GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final – Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11

McManamon returns to haunt Kingdom

Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11

By John Fogarty GAA Correspondent for the Irish Examiner newspaper

In the end, it was inevitable. The portents were all there as the sides gushed four first-half goals and swapped the lead six times: Kerry just don’t win Croke Park classics. Go on, look back over the years. You’ll struggle to find a game where they came out on top of an epic. Armagh in 2006? Good but not great. Go fish and keep fishing. This will rank up there with the best ever seen but that will provide cold comfort for Eamonn Fitzmaurice after his side endured a lot longer of this semi-final than they had been expected to.

Had Declan O’Sullivan not shot wide in the final minute of normal time, Kerry might have had something to protect. Instead, as they went in hunt of a lead and pushed up only for Michael Darragh Macauley’s fingertips to unlock their entire defence following a midfield mix-up which prompted Kevin McManamon to don his super sub cap once more. The 2011 All-Ireland final goal hero was again the personification of composure as he deftly lifted a left-footed shot over the advancing Brendan Kealy and provoked an almighty crescendo of celebration among most of the 81,553 in attendance.

Kerry right there and then were beaten but Dublin weren’t convinced. Diarmuid Connolly followed up with a point and then Eoghan O’Gara cracked a shot off the bar and across the line although Dean Rock was on hand to ensure it crossed the whitewash. It was the second seven-point win for Dublin this Championship but like the Leinster final win over Meath it was a misleading margin. On paper, the difference between the counties might deceive those who review its attributes in future but it was a blockbuster in every sense.

Stephen Cluxton, who remains the leading All Star contender for goalkeeper, was forced to pick the ball out of his Hill 16 net three times in the first 20 minutes. Jim Gavin was that spooked he called ashore two of his defenders by the start of the second half and yet they were just two behind at the break, 3-5 to 1-9. Against Kildare, Dublin had shown an ability to absorb a shock to the system. Here they were confronted with three and each time they came back.

But what was most impressive was their speed of recovery. After James O’Donoghue tidily finished a dazzling move involving Colm Cooper and Donnchadh Walsh in the seventh minute and then Walsh beat Cluxton after being spotted all alone by Cooper five minutes later, Dublin were trailing by five. In just four minutes, they were a point ahead as they reeled off 1-3 without reply. Shane Enright was all at sea when Paul Mannion rose to direct a Connolly ball past Kealy with a perfectly-timed palmed effort. Cluxton followed that up with a free and then Bernard Brogan, showing a marked return to scoring form, added one from play and a free.

Cooper, thriving at centre-forward, landed a close-range right-footed point to level it in the 18th minute before Walsh, a real nuisance for Jack McCaffrey, was brought down by Cluxton for a penalty. O’Donoghue’s shot was true and good but Dublin were back up and running with scores from substitute Philly McMahon and Cian O’Sullivan. Cooper and O’Donoghue were on the mark once more to push Kerry out to three ahead but Ciarán Kilkenny, who was dutifully shadowed by Fionn Fitzgerald before being replaced in the 43rd minute, was the final scorer of the half.

As if sensing Kerry wanted to make the most of the first half, the period where they had been so potent in previous games, Dublin pushed 13 men behind the ball in the final six minutes of the half. With Denis Bastick on for an out-of-sorts Ger Brennan and O’Sullivan switching to defence, Dublin were more adventurous following the interval as much as Kerry had to make do with a Paul Galvin point when a slight Darran O’Sullivan mistake foiled a goal chance. Galvin’s second score in the 44th minute stretched Kerry’s advantage to four but Dean Rock was the first off the mark in a purple patch that amounted to five Dublin points without reply in as many minutes.

With Kerry struggling on their kick-out, Dublin even managed to squeeze in a goal chance although Kealy was level to Brogan’s shot. Dublin were blessed, though, when Jonny Cooper escaped a second yellow card in the 56th minute when he upended his namesake Colm with a trip. The Kerryman then dusted himself off to convert the free but Rock, who had scored two points in all of his previous four Championship games coming off the bench, stayed true to form on the hour mark.

Kerry, with scores from O’Donoghue and Declan O’Sullivan in the space of a minute, went ahead for a third time with seven minutes left. But with more than a shade of 2011 their lead was a bar of soap. Connolly, even though Cluxton had advanced up some of the field to take it, coolly booted over a free after Andrews had been felled by Jack Sherwood. McManamon then took his cue. As a heartbreaker for Kerry and hero for Dublin, he may be typecast but there are worse pigeon holes.

Scorers for Dublin: B Brogan (0-6, 2fs), D Connolly (0-4, 1f), P Mannion, K McManamon, E O’Gara (1-0 each), D Rock (0-2), MD Macauley, S Cluxton (free), P McMahon, C O’Sullivan, C Kilkenny, P Andrews (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue (2-3, 1-0 pen), C Cooper (0-4, 2 fs), D Walsh (1-0), P Galvin (0-2), Declan O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

DUBLIN: S Cluxton; K O’Brien, R O’Carroll, J Cooper; J McCarthy, G Brennan, J McCaffrey; MD Macauley, C O’Sullivan; P Flynn, C Kilkenny, D Connolly; P Mannion, P Andrews, J O’Donoghue. Subs for Dublin: P McMahon for K O’Brien (17), D Bastick for G Brennan (ht), D Rock for C Kilkenny (43), E O’Gara for P Mannion (60), K McManamon for B Brogan (65).

KERRY: B Kealey; M Ó Sé, M Griffin, S Enright; T Ó Sé, F Fitzgerald, P Crowley; A Maher, J Buckley; D Walsh, C Copper, P Galvin; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, J O’Donoghue. Subs for Kerry: E Brosnan for M Griffin (blood 49-50), D Moran for J Buckley (50), E Brosnan for S Enright (52), K Donaghy for P Galvin (53), A O’Mahony for M Griffin (62).

Red card: A Maher (70+2, second yellow).

Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath)


Dublin into final after Kerry thriller

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GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final: Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11

Dublin will play Mayo in the All-Ireland football final on September 22 after they defeated Kerry in an amazing semi-final on Sunday. Three first-half Kerry goals had stunned Dublin, and the Kingdom lead by two at the break. Dublin came storming back in the third quarter to move into the lead, but Kerry went back in front as the game entered the last five minutes. However, Dublin finished brilliantly, and in a finale incredibly reminiscent of the 2011 All-Ireland football final, Kevin McManamon came off the bench to hit the crucial goal with time almost up.

Kerry had no answer to that score, and as chaos reigned in the closing moments, Anthony Maher was sent off for Kerry. Dean Rock completed the game’s scoring with a goal with the last kick of the game to leave seven in it at the end, and Dublin marched on. It was a finish becoming of a truly remarkable game. Kerry had put up a great challenge to Dublin, and Colm Cooper and James O’Donoghue gave outstanding displays up front for the Kingdom. Cooper pulled the strings throughout, and he set up Kerry’s first two goals with pinpoint passes, while O’Donoghue was electric in front of the posts and finished with 2-3.

However, Dublin’s third quarter display put them into the ascendancy, and although the game was still very much in the balance in the final few minutes, Dublin’s extra energy proved significant. McManamon’s goal came about after he burst onto a break around the middle, but he showed great courage to go for the jugular and have an effort at goal, when it would have been much easier to take a point. The score at the end of the first-half was Kerry 3-5 Dublin 1-9. It was an incredible opening 35 minutes of football, and it’s hard to know where to begin in terms of summarising.

Dublin took an early 0-3 to 0-1 lead, but Cooper’s brilliance soon cut Dublin open. The first Kerry goal stunned Dublin, and Cooper created it. He sold a dummy, and played a clever pass inside to Donnchadh Walsh. Walsh flicked to O’Donoghue, whose low finish to the net past Cluxton was sublime. That made it 1-1 to 0-3, and it wasn’t long before Kerry had their second goal. Again, Cooper was at its heart. Kerry worked the ball across the field with a few clever passes, and Cooper eventually had the vision to pick out Walsh, who was free inside.

Walsh showed great composure to slip the ball under Cluxton, and Kerry lead 2-2 to 0-3 with 13 minutes played. However, the drama continued as Dublin found the net themselves just seconds after Walsh’s strike. A long ball inside from Diarmuid Connolly was flicked to the net by Paul Mannion, and when that score was followed by points from Cluxton (free) and Bernard Brogan, the sides were level.

Incredibly, Kerry found the net for a third time a few minutes later. O’Donoghue’s effort hit the post and fell to Walsh, who was clearly fouled close to goal by Cluxton. O’Donoghue, who was electric in the first half, sent the Parnells man the wrong way with the kick, and it was 3-4 to 1-8. The frenetic pace finally dipped in the closing stages of the half, and O’Donoghoe and Ciarán Kilkenny traded scores to leave it at 3-5 to 1-9 at the break. Kerry started the second half well, with Paul Galvin’s point putting them three ahead, but Dublin emerged one point ahead, 1-15 to 3-8, at the of a third quarter in which their pace and power overcame Kerry.

Points from Brogan (2), Dean Rock and Paddy Andrews had Dublin a point clear, but just when it looked as though Kerry were fading out of the game, they regained the lead through points from Cooper (free) and Darran O’Sullivan. Dublin levelled when Connolly nervelessly stroked over a free from a tight angle, and then, McManamon’s entrance reminded everyone of his cameo in September 2011, when he burst through the middle to find the net and change the course of the game.

Following Connolly’s free the sides were level, and a Cluxton kick-out looked like it would reach Kerry hands. However, the ball broke to McManamon around the middle, and he found himself with a clean run on goal as Kerry had a huge amount of players pushed up the field. McManamon raced in on goals and despite having options to his right and left, he went for goal himself. Whether his shot was definitely aimed at the net, or if it was a miscued effort at a dinked point, it sailed over Brendan Kealy’s head, dipped under the bar and into the right hand top corner.

Kerry had no answer. Connolly’s point and Rock’s goal gave Dublin a seven-point win. The margin was not reflective of an epic, highly competitive game of football but it did say plenty about Dublin’s immense fitness and energy, and their ability to provide a compelling challenge for the full 70 plus minutes.


Scorers for Dublin: B Brogan 0-6 (2f), D Rock 1-2, D Connolly 0-4 (1f), K McManamon 1-0, P Mannion 1-0, MD Macauley 0-1, S Cluxton 0-1 (1f), P McMahon 0-1, C O’Sullivan 0-1, C Kilkenny 0-1, P Andrews 0-1

Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue 2-3 (1 pen), C Cooper 0-4 (2f), D Walsh 1-0, P Galvin 0-2, Declan O’Sullivan 0-1, Darran O’Sullivan 0-1

Kerry: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, M Griffin, S Enright; T Ó Sé, P Crowley, F Fitzgerald; A Maher, J Buckley; P Galvin, C Cooper, D Walsh; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, J O’Donoghue. Subs: E Brosnan for M Griffin (Temporary, 49-51), D Moran for J Buckley (50), E Brosnan for S Enright (52), K Donaghy for P Galvin (53), A O’Mahony for M Griffin (62), J Sherwood for P Crowley (66).

Dublin: S Cluxton; K O’Brien, R O’Carroll, J Cooper; J McCarthy, G Brennan, J McCaffrey; MD Macauley, C O’Sullivan; P Flynn, C Kilkenny, D Connolly; P Mannion, P Andrews, B Brogan. Subs: P McMahon for K O’Brien (18), D Bastick for G Brennan (HT), D Rock for C Kilkenny (43), E O’Gara for P Mannion (60), K McManamon for B Brogan (65)

Attendance: 81,553

Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath)

Fixture Details

01.09.2013 (Sun)

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final

Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:30

Áth Cliath v Ciarraí

Referee: Cormac Reilly (An Mhí)

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on RTE

Team News

DUBLIN (SF V Kerry) – Stephen Cluxton (Parnell’s); Kevin O’Brien Naomh (Mearnóg), Rory O’Carroll (Kilmacud Crokes), Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna); James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams), Ger Brennan (St Vincent’s), Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf); Michael Darragh Macauley (Ballyboden St Enda’s), Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes); Paul Flynn (Fingallians), Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock), Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincent’s); Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes), Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s), Bernard Brogan (St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh)

Kerry Team Vs Dublin GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Dublin in the GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final in Croke Park on Sunday shows three changes from the side that started the Quarter Final against Cavan. Mark Griffin comes into the defence for the injured Killian Young, Anthony Maher, a late withdrawal in the Quarter final, returns in place of David Moran at midfield and James O’Donoghue returns to the full forward line after injury in place of Kieran Donaghy. Both Bryan Sheehan and Aidan O’Mahony, who had been on the injured list, are named among the substitutes.

The team will lineout as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore

4. Shane Enright Tarbert

5. Tomás Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

6. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers

7. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes

8. Anthony Maher Duagh

9. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes

10. Paul Galvin Finuge

11. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes (Capt)

12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane

13. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh/Glencar

14. Declan O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses

15. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion


16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion

17. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks

18. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys

19. Eoin Brosnan Dr Crokes

20. Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes

21. Jack Sherwood Firies

22. Bryan Sheehan St Marys

23. Patrick Curtin Moyvane

24. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore

25. Michael Geaney Dingle

26. Paul Geaney Dingle


Panel members also travelling:

27. Brian McGuire Listowel Emmets

28. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion

29. James Walsh Knocknagoshel

30. Michael O’Donoghue Spa

The following players are unavailable for Selection due to injury:

Killian Young Renard

Additional Players not in the match day squad:

Stephen O’Brien Kenmare

Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar

Conor Cox Listowel Emmets

Additional Information

• Mark Griffin from the St Michaels Foilmore Club in South Kerry made his Championship debut against Cork in the Munster Final having made his full AFL debut in the game vs Cork earlier in the year. The 22 year old won a Hogan Cup Medal with Colaiste na Sceilge in 2009 when Jack O’Connor managed the side and the same year he won a Munster Minor medal with Kerry and also an All Ireland Intermediate Club title with his Club (came on as a sub in the semi final). He was a member of the Under 21 team for the past 2 years (2011 & 2012).

• The team features 10 of the side that took the field in Kerry’s defeat by Donegal in the All Ireland Qtr Final tie last August while Johnny Buckley and Darran O’Sullivan were introduced as subs. Aidan O’Mahony, Eoin Brosnan, Kieran Donaghy and Bryan Sheehan, who are named among the substitutes, and the injured Killian Young, are the absent five.

• 8 of the side that started in the 2011 All Ireland Final against Dublin survive, Brendan Kealy, Marc Ó Sé, Tomas Ó Sé, Anthony Maher, Darran and Declan O’Sullivan, Donnchadh Walsh and Colm Cooper. Paul Galvin was introduced as a substitute on that day.

• The evergreen Tomás Ó Sé, in his 16th Championship season, will make his 88th 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.


With Mayo through to the GAA football All-Ireland senior final, the battle to join them will pack Croke Park next Sunday when Dublin take on Kerry (3.30) in the second semi-final. It will be preceded by the Roscommon v Tyrone minor semi-final (1.30). Dublin and Kerry last met in the championship in the 2011 All-Ireland final when Dublin won by a point. Both are unbeaten in this year’s championship. Dublin are bidding to complete a League-Championship double, having won the Division 1 League title in April.



Dublin 1-22 Westmeath 0-9

Dublin 4-16 Kildare 1-9

Dublin 2-15 Meath 0-14

Dublin 1-16 Cork 0-14

Average For: 2-18; Average Against: 0-13


Bernard Brogan……….1-10

Stephen Cluxton……….0-13

Paul Mannion…………..2-6

Ciaran Kilkenny……….0-10

Paul Flynn………………..1-6

Dean Rock…………………0-8

Paddy Andrews…………1-4

Diarmuid Connolly…….1-4

Eoghan O’Gara…………1-2

Jack McCaffrey…………1-1

Cian O’Sullivan………….0-1

Ger Brennan……………..0-1

Kevin McManamon…….0-1

Denis Bastick……………….0-1

MD Macauley………………0-1


Kerry 2-19 Tipperary 0-8

Kerry 4-21 Waterford 1-4

Kerry 1-16 Cork 0-17

Kerry 0-15 Cavan 0-9

Average For: 2-17; Average Against: 0-11


Colm Cooper……………1-19

James O’Donoghue……1-8

Johnny Buckley………….0-11

Declan O’Sullivan……….1-4

Paul Galvin………………..0-5

Darren O’Sullivan……..1-2

Anthony Maher…………1-2

Bryan Sheehan………….1-2

Kieran Donaghy……….1-2

Donnchadh Walsh…….0-5

Tomas O Se………………0-3

Marc O Se………………..0-2

Fionn Fitzgerald………0-2

Peter Crowley…………0-2

Kieran O’Leary……….0-1

Brendan Kealy………..0-1


Dublin and Kerry have clashed 26 times in the All-Ireland championship with Kerry winning 17 to Dublin’s seven while there have been two draws. Dublin’s win over Kerry in the 2011 All-Ireland final was their first championship success over the Kingdom since the 1977 semi-final. In the interim, Kerry had beaten Dublin eight times and drawn once.

2011: Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11 (All-Ireland final)

2009: Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2007: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2004: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 1-8 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2001: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 1-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final replay)

2001: Kerry 1-14 Dublin 2-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

1985: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 2-8 (All-Ireland final)

1984: Kerry 0-14 Dublin 1-6 (All-Ireland final)

1979: Kerry 3-13 Dublin 1-8 (All-Ireland final)

1978: Kerry 5-11 Dublin 0-9 (All-Ireland final)

1977: Dublin 3-12 Kerry 1-13 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1976: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-10 (All-Ireland final)

1975: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-11 (All-Ireland final)

1965: Kerry 4-8 Dublin 2-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1962: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1959: Kerry 1-10 Dublin 2-5 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1955: Kerry 0-12 Dublin 1-6 (All-Ireland final)

1941: Kerry 2-9 Dublin 0-3 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)

1941: Kerry 0-4 Dublin 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1934: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1932: Kerry 1-3 Dublin 1-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1924: Kerry 0-4 Dublin 0-3 (All-Ireland final)

1923: Dublin 1-5 Kerry 1-3 (All-Ireland final)

1908: Dublin 0-10 Kerry 0-3 (All-Ireland final)

1904: Kerry 0-5 Dublin 0-2 (All-Ireland final)

1892 Dublin 1-4 Kerry 0-3 (All-Ireland final)

Played 23: Kerry 17, Dublin 7, Draws 2.

Last Five All-Ireland semi-finals

2012: Mayo 0-19 Dublin 0-16

2011: Dublin 0-8 Donegal 0-6

2010: Cork 1-15 Dublin 1-14

2007: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16

2006: Mayo 1-16 Dublin 2-12

Won 1, Lost 4


2011: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11

2009: Kerry 2-8 Meath 1-7

2008: Kerry 3-14 Cork 2-13 (Replay)

2008: Kerry 1-13 Cork 3-7 (Draw)

2007: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16

Won 4, Drew 1.

Last Championship Clash

Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11 (2011 All-Ireland final)

Kerry led by four points after 63 minutes but a goal by sub, Kevin McManamon ignited Dublin. Stephen Cluxton kicked the winning point from a late free.

Dublin: Stephen Cluxton (0-2); Cian O’Sullivan, Rory O’Carroll, Michael Fitzsimons; James McCarthy, Ger Brennan, Kevin Nolan (0-1); Denis Bastick (0-1), Michael Darragh Macauley; Paul Flynn, Barry Cahill, Bryan Cullen; Alan Brogan (0-2), Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan (0-6).

Subs: Philip McMahon for McCarthy; Kevin McManamon (1-0) for Flynn; Eoghan O’Gara for Cahill; Eamonn Fennell for Bastick.

Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Marc O Se, Tom O’Sullivan, Killian Young; Tomas O Se, Aidan O’Mahony, Eoin Brosnan; Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan (0-4); Donnchadh Walsh, Darran O’Sullivan, Kieran Donaghy (0-2); Colm Cooper (1-3), Declan O’Sullivan (0-1), Kieran O’Leary.

Subs: Paul Galvin (0-1) for O’Leary; Barry John Keane for Walsh; Daniel Bohan for Brosnan.

Last Competitive Clash

Dublin 1-11 Kerry 0-4 (Allianz FL, 10 February 2013, Killarney)

It was all one-way traffic as Dublin, who led by 0-8 to 0-2 at half-time, powered to the easiest of wins.

Dublin: S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O’Carroll, K O’Brien; J McCaffrey, G Brennan, D Daly; MD Macauley, C O’Sullivan; P Flynn, T Brady, C Reddin; P Andrews (0-3), D Connolly, B Brogan (0-7).

Subs: P Ryan (0-1) for Connolly; C Dias (1-0) for Reddin; D Nelson for Daly; D O’Mahony for Ryan; P Quinn for Flynn.

Kerry: B Kealy; M O Se, A O’Mahony, K Young; T O Se (0-1), P Crowley, J Lyne; A Maher, J Walsh; M Geaney, Darran O’Sullivan, M O’Donoghue (0-01); J O’Donoghue (0-1), P Curtin (0-1), BJ Keane.

Subs: K Donaghy for Walsh; Declan O’Sullivan for Keane; B Sheehan for Geaney; BJ Walsh for O’Donoghue; C Cox for Curtin.

Patron Match Day Information

The GAA and An Garda Síochána would like to inform patrons attending Sunday’s GAA Football All-Ireland semi-finals at Croke Park that Jones Road will only be open to patrons holding tickets for the Premium Level, Hogan Stand and Nally Terrace.

This means that the Hogan Stand entrance or the Croke Park hotel cannot be used as a meeting point for ticket exchange and collection etc by patrons holding tickets for other areas of the stadium.

Supporters are also advised to arrive one hour before the senior semi-final (minor-throw in 1.30; senior throw-in 3.30) to ensure that the expected capacity attendance is in situ before the start of the game.

Supporters are also reminded that this fixture has been sold out and no tickets will be on general sale on the day.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 2-9 Fermanagh 2-8

Tipperary defeated Fermanagh by 2-9 to 2-8 in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Semi-Final on Saturday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate football championship semi-final

Tipperary 2-9 Fermanagh 2-8

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium, Thurles

NIAMH Longeran scored a sensational winning point with the last kick of the game as Tipperary staged a miraculous comeback to stun Fermanagh in Saturday’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football championship semi-final at Semple Stadium. Tipp, despite registering 13 wides in total, managed to score 1-2 in the final minute to set up a final meeting with Cavan at Croke Park on September 29.

Tipp, who won this competition in 2008, looked dead and buried approaching the finish as Fermanagh led by four points, 2-8 to 1-7. But after Moyle Rovers star Lonergan reduced the deficit to three points, Premier County centre back Claire Carroll took advantage of Róisín Gleeson’s loose kickout to lob the stranded goalkeeper for the equalising goal. There was 22 seconds left on the clock when Carroll, who had been pressed forward into attack, struck that priceless leveller. And yet there was still time for another, decisive twist.

Another Gleeson kickout was picked off by Tipperary and as the final seconds ticked down, Lonergan shot from 25 metres out. The full-time hooter went with Lonergan’s effort in flight and the ball dropped over the crossbar to hand Tipp the most unlikely of victories against the Ulster champions. Remarkably, Lonergan’s winning point gave Tipp the lead for the one and only time in the game.

Fermanagh had controlled matters from the off, with player of the match Caroline Little dictating the play in attack as the visitors surged into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead. But Tipp settled and points from Mairead Morrissey, Edel Hanley and Lonergan reduced the deficit to just a point. Fermanagh lost Marita McDonald to the sin-bin four minutes before half-time but within a minute, Aisling Moane netted for the Ernesiders. Little tagged on a free and Fermanagh led at half-time by five points, 1-5 to 0-3.

Gleeson denied Morrissey with a fine save early in the second half and the goalkeeper tipped Shelagh Carew’s fierce drive over the crossbar as Tipp looked to fight their way back into contention. Midway through the second half, a wonderful solo goal from Caroline Little put Fermanagh eight points clear, 2-7 to 0-5, and Tipp were in big trouble on home soil in Thurles. But Morrissey rammed home a 48th minute goal, with the aid of a slight deflection, and the scene was set for a grandstand finish. Fermanagh had full-back Kyla McManus sin-binned with six minutes remaining before Tipp’s Gillian O’Brien followed seconds later, after hauling down Caroline Little. Sharon Little pushed Fermanagh into that four-point lead but Tipperary had that remarkable finale left in them.

Scorers for Fermanagh: C Little 1-5 (0-4f), A Moane 1-1, S Hamilton & S Little 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: M Morrissey 1-1, E Hanley 0-4 (3f), C Carroll 1-0 N Lonergan 0-3, S Carew 0-1.

FERMANAGH: R Gleeson; C Woods, K McManus, O Reihill; S Hamilton, T Little, M McDonald; M Connolly, A Moane; A McBrien, C Little, S McQuade; S Little, N Connolly, L McFrederick.

Sub: M McDonald for McFrederick (45).

TIPPERARY: P Hickey; B Condon, S Lambert, R Kenneally; A O’Dwyer, C Carroll, B Ryan; J Grant, S Carew; A McCarthy, M Morrissey, L O’Shea; N Lonergan, G O’Brien, E Hanley.

Subs: S Ryan for McCarthy (22), S Delahunty for O’Dwyer (44), K Hackett for Hanley (53).

Referee: M.J. O’Keeffe (Cork)


Semple Stadium, Thurles will host the TG4 Ladies Football Intermediate Semi-Final as Tipperary aim to reach their first final since 2008 when they take on the Fermanagh for the right to play in the September 29th All Ireland Final at GAA HQ in Croke Park.  Tipperary under the management of Sean O’Donovan, John Kinahan, Mary O’Shea, Elaine Powell and Kay Lyons will be underdogs for this game against a Fermanagh side fresh from winning a competitive Ulster Championship with a victory over Down in July. Fermanagh followed this up with an impressive victory over Roscommon in the Quarter-Final which has compensated somewhat for a poor league campaign in Division 2 where they narrowly avoided relegation.

Tipperary’s path to Saturday’s semi-final has seen them take a longer route but their progress is no less impressive. A first round away defeat to Waterford in the Munster Championship was followed by a hard fought win over Limerick to qualify for a Munster Final rematch with Waterford. Played in very hot conditions in Castletownroche on July 13th, the Munster Final was a close affair throughout. An early goal by Gillian O’Brien put Tipperary in front but Waterford fought back to retire at the interval in the lead by 1-7 to 1-6. Tipperary did well in the third quarter to take a three point lead but a Waterford goal with ten minutes remaining proved the all-important score as Waterford secured their 5th Munster title in a row on a score line of 2-13 to 1-13.
Despite this defeat, there were many positives for the Tipperary management to build on and after a four week break, Tipperary drew Limerick in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers. Played in Mungret, Limerick led for much of the first half only for a Lorraine O’Shea goal to give Tipperary a three point interval lead. Tipperary turned on the style in the second half with goals by Gillian O’Brien, Lorraine O’Shea and Edel Hanley putting the finishing touches to a 4-20 to 1-10 victory.
Longford would provide the Quarter-Final opponents at Birr and what an epic struggle that turned out to be. Played in wet and windy conditions, pre-match favourites Longford dominated the first half with wind assistance but led by just three points at the interval. Two early second half goals by Edel Hanley and Mairead Morrissey put Tipperary in front only for Longford to come back and force extra time. Tipperary managed to edge in front in the second period of extra time and held out for a 3-11 to 3-10 victory.
Tipperary have done well to reach this stage with a nice blend of youth and experience. Players such as Patricia Hickey, Claire Carroll, Mairead Morrissey, Sheelagh Carew, Jennifer Grant, Gillian O’Brien, Catriona Walsh, top scorer Edel Hanley and Anne O’Dwyer who captains the team were all part of Tipperary’s last success at this grade in 2008. They have been joined by younger players such as Brid Condon, Rachel Kennelly, Aisling McCarthy, Lorraine O’Shea and Laura Dillon to help navigate the Premier County to within an hour of Croke Park and an All-Ireland Final. Manager Sean O’Donovan from the Moyle Rovers Club is happy with the progress to date but is under no illusions about the task which Fermanagh will provide – “I believe that Tipperary are in a very good place at the moment and the Longford game will have brought us on further. The girls have trained well throughout the season and are a credit to their clubs and county.  However, Fermanagh will certainly be justifiable favourites by virtue of them being worthy Ulster champions in a very competitive championship”.
Tipperary Ladies Football Board Chairman Tommy Campbell is happy with the progress made to date in 2013. “A lot of work is going on at the grassroots level in Tipperary Ladies Football. Our development at underage in recent years is beginning to pay dividends with our Under 14 team reaching this year’s All-Ireland Final while our Intermediate panel has seen an influx of younger players joining the panel in the past couple of years.  While the foundations for the future look to be bearing fruit, we would hope to get back to the Senior grade at the earliest opportunity and Saturday’s game is an important part of that journey. On home soil, we would appeal for lots of blue and gold support for the girls in Semple Stadium on Saturday”.
Tipperary captain Anne O’Dwyer from Cappawhite is looking forward to the semi-final “It has been 5 years since Tipperary have been in a semi-final, this what we have being been working towards since we started back on the pitch last January. While we are under no illusions considering the calibre of the Fermanagh challenge, we are looking forward to Saturday’s game and hope for a good home support on the day.”
Throw-in on Saturday next at Semple Stadium is at 2:15pm in a match which is the curtain-raiser for the mouth-watering all Munster clash of Cork and Kerry in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Semi-Final at 4pm. All support for the team on the day would be welcome with admission to Semple Stadium being €10 for adults, €5 for Students / OAP’s while all Under 16s are free. If you can’t make it, follow the girls via live coverage on TG4.
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TG4 All-Ireland Ladies football semi-final verdict

Compiled by Jackie Cahill

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies IFC semi-final

Fermanagh v Tipperary – Semple Stadium, Thurles – 2.15pm.

CAVAN await the winners of Saturday’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football semi-final in the Croke Park decider on September 29.  And following a definite line of form, the smart money is Fermanagh to make it an all-Ulster decider.  Fermanagh are Ulster champions and while they stuttered past Roscommon last time out, there is scope for further improvement.

Cavan didn’t even reach the provincial decider but still managed to demolish Munster champions Waterford in the All-Ireland quarter-final. That Waterford team defeated Tipperary by a goal in the Munster final and so Fermanagh will start as warm favourites to reach a first intermediate decider since 2009.

Tipp, who beat Longford in the quarter-finals, beat Clare in the 2008 intermediate final and will look forward to home advantage at Semple Stadium against visitors Fermanagh.

Betting: Fermanagh 4/7 Draw 10/1 Tipperary 6/4

Verdict: Fermanagh


TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Semi-Final – Cork 2-9 Kerry 0-11

Cork defeated Kerry by 2-9 to 0-11 in the TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Semi-Final on Saturday September 7th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship semi-final

Cork 2-9 Kerry 0-11

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium

VALERIE Mulcahy scored 2-3 as champions Cork advanced to an eighth TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship final in nine seasons with victory over Kerry in Thurles on Saturday afternoon. Allstar forward Mulcahy bagged two first half goals as Cork won by four points in what was a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland decider against Kerry. The neighbours had met twice already in this year’s championship – with Kerry winning twice in Munster, including the provincial final. But Cork had too much know-how for the Kingdom at Semple Stadium as they set up another final meeting with Monaghan on September 29.

The Rebelettes beat Monaghan in the 2008 and 2011 finals – and in last year’s semi-final – and their eyes are on three-in-a-row as another September showpiece looms. At Semple Stadium, Cork took the game to Kerry from the start and built up a 1-3 to 0-1 lead within 12 minutes. Doireann O’Sullivan and Annie Walsh were involved in the build-up for Mulcahy’s first goal in the eighth minute, as the Rockbán attacker finished clinically from close range at the Killinan End.

But after Cork moved five points clear, Munster champions Kerry replied with four unanswered points to move back into contention. Geraldine O’Flynn, brilliant once again in the Cork half-back line, kicked a point from play before Mulcahy struck again in the 28th minute, finishing from close range with a palmed effort from Ciara O’Sullivan’s pass. Kerry hit back with two of the last three points of the first half and at the break, Cork led by 2-5 to 0-7.

In the second half, Kerry twice got to within three points of the Rebelettes. But frustratingly, the Kingdom could never quite get close enough to threaten another upset against the pre-match favourites. Cork called upon all of their reserves of experience and in the second half, Mulcahy kicked two classy points from play to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Despite only kicking four points in total during the second half, Cork kept Kerry comfortably at arm’s length, with Briege Corkery and O’Flynn both excellent in defence.

At midfield, Deirdre O’Reilly enjoyed some good moments as quarter-final player of the match Juliet Murphy, who started at wing-forward, provided an extra body around the middle third. As an attacking force, Cork were relatively non-existent in the second half as they sat back and soaked up the Kerry pressure. At times, there were eight, nine and even ten Cork players behind the ball and that cluster of players formed an impenetrable wall for Kerry. And once again, the Kingdom suffered big game heartbreak against a Cork team that just keeps on rolling.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 2-3 (0-1f), G O’Flynn 0-3 (2f), Annie Walsh 0-2, N Cleary 0-1.

Scorers for Kerry: L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 0-4f, D Corridan & P Dennehy 0-2, B Breen, S Houlihan (f) & M Fitzgerald 0-1 each.

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, R Ní Bhuachalla.

Subs: O Farmer for Ní Bhuachalla (37), O Finn for C O’Sullivan (40), A Barrett for A.M. Walsh (53), E Farmer for Annie Walsh (56), V Foley for D O’Sullivan (57).

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

Subs: M Fitzgerald for Brosnan (h.t.), S.J. Joy for Lane (34), M O’Connell for Corridan (50).

Referee: M Farrelly (Cavan)


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TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC semi-final

Compiled by Jackie Cahill

Cork v Kerry – Semple Stadium, Thurles – 4.00pm.

THE scene is set for a third championship meeting of the season between Cork and Kerry. And so far, All-Ireland champions Cork have yet to record a victory against their neighbours. Kerry won an opening round fixture in the Munster championship and then denied Cork a tenth successive provincial title with victory in the final. But Cork are probably the last team that Kerry wanted to meet again in the championship – particularly after the Leesiders produced such a stunning fightback against Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

The challenge now for Kerry is a psychological one and the big question is – can they beat Cork for a third time in a row? Kerry showed some real fight themselves in their quarter-final victory over Mayo, coming with a run of three late points to clinch a narrow win. But Cork won’t countenance another defeat to Kerry and with Juliet Murphy back pulling the strings at midfield, they looked primed for an All-Ireland final appearance against Monaghan on September 29, and a crack at the three-in-a-row.

Betting: Cork 1/3 Draw 10/1 Kerry 11/4

Verdict: Cork

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TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC semi-final preview

By Jackie Cahill

KERRY manager William O’Sullivan fears that Cork’s spectacular comeback against Dublin could spell trouble for the Kingdom in Saturday’s TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football semi-final (Semple Stadium, Thurles – 4.0). All-Ireland champions Cork came from nine points down against the Dubs in a remarkable quarter-final, to clinch a four-point victory with a run of 1-10 without reply.

Cork looked dead and buried and the worry for Kerry now is that the Leesiders have rediscovered their best form at the business end of the championship. Cork looked sluggish and lethargic in the Munster championship and that allowed Kerry to beat them not once, but twice in the provincial campaign.

But now the scene is set for the third championship meeting between the neighbours this season – in what is also a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final. O’Sullivan said: “During the Munster championship, Cork were a team looking for fifth gear. They found it against Dublin and that’s bad news for us. “Juliet (Murphy) brought a certain amount of organisation to the middle of the park and they feel more comfortable with her there. “They’re better than what we played in Munster – no doubt about that.”

Kerry, fresh from their victory over Mayo, looked on at St Brendan’s Park in Birr as Cork came from the dead to reel in Leinster champions Dublin. And O’Sullivan revealed: “Our trainer Alan O’Neill was beside me and he was saying that it was over when they went nine points down. I said: ‘do you want to put money on that?’ It was a carbon copy of what happened between the teams in 2011 (quarter-final when Cork scored seven unanswered points to win). “Cork are Cork – they’re not going to die until the final whistle.”

O’Sullivan concedes that beating Cork for a third time in the championship will be “difficult” but added: “We’re in a better place than we would have been in any other year. For Cork, they have Juliet back and a full team so there are no excuses about what might have happened in Caherciveen, hitting the crossbar in the Munster final and kicking a few wides. “There are no excuses now. For them it’s all or nothing – for us, too, in many ways. “It should make for a good match and we’ll obviously take a bit of confidence from knowing that we’ve beaten them twice already. “But the dynamic is going to be different. There’s a different pace to an All-Ireland semi-final than a qualifier or Munster final.”

Meanwhile, Cork manager Eamonn Ryan believes that resilience and unity dug his team out of a massive hole against Dublin. He explained: “There’s a great bond and camaraderie amongst them. “I suppose it was that team dynamic that took over. It’s very hard to put your finger on what initiated it. Everybody realised that they were in trouble and worked harder.”

Ryan concedes that the “psychology” of the Cork-Kerry rivalry has changed, as the Munster champions have now managed to beat the Rebelettes in big championship games. He added: “Their confidence is bound to be sky-high. We were their nemesis for a good few years but they’ve beaten us twice and that changes the whole psychology of the thing. The challenge for us is can we bounce back? Only Saturday will tell us that really.”

Weekend fixtures:

Saturday September 7

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies intermediate football championship semi-final.

Fermanagh v Tipperary – Semple Stadium, Thurles, 2.15 pm.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship semi-final.

Cork v Kerry – Semple Stadium, Thurles, 4.00 pm.

60×30 Finals – First ever live streaming of GAA Handball finals

60×30 Finals Preview – First ever live streaming of GAA Handball finals

The eve of the All Ireland Hurling Final is a special occasion as the excitement builds towards an epic encounter between two great counties but for Handball enthusiasts all over Ireland it is the GAA Handball 60×30 All Ireland Handball Finals that will capture the imagination on All Ireland final eve as an epic encounter is once more anticipated between two great rivals.

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The Blue Riband event of GAA Handball 60×30 Handball takes place every year on the eve of the All Ireland decider and this year Dublin’s Eoin Kennedy will contest his twelfth M Donnelly All Ireland 60×30 Handball Senior Singles Final on Saturday in the Williamstown Handball Club in Galway at 3.30pm. Kennedy from the St Brigid’s club who won an incredible 8 titles including 7 in a row will look to capture his 9th title as he takes on the reigning champion and current number 1 seed Westmeath’s Robbie McCarthy. This will be the fifth final that the pair will contest and with 2 titles each so far both players will be determined to win on Saturday in this next chapter of a great sporting rivalry.

McCarthy the reigning champion from Mullingar oozes class. He will glide around the court effortlessly and pick off points at will. His form coming into this final is exemplary having seen off Kilkenny legend Ducksy Walsh in the semi finals while in the Quarter Finals he defeated Meath’s Brian Carroll. Kennedy will bring all his experience to Galway in the hope of recapturing the title he last won in 2010. A gentleman off the court the St Brigids man is a fierce competitor on the court and his classy style of play and his endless stamina levels are a joy to watch. So far this year he has looked imperious in defeating Mayo’s Dessie Keegan in the semi final, Mayo’s Joe McCann in the Quarter Final and Kilkenny’s Ciaran Neary in the first round.

Both men look to be in peak physical shape and both are playing excellent handball. In their previous four meetings the duo have shared 2 titles each with Kennedy claiming wins in 2009 and 2010 and McCarthy claiming the title in 2011 and 2012. The rivalry continues this Saturday at 3.30pm as the bid to become M Donnelly 60×30 Senior Singles Champion comes to a conclusion. A great occasion is in store at the Galway venue and a capacity crowd is expected to witness the latest installment in this great rivalry.

GAA Handball are delighted to announce that the 60×30 Finals Programme in Williamstown will be streamed live on in what is a massive step forward in the promotion of the national game. The programme will be available on Saturday from 1pm, as people throughout Ireland and indeed the world will have free access to live Irish Handball on the Internet for the first time. To access the live streaming just log onto and follow the streaming link to enjoy the thrills and spills of All Ireland Final day at the Galway venue as MC Eileen Dunne will guide you through the day.


M Donnelly 60×30 Championship Finals 2013

Saturday 7th September, in Williamstown, Galway

1.00pm: Minor Singles Final: Limerick (Padraig Quish) v Wexford (Galen Riordan)

2.00pm: Intermediate Doubles Final: Mayo (Stephen Cooney & Ian McLoughlin) v Tipperary (Fergal Collins & David Hickey)

3.30pm: Senior Singles Final: Westmeath (Robbie McCarthy) v Dublin (Eoin Kennedy)


Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final – Waterford 1-21 Galway 0-16

Waterford defeated Galway by 1-21 to 0-16 in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final on Sunday September 8th at Croke Park.

65-year wait ends as dynamic Déise minors deliver

Galway 0-16 Waterford 1-21

By Brendan O’Brien for the Irish Examiner newspaper

For a decade or so, Waterford’s celebrated seniors were denied the ultimate prize by hurling’s Big Three, so it was only fitting that their minors should crown this most revolutionary of hurling summers with an All-Ireland title. A first national success at the grade since 1948, this eight-point win is the first in any shape or form for the Déise since their U21s succeeded 21 years ago, and fair to say what was rare was oh-so-beautiful.

No All-Ireland success is greeted with indifference but the manner in which Waterford’s players bowled each other over like skittles at the full-time whistle said everything about just how overdue this was. That they did it the hard way can have only added to the outpouring. Their Munster opener defeat against Tipperary was separated by 150 days from this victory and the intervening period dealt them a provincial final replay loss to Limerick to boot. Yet the end result is a first All-Ireland title for a side with two championship defeats to its credit and, whatever your views on that, there is no doubt their earlier brushes with adversity stood to them here.

Waterford were much the superior side on the basis of the full 70 minutes but they found themselves manning the barricades in a third quarter where they conceded half a dozen points and scored just one of their own. It was a purple patch that allowed Galway retain parity for the first time since the first minute and the manner in which the lead was lost in that spell could have only multiplied the sense of dread that surely enveloped the Waterford supporters. In the space of four minutes, Sean Power’s side conceded three points on the back of a) a clearance that rebounded off a teammates’ face, b) a contentious free for an accidental clash of heads and c) the loss of possession from a short puck-out.

It was Keystone Cops stuff but only for that short, if damaging, window, and their reaction spoke volumes in that they limited Galway to just one more white flag while they rattled off 1-6 themselves. It was a statement of some intent for a county unaccustomed to the trappings of such occasions but one perfectly in keeping with a side that so many had fancied for such honours long before the season started. Waterford came to Dublin yesterday with a centre-back in Austin Gleeson who has been described as the new Ken McGrath and Paul Curran who more than lived up to the hype that had him tagged as another Paul Flynn.

Curran came up with 1-7, Bennett with four points but, as Mattie Murphy said, it was the next seven or eight players on Waterford’s roster who haven’t made quite so many headlines who made the difference. Micheal Harney and Shane Bennett were outstanding either side of Gleeson at half-back, Michael Kearney and Colm Roche pitched in with seven points and the result was what the Galway manager said was akin to a white tide. Eventually it washed over Galway but that was in spite of the considerable efforts of full-back Darragh O’Donoghue and Shane Cooney, who manned the gates of their defensive positions with some authority at number six.

Galway had their spearheads up front too. Ronan O’Meara claimed a quartet of points from the half-forward line while captain Darragh Dolan shrugged of the attentions of Gleeson for long enough to tick off three of his own. That said, no man was more valuable to the Connacht cause than goalkeeper Cathal Tuohy, who made three superb saves after 19, 25 and 33 minutes without which Galway would have faded from relevance long before they did. The pity for Galway is that they were unwilling architects of their own demise when, with 13 minutes to go and only four points still separating them, O’Donoghue took a short puck-out from Tuohy and dallied a tad too long.

Curran’s alacrity in spotting the defender’s tardiness was considerable and, in the blink of an eye, he had the full-back dispossessed and the ball in the back of the Galway net. Cue delirium.

Scorers for Galway: B Molloy (0-5, four frees), R O’Meara (0-4), D Dolan (0-3), S Cooney (f), A Morrissey, B Burke, C Whelan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: P Curran (1-7, four frees), M Kearney, Stephen Bennett (0-4 each), C Roche (0-3), DJ Foran, A Gleeson (free); T Devine (0-1 each).

GALWAY: C Tuohy; M O Conghaile, D O Donoghue, M Coneely; R Doyle, S Cooney, E Burke; S Linnane, J Hastings; C Shaughnessy, D Dolan, R O’Meara; C Whelan, B Molloy, A Morrissey.

Subs for Galway: V Doyle for R Doyle (27), B Burke for Whelan (37), R Bellew for Hastings (53), S Burke for E Burke (58).

WATERFORD: G Power; W Hahessy, K Daly, C Leamy; M Harney, A Gleeson, Shane Bennett; M O’Brien, T Devine; Stephen Bennett, DJ Foran, M Kearney; A Farrell, P Curran, C Roche.

Subs for Waterford: C Curran for Foran (37), C Gleeson for Farrell (45), P O’Connor for O’Brien (57), S O’Neill for Hahessy, B Whelan for Shane Bennett (both 61).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)


Waterford claim first Minor title since 1948

Report from the web site

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final: Galway 0-16 Waterford 1-21

Waterford claimed their first All-Ireland minor title since 1948 with a clinical eight-point defeat of Galway at Croke Park on Sunday. The Déise, for whom Patrick Curran hit 1-7, dominated the game but looked in trouble when Galway battled back to level the game at 0-15 apiece on 47 minutes. However, Seán Power’s side produced a superb finish, hitting 1-4 without reply in a devastating seven-minute spell to secure a historic win.

Waterford, who lost twice in the Munster Championship, led by 0-12 to 0-9 at the break. That margin would have been greater but for two superb saves from Galway goalkeeper Cathal Tuohy. Just after the break, Tuohy made another fine stop to deny the excellent Stephen Bennett, and it started to look like it might not be the Déise’s day. With Ronan O’Meara and Brian Molloy to the fore, Galway came back into the game with a string of four unanswered points in the third quarter. When corner forward Molloy added a free and then nailed a super score from play, the Tribesmen were level and had all the momentum with 13 minutes left on the clock.

It was then that Waterford showed their character. Tom Devine, Austin Gleeson, Colm Roche and Michael Kearney pushed them ahead and then Curran pounced for a super goal with three minutes left. The big Dungarvan man intercepted a short puck-out, out-sprinted his marker and slammed a shot past the previously unbeatable Tuohy. Stephen Bennett then dropped over two more points from play and the Irish Press Cup was destined for the south-east, Waterford’s first All-Ireland title in any grade since they won the U21 All-Ireland in 1992.

Waterford Scorers: P Curran 1-7 (0-4f, 0-1 65), S Bennett 0-4, M Kearney 0-4, C Roche 0-3, DJ Foran 0-1, T Devine 0-1, A Gleeson 0-1 (0-1f).

Galway Scorers: B Molloy 0-5 (0-4f), D Dolan 0-3, A Morrissey 0-1 (0-1sl), C Whelan 0-1, R O’Meara 0-4, B Burke 0-1, S Cooney 0-1 (0-1f).

Galway: C Tuohy; M Ó Conghaile, D O’Donoghue, M Connelly; S Linnane, S Cooney, R Doyle; E Burke, D Dolan (c); C Whelan, R O’Meara, A Morrissey; B Molloy, J Hastings, C Shaughnessy. Subs: V Doyle for D O’Donoghue 20-21, V Doyle for R Doyle (27), E Brannigan for S Linnane (HT), B Burke for C Whelan (38), R Bellew for J Hastings (53), S Burke for E Burke (58).

Waterford: G Power; W Hahessey, K Daly (C), C Leamy; M Harney, A Gleeson, S Bennett; M O’Brien, T Devine; S Bennett, DJ Foran, M Kearney; A Farrell, P Curran, C Roche. Subs: C Curran for DJ Foran (38), C Gleeson for A Farrell (45), P O’Connor for C Roche (56), B Whelan for Shane Bennett, S O’Neill for W Hahessy (both 60).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

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Fixture Details

08.09.2013 (Sun)

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final

Gaillimh v Port Láirge

Páirc an Chrócaigh, 13.15

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)

Std By: Shane Hourigan (Luimneach)

Linesman: Eamonn Hassan (Doire)

Sideline: David Copps (Corcaigh)

Umpires – Dan Looney (Ballinacurra), Bernard Butler, Denis Crowley and Shane McAllister (all Midleton)

All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final Team Guide: Waterford

Team News

The Waterford Minor Hurling team to play Galway on Sunday is as follows –

1. Gavin Power Dungarvan

2. William Hahessey Clonea

3. Kevin Daly Dungarvan CAPTAIN

4. Cian Leamy Ballyduff Upper

5. Michéal Harney Bonmahon

6. Austin Gleeson Mount Sion

7. Shane Bennett Ballysaggart

8. Mark O’Brien Ferrybank

9. Tom Devine Modeligo

10. Stephen Bennett Ballysaggart

11. DJ Foran Portlaw

12. Michael Kearney Ballyduff Upper

13. Adam Farrell De La Salle

14. Patrick Curran Dungarvan

15. Colm Roche Shamrocks


Galway: C Tuohy; M Ó Conghaile, D O’Donoghue, M Conneely; S Linnane, S Cooney, R Doyle; E Burke, D Dolan; C Whelan, R O’Meara, A Morrissey; B Molloy, B Burke, C Shaughnessy.

Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship Final – Kerry 1-19 Meath 3-9

Kerry defeated Meath by 1-19 to 3-9 in the Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship Final on Saturday September 7th at 3:00pm in MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

Lucid and O’Leary inspire Kingdom victory

Monday, September 09, 2013

By Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 1-19 Meath 3-8

Kerry, inspired by the accuracy of midfielder Philip Lucid and the power of a towering Michael O’Leary, claimed the All-Ireland M‘B’HC title at Nenagh on Saturday. The Kingdom used the wind well in the opening half to build a seven point half time lead (1-12 to 1-5). The Royals had a dream start when a Jack Fagan strike deceived Kerry keeper Stephen Murphy for a freak goal. But Murphy made amends in the second-half when his side were under the cosh. But the winners bounced back in style: Fionan O’Sullivan had the Kerry goal, Lucid landed six points while O’Leary hit two and was a constant thorn in the Meath defence.

Meath needed a good start to the second-half, but instead it was Kerry who again dominated the third quarter adding four unanswered points, from O’Leary, Lucid, Paudie O’Connor and Aaron Murphy, as they moved 12 points clear with just over 10 minutes remaining. Then despite outstanding defending by man of the match Keith Carmody, Meath struck for two late goals by Jack Regan, one from a penalty in the 49th minutes and another from a close in free in the 53rd. But Kerry then posted O’Leary at the edge of their square and time and again, he and Carmody, denied Meath with a series of stunning interceptions and catches. A late Kevin Bowler point sealed a deserved All-Ireland win for the Pat Ryan coached Kerry boys.

Scorers for Kerry: P Lucid (0-7, 4f), F O’Sullivan (1-0), M O’Leary and P O’Connor (0-3 each), K Bowler, D O’Carroll and A Murphy (0-2 each).

Scorers for Meath: J Regan (2-3, 1-0 pen, 1-1f), J Fagan (1-1), G McGowan (0-2), L Ferguson and C Bird (0-1 each)

KERRY: S Murphy, D Shanahan, C Kearney, J Barrett, M Lynch, K Carmody, S O’Sullivan, P Lucid, P O’Connor, D O’Carroll, J Brick, a Murphy, F O’Sullivan, M O’Leary, J Wallace

Subs: P O’Shea for J Barrett (44), K Bowler for J Brick (45), C Doncel for F O’Sullivan (55)

MEATH: N O’Sullivan, L Ferguson, L Ricard, C Shirren, D Reilly, C Bird, L Swayne, S Kelly, J Fagan, K Dixon, J Regan, R Raleigh, M Healy, G McGowan, S Doyle.

Subs: S Quigley for K Dixon (h/t), M Healy for S Doyle (45), K Ryan for S Kelly (46) .

Referee: Justin Heffernan (Wexford)


O’Sullivan strike turns the tide for Kerry as they see off fancied Meath

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

A more skilful Kerry side were crowned champions at a wet Nenagh when their never-say-die attitude and middle-third dominance proved too much for a fancied Meath side. The Royal County had the better start, thanks to a fortuitous early Jack Fagan goal. Kerry were on level terms by the 10th minute, thanks to two Philip Lucid frees and an Aaron Murphy point from play and then, in the 11th minute, came a crucial Kerry goal from Fionan O’Sullivan.

Kerry led 1-12 to 1-5 at the interval so Meath needed a good start to the second half, but instead it was Kerry who again dominated the third quarter, adding four unanswered points, from O’Leary, Lucid, Paudie O’Connor and Aaron Murphy, as they moved 12 points clear with just 12 minutes left. Meath rallied and struck for two late goals by Jack Regan, one from a penalty in the 49th minute and another from a close-in free in the 53rd minute. But a late Kevin Bowler point sealed a deserved All-Ireland win for the Kingdom and their Limerick coach Pat Ryan.

SCORERS – Kerry: P Lucid 0-7 (4fs), F O’Sullivan 1-0, M O’Leary, P O’Connor 0-3 each, K Bowler, D O’Carroll, A Murphy 0-2 each. Meath: J Regan 2-2 (1-0 pen, 1-1fs), J Fagan 1-1, G McGowan 0-3, L Ferguson, C Bird 0-1 each.

KERRY – S Murphy; D Shanahan, C Kearney, J Barrett; M Lynch, K Carmody, S O’Sullivan; P Lucid, P O’Connor; D O’Carroll, J Brick, A Murphy; F O’Sullivan, M O’Leary, J Wallace. Subs: P O’Shea for Barrett (44), K Bowler for Brick (45), C Doncel for F O’Sullivan (55)

MEATH – N O’Sullivan; L Ferguson, L Ricard, C Shirren; D Reilly, C Bird, L Swayne; S Kelly, J Fagan; K Dixon, J Regan, R Raleigh; M Healy, G McGowan, S Doyle. Subs: S Quigley for Dixon (h-t), M Healy for Doyle (45), K Ryan for Kelly (46).

REF – J Heffernan (Wexford)

Team News

The Kerry Minor Team to play Meath in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor B Championship Final in Nenagh on Saturday at 3:00pm shows one change from the side that started against Westmeath in the Semi Final; Fionán O’Sullivan comes in at corner forward instead of Chris Doncel of Dr Crokes

The team is as follows:

1 Stephen Murphy S. Ó Murchú Causeway

2 Darragh Shanahan D. Ó Seancháin Lixnaw

3 Cathal Kearney C. Ó Cearnaigh Ballyduff

4 Jamie Barrett S. Ó Baróid Causeway

5 Stephen O’Sullivan S. Ó Suilleabháin Abbeydorney

6 Keith Carmody K. Ó Cearmada Causeway

7 Michael Lynch M. Ó Linsigh Causeway

8 Philp Lucid P. Ó Luasaigh Ballyheigue

9 Paudie O’Connor P. Ó Conchúir Kilmoyley

10 Micheal O’Leary M. Ó Laóire Abbeydorney

11 Daniel O’Carroll D. Ó Cearbhaill Ballyduff

12 Aaron Murphy A. ÓMurchú Dr Crokes

13 Jason Wallace J. Bhailais Lixnaw ( Capt)

14 Jordan Brick J. Bric Kilmoyley

15 Fionán O’Sullivan F. Ó Suilleabháin Kenmare


16 Brendan Dunne B. Ó Dúinn Ballyheigue

17 Patrick O’Shea P. Ó Sé Kilgarvan

18 Chris Donsel C. Donsel Dr Crokes

19 Kevin Bowler C. Ó Boiléir Ballyduff

20 David Crowley D Ó Cruailíoch Kenmare

21 Brian Cantillon B. Cantalún Causeway

22 Willie O’Connor L. Ó Conchúir Lixnaw

23 Sean Browne S. De Brún Ballyduff

24 J.P. Byrne S. P. Ó Broin Abbeydorney

25 Shane Hanafin S. Ó hAinifín Dr Crokes

Manager: Pat Ryan Knockainey, Limerick

Trainer/Selector: Ian Brick Kilmoyley

Selector: Kieran Houlihan Ballyduff

Physio: Stephanie O’Sullivan

Stats: Mark Noonan John Mitchels

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final – Cork 3-16 Clare 0-25

Cork and Clare finished level in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 8th in Croke Park on a scoreline of Cork 3-16 Clare 0-25. The replay will take place on Saturday September 28th at Croke Park.

An emotional, riveting roller-coaster

Cork 3-16 Clare 0-25

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

All around the world yesterday, in adventure parks from Australia to Japan and the United States, there were people thrilling to rides that compete for the title of greatest roller-coaster in the world. ‘Tower of Terror’, ‘Steel Dragon’, ‘Intimidator 305’, ‘Thunder Dragon’, they’re all in there, gut-churning twists and turns, breathtaking drops that suck the breath from your lungs. None, absolutely none, would have offered the thrills and spills thrown up by this game at a packed Croke Park yesterday, which left both sets of supporters utterly drained.

It began, as do all the best roller-coaster rides, in fairly gentle fashion. In perfect conditions, Clare were first to register, two early points on the board per Darach Honan and free-taker Colin Ryan (another masterful display, 12 points, 11 from 13 from placed balls). By the 12th minute it was still moving along smoothly, tied on four each after points from Cork’s Seamus Harnedy and three from their ace marksman Patrick Horgan (as with Ryan, superb, ten points, eight from nine from frees).

Then it began to take off, or more specifically, Clare began to take off. Contrary to most expectations they parked the sweeper system that had served them so well against Galway and Limerick, went with convention, albeit with captain Patrick Donnellan in midfield rather at centre-back, Patrick O’Connor manning that position while Conor Ryan took dangerman Harnedy.

With their defence on top, suffocating the Cork attack after that early little burst, Clare went on four-point run, sandwiched around a fine save by Cork keeper Anthony Nash from a Honan first-time ground shot. It was looking ominous for the Rebels, the Banner roar rising as they began to thrill to the exploits of their young side. Coming up to half-time they were four points ahead, 0-12 to 0-8 but also had three wides on the board to none for Cork. Two late points though gave Cork hope, the first from raiding centre-back Brian Murphy, the second a huge effort by Patrick Horgan after a lovely little one-handed pass by Conor O’Sullivan, leaving it 0-12 to 0-10 at half-time. Flattering for Cork, though they had threatened in the 18th minute especially, Patrick Kelly saving well from Daniel Kearney, then saving the subsequent 20m bullet free by Anthony Nash (illegally — was almost on the 13m line!), a Podge Collins point resulting at the other end.

The second half however was when this roller-coaster really took off. Always it was Clare out front, two early points again (Tony Kelly and Colin Ryan) to start the second half, extending their lead to four. Then came the first major twist, Conor Lehane announcing his presence with a spectacular solo goal, rounding Patrick O’Connor, then a 40 metre solo before sending a searing shot across Kelly. Even as Cork voices soared to the Drumcondra heavens, however, back came Clare and by the 55th minute, Collins (a truly magical effort from the left wing, mesmerising three Cork defenders), John Conlon, Conor McGrath and Colin Ryan (four) with the scores, they had established what looked a commanding five-point lead, 0-21 to 1-13.

Time for two quick twists. 57th minute, disdaining a succession of nonsensical physical challenges as he made his way upfield, Anthony Nash buried a 20 metre free. Hardly had he made his back to his own goals however than he was called upfield again, Seamus Harnedy taken down by a combination of David McInerney and Cian Dillon — Cork penalty. Guaranteed goal, surely? Not this time, Colin Ryan somehow getting his stick to the shot to deflect it onto the crossbar, then free out. Cork cheers dyed in their throats, Clare in seventh heaven. Not for long.

Clare did get the next two scores, first Colin Ryan from a free, then man-of-the-match Conor Ryan with a truly inspirational point — huge catch (the Clare half-back line brilliant in this department all game), surge forward, then a long-range score. Four points ahead again (0-23 to 2-13), eight minutes remaining – this was surely now Clare’s All-Ireland title.

But no, not even close, this roller-coaster was just hitting its peak. A Lehane Cork point reduced the deficit to a goal; then half-chance for a Clare goal missed at one end after the ball came back off the crossbar, ends up with Cork sub Stephen Moylan (fine game) who parts to Pa Cronin — absolute net-buster from the Cork captain and now it’s game tied, 0-23 to 3-14, 64th minute. And still it wasn’t over. With the tension at its peak Colin Ryan nosed Clare in front, another free, matched within a minute by a similar score from Horgan.

Into injury-time, ‘At least two minutes’ said the announcer, and in the first minute Patrick Horgan scored a peach of a point — Cork ahead, still ahead as the clock ticked past 72 minutes following Moylan’s wide from a lineball. One last Clare attack, one last twist; the equalising point but it came not from any one of Clare’s six super forwards, nor from their outstanding midfielders, nor yet any of the three heroes of the half-back line. It was that man Domhnall O’Donovan, and what he was doing inside the Cork 65m line only he knows. No matter; gratefully accepting the pass from Nicky O’Connell, off balance, Domhnall split the posts — roller-coaster over, end of the ride. For this day, only for this day.

Replay. Can’t wait.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan (0-10, eight frees); C Lehane (1-1); P Cronin (1-0); A Nash (1-0, free); S Harnedy (0-2); D Kearney (0-2); B Murphy (0-1).

Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan (0-12, 11 frees); T Kelly (0-3); P Collins (0-3); C McGrath (0-2); J Conlon (0-2); D Honan, Conor Ryan, D O’Donovan (0-1 each).

CORK: A Nash; S McDonnell, S O’Neill, C O’Sullivan; B Murphy, C Joyce, W Egan; D Kearney, L McLoughlin; S Harnedy, P Cronin (c), C Lehane; L O’Farrell, P Horgan, J Coughlan.

Subs for Cork: S Moylan for Coughlan (35); C McCarthy for McLoughlin (42); C Naughton for McCarthy (inj. 50); T Kenny for Egan (64); S White for Kearney (67).

CLARE: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, D McInerney; B Bugler, Conor Ryan, P O’Connor; T Kelly, C Galvin; Colin Ryan, P Collins, J Conlon; C McGrath, D Honan, P Donnellan (c).

Subs for Clare: C McInerney for Honan (61); F Lynch for Conlon (64); N O’Connell for Galvin (64).

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)


O’Donovan rescues draw in classic final

Report from the web site

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final: Clare 0-25 Cork 3-16

An amazing All-Ireland hurling final finished level, with Clare corner-back Domhnall O’Donovan making himself a hero as he hit the equalising point with the last puck of the game at Croke Park. For long stages of the game it looked as though Davy Fitzgerald’s young side would prevail, but Cork’s goalscoring ability – they hit three brilliant goals in the second half – saved them, and they looked set to snatch victory until O’Donovan’s last gasp intervention. The replay will take place on Saturday, September 28, with the time still to be decided.

Clare led at the break by two points, and they lead by four with 62 minutes on the clock. However, Patrick Cronin’s brilliant goal drew Cork level, and after some nervy minutes, Patrick Horgan’s controlled effort split the posts at the end of the first minute of injury-time, and it was advantage Cork. When Cork won a sideline cut off Patrick Kelly, it looked like the game was over, but somehow there was enough time for O’Donovan to put his name in lights.

Three times in the second half, Cork found the net to keep themselves in the game. The first one was shortly after half-time, when Conor Lehane scored a wonderful individual goal to revive flagging Rebel hearts. He made a dashing burst at goal from nowhere, and cracked a brilliant shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net. That made it Clare 0-14 Cork 1-10, and suddenly it was game on. However, Clare responded well to the Cork goal, and points from Conor McGrath, John Conlon and Colin Ryan had Clare 0-19 to 1-12 ahead heading into the final quarter.

The Clare lead swelled to five following another free from Ryan, but on 58 minutes, Nash was handed another chance to score from a 21 metre free. The Kanturk man’s shot was incredible, and it absolutely seared into the roof of the net without a Clare stick even getting close. That left two between them, and incredibly, Cork were awarded a penalty just a minute later. Nash came up again, but this time his shot was deflected onto the bar off Patrick Donnellan’s hurl and cleared away. Clare, buoyed by this, hit two points in the space of a minute from Ryan, one a brilliant effort from play, and Clare lead by four with 62 minutes played.

However, Cork’s goalscoring ability proved key again. Cronin’s goal on 66 minutes was a real beauty, struck with venom into the roof of the net from a good distance out. That levelled up the sides, and then Horgan and Ryan traded frees. However, Horgan’s point on 71 minutes looked like it would be enough to give Cork a famous win. O’Donovan had other ideas though, and the Clonlara man emerged from a thicket of players over on the left wing to split the posts and force an All-Ireland hurling final replay for the second year in a row.

Clare had led 0-12 to 0-10 at half-time, but their advantage probably should have been greater, given their level of dominance in the opening period. They came flying out of the blocks with points from Darach Honan and Ryan (free) but Cork recovered from a nervous opening few minutes to be back level at 0-4 apiece following three frees from Horgan. Points fizzed over in quick succession from Colin Ryan (2 frees), Conor McGrath and Podge Collins to make it 0-8 to 0-4, but Cork had two great goal chances in that period. Daniel Kearney saw a goal-bound effort brilliantly saved by Clare goalkeeper Patrick Kelly, but in the aftermath of the save, Cork were awarded a 21 metre free.

Anthony Nash jogged up to take the puck, but Kelly denied him again with a brave save, diving in front of the powerful strike and getting it clear. Those saves gave Clare further confidence, and they remained on top for the next few minutes, edging 0-11 to 0-6 ahead following more placed-ball accuracy from Ryan. However, Cork revived themselves for the last five minutes of the half, and points from Daniel Kearney, Brian Murphy and Horgan (2) had the Rebels just two behind at the break. One of Horgan’s points, a massive score from play from close to the halfway line on the Hogan Stand side, was a really inspirational one, and just the type Cork needed before going in.

No-one could have predicted how the second half would pan out, and the last 15 minutes were particularly dramatic. In the end, both sides will probably be disappointed with the result, as they both will have felt the game was within their grasp. However, in three weeks’ time they will have a chance to reclaim their destiny.


Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 0-12 (11f), T Kelly 0-3, P Collins 0-3, C McGrath 0-2, J Conlon 0-2, D Honan 0-1, Conor Ryan 0-1, D O’Donovan 0-1

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-10 (8f), C Lehane 1-1, A Nash 1-0 (1-0 f), P Cronin 1-0, D Kearney 0-2, S Harnedy 0-2, B Murphy 0-1

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, D McInerney, C Dillon; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor; C Ryan, C Galvin; J Conlon, T Kelly C Ryan; P Collins, D Honan, C McGrath. Subs: C McInerney for D Honan (62), N O’Connell for C Galvin (64), F Lynch for J Conlon (64).

Cork: A Nash; S McDonnell, S O’Neill, C O’Sullivan; B Murphy, C Joyce, W Egan; L McLoughlin, D Kearney; S Harnedy, P Cronin, C Lehane; L O’Farrell, P Horgan, J Coughlan. Subs: S Moylan for J Coughlan (HT), C McCarthy for L McLoughlin (42), C Naughton for C McCarthy (50), T Kenny for W Egan (64), S White for D Kearney (67).

Attendance: 81,651

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

2013 Meetings to date

June 23rd – Munster Senior Hurling Semi Final – Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15
Match Report

April 14th – Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Relegation Final – Clare 0-31 Cork 2-23
Match Report

March 16th – Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Clare 1-22 Cork 1-16
Match Report

February 1st – Waterford Crystal Cup Semi Final – Clare 0-20 Cork 2-11
Match Report

Fixture Details

08.09.2013 (Sun)

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final

An Clár v Corcaigh

Páirc an Chrócaigh, 15.30

Referee: Brian Gavin (Uíbh Fhailí)

Std By: James McGrath (An Iarmhí)

Linesman: Johnny Ryan (Tiobraid Árann)

Sideline: James Owens (Loch Garman)

Umpires – Michael Gavin, David Gavin, William Flynn (all Clara) and PJ Lawlor (Ferbane/Belmont).

Team News

Cork (SH v Clare): A Nash; S McDonnell, S O’Neill, C O’Sullivan; B Murphy, C Joyce, W Egan; L McLoughlin, D Kearney; S Harnedy, P Cronin, C Lehane; L O’Farrell, P Horgan, J Coughlan


For the first time since 1997, when Clare beat Tipperary by a point, the GAA hurling All-Ireland senior final will be an all-Munster affair as Clare take on Cork to decide who succeeds Kilkenny as champions. Their clash in Croke Park on Sunday will throw-in at 3.30 and will be preceded by the Galway-Waterford minor final at 1.15. Cork, who last played in the senior final in 2006 when they lost to Kilkenny, are bidding to win the title for the first time since 2005 while Clare, who last reached the final in 2002, enjoyed their last All-Ireland success in 1997.

Paths to the final


Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15 (Munster quarter-final), Thurles

Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15 (Munster semi-final), Gaelic Grounds

Clare 1-32 Laois 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers), Ennis.

Clare 3-24 Wexford 1-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers – after extra-time) Thurles

Clare 1-23 Galway 2-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final), Thurles

Clare1-22 Limerick 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final), Croke Park

Clare scorers

Colin Ryan……………………….0-51 (0-38 frees, 0-6 ‘65s’)

Tony Kelly……………………….0-16 (0-1 pen)

Padraic Collins………………..0-15

Conor McGrath………………..2-7

Shane O’Donnell……………..3-2

John Conlon……………………..1-8

Darach Honan…………………..0-9

Cathal McInerney………… 2-2

Colm Galvin…………………..0-6

Peter Duggan………………….0-4

Brendan Bugler………………0-3

Patrick O’Connor……………0-3

Fergal Lynch…………………..0-2

Patrick Donnellan……………0-2

Liam Markham………………0-1

David McInerney………….0-1

Cian Dillon………………….0-1

Seadna Morey……………..0-1

Aaron Cunningham………0-1

Nicky O’Connell…………0-1


Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15 (Munster semi-final), Gaelic Grounds

Limerick 0-24 Cork 0-15 (Munster final), Gaelic Grounds

Cork 0-19 Kilkenny 0-14 (All-Ireland quarter-final), Thurles

Cork 1-24 Dublin 1-19 (All-Ireland semi-final), Croke Park

Cork scorers:

Patrick Horgan……….1-30 (0-20 frees)

Seamus Harnedy………0-9

Jamie Coughlan………..0-6 (0-2 frees)

Pa Cronin………………..0-7

Conor Lehane………….0-7

Luke O’Farrell…………0-6

Daniel Kearney…………0-3

Anthony Nash………….0-5 (0-5 frees)

Stephen Moylan………0-2

Cathal Naughton……..0-1

Cian McCarthy…………0-1

William Egan…………..0-1

Lorcan McLoughlin…0-3

Last Five Championship Clashes

2013: Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15 (Munster semi-final)

2008: Cork 2-19 Clare 2-17 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2007: Cork 1-18 Clare 1-11 (Munster quarter-final)

2006: Cork 0-20 Clare 0-14 (Munster semi-final)

2005: Cork 0-16 Clare 0-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Last Five All-Ireland finals


2006: Kilkenny 1-16 Cork 1-13

2005: Cork 1-21 Galway 1-16

2004: Cork 0-17 Kilkenny 0-9

2003: Kilkenny 1-14 Cork 1-11

1999: Cork 0-13 Kilkenny 0-12


2002: Kilkenny 2-20 Clare 0-19

1997: Clare 0-20 Tipperary 2-13

1995: Clare 1-13 Offaly 2-8

1932: Kilkenny 3-3 Clare 2-3

1914: Clare 5-1 Laois 1-0

This year’s clashes…

This will be fifth meeting between the counties this year with Clare having won the first three before Cork prevailed in the Munster semi-final.

Clare 0-20 Cork 2-11 (Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final, Sixmilebridge, February 1)

Late points by Colin Ryan and Cathal O’Connell edged Clare to victory. They led by 0-10 to 0-7 at half-time.

Clare 1-22 Cork 1-16 (Allianz Hurling League, Pairc Ui Rinn, March 16)

Clare trailed by 0-12 to 0-7 at half-time but won the second half by 1-15 to 1-4 in a remarkable performance which overwhelmed Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s men. Colin Ryan scored 0-12 (0-9 frees) for Clare while Patrick Horgan on 0-9 (0-8 frees, 0-1 ’65’) was Cork’s main marksman.

Clare 0-31 Cork 2-23 (Allianz Hurling League – Div 1A play-off – Gaelic Grounds, April 14)

It took extra-time to separate them in a tense battle to decide who dropped into Division 1B. In the end, it was Cork who lost out in the high-scoring shoot-out. Colin Ryan on 0-10 (0-6 frees), Tony Kelly 0-6 and John Conlon 0-4 were top scorers for Clare while Patrick Horgan 0-11 (0-7 frees), Pa Cronin 1-3 and Luke O’Farrell 1-2 were Cork’s main marksmen.

Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15 (Munster semi-final, Gaelic Grounds, June 23)

Clare led by 0-11 to 0-8 at half-time, having played with the wind but had their advantage quickly wiped out as Cork went on to win the second half by 0-15 to 0-4.

Cork: A Nash (0-2 frees); C O’Sullivan, S McDonnell, S O’Neill; C Joyce, B Murphy, W Egan (0-1); T Kenny, D Kearney (0-1); C McCarthy (0-1), S Harnedy (0-3), C Lehane (0-2); L O’Farrell (0-2), P Horgan (0-8, 0-5 frees), S Moylan

Subs: J Coughlan (0-2) for Moylan; P Cronin (0-1) for McCarthy.

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, D McInerney, C Dillon; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor; C Galvin (0-2), N O’Connell; J Conlon, T Kelly (0-1), C Ryan (0-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 ‘65’); C McGrath (0-2), D Honan (0-2), P Collins (0-5).

Subs: A Cunningham for Conlon; F Lynch for Ryan; S Morey for O’Connell; S O’Donnell (0-1) for McGrath.


Will Cork cut Kilkenny’s lead to three or will Clare join Galway and Offaly the four mark? Cork are currently four behind Kilkenny and four ahead of Tipperary. Clare will move up to joint 7th with Galway and Offaly if they win.

34: Kilkenny (1904-1905-1907-1909-1911-1912-1913-1922-1932-1933-1935-1939-1947-1957-1963-1967-1969-1972-1974-1975-1979-1982-1983-1992-1993-2000-2002-2003-2006-2007-2008-2009-2011-2012).

30: CORK (1890-1892-1893-1894-1902-1903-1919-1926-1928-1929-1931-1941-1942-1943-1944-1946-1952-1953-1954-1966-1970-1976-1977-1978-1984-1986-1990-1999-2004-2005).

26: Tipperary (1887-1895-1896-1898-1899-1900-1906-1908-1916-1925-1930-1937-1945-1949-1950-1951-1958-1961-962-1964-1965-1971-1989-1991-2001-2010)

7: Limerick (1897-1918-21-34-36-40-73).

6: Dublin (1889-1917-1920-1924-1927-1938).

6: Wexford (1910-1955-1956-1960-1968-1996)

4: Galway (1923-1980-1987-1988)

4: Offaly (1981-1985-1994-1998)

3: CLARE (1914-1995-1997)

2: Waterford (1948-1959)

1: Kerry (1891)

1: Laois (1915)

1: London (1901)


*Clare and Cork have met 47 times in the championship with results as follows: Cork 33; Clare 11; Draws 3.

*This will be the fifth year that the All-Ireland title goes to a county that was beaten in their provincial championship. The previous ones were Offaly (1998), Cork (2004), Tipperary (2010), Kilkenny (2012). It’s the first time since 2004 (Cork v Kilkenny) that both finalists were beaten in the provincial championships

*Jimmy Barry-Murphy is bidding for the rare achievement of steering a county to All-Ireland glory in his second term as management. Barry-Murphy led Cork to All-Ireland success in 1999 during his first stint as manager which lasted five seasons (1996-2000). He returned as manager at the start of last season. Barry-Murphy won six All-Ireland senior medals as a dual player: Football – 1973; Hurling: 1976-77-78-84-86.

*Davy Fitzgerald is in his sixth season as an inter-county manager. He led Waterford in 2008-2011 before taking over in his native Clare at the start of last year.

*Both Clare and Cork played Limerick in this year’s championship with contrasting results. Cork lost to Limerick by 0-24 to 0-15 in the Munster final while Clare beat John Allen’s men by 1-22 to 0-18 in the All-Ireland semi-final.

*Cork have scored only one goal (Patrick Horgan v Dublin) and conceded one goal (David Treacy v Dublin) in their four championship games so far this year.

*It’s the first time since 2005 that Kilkenny are not in the senior final.

*Referee, Brian Gavin (Offaly) takes charge of his second senior All-Ireland final, having previously officiated at the Tipperary-Kilkenny decider in 2011.

2013 Championship Top Scorers

Clare’s Colin Ryan looks certain to top the scoring charts in championship 2013 after moving into top spot last Sunday. His 0-11 total against Limerick took him to 0-51 from six games, a point clear of Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny), whose season is finished. Cork’s Patrick Horgan is the only other sharp-shooter in the top ten, who is still involved in the championship but he is 18 points behind Ryan whose returns have been as follows: 0-7 v Waterford; 0-2 v Cork; 0-11 v Laois; 0-10 v Wexford; 0-10 v Galway; 0-11 v Limerick. The top ten are as follows:

Colin Ryan (Clare)……………………….0-51

Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny)………………..0-50

Jack Guiney (Wexford)…………….. 2-40

Paul Ryan (Dublin)……………………..3-32

Patrick Horgan (Cork)……….. ……..1-30

Maurice Shanahan (Waterford)….1-29

Joe Canning (Galway)………………1-25

Derek McNicholas (Westmeath)…..0-21

Joey Boland (Dublin)…………………0-21

Neil McManus (Antrim)…………….2-15


6 Meán Fómhair 2013

Hurling Finals

The GAA and An Garda Síochána would like to inform patrons attending Sunday’s GAA Hurling All-Ireland finals at Croke Park that Jones Road is only open to patrons holding tickets for the Premium Level, Hogan Stand and Nally Terrace.

This means that the Hogan Stand entrance or the Croke Park hotel won’t be available as a meeting point for ticket exchange and collections etc by patrons holding tickets for other areas of the stadium.

The main cordon points around Croke Park on Sunday will be located at:

• Lr. Drumcondra Rd / Clonliffe Rd junction, Fitzroy Ave & Whitworth Place

• North Circular Rd / Gills Corner, Jonses Rd

• Clonliffe Rd / Jones Rd and

• Clonliffe Rd / Ballybough (Sackville, Clonliffe Ave, O’Sullivan Ave)

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final – Galway 0-12 Limerick 0-10

Galway defeated Limerick by 0-12 to 0-10 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final on Sunday September 15th at Croke Park.

McGrath on song as Tribeswomen make amends

Galway 0-12 Limerick 0-10

By Daragh Ó Conchúir for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Galway held off a spirited Limerick side to bounce back from last year’s replay defeat and eke out a narrow but deserved victory in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland intermediate camogie final at Croke Park. Orlaith McGrath – whose father Michael ‘Hopper’ McGrath enjoyed many successful days at headquarters – was in scintillating form for the Tribeswomen and it was no surprise that the Sarsfields attacker earned the Player of the Match award. She topped off a day she is unlikely to forget by coming on towards the end of the seniors’ success later in the afternoon.

Limerick fought to the bitter end but their much-vaunted forward line got absolutely no change from a splendid Galway rearguard. And so, the Shannonsiders were heavily reliant on Niamh Mulcahy’s well-judged shooting in nightmarish conditions for free-takers to keep them in contention. Galway gradually imposed themselves and three points from Rebecca Hennelly, McGrath and a classy finish by Aoife Donoghue helped them into a 0-6 to 0-3 lead. But it was level scores at the interval as Mulcahy punished a few indiscretions. She gave Limerick the lead early in the second half, but a run of three points, with McGrath providing one either side of Donoghue’s second score, pushed Galway clear once more. Síle Moynihan made a brilliant save from Karen Kennedy five minutes from the end of normal time to keep Joe Quaid’s side in touch though and two brilliant Mulcahy frees left it at 0-11 to 0-10 entering injury time.

Hennelly pushed the gap to two with a 62nd minute free but Karen O’Leary almost snatched a dramatic victory for Limerick, only to see her shot deflected out for a 45. Limerick boss Quaid referred to a couple of important decisions going against his side but, in a nod to Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald, joked that he wouldn’t be giving a “small fish” speech. “We’re gutted,” Quaid stated. “I don’t feel the girls performed to their potential today but we have to understand what a low base we came from last year and how many young girls we have on the team. I’m so, so proud of them for the way they tried out there today.”

Scorers for Galway: R Hennelly (3fs), O McGrath (0-4 each), A Donoghue (0-2), C Cormican, M Cooney (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: N Mulcahy (0-8, 7fs), C Costello, M O’Callaghan (0-1 each).

GALWAY: R Callanan; T Kenny, S Healy, C Gill; P Kenny, S Noone, S Keane; A Callanan, C Cormican; K O’Dwyer, R Hennelly, M Cooney; F Keely, O McGrath, A Donoghue

Subs: D Burke for A Callanan (ht); K Kennedy for Donoghue(52); A Lynskey for Keely (57); L Mitchell for O’Dwyer (60+2).

LIMERICK: S Moynihan; F Hickey, S Carey, J Mulcahy; M Ryan, M Casey, R Delee; D Fitzpatrick, K Campbell; C Costello, N Mulcahy, D Murphy; M Keating, M O’Callaghan, D O’Brien.

Subs: A Wilson for Keating (ht); K O’Leary for Campbell (44); J Garvey for O’Callaghan (54); J Wilson for Ryan (58).

Referee: A O’Brien (Wexford)

Fixture Details

Sunday 15th September 2013

Liberty Insurance Intermediate Camogie Championship Final

Galway v Limerick

Referee – Aiden O Brien

Croke Park 14:00

Team News

Limerick Team

1 Sile Moynihan (Ahane)

2 Fiona Hickey (Granagh Ballingarry)

3 Sarah Carey (Granagh Ballingarry)

4 Judith Mulcahy (Ahane)

5 Mairéad Ryan (Galbally)

6 Michelle Casey (Killeedy) Captain

7 Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West)

8 Deirdre Fitzpatrick (Killeedy)

9 Katie Campbell (Na Piarsaigh)

10 Caoimhe Costello (Adare)

11 Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane)

12 Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry)

13 Marie Keating (Killeedy(

14 Mary O’Callaghan (Bruff)

15 Dymphna O’Brien (Killeedy)


16 Claire Keating (Cappamore)

17 Janet Garvey (Tournafulla)

18 Noreen Barry (Killeedy)

19 Mairéad Fitzgerald (Granagh Ballingarry)

20 Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West)

21 Aoife Wilson (Na Piarsaigh)

22 Elaine Kennedy (Newcastle West)

23 Bríd Hannan (Croagh Kilfinny)

24 Meadhbh O’Neill (Galbally)

25 Orla Cunningham (Killeedy)

26 Sarah Crotty (Ahane)

27 Katie Hennessy (Ballyagran)

28 Caitrin DeBhál (Feenagh Kilmeedy)

29 Donna Mulcahy (Killeedy)

30 Jane Wilson (Na Piarsaigh)

31 Aishling McCartan (Newcastle West)

32 Patricia Liston (Newcastle West)

Management Team

Manager- Joe Quaid (Murroe Boher)

Selectors – Ger Sheehy (Newcastle West), Anne Herbert (Newcastle West)

First Aid – Sara Fitzgerald

Liason Officer – James Moynihan

Limerick U14s will take part in the All Ireland Blitz in Dublin on Saturday and will also parade in Croke Park at half time in the Senior game.

Another Limerick Team will take the field in Croke Park on Sunday as the U10s of Treaty Gaels Camogie Club will take part in the mini games at half time in the Junior match.

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 A Championship Final – Clare 2-28 Antrim 0-12

Clare defeated Antrim by 2-28 to 0-12 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 A Championship Final on Saturday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Clare cashing in on winning mentality

Clare 2-28 Antrim 0-12

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Semple Stadium was a sea of saffron and blue at the end of this All-Ireland U21 hurling final, with thousands of enthused Clare supporters in the 11,148 crowd covering the pitch and acclaiming their heroes after yet another great day for the county. Though this was a facile win, Antrim doing their limited best but never at the races against a Clare side backboned by eight players (four starters, four panellists) from Sunday’s drawn SHC final in Croke Park against Cork.

It took Clare just 12 minutes to unlock the crowded Ulster men’s defence, at which point they led by just two points (0-4 to 0-2). Once they found the key it became a rout and when they led by 18 points at the break (2-16 to 0-4), a record win looked on the cards. Seven minutes after the resumption, however, having extended their lead by four, the Clare management duo of Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor hauled the big guns ashore, David McInerney, Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly and Podge Collins all leaving the field to a massive ovation. In the remaining 23 minutes Antrim managed an honourable draw, seven more points apiece, free-taker Ciaran Clarke doing most of their scoring, corner-forwards Cathal O’Connell (11 points) and Davy O’Halloran (1-4) doing the damage for Clare.

Overall though it was a total mismatch, Clare’s title before a ball was pucked. “The final was probably in Walsh Park, against Waterford,” admitted O’Connor. “That was the toughest test we have faced in a long time and we must acknowledge the work going on down there. They pushed us to the very limit and the resolve we gained from that, the test we got, really stood to us in the second half against Tipperary when they came back at us (Munster final), and in the first half against Galway (semi-final) here a few weeks ago.”

This has been a team in the making however for a lot longer than that. “I call this the class of 2010 and we lost the All-Ireland minor final in pretty harrowing circumstances against Kilkenny that year. We felt we left it behind us and in the dressing room afterwards — through tears, and we don’t remember a whole pile of the words that we uttered but we remember the hurt and the pain and the anguish — we made a pact as a group that if we ever got the opportunity to win an All-Ireland together, we would. It probably came a year sooner than expected (Clare also won last year) but these guys have been training and preparing for today for the past four years.

“While the result might appear facile, the performance we wanted to give, we gave, in the first half. We wanted to give a top-class professional performance that reflected a team that had been training for four years. People have been surprised how well a young team like Clare performed in Croke Park on Sunday but these guys have a winning mentality, they know nothing else other than winning. That’s a huge advantage to have going into any game — they expect to win, fear nobody but respect everybody.”

The senior guys are an inspiration to the others, reckons O’Connor, not a prima donna among them, just settled straight back into the U21 set-up. “It’s being reported in the media that 14 of these guys are on the (extended) senior panel but the reality is that only four of them are playing day in, day out. The biggest challenge we had was to ensure our training was of a high enough intensity to bring the guys who weren’t playing last Sunday up to speed. It gives you a taste of the mentality of these guys that on Tuesday night Podge Collins had a puss on him because he couldn’t train! That’s the way they are; they love playing hurling, they love the way Paul Kinnerk has them playing, they enjoy it — this was a huge and a wonderful opportunity for them to express themselves.”

It’s going to work in their favour now too going into the senior replay, reckons Donal Moloney. “I think from a Clare perspective there is an unwarranted level of despondency (after the draw) — I think they are really set up to win the replay. This will help them, absolutely. The enthusiasm they will go back in with will be palpable — that will help the rest of the guys to push over the line. We may never see this again in Clare, everything possible has to be done to finish the year on a high.”

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell (0-11, nine frees); D O’Halloran (1-4); S O’Donnell (1-0); C Galvin (0-3); T Kelly (0-3); S Morey (0-2); C Malone (0-2); A O’Neill (free), J Colleran, E Boyce (0-1 each).

Scorers for Antrim: C Clarke (0-7, five frees, one s/l); C McCann, S McAfee, J McGreevy, C McGuinness, M Bradley (0-1 each).

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, C Malone; C O’Connell, S O’Donnell, D O’Halloran.

Subs for Clare: J Colleran for Kelly (33); K Lynch for McInerney (33); E Boyce for Galvin (37); N Arthur for Collins (37); A Cunningham for O’Donnell (50).

Antrim: G Dixon; C Morgan, M Donnelly, T Coyle; T Ó Ciaráin, P McNaughton, C McGuinness; J McGreevey (c), E Campbell; S Dooey, S McAfee, N McKenna; D McKernan, C McCann, C Clarke.

Subs for Antrim: D Kearney for Ó Ciaráin (22); M Bradley for Donnelly (30); S Beatty for Dooey (30); M Dudley for McKernan (40); D McGuinness for McCann (54).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)


Clare 2-28 Antrim 0-12

Report from the web site

Clare captain Paul Flanagan with the trophy Clare’s Davy O’Halloran scores his sides first goal Clare claimed back-to-back Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland Under 21 hurling titles, following a 2-28 to 0-12 win over Antrim at Semple Stadium. The Banner County led throughout, and held a 2-16 to 0-04 interval advantage with Davy O’Halloran and Shane O’Donnell netting their goals. Clare opened up a 22-point lead inside seven minutes of the restart, and although Antrim worked hard with scores from Chris McGuinness, Ciaran Clarke and Niall McKenna, the reigning champions weren’t going to be beaten. Cathal O’Connell led the charge for the Munster outfit with 11 points, including ten from placed balls.

Antrim made one change to their side from the semi-final win over Wexford, with Chris McGuinness coming into defence in place of St John’s Ciarán Johnston. Clare opted for the same line-up named midweek, with four of the side which started the drawn All-Ireland Senior final against Cork last weekend handed starts. David McInerney, Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly and Padraic Collins were all included in the Banner line-up. A crowd 11,148 watched on in a game where Galvin and Kelly proved to be impressive in the midfield, scoring three points each, including two each in the opening half.

Clare ran at the Antrim defence from the off, with full-back Matthew Donnelly and Chris McGuinness handed yellow cards inside the opening three minutes, as the Saffrons rearguard found it hard to cope in the initial stages. Antrim went two points in arrears after five minutes, with O’Connell firing two early frees over for Clare. Conor McCann opened Antrim’s account after seven minutes, and although the scoreline stood at 0-04 to 0-02 after 11-and-a-half minutes, the Saffrons failed to score again for a further 13 minutes as Clare exerted firm control.

Antrim’s use of the short puck-out strategy was not proving fruitful with the Saffrons particularly caught in the 20th minute, as Davy O’Halloran controlled possession from Ger Dixon’s puck-out and fired the reigning champions to a 0-13 to 0-02 lead. O’Halloran’s score came in a spell which saw Clare score 1-10 without reply, with O’Connell deadly accurate from placed-balls, while O’Halloran fired the Banner’s opening goal in the 23rd minute. The Éire Óg Ennis clubman left Conal Morgan in his wake as he bore down on goals and bounced the ball, before giving Antrim goalkeeper Ger Dixon little chance as Clare moved 1-13 to 0-02 ahead.

Tony Kelly edged Clare further ahead a minute later, and although Ciarán Clarke replied after good work by Saffrons skipper Jackson McGreevey, Clare continued to pile on the pressure. O’Connell and Galvin added further points, before Shane O’Donnell’s 27th minute goal gave Clare a 2-16 to 0-03 lead. Antrim worked hard in the closing minutes of the half for a score and were eventually rewarded, with Clarke slotting over a sideline cut before the break, to ensure a 2-16 to 0-04 half-time scoreline.

Antrim were caught napping after the break, Kelly and O’Halloran firing a point each inside a minute of the restart. A Stephen McAfee point settled the Saffrons, but they still found it hard to cope with a pacey Clare attack. Clarke showed great pace of his own in the 35th minute, as he forced Clare keeper Ronan Taffe to make a fine save, after a rasping goal shot. Scores from O’Connell and O’Halloran handed Clare a 22-point lead in the 37th minute, but Antrim failed to give up.

Clarke, Chris McGuinness and Niall McKenna pegged back points for the Saffrons, while at the opposite end it could have been worse for the Ulster side but for the brilliance of Dixon who pulled off fine saves in the 46th and 56th minutes. The Cuchulanns clubman denied Cathal Malone at the start of the second quarter, while the inrushing Seadna Morey was also rebuffed with three minutes left on the clock. Half-back Morey was one of Clare’s outstanding players in this game, with two excellent points from play. Morey’s second point handed Clare a 2-25 to 0-10 lead.

Antrim worked hard late on with Clarke and substitute Michael Bradley taking scores, but it was too little too late as Clare powered to a 22-point win. After the game GAA President Liam O’Neill presented Clare captain Paul Flanagan with the Cross of Cashel trophy, while corner-forward Davy O’Halloran claimed the Man of the Match award.

Clare: R Taffe, P Flanagan, D McInerney, J Browne, S Morey (0-02), A O’Neill (0-01, 1f), S O’Halloran, C Galvin (0-03), T Kelly (0-03), P Duggan, P Collins, C Malone (0-02), C O’Connell (0-11, 10f), S O’Donnell (1-00), D O’Halloran (1-04).

Subs: K Lynch for Kelly (33), J Colleran (0-01) for McInerney (33), E Boyce (0-01) for Galvin (36), N Arthur for Collins (36), A Cunningham for O’Donnell (49).

Antrim: G Dixon, C Morgan, M Donnelly, T Coyle, T Ó Ciaráin, P McNaughton, C McGuinness (0-01), J McGreevey (0-01), E Campbell, S Dooey, S McAfee (0-01), N McKenna (0-01, 1f), D McKernan, C McCann (0-01), C Clarke (0-06, 4f, 1sl).

Subs: D Kearney for Ó Ciaráin (22), S Beatty for Dooey (HT), M Bradley (0-01) for Donnelly (HT), M Dudley for McKernan (39), D McGuinness for McCann (54).

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

Fixture Details

14.09.2013 (Sat)

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 Championship Final

Semple Stadium Thurles 17:00

Aontroim v An Clár

Referee: Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)

(E.T. if Necessary)

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4

Team News

CLARE (U21H v Antrim): R Taaffe (Tubber); P Flanagan (Ballyea), D McInerney (Tulla), J Browne (Ballyea); S Morey (Sixmilebridge), A O’Neill (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield), S O’Halloran (Clarecastle); C Galvin (Clonlara), T Kelly (Ballyea); P Duggan (Clooney-Quin), P Collins (Cratloe), C Malone (Ennistymon); C O’Connell (Clonlara), S O’Donnell (Éire Óg), D O’Halloran (Éire Óg)

Cathal Malone of Ennistymon comes into the side at left half-forward instead of the injured Aaron Cunningham in a side otherwise unchanged from that which beat Galway in the semi-final. David McInerney, Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly and Podge Collins all started for the Banner senior side in last Sunday’s drawn All-Ireland senior final against Cork.

Antrim: G Dixon; C Morgan, M Donnelly, T Coyle; T Ó Ciarain, P McNaughton, C Johnson; J McGreevey, E Campbell; S Dooey, S McAfee, N McKenna; D McKernan, C McCann, C Clarke.

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Final – Kerry 1-21 Kildare 4-10

Kerry defeated Kildare by 1-21 to 4-10 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Final on Saturday September 14th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Boyle’s late goal swings it Kerry’s way

Kerry 1-21 Kildare 4-10

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

How quickly the pendulum swings in hurling! Fourth minute of injury-time in this All-Ireland U21 B final in Semple Stadium on Saturday Kildare were in the driving-seat, ahead by two points and with one hand on the trophy. Then came one last high ball into Kerry danger man Podge Boyle on the edge of the Kildare square and in an instant the ball was in the net and the Kingdom were ahead by a point. Seconds later, from the Kildare puckout, sub Phillip Lucid iced the cake with a fine point. Having had a bye all the way to the final (with no other B team in Munster, and a walkover from Tyrone in the semi-final), Kerry were All-Ireland champions after just one game, adding to the minor B title won last weekend in similar late and dramatic fashion.

“Unbelievable!” was the reaction of manager Jim Walsh. “I thought we were going to run out of time with the last puckout, but I was hoping we’d get one more chance, and Podge (Boyle, full-forward) is the right man in those situations. He was unlucky in the first half and could have had two goals. But look, that’s the kind of thing that can happen in hurling. Those things are possible. We conceded four goals but kept plugging away, got 21 points which is a fine score.” For the same Podge that last high ball was just what the doctor ordered. “We robbed them in the end but I think we deserved it; the goals kept them in it but we were the better team all the way through. That’s what I wanted all day, a high ball into the square. I hurt my ankle earlier in the game and couldn’t really move after that.”

Truth be told, in a game that was tied at the break (0-14 to 3-5) Kerry were marginally the better side and 22 scores to 14 tells a tale. Even Kildare manager Noel McMahon admitted as much, though the manner of the defeat left a sour taste. “Two points up in injury-time, a blatant penalty ignored — I don’t know, what can you do? We were here again last year against Roscommon, a referee who didn’t give us one free inside their half bar one in the first minute. Today we get done again by a refereeing decision. Niall Kenny (the player fouled) is only 17, man-of-the-match by a mile, that would have crowned it for him, but what do you do? They were possibly that little bit better than us but we got the goals, led for most of the match and they got one four minutes into injury-time, when it should have been done and dusted at the other end.”

Scorers for Kerry: P Boyle (1-7, three frees); B Brosnan (0-4, two frees, one 65); P McGrath (0-3); D Collins (0-3); B O’Leary (0-2); P Connolly, P Lucid (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kildare: N Kenny (2-3); M Delaney (0-5, two frees, one 65); R Casey (1-0); P McKenna (1-0, pen); E Dempsey (0-2).

KERRY: N Leen; TB McElligott, A Fealy, K Orpen; T Casey, B Murphy, D Fitzell; B Brosnan, B O’Leary (c); P McGrath, D Collins, M O’Leary; PJ Costello, P Boyle, D Leahy.

Subs: K Carmody for Connolly (25); T Barrett for McElligott (25); S Weir for Leahy (41); P Lucid for Carmody (53).

KILDARE: P McKenna; C Farrell, C Gordon, S O’Flynn; K Murphy, D Flaherty, K Connor; P Kennedy, J Byrne; N Kenny, F Conway, R Casey; M Delaney (c), G Keegan, E Dempsey.

Subs: E Doddy for Keegan (51); D Keane for Kenny (63).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)

Fixture Details

14.09.2013 (Sat)

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21B Championship Final

Semple Stadium Thurles 15:00

Ciarraí v Cill Dara

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)

(E.T. if Necessary)

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live by TG4

Team News

Kildare: P McKenna; S O’Flynn, C Farrell, C Gordon; K Murphy, D Flaherty, K Connor; P Kennedy, J Byrne; N Kenny, F Conway, M Delaney; R Casey, G Keegan, E Dempsey


The Kerry Team to play Kildare in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland Under 21 B Final on Saturday next in Semple Stadium Thurles is as follows:

1 Nicky Leen Ballyduff

2 T.B. McElligott Crotta O Neills

3 Anthony Fealy Causeway

4 Kevin Orpen St Brendans Ardfert

5 Dougie Fitzell Kilmoyley

6 Brian Murphy Causeway

7 Thomas Casey Causeway

8 Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw

9 Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney (Capt.)

10 Micheal O’Leary Abbeydorney

11 Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

12 Paul McGrath Causeway

13 Pat Joe Connolly Ballyduff

14 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

15 Darren Leahy Causeway


16 Kieran Fitzgibbons Kenmare

17 Tommy Barrett Causeway

18 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills

19 Chris McCarthy Abbeydorney

20 Keith Carmody Causeway

21 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue

22 Daniel O’Leary Abbeydorney

23 Stephen O’Connor Abbeydorney

24 David Goulding Ballyduff

25 Tommy Maunsell Kilmoyley

26 Jason Bowler Ballyduff

27 David Griffin St Brendans Ardfert

28 Kevin O’Sullivan Kenmare

29 Alan O’Leary Kenmare


Other panel members out through injury

Kevin O’Connor Ballyduff

Colman Savage Kilmoyley


Manager: Joe Walsh (Kilmoyley)

Selectors: D. J. Leahy (Causeway) John Lucid (Ballyheigue), Tom O’Connell (Abbeydorney)

Medical / Physio: Maura Griffin, Stephanie O’Sullivan

Liason Officer: Ger McCarthy

Kerry Under 21 Hurling Panel – Did You Know?

1. Brotherly Love – Three O’Leary brothers from the Abbeydorney club are part of this Kerry panel; Daniel, Brendan & Michéal. Brendan and Micheal played on last year’s minor team that won the All Ireland B with Michéal wining his 2nd Minor medal last Saturday. Brendan captains the side & all three are under age again next year.

2. Nine of the panel were part of the 2011 Under 21winning team.

3. Thirteen of the panel are still involved in the senior county hurling championship semi -finals.

4 Michéal O’Leary, Keith Carmody & Philp Lucid were members of last years and this years winning All Ireland Minor B teams.

5. Manager Joe Walsh and selectors D.J. Leahy, and Tom O’Connell were members of the Kerry senior team that beat Waterford in the Munster senior championship in 1993 and played all grades with the county.

6. Selector John Lucid played all grades with Kerry from underage to senior.

7. Darren Leahy is son of present selector D.J.

8. Seven of the panel were part of the Christy Ring team who lost to Down in the final earlier in the year.

9. Most of this panel have played with Causeway Comprehensive School and were very successful at Colleges level in Munster.

10. Padraig Boyle and Daniel Collins have also played Minor football for the county.

11 Kerry have seven U21 titles 1998, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011,

12 Michéal O’Leary from the Abbeydorney club is captain of the team.

Kerry Manager Joe Walsh – A Profile

Joe is a member of the Kilmoyley Hurling club and played at all grades for both club and county. He holds 4 county senior championship medals along with a Munster senior league with the club. Along with his brother Christy, he was a member of the Kerry senior hurling team when Kerry beat Waterford in the Munster championship in 1993. Joe coached the Kerry minor team to All Ireland success in 2009 and also coached underage club teams for many years. He is also coach to the local camogie team, Cillard Under 14s and 16s.

Joe was the first hurling officer to be elected to Coiste Chontae Chiarrai in 2008, a position he held for 5 years. During his term Kerry won the Christy Ring Cup in 2011, three U21 and 2 Minor titles, he also set up a new hurling club in Tralee town in 2012 and Tralee Parnells have since been a great success. Joe is married to Margaret and they have three children, Clodagh. Sarah and Ronan.