. Well done to both Tipperary and Longford who served up a great game of Ladies Gaelic Football for all their supporters on the day. Tipperary won the toss and opted to play against the strong breeze in the first half and Longford were the first to register a point in the first minute by Claire Greene. In the seventh minute Edel Hanley equalised the sides when she pointed the first free of the day but moments later Longford’s Anne Marie Bratton scored a goal. In the 13th minute Longford’s Sharon Tracey added another point to stretch their lead out to four points and but for some poor wides at this stage, Longford could have gone further in front. Against the run of play, Edel Hanley reduced the deficit with a pointed free after 20 minutes before registering a goal a minute later to bring the sides level. Longford replied with an Anne Marie Bratton point to retake the lead before a free by Tipperary goalie Patricia Hickey was intercepted and sent to the net from all of forty metres by Longford’s Michelle Farrell. In the final six minutes of the first half Tipperary would score two more points to Longford’s single point leaving the half-time score – Longford 2-4 Tipperary 1-4

The heavy rain that fell in the first half passed away and the second half was a drier affair with the wind dying down as well. Tipperary came out with an Edel Hanley goal from a free to straight away equalise the match. This was to be quickly followed in the second minute with another goal from Mairead Morrissey. For the next fifteen minutes this goal would keep the teams separated in what had become a very tight game with a point in the balance. However, Longford were never too far away and in the forty seventh minute their captain, Sharon Tracey would score a goal to give them the lead by a point. In the fiftieth minute Edel Hanley would score a point to bring the sides level again. In the final ten minutes of the game, Tipperary went down to 14 players as Claire Carroll received a yellow card. To their credit, Tipperary battled hard to keep Longford at bay in this period with Patricia Hickey making two outstanding saves. Another Edel Hanley free put Tipperary in front only to see Longford equalise with a minute to go to force extra time – final score at the end of normal time was 3-9 to 3-9.

After a well-earned break for the players (and supporters), two visibly tired teams took to the field for the extra 20 minutes of play. Tipperary again opted to play against the wind but it was less of a factor now. Longford starting the scoring in the fifth minute with a point from Michelle Farrell, however Tipperary replied in the eighth minute with a point from a free taken by Edel Hanley. The half time whistle with both teams level again, would they be separated? In the twelfth minute of the extra period Sheelagh Carew would score the final point of the game to put Tipperary in the lead which they managed to hold onto until the final whistle. Tipperary 3-11 Longford 3-10. Tipperary are now looking forward to an All-Ireland Intermediate Semi Final while Longford will reflect on the day and the missed chances they had with 15 wides to Tipperary’s 6 wides.

Tipperary Team: Patricia Hickey (Brian Borus), Mairead Morrissey (Brian Borus), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Rachel Kennelly (Aherlow), Brid Condon (Aherlow), Claire Carroll (Galtee Rovers), Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Jennifer Grant (Brian Borus), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers), Lorraine O’Shea (Mullinahone), Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers), Edel Hanley (Aherlow), Catriona Walsh (Moycarkey Borris), Laura Dillon (Ardfinnan)

Scorers: Edel Hanley 2-7 (1-6 frees), Mairead Morrissey 1-1, Lorraine O’Shea 0-1, Gillian O’Brien 0-1, Shellagh Carew 0-1.

Subs used: Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite), Anne O’Dwyer (Cappawhite), Kelly Hackett (Moycarkey Borris), Sinead Delahunty (Foxrock/Cabinteely), Aoife Ryan (Cappawhite)

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor B Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 1-16 Westmeath 0-13

Kerry defeated Westmeath by 1-16 to 0-13 in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor B Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 17th at Moneygall.

Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor B Championship Semi Final

Kerry 1-16 Westmeath 0-13

A storming second half during which they outscored their opponents by 11 points to 6 earned Kerry an Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor B Championship Final spot at Moneygall Co Tipperary on Saturday evening. They now meet Meath, conquerors of Donegal in the other semi final, on Saturday September 7th.

Kerry, with the aid of the strong wind, got off to a fine start with points from Jason Wallace and Philip Lucid and had doubled this tally by the 15th minute with points from Daniel O’Carroll and Lucid again. Westmeath kept the scoreboard ticking over at the other end before Michael O’Leary struck for a point followed by a goal straight from the puck out in the 25th minute to leave Kerry leading by just a single point at the break 1-5 to 0-7.

The Kerry Management team of Pat Ryan, Ian Brick and Kieran Houlihan made some shrewd half time switches that saw Michael O’Leary go back to bolster the defence against the wind, while Keith Carmody and Mike Lynch revelled in their roving attacking roles. Indeed the defence as a unit were outstanding in that second period while up front the likes of Jordan Brick, Aaron Murphy and Jason Wallace excelled in the open space and between them they accounted for the bulk of the second half scores. Kevin Bowler, just introduced for the exhausted Jordan Brick, added on the insurance score as the game ticked into added time.

Overall a very satisfying win especially when you consider that 10 of the side were on last year’s Under 16 side heavily defeated by the same opposition.

Kerry now have three weeks to prepare for the final against Meath who had a big 4-18 to 2-8 victory over Donegal in the other semi final to add to their 4-16 to 1-15 victory over Kildare in the opening round.

Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final – Kilkenny 2-12 Cork 2-11

Kilkenny power way back into final

Kilkenny 2-12 Cork 2-11

By Daragh Ó Conchúir for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kilkenny will appear in their first senior camogie final since 2009 as a result of a hard-fought win over league champions Cork at Semple Stadium on Saturday. The Noresiders were deserving winners of a wonderful free-flowing game, superbly refereed by Owen Elliott, having dominated the possession stakes for the majority of proceedings.

Despite that, they had to dig deep to overcome the concession of two goals inside the opening eight minutes, as well as a period in the second half when they conceded five successive points. They also managed only one point from two first-half penalties, and that came after 30 seconds when Aoife Neary opted to take the safe option.

That decision looked costly when goal machine Katrina Mackey found the Kilkenny net 92 seconds later after brilliant play by Angela Walsh and Aisling Thompson. The magnificent Katie Power and Aoife Neary (free) responded with points for the Black and Amber but Mackey’s pace caused more problems and she set up Julia White for another Cork goal.

The Cats continued to dominate possession though, and player of the matchPower goaled in the 23rd minute for a 1-7 to 2-3 interval lead. They wasted a number of chances to go in with a bigger advantage, however. Aoife Murray made a brilliant save from Denise Gaule, while Rena Buckley stopped Neary’s 19th-minute penalty after a foul on Shelly Farrell. Two early points from Aisling Dunphy and Power increased the margin to three, but with Orla Cotter and White supplying four of Cork’s next five scores, it was the Leesiders who were looking good entering the final quarter.

The momentum changed once more, however, as Aoife Neary goaled 10 minutes from time. Cotter slotted her third second-half point to level the scores but was immediately substituted, with Gemma O’Connor — home on a three-week break from an Army tour of duty — entering the fray in the 53rd minute. Power and Michelle Quilty put Kilkenny two points clear. Walsh then pointed but Power brought her own tally to 1-6 from play on the hour. Cork threw everything at them in the two minutes of injury time but Thompson’s fizzing shot flew just over the bar and time ran out.

Scorers for Kilkenny: K Power 1-6; A Neary 1-3 (0-2f); G Walsh, A Dunphy, D Gaule 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: J White 1-2; K Mackey 1-1; O Cotter 0-3; A Walsh 0-2; J O’Leary, A Thompson, B Corkery 0-1 each.

KILKENNY: E Kavanagh, M Power, K McDonald, J Frisby, L Fennelly, E Keane, E Aylward, C Phelan, A Dalton, G Walsh, A Dunphy, K Power, S Farrell, D Gaule, A Neary.

Subs: M Quilty for Walsh (h-t); C Dormer for Phelan (51); K Hamilton for Gaule (51).

CORK: A Murray, J O’Callaghan, M Walsh, P Mackey, D Cronin, R Buckley, A Geary, O Cotter, B Corkery, E O’Sullivan, A Walsh, A Thompson, J White, K Mackey, J O’Leary.

Subs: S Burns for O’Sullivan (35); G O’Connor for Cotter (53); F Neville for Corkery (57).

Referee: O Elliott (Antrim)

 

Kilkenny 2-12 Cork 2-11

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Kilkenny will appear in the Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie final for the first time since 2009 after a of a 2-12 to 2-11 win over Cork in Thurles. Despite the minimal margin of difference, the Noresiders were deserving winners, having dominated the possession stakes for the majority of proceedings. Despite that, they had to dig very deep to overcome the concession of two goals inside the opening eight minutes, as well a period in the second half when they conceded five points in succession to fall behind once more. They also only managed one point from two first-half penalties, and that came after 30 seconds when Aoife Neary opted to take the safe option.

That didn’t look too clever when goal machine Katrina Mackey found the Kilkenny net 92 seconds later after brilliant play by Angela Walsh, and then set up Julia White for another. The Cats continued to dominate possession though and player of the match, Katie Power goaled in the 23rd minute to send them in at the break leading by 1-07 to 2-03. Two early points increased the margin to three but with Orla Cotter and White supplying five of Cork’s next five scores, it was the Leesiders that were looking good entering the final quarter. The momentum changed once more though as Aoife Neary goaled with a glorious overhead pull 10 minutes from time and two points from Power helped them keep their noses in front.

Scorers – Kilkenny: K Power 1-6; A Neary 1-3 (0-2fs); G Walsh, A Dunphy, D Gaule 0-1 each

Cork: J White 1-2; K Mackey 1-1; O Cotter 0-3; A Walsh 0-2; J O’Leary, A Thompson, B Corkery 0-1 each

Kilkenny: E Kavanagh, M Power, K McDonald, J Frisby, L Fennelly, E Keane, E Aylward, C Phelan, A Dalton, G Walsh, A Dunphy, K Power, S Farrell, D Gaule, A Neary.

Sub: M Quilty for Walsh (ht)

Cork: A Murray, J O’Callaghan, M Walsh, P Mackey, D Cronin, R Buckley, A Geary, O Cotter, B Corkery, E O’Sullivan, A Walsh, A Thompson, J White, K Mackey, J O’Leary.

Sub: S Burns for O’Sullivan (35); G O’Connor for Cotter (53)