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.

Click here to view the finals live via gaahandball.ie

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 www.gaahandball.ie 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 www.gaahandball.ie 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 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

Subs:

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