Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Semi-Final – Kerry w/o Tyrone scr.

Kerry have received a walkover from Tyrone in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Semi-Final scheduled for Saturday August 24th.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Quarter-Final – Kerry 2-14 Mayo 2-13

Kerry defeated Mayo by 2-14 to 2-13 in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Quarter-Final on Saturday August 24th at Birr.

Kerry 2-14 Mayo 2-13

Report from the RTE GAA web site

Kerry are through to the semi-finals after a dramatic win over Mayo William O’Sullivan’s Kerry edged past Mayo, 2-14 to 2-13, in a gripping TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship quarter-final this afternoon. The Kingdom, beaten finalists last year, needed three late points to earn a come-from-behind victory against a Mayo side inspired by Cora Staunton. The ace forward scored 1-09 for Mayo, a tally matched by Kerry’s Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh, in a memorable tie at St Brendan’s Park, Birr.

With less than ten minutes remaining, 2-1 pre-match outsiders Mayo were on course for victory as they led by 2-13 to 2-11. But late scores from player of the match Ní Mhuircheartaigh, impressive sub Margaret Fitzgerald and Louise Galvin snatched a sensational win for the Munster champions. Mayo will look back on this tie with some regret as they spurned a host of goal chances. Staunton netted a wonderful goal just before half-time but she also rattled the crossbar in the opening half.

Earlier, Aileen Gilroy forced a brilliant save from Kerry goalkeeper Edel Murphy, who also denied Lisa Cafferky late on. Deirdre Doherty, who netted for Mayo in the second half, had other chances to raise green flags but she blazed over in the 13th minute with a goal for the taking. Doherty fired wide with 12 minutes remaining but she made amends two minutes later with a strike that put the Connacht ladies a point up, 2-12 to 2-11. It was a lead they would extend to two points but Kerry, who were without a competitive game for six weeks, dug deep to make it through to the last four. O’Muircheartaigh was Kerry’s class act and her 24th-minute goal was brilliantly taken.

At half-time, Mayo led by 1-09 to 1-08 but this was a game that swung one way and then another, with the sides level on six occasions. Patrice Dennehy and Ní Mhuircheartaigh had other goal chances for Kerry in an open game. Staunton had a battle royale with Kerry full-back Aislinn Desmond but the introduction of Fitzgerald from the bench was a crucial switch by O’Sullivan. Fitzgerald kicked the equalising point three minutes from time and Scartaglin player also did brilliantly to keep in Bernie Breen’s long range effort before transferring a wonderful pass for Galvin’s 43rd minute goal.

Scorers for Mayo: C Staunton 1-9 (0-5f), D Doherty 1-1, C Egan, A Gilroy & S Rowe 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 1-9 (0-6f), L Galvin 1-1, S Houlihan 0-2, P Dennehy & M Fitzgerald 0-1 each.

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

Subs: A Brosnan for Hallissey (20), M Fitzgerald for Joy (40), M O’Connell for Dennehy (50).

Mayo: Y Byrne; A Bell, N Tierney, S Tierney; C Connelly, M Carter, C Sullivan; C Egan, C McManamon; A Gilroy, C Staunton, F McHale; S Rowe, D Doherty, L Cafferky.

Sub: N Kelly for Cafferky (56).

Referee: K Delahunty (Tipperary)

Match Preview

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final preview

Compiled by Jackie Cahill

Kerry v Mayo – St Brendan’s Park, Birr – 12.30pm.

The bookies are predicting a comfortable Kerry victory but this one will be close. It’s six weeks since Kerry, beaten All-Ireland finalists last year, shocked Cork in the Munster final. Mayo lost the Connacht final to an impressive Galway side but they blitzed Westmeath last weekend, with Cora Staunton bagging 4-8 in a one-sided qualifier.

It’s difficult to find a line of form this summer and while it might be overly simplistic to suggest that if Kerry stop Staunton, they’ll win the game, that’s not too far from the truth. Championship intensity in the legs could be vital and Mayo have the physicality and attacking armoury to upset Kerry. The Kingdom won’t be lacking for hunger as they look to get back to an All-Ireland final and they beat Mayo by ten points at this stage two years ago.

Betting: Kerry 4/9 Draw 9/1 Mayo 2/1

Verdict: Kerry

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Quarter-Final – Cork 1-19 Dublin 2-12

Cork defeated Dublin by 1-19 to 2-12 in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Quarter-Final on Saturday August 24th at Birr.

Cork 1-19 Dublin 2-12

Report from the RTE GAA web site

Eamonn Ryan’s Cork produced a remarkable comeback against Dublin to book their place in the semi-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship with a 1-19 to 2-12 victory. Dublin looked on course for a landmark win over Cork in the second half as they led by 2-12 to 0-9. But after Sinead Aherne popped over a point to put the Sky Blues nine points in front, they would not score again for the remainder of the game.

Instead, All-Ireland champions Cork ran riot with a run of 1-10 without reply in the final twenty minutes to clinch a sensational four-point win. This was another bitter defeat for Dublin at the hands of Cork, and reminiscent of the 2011 quarter-final meeting between the sides at the same venue, St Brendan’s Park in Birr. Two years ago, Cork came with a run of seven unanswered points to edge past their big city rivals but this latest comeback was even more noteworthy because the Leesiders looked dead and buried in the second half. Dublin were rampant against a Cork side that had lost twice to Kerry in the Munster championship, before stuttering past Armagh in the qualifiers.

But Dublin, who had not played a competitive game since the Leinster final six weeks previously, ran out of steam as Cork came on strong. Powered forward by player of the match Juliet Murphy, the beaten Munster finalists grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. Points from top scorer Valerie Mulcahy, hard-working forward Nollaig Cleary and Murphy got the ball rolling for Cork before sub Rhona Ní Bhuachalla banged home a 44th minute goal to put the cat among the pigeons.

Two further points from Mulcahy (one free) and Nollaig Cleary hauled Cork level at 1-15 to 2-12 and all of the momentum was with them at the Offaly venue. Cork, winners of seven of the last eight All-Ireland titles, sensed Dublin’s vulnerability and kicked for home with further points from Mulcahy, magnificent wing-back Geraldine O’Flynn, Mulcahy again and Ciara O’Sullivan. And Dublin were left to reflect on another heartbreaking reverse against Cork. It had all looked so good for Paul Gilheaney’s charges as the 15-8 pre-match underdogs led by 1-8 to 0-7 at half-time.

Lindsey Davey scored the tenth minute goal and when opposite corner forward Lindsey Peat netted five minutes after half-time, it all looked so good for Dublin. But Cork are not champions for nothing and surely this victory ranks up there with some of the finest performances produced during Ryan’s glory-filled reign.

Cork: M O’Brien; A.M. Walsh, B Stack, D O’Reilly; B Corkery, R Buckley, G O’Flynn; J Murphy, Angela Walsh; N Cleary, C O’Sullivan, Annie Walsh; V Mulcahy, D O’Sullivan, O Finn.

Subs: R Ní Bhuachalla for Finn (h.t.), O Farmer for Annie Walsh (HT), A Barrett for A.M. Walsh (53).

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 0-8 (5f), R Ní Bhuachalla 1-0, D O’Sullivan 0-3, N Cleary 0-3, G O’Flynn 0-2 (1f), C O’Sullivan 0-2, J Murphy 0-1.

Dublin: C O’Connor; C Ruddy, S McGrath, L Caffrey; M Byrne, S Goldrick, S Finnegan; D Masterson, N McEvoy; K Flood, A McGuinness, N Healy; L Peat, S Aherne, L Davey.

Subs: N Hyland for Flood (44), O Egan for Masterson (48), E Kelly for Peat (54), D Murphy for McEvoy (54), C Ruddy for Healy (57).

Scorers for Dublin: S Aherne 0-7 (5f), L Davey & L Peat 1-0 each, N Healy 0-2, A McGuinness, N McEvoy & S Goldrick 0-1 each.

Match Preview

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final preview

Compiled by Jackie Cahill

Cork v Dublin – St Brendan’s Park, Birr – 2.15pm.

CORK and Dublin meet again in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-finals, following a titanic tussle in 2011. Dublin were All-Ireland champions then but Cork came with a run of seven unanswered points to claim a 2-14 to 3-10 victory.

Dublin haven’t forgotten that defeat and the two sides return to the same venue, St Brendan’s Park in Birr, for an intriguing rematch this afternoon. Dublin appear more settled after a difficult 2012 campaign and the vibes coming from their camp suggest that they are ready. The worry from a Dublin perspective is that they haven’t had a game for six weeks but Cork have already lost to Kerry twice in the championship and the Rebelettes stuttered past Armagh last time out. Extra-time could be needed to separate the big city rivals but the Sky Blues get a tentative nod to end Cork’s reign as champions.

Betting: Cork 1/2 Draw 9/1 Dublin 15/8

Verdict: Dublin

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi Final – Limerick 2-10 Meath 0-8

Limerick defeated Meath by 2-10 to 0-8 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi Final on Saturday August 24th at Banagher.

Limerick will play Galway in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland intermediate camogie final in three weeks. Limerick, who won the Division 2 league title earlier this year, were made to work extremely hard by last year’s premier junior champions Meath before coming out on top by 2-10 to 0-8. They led by 0-8 to 0-2 at half time but Meath threw everything at the Treatywomen after the resumption and it needed two second half goals from dual star Dymphna O’Brien to shake off their dogged opponents. Niamh Mulcahy, Mary O’Callaghan and Caoimhe Costello helped them keep their noses in front.

Fixture Details

Saturday 24th August 2013

Liberty Insurance Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi Finals

Limerick v Meath

Referee – Aiden O Brien

Banagher 13:00

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi Final – Galway 1-15 Waterford 1-7

Galway defeated Waterford by 1-15 to 1-7 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi Final on Saturday August 24th at The Ragg.

The westerners always held the upper hand, particularly after a whirlwind start that saw them go 1-3 to 0-0 ahead after just seven minutes. Orla McGrath struck for the goal in the fifth minute, finishing a fine move, with Aoife Callanan, Aoife Donohoe and Finola Keely scoring the points. Waterford got on top in the middle third in the second quarter and were just 1-6 to 0-6 in arrears at the interval, thanks to scores from Karen Klly, Nicola Morrissey, Trish Jackman and Zoe O’Donoghue, who saw her blockbuster tipped over by Róisín Callanan from point-blank range. Galway resumed control in the second half though, despite Kelly’s goal from a 40-yard free. Points from Keely, McGrath, Dee Burke and Rebecca Hennelly saw them home.

Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Clare 1-16 Galway 0-7

Clare defeated Galway by 1-16 to 0-7 in the Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 24th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Clare’s golden generation drive on

Clare 1-16 Galway 0-07

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

With four starters from the senior team that qualified with the All-Ireland final Sunday week ago, and another eight from the panel, it was the turn of their U21s to show their class with a quality performance against Galway. Great times then for the Banner County, times to be savoured says joint manager Donal Moloney. “It may never happen again in our lifetime,” he said. “We don’t have massive resources to maintain an effort like this all the time. People look at the quality of that team today. “It’s not as if we have a conveyor belt of the same quality coming through. We should enjoy this while we have it and we should savour it. We have the All-Ireland senior final in two weeks and we should make the most of it because it might not break like this again. We have to absolutely make the most of this wonderful opportunity.”

They made the most of Saturday’s opportunity, though it did take them until the second half to do so. They had problems with Galway, yes, but more especially they had problems with their shooting, hitting eight first-half wides. The Tribesmen were faring even worse though with just three points from 10 shots on goal to trail at the break by two, 0-5 to 0-3. None of the senior stars shone in this period, full-back McInerney making the most positive impression but he was the one caught for all three Galway points, two by full-forward Cathal Mannion, the third from Conor Cooney after he had been switched to the edge of the square. Midfielders Galvin and Kelly were almost anonymous but Podge did score a fine point.

The second half however was a different game. The Clare machine — with the seniors beginning to find their mojo — clicking smoothly through gears the young Galwegians didn’t have. It began with a let-off, Galway corner-forward through on goal just three minutes after the restart but booting wide from close range. As good teams tend to do, Clare took full advantage and just a minute later diminutive corner-forward Cathal O’Connell pounced on the break of a Stephen O’Halloran centre to goal from close range.

“When you have the likes of Tots [O’Connell] and Shane O’Donnell and Davy O’Halloran and these guys, if something breaks, they’ll punish it,” said Donal. “It was a fortunate enough break for Tots, from where I saw it, fell beautifully for him, but he had a great game today, delighted with how he finished it.” From there Clare drove on, their power, pace and precision simply too much for Galway. They added 11 points, all six forwards getting in on the act, sub Cathal Malone notching two absolute beauties.

At the other end the defence too was on top, the full-back trio of captain Paul Flanagan, McInerney and Jack Browne outstanding, centre-back Alan O’Neill a tower of strength with the pacy Seadna Morey racing forward for a dashing point, Stephen O’Halloran also winning his personal battle. All in all, an impressive win, so comfortable that Moloney and co-manager Gerry O’Connor could afford the luxury of replacing their senior starters before the end.

“We’re trying to play a certain style that suits the way they’ve trained for the past two or three years. We’re trying to use the ball and the guys have great athleticism and are able to find each other. They love playing it and we’re playing to their strengths. Passes will be intercepted and balls will be intercepted but when it does work it is quite effective. Those guys are going day-in, day-out, you can’t expect them to hit 100% performance for 60 or 70 minutes every day; in Croke Park last week, again today. It’s not always possible. For some of the guys, particularly for Tony, Colm and Podge, they were really focused on today and on beating Galway. “That will help them in two weeks, going into the All-Ireland [senior] final.”

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell (1-6, 5fs), D O’Halloran (0-3), P Collins, C Malone (0-2 each), S O’Donnell, P Duggan, S Morey (0-1 each). Scorers for Galway: C Cooney (1f); C Mannion (0-3 each); S Maloney (0-1).

CLARE: R Taaffe; P Flanagan (c), D McInerney, J Browne; S Morey, A O’Neill, S O’Halloran; C Galvin, T Kelly; P Duggan, P Collins, S O’Donnell; C O’Connell, A Cunningham, D O’Halloran. Subs for Clare: C Malone for Cunningham (30+2), D Keane for O’Donnell (47), M O’Neill for Collins (51), J Shanahan for Galvin (55), E Boyce for Kelly (55).

GALWAY: S Mannion; P Killeen, J Hanbury, B Keane; P Huban (c), D Burke, M Keating; A Touhy, P Claffey; T Flynn, C Cooney, J Glynn; P Brehony, C Mannion, J Flynn. Subs for Galway: C Keane for T Flynn (38), S Maloney for J Flynn (48), S Sweeney for Claffey (54), J Carr for C Mannion (57).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

 

Under 21s: Clare 1-16 Galway 0-07

Report from the RTE GAA web site

Clare have beaten Galway by 12 points, 1-16 to 0-07, in this evening’s Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 Hurling Championship semi-final. But the sight of forward Aaron Cunningham limping off with an injury in first-half stoppage time cast a shadow over an impressive win. Cunningham appeared to sustain a hamstring tear and must now be rated as a serious doubt for Clare’s two forthcoming All-Ireland finals – the senior clash with Cork on 8 September, followed by the U21 decider with Antrim six days later. Cunningham’s injury was confirmed by Clare’s joint-manager Donal Moloney when he spoke to reporters shortly after the final whistle.

Moloney and sidekick Gerry O’Connor used their bench well in the second half, with other senior players Shane O’Donnell, Podge Collins, Colm Galvin and Tony Kelly withdrawn with the game in the bag. Clare had little trouble overcoming a disappointing Galway side, playing in the U21 championship for the first time this summer. Their lack of cohesion was obvious as Clare, with 12 senior panellists in their ranks, took full advantage. David McInerney, Galvin, Kelly and Collins all started against Limerick in last Sunday’s semi-final at Croke Park.

And there was a real slickness about this evening’s display, in front of 6,238 spectators at Semple Stadium. The scene is now set for potentially the greatest week in the history of Clare hurling, if their senior and U21 teams can bring home two pots to the Banner County. At half-time, Clare led by 0-05 to 0-03 before leading scorer Cathal O’Connell scored the 34th minute goal that ended this fixture as a contest.

In that first half, Clare registered eight first half wides, with Galway racking up seven of their own. A goal was always going to be crucial and once Clare got it, they pulled away to record a big win.

Galway can consider themselves fortunate, too, to have finished the game with 14 players. Full-forward Cathal Mannion flicked the side of David McInerney’s head in the 14th minute but referee Diarmuid Kirwan opted for just a yellow card. Galway Jason Flynn booted a shot wide early in the second half and that miss proved costly as Collins made no mistake at the other end. And the winners received another boost a couple of minutes later when Shane O’Donnell’s ‘point’, which was clearly wide, was allowed to stand.

Clare: R Taafe; P Flanagan, D McInerney, J Browne; S Morey (0-01), A O’Neill, S O’Halloran; C Galvin, T Kelly; P Duggan (0-01), P Collins (0-02), S O’Donnell (0-01); C O’Connell (1-06, 0-05f), A Cunningham, D O’Halloran (0-03).

Subs: C Malone (0-02) for Cunningham (30+2), D Keane for O’Donnell (47), M O’Neill for Collins (51), J Shanahan for Galvin (55), E Boyce for Kelly (55).

Galway: S Mannion; P Killeen, J Hanbury, B Keane; P Huban, D Burke, M Keating; A Tuohy, P Claffey; T Flynn, C Cooney (0-03, 1f), J Glynn; P Brehony, C Mannion (0-03), J Flynn.

Subs: C Keane for Flynn (38), S Maloney (0-01) for Flynn (48), S Sweeney for Claffey (54), J Carr for C Mannion (57).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

Fixture Details

24.08.2013 (Sat)

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 Championship Semi Final

Semple Stadium Thurles 18:00

Gaillimh v An Clár

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Corcaigh)

(E.T. if Necessary)

Match Coverage

This game will take place on TG4

Team News

CLARE: Ronan Taaffe (Tubber); Paul Flanagan (Ballyea), David McInerney (Tulla), Jack Browne (Ballyea); Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge), Alan O’Neill (St. Josephs Doora Barefield), Stephen O’Halloran (Clarecastle); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), Tony Kelly (Ballyea); Peter Duggan (Clooney Quin), Padraic Collins (Cratloe), Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones); Shane O’Donnell (Eire Og), David O’Halloran (Eire Og), Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara).

GALWAY: Shane Mannion (Clarinbridge); Paul Killeen (Tynagh Abbey Duniry), John Hanbury (Rahoon Newcastle), Barry Keane (Clarinbridge); Paul Huban (Loughrea), Darragh Burke (St Thomas), Matthew Keating (Turloughmore); Adrian Tuohy (Beagh), Paul Claffey (Cappataggle); Thomas Flynn (Athenry), Conor Cooney (St Thomas), Jonathan Glynn (Ardrahan); Padraig Brehony (Tynagh Abbey Duniry), Cathal Mannion (Ahasrcragh Fohenagh), Jason Flynn (Tommie Larkins)

Match Preview

Galway v Clare, Semple Stadium, 6pm (Live on TG4)

It’s a special time to be a Clare hurler, and for the considerable contingent of senior players still eligible for the U21 grade, this is truly a remarkable time. For the likes of Shane O’Donnell, Tony Kelly, David McInerney, Podge Collins, Colm Galvin and Seadna Morey, the next few weeks could be the most remarkable of their sporting lives. They take on Galway in the Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 Hurling Championship semi-final on Saturday, and on September 8, they will all be heavily involved when Clare take on Cork in the All-Ireland senior hurling final.

Should the U21s beat Galway this Saturday, then on the Saturday after the All-Ireland senior final, they will have another All-Ireland final to play in – the U21 decider against either Wexford or Antrim. It’s an incredible situation, and one that must be hard for some of the players to get their heads around. But that is the lie of the land at the moment in Clare. They simply have a remarkable crop of young hurlers coming through, most of whom have already made a considerable mark at both senior and U21 level. They are the reigning All-Ireland U21 champions, added a second Munster U21 crown in a row earlier this season, and many of them have dazzled in the Clare senior team’s spectacular run to the All-Ireland final this year.

With such blockbuster days coming up for this young group of players, the natural tendency might be for senior boss Davy Fitzgerald to insulate those playing on both teams as much as possible, and preserve them for the September 8 date. However, he said after the All-Ireland semi-final win over Limerick that he would not be interfering with the U21 players in any way. “I want them to go out and do their very best,” he insisted. “The 21s deserve a fair crack of the whip and that was our approach after the quarter-final. We’ll be releasing them to the U21s straightaway this week; they’ll work with the 21s all week. They will not come near us so they won’t. “They deserve to play in their own age group. That’s my belief and that’s my feeling. I’ll be asking them to focus completely on that because I think they have to focus on that. We actually have 14 of them training with us since last November.”

So far, the double jobbing of Kelly et al has not affected the U21 team’s performances. They were excellent in their defence of the Munster crown, recording a solid 2-15 to 0-17 win over a talented young Waterford side in the semi-final, before a 1-17 to 2-10 win over Tipperary in the Munster final. But for all the armoury that Clare possess, their U21 opponents on Saturday, Galway, will not fear them. In fact, it is doubtful if Galway teams ever fear anyone at U21 or minor level, such is their mastery of the grades. Galway have won three U21 All-Ireland titles in the last eight seasons so they are not strangers to success at this level.

However, when one considers that this will be the Tribesmen’s first match in the U21 competition in 2013, it immediately points to the scale of the challenge facing them against Clare. The lack of a Connacht U21 Championship means Galway enter the All-Ireland at the semi-final stage, unlike the Munster or Leinster teams, who have come through highly competitive provincial championships to get this far.

The two most potent forces for Galway are senior players Jonathan Glynn and Conor Cooney. Sharpshooter Cooney starred in St. Thomas’ march to the All-Ireland club title earlier this season, while Ardrahan man Glynn brings a considerable physical presence to bear, and he featured prominently for Anthony Cunningham’s senior side in the championship this season. While much will be expected of that pair, who both line out in the half-forward line, the challenge is for Galway as a whole to rise to the occasion and make up for their lack of match practice as best they can. They are managed by Johnny Kelly, with Tony Keady and Dinny Cahill also on board and they have named their team for Saturday. Cooney’s fellow St. Thomas’ man Darragh Burke is at centre-half-back while the side is captained by Paul Huban at right-half-back. Cooney is on the forty, with Glynn to his left.

All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final – Cork 0-13 Kildare 1-7

Cork defeated Kildare by 0-13 to 1-7 in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final on Saturday August 24th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Rebels strike again

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 0-13 Kildare 1-07

With 16 All-Ireland junior football titles before Saturday, and one every second year since 2005, it might come as no surprise to see Cork add another by beating Kildare in the Gaelic Grounds. This was no procession, however, not even with the aid of a dominant first half which saw them lead by 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time. A spirited second-half revival from Kildare, buttressed by a goal from Keith Cribbin, had them level with 10 minutes left as Cork laboured.

Crucially, though, the Lilywhites never hit the front, and Cork did enough in the closing stages, with Cathal Vaughan, Ruairí Deane and Kevin O’Driscoll hitting late points. Cork go further clear on the roll of honour, but manager Paul McCarthy expected a tough challenge after needing extra-time against the same opponents in the 2011 final. “Two years ago, we were seven points down quite early in the game,” he said, “and our mantra for the last few weeks was that we’d be the team taking the initiative. “We knew Kildare wouldn’t give up, they have big strong players and they just battle and battle. We probably had the players who were able to take the points whereas they lacked that a little bit.”

In the first half, that difference was magnified as five of the starting Cork forwards scored from play, despite Kildare playing a sweeper. Former senior Fiachra Lynch conducted operations from full-forward, scoring two fine efforts and being involved in the build-up play for three more. Wing-forward Colm O’Driscoll was a live wire and Cathal Vaughan impressed from play and frees, with Micheál Ó Laoire and Deane going well at midfield. At times, Cork’s defence looked vulnerable, but Kildare never did enough to fully test that, as Ciarán Fitzpatrick and Cathal McNally only saw glimpses of goal with half-chances.

Turning with a 0-9 to 0-3 deficit, Kildare opened the second-half scoring through Cian Bolton, but Vaughan answered that with a Cork free and matters looked set to follow a similar pattern to the first half. Seven minutes in, Kildare gave themselves a huge boost as Cribbin found the net, but it was not without assistance from their opponents. After Cork gave the ball away cheaply, Cribbin’s point attempt was deflected and when the danger was not sufficiently dealt with, the midfielder was on hand to net from close range.

When Hughie Mahon and then captain Séamus Hanafin added further Kildare points, Cork were up against it, and an anxiety had slipped into their play. Mahon, after a nice one-two with sub Gavin Farrell, then tied matters at 0-10 to 1-7 and with 10 minutes left it was anybody’s game. That Vaughan immediately put Cork back in front was key, and then Deane – after a good run – provided breathing space.

Kildare mounted one last attack as they searched for a winning goal, but Cork broke and Kevin O’Driscoll concluded matters with this second point, leaving McCarthy delighted. “We were never led at any stage,” he said. “We had six of the 2011 team and a lot have played in All-Ireland latter stages at various levels. They drew on that experience. “One other small simple matter is that they’re damn good footballers when it comes to it as well.”

Scorers for Cork: C Vaughan (0-5, 3f), K O’Driscoll, F Lynch (0-2 each), R Deane, M Ó Laoire, A O’Brien, C O’Driscoll (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kildare: H Mahon (0-3), K Cribbin (1-0), C Bolton (0-2, 1f), S Hanafin (f), P Mahon, C McNally (0-1 each).

CORK: D Hanrahan; AJ O’Connor, E O’Mahony, K Harrington; Richard O’Sullivan, Rory O’Sullivan, S Kiely; R Deane, M Ó Laoire; C Vaughan, A O’Brien, C O’Driscoll; K O’Driscoll, F Lynch, D Harrington.

Subs: P Daly for O’Mahony (32-33, blood sub), Daly for Rory O’Sullivan (43), M Vaughan for Harrington (45), E Buckley for O’Brien (59).

KILDARE: C Heneghan; J O’Connor, W Burke, P Warren; D Barker, C Fitzpatrick, C O’Shea; K Cribbin, S Darcy; C Fagan, S Hanafin, H Mahon; P Mahon, C Bolton, C McNally.

Subs: G Waters for Warren (35), G Farrell for Darcy (41), D Grehan for P Mahon (55), D Duke for H Mahon (60).

Referee: G McCormack (Dublin)

 

Cork hold off Kildare fightback to take All-Ireland junior football title

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

Cork 0-13 Kildare 1-7: Cork had a big scare on their way to winning the All Ireland junior football championship for the 17th time at Limerick on Saturday. They totally dominated the first half against Kildare but then had to battle hard to win back the title they last held two years ago when it took extra time to see off Kildare. Six of that winning side started again this time for Cork who made a brisk start with points by Colm O’Driscoll (2) and Andrew O’Brien before Seamus Hanafin had Kildare’s first score after 13 minutes. By half time Cork were six points clear, 0-9 to 0-3, and while Kildare wasted two goal chances they were outclassed in that 30 minutes.

But it was a different matter subsequently and when Keith Cribben smashed home a Kildare goal after 37 minutes it was very much game on. It was all Kildare in the third quarter with Cork being able to manage only a single point from a free by Cathal Vaughan. When Kildare levelled with ten minutes remaining they looked on course for their first win in this grade. But 11 second half wides did not help their cause and in the last ten minutes Cork regained the iniative thanks to points by Vaughan, midfielder Ruairi Deane and Kevin O’Driscoll to seal the win.

CORK: D Hanrahan; AJ O’Connor, E O’Mahony, K Harrington; Richard O’Sullivan, Rory O’Sullivan , S Kiely; R Deane (0-1), M O’Leary (0-1); C Vaughan (0-5, 0-3 frees), A O’Brien (0-1), C O’Driscoll (0-2); K O’Driscoll (0-2), F Lynch (0-1), D Harrington. Subs: P Daly for Rory O’Sullivan (42 mins), M Vaughan for (44 mins), E Buckley for O’Brien (59 mins),

KILDARE: C Heneghan; J O’Connor, W Burke, P Warren; D Barker, C Fitzpatrick, C O’Shea; K Cribben (1-0), S Darcy; H Mahon (0-2), S Hanafin (0-2, 0-1 free), C Fagan; P Mahon (0-1) , C Bolton (0-2, 0-1 free), C McNally. Subs: G Walters for Warren (36 mins), G Farrell for Darcy (40 mins), D Grehan for P Mahon (54 mins), D Duke for H Mahon (59 mins), M French for Hanafin (60 mins).

Referee: G McCormack (Dublin).

 

Cork 0-13 Kildare 1-7

Report from the Cork GAA web site

Cork lived dangerously for much of the second half, but a strong first half performance was enough to earn them a seventeenth title at this level at the Gaelic Grounds this evening. Colm O’Driscoll opened the scoring after three minutes, and Cork led by three points before Kildare got their first on the board, and the Rebels dominated the first half to lead by 0-9 to 0-3 at half time. However, Kildare got off to a much better start in the second half, and a goal after six minutes brought them right back into contention. They continued the fightback to level the game at 0-10 to 1-7, before top scorer Cathal Vaughan edged Cork back in front. The final minutes were nervy ones for Cork, but points from Ruairi Deane and Kevin O’Driscoll sealed the win.

Well done to all involved!

Cork: David Hanrahan, AJ O’Connor, Eoin O’Mahony, Kevin Harrington, Richard O’Sullivan, Rory O’Sullivan, Seán Kiely, Ruairi Deane (0-1), Micheál O Laoire (0-1), Cathal Vaughan(0-5, 0-2f), Andrew O’Brien(0-1), Colm O’Driscoll (0-1), Kevin O’Driscoll (0-2), Fiachra Lynch (0-2), David Harrington.

Subs: Peter Daly for O’Sullivan (42′), Michael Vaughan for D. Harrington (44′), Eoghan Buckley for O’Brien (58′)

Fixture Details

GAA Football All Ireland Junior Championship Final

Gaelic Grounds Limerick 18:00

Cill Dara v Corcaigh

Referee: Gary McCormack (Áth Cliath)

(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Cork Junior Football team to play Kildare in the All-Ireland Final on Saturday at 6pm in Limerick will line out as follows:

1. David Hanrahan

2. A.J. O Connor 3. Eoin O’Mahony 4. Kevin Harrington

5. Richard O’Sullivan 6. Rory O’Sullivan 7. Sean Kiely

8. Ruairi Deane 9. Michael Ó Laoire

10. Cathal Vaughan 11. Andrew O’Brien 12. Colm O’Driscoll

13. Kevin O’Driscoll 14. Fiachra Lynch 15. David Harrington

16. Sean Mellett Carrigaline

17. Niall McCarthy Kinsale

18. Peter Daly St. Mary’s

19. John Cronin Lisgoold

20. Kevin Barrett Kilmurry

21. Seamus Hickey Rockchapel

22. Eoghan Buckley St. Michaels

23. Michael Vaughan Millstreet

24. Mark Sugrue Bandon

The team shows one change from that which defeated Lancashire in the semi-final, with David Harrington replacing Michael Vaughan.