Christy Ring Cup – Kerry 4-31 Derry 0-11

Kerry defeated Derry by 4-31 to 0-11 in the Christy Ring Cup Senior Hurling competition on Saturday May 3rd at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


Team News

KERRY (SH v Derry): T Flynn (Causeway); B Murphy (Causeway), T Murnane (Kilmoyley), D Fitzell (Kilmoyley); S Weir (Crotta O’Neills), D Dineen (St Brendan’s), T Casey (Causeway); J Griffin (Lixnaw), J Egan (St Brendan’s); M Boyle (Ballyduff), D Collins (Kilmoyley), C Harty (Causeway); P Boyle (Ballyduff), D Butler (Knockavilla Donaskeigh), S Nolan (Crotta O’Neills)
Subs: N Leen (Ballyduff), D O’Connell (Abbeydorney), K Carmody (Causeway), B O’Leary (Abbeydorney), J Leahy (Causeway), P O’Connor (Causeway), P O’Connor (Kilmoyley), P Lucid (Ballyheigue), J Casey (Ballyheigue), A Boyle (Ballyduff), A Fealy (Causeway), B Brosnan (Lixnaw).

Irish Daily Star National Camogie League Division 1 Final – Kilkenny 1-15 Clare 0-4

Kilkenny defeated Clare by 1-15 to 0-4 in the Irish Daily Star National Camogie League Division 1 Final on Sunday May 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Kilkenny camogie team beat Clare to win first national title since 2008

Report from thescore.ie

Kilkenny 1-15 Clare 0-4

KILKENNY CLAIMED THEIR first national title since 2008 when they proved much too strong for Clare in a disappointingly one-sided Irish Daily Star camogie league Division 1 final at Semple Stadium. This competition provided the Noresiders with their last silverware at senior level and on this evidence, they will make a bold bid for All-Ireland honours later this year, having fallen at the last hurdle last September.

The Clare defensive unit was clearly unsettled by the loss of Eimear Considine to injury in the seventh minute, with the Kilmaley player being stretchered off with a knee injury. Kilkenny had suffered their own misfortune before the throw-in though, with influential full-forward Shelley Farrell unavailable due to an ankle knock. They settled reasonably well though and with the conditions making controlling the sliotar difficult they led by a point (0-2 to 0-1) approaching the end of the opening quarter.

They opened up from there though, with points from player of the match Denise Gaule and a Miriam Walsh brace stretching the margin to four.
Clare’s inexperience showed itself at this juncture, in what was their first-ever national final at the highest level, as they began to chase goals rather than take the point-scoring opportunities presented to them. Missing a couple of early frees also betrayed their nerves.

It was no coincidence that their longest-serving operator, Deirdre Murphy presented their chief threat and she scored a lovely point to make it 0-5 to 0-2. Kilkenny finished strongly though, and points from Gaule (free), Leann Fennelly, Áine Connery and Walsh gave them a seven-point interval lead. Chloe Morey landed a trademark long distance free immediately after the restart but that would be Clare’s last score until Murphy’s injury-time point.

Instead, with Mairéad Power and Jacqui Frisby completely on top in their full-back line, and Ann Dalton, Gaule and Walsh dominant, Kilkenny exerted themselves. Gaule brought her tally to six points with four well-taken scores, while Walsh and Fennelly also found the target. Aoife Neary goaled from close range in the 41st minute to cement their superiority and though the likes of Murphy, Kate Lynch and Máire McGrath put up a brave resistance, Clare were never going to deny Kilkenny.

SCORERS FOR KILKENNY: D Gaule 0-6(3fs); M Walsh 0-4; A Neary 1-0; L Fennelly, A Connery 0-2 each; A Dalton 0-1

SCORERS FOR CLARE: D Murphy 0-3(1f); C Morey 0-1(f)

KILKENNY: E Kavanagh, M Power, K McDonald, J Frisby, C Dormer, E Keane, E Aylward, A Dalton, a Dunphy, A Connery, M Walsh, D Gaule, M Quilty, L Fennelly, A Neary
Subs: C Phelan for Connery (51), M Dargan for Walsh (54), A Kinsella for Aylward (59)

CLARE: D Lynch, R McMahon, M McGrath, C O’Leary, N O’Dea, C Morey, E Considine, K Lynch, O Duggan, D Murphy, F Lafferty, C Hennessy, N Kaiser, L McMahon, E Horgan
Subs: K Horgan for Considine inj (7), C McMahon for Hennessy (19), H McMahon for K Horgan (45), V Loughnane for E Horgan (46), K Cahill for Duggan (50), A Griffin for O’Leary (59)

REFEREE: G O’Dowd (Limerick)



Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 1 final

Clare v Kilkenny, Semple Stadium, 1.30pm *Live on TG4

Preview from GAA.ie

Clare caused a minor shock by ending Cork’s three-in-a-row bid in the semi-final but given that they had only lost to the Leesiders after extra time at the same stage of last year’s competition, and beat them in the 2012 Munster final, it couldn’t be described as a sensation. With the younger girls having gained experience and a vital veteran element still having a key role in the squad, the time had come for the Bannerwomen to step up to the plate.

They have reached their first national final at senior level the hard way though, needing to carve out a dogged two-point win over Limerick to earn a three-way play-off. They didn’t give their Shannonside rivals a sniff next time out however, and a comfortable win over their western neighbours and All-Ireland champions, Galway secured the semi-final berth. The confidence derived from those wins, added to the sharpness the extra games gave them, certainly helped them end the champions’ run.
Kilkenny have had a much more serene progression through the group section, with the Bannerwomen providing their sternest challenge when getting to within five points of them in Ballyhale on March 8. Wexford rallied late on in the semi-final but the Noresiders were good value for their 2-7 to 1-7 victory.

The Black and Ambers had a tremendous championship campaign last season but were dreadfully disappointed to lose the All-Ireland final to Galway. They look very motivated this term and will be desperate to end a drought at national level that goes back to the winning the league in 2008. They have a really strong look at both ends of the field, with Ann Dalton, Jacqui Frisby, Shelly Farrell, Denise Gaule and Elaine Aylward in excellent form.

Clare are in bonus territory but won’t be looking at it like that as finals are for winning. With Máire McGrath, Chloe Morey, Deirdre Murphy, Eimear Considine and Nikki Kaiser in their ranks, they can be expected to fight hard to do just that.

Kilkenny: E.Kavanagh; M.Power ; K.McDonald; J.Frisby; C.Phelan E.Keane; .E.Aylward; A.Dunphy; A.Dalton D.Gaule; M.Walsh; L.Fennelly (Capt); M.Quilty; S.Farrell ; A.Neary

Clare: D.Lynch ; C.Morey; M.McGrath; C.O’Leary; R.McMahon; N.O’Dea; E.Considine; K.Lynch (Capt) O.Duggan; N.Kaiser; F.Lafferty ; D.Murphy ; C.Hennessy ; L.McMahon; E.Horgan

Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 4 Final – Kerry 1-10 Limerick 1-10

Kerry and Limerick drew in the Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 4 final on Sunday May 4th at Abbeydorney.

Kerry 1-10 Limerick 1-10

Report from the Camogie Association

Kerry and Limerick will have to go at it all over again to decide the destination of the Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 4 trophy after this thrilling draw in Abbeydorney. Limerick looked to have one hand on the cup when they led at half time by 1-6 to 0-4. They eked out an early two-point advantage but two pointed frees by Sara Murphy (frees) and a score from play by Jessica Fitzgerald edged Kerry ahead.

David Doyle’s charges didn’t score for the remainder of the half though and when Elaine Kennedy’s long ball dropped into the Kerry net, Limerick pushed on to establish that five-point advantage. That lead was up to six approaching the end of the third quarter but Jessica Fitzell’s scrambled goal and Patrice Diggin’s excellence at centre-back galvanised the Kingdom girls. Four points from placed balls brought Murphy’s tally to eight and gave Kerry the lead but an injury-time point from Limerick’s accurate midfielder Caitrín de Bhál snatched a deserved draw for Ger Curtin’s side.

SCORERS FOR KERRY: S Murphy 0-8(6fs, 2 45s); J Fitzell 1-2

SCORERS FOR LIMERICK: C de Bhál 0-7(5fs, 1 45); E Kennedy 1-0; K Carroll, M Creamer, M Fitzgerald 0-1 each

KERRY: M O’Carroll, T Moran, A Fitzgerald, S Horgan, O Young, P Diggin, M Costello, N Leen, AM Leen, E Ryall, L Collins, G McNamara, J Fitzell, C Godley, S Murphy. Subs: J O’Keeffe for Godley (40), J Cronin for Ryall (45)

LIMERICK: C Fitzgerald, G Lee, N Barry, C Neville, M McCarthy, L Scanlon, N Curtin, C de Bhál, R Noona, K Carroll, E Kennedy, M Lynch, M Clancy, M Creamer, S Tobin. Subs: M Fitzgerald for Clancy (ht), S Cllins for Lynch (ht), N Tuite for Noonan (45)

REFEREE: W Cole (Cork)


Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 4 final

Kerry v Limerick, Abbeydorney, 2.30pm

Reaching the final in their first year competing in the Irish Daily Star League is a phenomenal achievement by Kerry, and a testament to everyone involved in Kingdom camogie. Most of all, it is a credit to the team itself and with the likes of high-scoring Sarah Murphy, Patrice Diggin and minor star Niamh Leen in their ranks, they will make a bold bid for honours.


Source: Official Camogie

It is a sign of Limerick’s progress too that their second unit is making a national final, the season after their first team annexed the Division 2 title and narrowly failed to add an intermediate All-Ireland. What’s more, they were just two points away from reaching a Division 1 semi-final this time around.

It appears that there is very little between the teams, with Kerry, who have reached the last two All-Ireland junior B finals, edging their group outing by 1-7 to 0-6 in Martinstown on March 9. That was Limerick’s only reverse and it was no surprise to see Ger Curtin’s crew, powered by Noreen Barry and Muireann Creamer, overcoming Tyrone by two goals in their semi-final, while Kerry had to work hard to account for Dublin by three points.

Kerry; M.O’Carroll; T.Moran; A.Fitzgerald; M.Weir; S.Horgan; P.Diggin; M.Costello; N.Leen; AM Leen; E.Ryall; L.Collins; G.McNamara; O.Young; C.Godley; S.Murphy.

Limerick: C.Fitzgerald: G.Lee; N.Barry; C.Neville; M.McCarthy; L.Scanlon: N.Curtin; C.De Bhal; R.Noonan; K.Carroll; E.Kennedy; M.Lynch; M.Clancy; M.Creamer; S.Tobin

Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 2 Final – Cork 1-12 Down 2-6

Cork defeated Down by 1-12 to 2-6 in the Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 2 final on Sunday May 4th at Clane.



Cork late show too much for Down in Camogie League Division 2 final

Cork 1-12 Down 2-6

Report provided by the Camogie Association

CORK PRODUCED A storming last quarter to deny Down in a pulsating Camogie League Division 2 final in Clane. Former All-Ireland senior winning captain, Amanda O’Regan shot a goal and seven points for the Leesiders, while Caroline Sugrue was awarded player of the match. Catherine McGourty and Fionnuala Carr fought hard for Down but they could not deny their rampaging opponents in the closing stages.
Down got off to a dream start with a sixth minute goal from Nicola Braniff and with McGourty amongst the points, they lead by one at half time, 1-4 to 0-6.

Brid McGourty and O’Regan exchanged scores early in the second half before Jessica Kavanagh saved Catherine McGourty’s penalty in one of the game’s defining moments. McGourty made up for that with a goal to put Michael McCullough’s side clear but they failed to score again. O’Regan brought the teams level with a goal from a 25th minute free that dropped just under the crossbar and late points from O’Regan, Laura Treacy and Sugrue sealed the verdict.

SCORERS FOR CORK: A O’Regan 1-7(1-6fs); C Sugrue 0-3, L Treacy, S O’Neill 0-1 each

SCORERS FOR DOWN: C McGourty 1-3; N Braniff 1-0; N Mallon 0-2, B McGourty 0-1

CORK: J Kavanagh, S Buckley, L O’Sullivan, N O’Keeffe, S Harrington, C Foley, S Hayes, L Treacy, H O’Regan, C Sugrue, C Desmond, S O’Neill, J Hennigan, A O’Regan, M Cahalane

DOWN: M McNally, J Fowler, C McGovern, K Tinnelly, C Rocks, F Carr, E McCormick, A Keown, L McPolin, C McGourty, P Gribben, K McMullan, N Mallon, N Branniff, B McGourty

REFEREE: R Kelly (Kildare)


Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 2 final

Cork v Down, Clane, 2.30pm

The impressive aspect of Down’s 100% success rate in Group 1 of the second tier was that they came out on the right side of a couple of fiercely-fought tussles against Antrim and Laois early on. That set them up nicely and they were comfortable from there. Again though, they showed their character by digging out a two-point win over Meath to clear the penultimate hurdle.


Source: Official Camogie

Cork were held to a draw by Kildare in their opener on February 23 but did what they needed to from then to top a very tight group by beating Meath and Waterford. With Tipperary withdrawing from Group 2, the Rebels have had the benefit of only four games, including their 2-6 to 0-8 semi-final win over Laois, while Down have had six.

The Mourne women have a battle-hardened outfit that took a little time to bounce back from losing consecutive All-Ireland premier junior finals in 2011 and 2012 but they seem to have regained their mojo and in Fionnuala Carr, Catherine McGourty and Niamh Mallon, possess some of the finest purveyors of camogie skills around.

Cork made reaching this final a target at the start of the year and can call on the talents of former All-Ireland senior winning captain Amanda O’Regan, while Jess Hennigan will threaten the Down defence.

Cork: S.Ryan; S.Buckley; L.O’Sullivan; N.O’Keefe; S.Harrington; C.Foley; S.Hayes; L.Tracey; H.O’Regan; C.O’Neill; C.Desmond; S.O’Neill; J.Hennigan; A.O’Regan; M.Cahalane

Down: M.McNally; J.Fowler; C.McGovern; K.Tinnelly; C.Rocks; F.Carr; G.O’Higgins; A.Keown; L.McPolin; C.McGourty; P.Gribben; K.O’Higgins; N.Mallon; N.Branniff; B.McGourty

AHL Division 1 Final – Kilkenny 2-25 Tipperary 1-27

Kilkenny defeated Tipperary 2-25 by 1-27 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final on Sunday May 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.



Source: TG4


Kilkenny claim third consecutive league crown

Report by Seán Moran at Semple Stadium for the Irish Times newspaper

Kilkenny 2-25 Tipperary 1-27

Kilkenny have retained the Allianz National Hurling League title and recorded the county’s first three-in-a-row in the competition after a breath-taking final in Thurles was decided after 90 minutes before a crowd of 21,601. It ran to the very end when a TJ Reid played a one-two with Richie Hogan to gallop into space behind the opposition lines and unerringly shoot the winning point.

The match hinged on two penalty awards, which got Kilkenny back into it when Tipperary had taken control on the scoreboard. At the very end of the first half Mark Kelly was first to react when Henry Shefflin was dispossessed but he was fouled by Pádraic Maher, who received a yellow card, as he tried to advance and the penalty was dispatched by Reid. Reid had just previously pointed a free from his own half of the field and so a six-point deficit was reduced to two by the interval, Tipp leading 1-11 to 1-9.

They had actually started the match the better, striding into a four-point lead before their opponents got on the board, but after John O’Dwyer’s seventh-minute point the match began to swing in the direction of the home side. By the half-hour Tipperary had outscored their opponents by 1-11 to 0-4 in the period since Kilkenny’s strong start. The goal was a well-taken flick to the net by O’Dwyer, who got on the end of Noel McGrath’s line ball.

There was little discernible pattern although it was a barren afternoon for the bigger names up front. Séamus Callanan who had been having a good campaign found it difficult to get much change out of JJ Delaney whereas at the other end Shefflin was well contained by Cathal Barrett and didn’t score at all.

At the start of the second half Tipp pulled away again with points from Denis Maher and a couple of frees from Callanan. In the 48th minute, they led by three when Barrett was penalised for a frontal challenge on Reid, who having recovered, drove home the penalty to level the match at 2-11 to 1-14.
The match swung from one side to the other in final quarter: Kilkenny through Reid and Richie Hogan, who recovered from a slow start to finish with six points and then Tipp through Callanan, Noel McGrath and O’Dwyer.

Tipperary were commonly perceived to have greater need of a win after losing the last three matches between the counties and they will accordingly be disappointed that they had the winning of the match, particularly at the end of normal time when a number of chances came to nothing. Yet they were fortunate to take the match to extra time, as they trailed by a point with time nearly up after Michael Fennelly had stormed through the middle for what looked like the decisive scores.

In a dramatic finale Tipperary clawed the match into extra time. John O’Dwyer’s long-range free broke around the goal and after Patrick Maher had tried to find a way through he managed to flick a pass from the defensive cul de sac to the supporting Kieran Bergin and his point levelled the score.
The pendulum continued to swing in extra time. Kilkenny led by one at the break, 2-21 to 1-23. In the closing 10, Noel McGrath and Callanan with a free and 65 pushed Tipperary back in front, but with the match level in the 90th minute a mistake by Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson sent a free out into touch. It gave Kilkenny the platform from which they took the match and Reid and Hogan duly obliged.

TIPPERARY: 1. D Gleeson; 17. C Barrett, 3. Pádraic Maher, 4. M Cahill; 5. 6. J Barry, B Maher (capt), 7. C O’Mahony; 8. K Bergin (0-2), 9. J Woodlock (0-1); 10. D Maher (0-2), 11. Patrick Maher (0-1), 12. J O’Dwyer (1-3); 13. N McGrath (0-5, one line ball), 14. S Callanan (0-10, eight frees, one 65), 15. N O’Meara (0-2).
Subs: 25. G Ryan for D Maher (54 mins), 23. S McGrath for Woodlock (55 mins), 18. S Bourke (0-1) for O’Meara (62 mins), 24. J O’Brien for Callanan (69 mins), 14. S Callanan for O’Brien (76 mins), 24. J O’Brien for O’Dwyer (80 mins), 12. J O’Dwyer for Bourke (88 mins).

KILKENNY: 1. E Murphy; 2. P Murphy, 3. JJ Delaney, 4. B Kennedy; 5. J Holden, 6. J Tyrrell, 7. C Buckley; 8. M Fennelly (0-2), 9. P Walsh (0-2); 10, R Hogan (0-6), 11. C Fennelly (0-1), 12. TJ Reid (2-11, both goals penalties, eight frees, one 65); 13. R Power (0-3, one free), 14. M Kelly, 15. H Shefflin.
Subs: 22. L Ryan for Holden (29 mins). 23. W Walsh for Kelly (43 mins), 24. E Larkin for C Fennelly (61 mins), C Fennelly for Shefflin (74 mins).

Referee: J Owens (Wexford).



Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Kilkenny in tomorrow’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final is unchanged from the side which defeated Clare in the semi-final.

Tipperary (SH v Kilkenny) – Darren Gleeson (Portroe); Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields); James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh – Captain), Conor O’Mahony (Newport); Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch); Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Patrick Maher (Lorrha), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule); Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

KILKENNY (SH v Tipperary): E Murphy (Glenmore); P Murphy (Danesfort), JJ Delaney (Fenians), B Kennedy (St Lachtain’s); J Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks), J Tyrrell (James Stephens), C Buckley (Dicksboro); M Fennelly (Ballyhale), P Walsh (Tullaroan); R Hogan (Danesfort), C Fennelly (Ballyhale), TJ Reid (Ballyhale); R Power (Carrickshock), M Kelly (O’Loughlin Gaels), H Shefflin (Ballyhale)
Subs: D Herity (Dunnamaggin), T Walsh (Tullaroan), B Hogan (O’Loughlin Gaels), K Joyce (Rower Inistioge), C Fogarty (Erin’s Own), M Walsh (Young Irelands), L Ryan (Clara), W Walsh (Tullogher Rosbercon), E Larkin (James Stephens), A Fogarty (Emerlds), J Farrell (Thomastown).


Source: TG4




Source: GAA.ie


Ticket Details

Seating is unreserved but Stand Specific so a ticket can be purchased for either the O Coinneain or O Riain stand and correct ticket must be used for each stand on the day.

Access for Season Ticket Holders will be in the O Coinneain Stand only, all they will need is their Season Ticket cards.

Prices:
A​dults- €20 (pre purchase discount- €25 on the day)
Juveniles- €5
​Students/OAPs- €20 (no further discount on discounted tickets- Students/OAPs will be sold on the day also at €20)
Juvenile Groups application Form attached.

Clubs can purchase Tickets through their Divisional Ticket Co-ordinator.

Individuals can also purchase tickets from their local Centra or Supervalu outlets.



Source: GAA.ie

Munster Minor Football Semi-Final – Cork 1-14 Waterford 1-8

Cork defeated Waterford by 1-14 to 1-8 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday May 7th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.


Photos from the game via Munster GAA Facebook


O’Sullivan satisfied as Rebels stay on track

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 1-14 Waterford 1-8

It was not the cakewalk that the casual observer might have expected, but at the same time Cork’s victory over Waterford in the Munster MFC semi-final at Fraher Field last night was rarely in doubt. Leading by five points at half-time, Cork conceded the first two scores of the second half before seven points in a row made the game safe, even if Jack Mullaney’s late goal for Waterford helped to redress the balance on the scoreboard somewhat.

Cork manager Donal O’Sullivan accepted that it was far from a perfect performance by his side, but also felt they deserved praise for the way they dealt with what could have been a banana skin. “I’m not trying to be facetious when I say that we were coming down here and expecting a tough battle,” he said. “We got that and I think it’ll stand to our fellas. We challenged them at half-time to go out and dominate the first 20 minutes of the second half and, in fairness to them, they did that.”

A key factor in Cork turning with a 1-6 to 0-4 half-time lead was a penalty save by goalkeeper Colm O’Driscoll from Waterford’s star attacker Conor Gleeson in the 23rd minute, when a goal would have left just two points in it. “All night he was excellent,” O’Sullivan said. “That penalty save stopped their momentum at a key time, seven minutes to go until half-time and 1-4 to 1-2 would have made it anybody’s game. It was a crucial save because at the time we were struggling with a lot of silly mistakes.”

Playing with the considerable first-half breeze, Waterford needed to be in front at the break if they were to have any hope of causing an upset, but they fell behind to a pair of early Maidhc Ó Duinnín points for Cork. When Seán O’Donoghue finished well in the seventh minute with a low shot across Craig Brown following good work from Cian Kiely and Michael Hurley, the outcome looked as good as decided, but Cork were not without their own troubles.

Far too often, attempts at points were wayward and Hurley was not getting much change from dogged Waterford full-back Jack Guiry. At the other end, Gleeson was showing signs of danger for the hosts, and when Aaron Donnelly was fouled under a dropping ball in the large rectangle, it was he who stepped up. However, O’Driscoll produced a fine save, as he had in the fifth minute when Gleeson had created an opening from a quick Mullaney free.

To his credit, Gleeson converted a difficult free straight after that and then was unlucky to fire just over after evading a couple of tackles but, in injury-time, Cork added points from Shane Kingston and Damien Buckley to hold a five-point interval advantage. Joe Allen and Mullaney cut that to three again upon the resumption, but then Cork kicked into gear and it was the winning of the game.
Shane Kingston and Hurley both kicked some fine points, with goalscorer O’Donoghue and Séamus Ronayne also on target, as Cork finished with all six starting forwards on the scoresheet.

They had moved eight clear before Waterford restored some pride, Allen and Gleeson with points before Mullaney’s well-taken goal. Nevertheless, it is Cork who march on to face Kerry in a first final since 2010, when O’Sullivan was a selector and Brian Hurley’s late goal won it. “I’d take the same again!” he laughed. “I grew up next to Kerry football, so I’m delighted. I honestly think that they’ll win the All-Ireland but we’ll go down and do our best on the day and see what happens.”

Scorers for Cork: S Kingston 0-4, S O’Donoghue 1-1, M Hurley 0-3 (1f), D Buckley (1f), M Ó Duinnín 0-2 each, S Ronayne 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: C Gleeson 0-4 (2f), J Mullaney 1-1, J Allen 0-2 (2f), Conor Murray 0-1.

CORK: C O’Driscoll; C O’Donovan, K Flahive, S Powter; T Bushe, D Meaney; C Kiely; S O’Leary, B Coakley; S O’Donoghue, M Ó Duinnín, S Ronayne; S Kingston, M Hurley, D Buckley.
Subs: M Lordan for Kiely (28-30, blood), M Collins for Coakley (35, inj), D O’Neill for O’Donoghue (45), M Cottrell for Ó Duinnín (55), L for O’Donovan (57), G Murphy for Buckley (60), A Hasset for O’Neill (60, inj).

WATERFORD: C Brown; C O’Neill, J Guiry, M Cronin; D Lyons, E O’Halloran, M Shine; C Curran, C Prunty; J Mullaney, C Murray, D Guiry; J Allen, C Gleeson, A Donnelly.
Subs: M Sweeney for Dylan Guiry, J Elstead for Shine (both 47), G Hearne for Allen (59), P Whyte for O’Halloran (60), P Tobin for Sweeney (60, inj).

Referee: E Walsh (Kerry)




Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY MAY 7TH
Waterford v Cork
Venue: Fraher Field Dungarvan, 7.30pm
Referee –                  Eddie Walsh (Kerry)
Umpires –                  Liam Brosnan, Conor Brosnan, Greg O’Connor, John O’Connor (Kerry)
Standby Referee-    Sean Joy (Kerry)
Linesman –               Seamus Mulvihill (Kerry)
Side-line Official –               Eamon Moran (Kerry)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Replay Date – Wednesday May 14th at 7.30pm at a Cork venue

Next Round – the winners play Tipperary or Kerry in the Munster Final on Sunday July 6th.

Admission Prices –
Adult – €10
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5
Under 16s are free

PRO Contact Details

Waterford PRO Emer Barry – pro.waterford@gaa.ie and 087 950 6613

Cork PRO Tracey Kennedy – pro.cork@gaa.ie and 087 125 0373

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

Team News

CORK (MF v Waterford): C O’Driscoll (Castlehaven); C O’Donovan (Clonakilty), K Flahive (Douglas), S Powter (Douglas); T Bushe (Ilen Rovers), D Meaney (St Michael’s), C Kiely (Ballincollig); S O’Leary (Bantry Blues), B Coakley (Carrigaline); S O’Donoghue (Inniscarra), M Ó Duinnín (Naomh Abán), S Ronayne (Clyda Rovers); S Kingston (Douglas), M Hurley (Castlehaven), D Buckley (Ballyclough). Subs: A Kidney (Passage), A Hassett (Ilen Rovers), J Mullins (Éire Óg), M Lordan (Ballinora), D O’Neill (Mayfield), A Joyce (Youghal), G Murphy (Castletownbere), M Cottrell (Newmarket), M Collins (Kilmacabea).

Additional Panel Members
Eoin O’Sullivan (Douglas)
Conor Nolan(Castlehaven)
Ronan Walsh (Castlehaven
Chris Moynihan (Gabriel Rangers)
John Fintan Daly (Knocknagree)
Cathal Crowley(Millstreet)
Ian O’Callaghan (St. Finbarr’s)

Ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with Waterford, the Cork management have kept faith with the same starting fifteen that defeated Limerick in the quarter-final. A number of players were involved in County Championship action with their clubs over the weekend, but all have come through unscathed.

WATERFORD (MF v Cork): C Brown (Erin’s Own); C O’Neill (Brickey Rangers), J Guiry (The Nire), M Cronin (Ardmore); M Shine (St Oliver’s), E O’Halloran (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg), J Mullaney (Stradbally); C Curran (Brickey Rangers), C Prunty (Ballinacourty); D Guiry (The Nire), C Murray (Rathgormack), A Donnelly (Dungarvan); J Allen (Dungarvan), C Gleeson (The Nire), D Lyons (Dungarvan)

For the Record

 

Waterford

Cork

2014 Team Management

Oran Curran (Dungarvan) – Manager

Selectors-

Dick Guiry (The Nire),

John Browne (Erins Own),

Tim Lenihan (Shamrocks)

Donal O’Sullivan (Castletownbere) –

Manager

Selectors:   Tom  Dorgan (Ballincollig – coach)

Michael Comyns (St. Finbarrs)

Andrew McCarthy (Inniscarra)

Paul Holland (Argideen Rangers)

2014 Team Captain

Aaron Donnelly

(Dungarvan)

Kevin Flahive

(Douglas)

2013 Championship Performance

Defeated Limerick by 3-10 to 3-9 in the first round in Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Lost to Kerry by 1-15 to 2-6 in the Munster Semi-Final at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Drew with Kerry 2-13 each in the first round. Won the replay by 3-6 to 0-10.

Lost the semi-final to Tipperary by 0-11 to 0-8 at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Number of Munster Minor Football titles

0

29

Last Munster Minor Football Title

N/A

2010

Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 43
Won – 8
Lost – 30
Drawn – 5
Played – 46
Won – 28
Lost – 14
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship April 11th 2007 at Fermoy when Cork won by 0-20 to 0-3.

MUNSTER GAA FOOTBALL MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2014

First Round

Wednesday April 16th

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan                        Tipperary 2-11          Waterford 2-7
@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Kerry 2-16                  Clare 0-7

@ Páirc Uí Rinn                               Cork 6-15                   Limerick 1-7

Play-off 1

Wednesday April 23rd  

@ Newcastlewest                            Clare 2-17                 Limerick 3-7

Play-off 2

Wednesday April 30th  

@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan           Waterford 6-9            Clare 4-12

Semi-Finals

Wednesday May 7th

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles          Tipperary v Kerry                              @ 7pm

@ Fraher Field, Dugarvan             Waterford v Cork                              @ 7.30pm

Final
Sunday July 6th

@ TBC                                                                                                           @ 12:00 noon

Useful Information

Cork will be attempting to win their first semi-final since 2011 when they defeated Clare by 1-16 to 0-6. They lost that year’s final to Tipperary by 3-11 to 0-9 and lost the 2012 and 2013 semi-finals to Tipperary by 1-10 to 0-9 and 0-11 to 0-8 respectively. Cork’s last title was in 2010 when they defeated Kerry by 1-8 to 1-7 at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.

Waterford are appearing in a Munster semi-final for the second year in a row. They lost in 2013 to Kerry by 1-15 to 2-6 at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. 

The last semi-final appearance by Waterford prior to 2013 was in 2004 when they lost to Cork on July 1st at Fraher Field, Dungarvan by 3-15 to 0-7.

The last time Waterford reached the Munster Minor Football Semi-Finals in consecutive years was 2000 and 2001. On both occasions they lost to Kerry but by widely different margins. In 2000 at Fraher Field they lost by a single point – 0-15 for Kerry to 2-8 for Waterford. However, at Fitzgerald Stadium in 2001 Kerry were runaway winners by 7-13 to 1-7.

There have been 28 goals in the 5 games played so far in this year’s Munster championship, an average of 5.6 per game. Waterford lead the way with 8 goals from 2 games, followed by Cork with 6 from 1 game, Clare with 6 from 3 games, Limerick with 4 from 2 games and Kerry and Tipperary, each with 2 from 1 game.

Since 1956, Cork and Kerry have won every Munster Minor Football title with the exception of 1984, 1995, 2011 and 2012 when Tipperary were successful.

Kerry have played 56 games in the Munster Minor Football Championship since 2000, leading Tipperary  who played 54 games in the same period.

Cork, Kerry and Tipperary won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Football Championship every year since 2001 and their first round victories ensured that record stretches for another year.

Waterford have won 3 of their last 22 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

Limerick have won one of their last 13 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

Clare have won at least one game in each of the last five seasons in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

All 6 counties have been involved in draws since 2000. Remarkably Kerry, Cork, Tipperary and Clare have all had 4 draws in that period while Waterford have had 5 and Limerick 3.

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (42)

1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013.

Cork (29)

1939, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010

Tipperary (7)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995, 2011, 2012

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)

1956

Munster Minor Football Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in 1929 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mf_teams/

Munster Minor Football Cup

The Tadhg Crowley Cup was presented by Munster Council in 1990 to commemorate late Munster Council Treasurer. Tadhg was elected as Munster Council Treasurer in 1968 and served until his death in December 1989. A teacher by profession, he also served as Kerry County Board Secretary from 1955 until 1970. Tadhg was recognized as a specialist in organizing and handling styles and gates at Munster Championship games.

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 11 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary’s two All-Ireland successes at this grade came in 1934 and 2011. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 24 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (18 titles).

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000

Munster Minor Football Semi-Final – Kerry 2-18 Tipperary 0-7

Kerry defeated Tipperary by 2-18 to 0-7 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday May 7th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Photos from the game via Munster GAA Facebook


Kerry signal intent as Spillane leads demolition of Tipperary

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 2-18 Tipperary 0-07

This was an unforgiving rout from first whistle to last — Kerry advancing to the Munster MFC decider with 17-points to spare in Thurles last night. The home outfit had edged three of the last four minor meetings between the counties and while Kerry bore the tag of favourites entering this latest instalment, 816 spectators filed through the turnstiles in expectation of a nip-and-tuck semi-final affair. It would prove anything but.

Indeed, the visitors asserted their dominance as early as the 15th second — Tomás Ó Sé pouncing on a Matthew Flaherty delivery to fist home the leather. Kerry attempted to kick on from this positive opening and while a second goal arrived on 12 minutes, Jordan Kiely the provider, the interval difference of five points (2-3 to 0-4) failed to reflect their superiority.

Failure to drive home their advantage during the first 30 stemmed largely from a strong determination to raise a green rather than a white flag. Two goals were pilfered and although five more could have been added, a succession of points would surely have killed off the Tipperary challenge.

Manager Jack O’Connor accepted as much: “We could have clipped over a couple of points at times,” he said. “Maybe we were trying to force goals. We got two and could have got one or two more.” Nonetheless, O’Connor said a solid platform had been laid by the break, singling out keeper Jack Brady who pulled off two quality saves. “We have not conceded any goals in either game and we are happy with that. We had to take this game very seriously as Tipperary have a very good minor record. They turned over a very good Kerry team here three years ago, they turned Cork over here last year so we were under no illusions. “What pleased me most is that we are showing a good hunger and a good attitude.”

Said attributes boiled to the surface at the change of ends as the Kingdom ran amok in every department. Barry O’Sullivan and Mark O’Connor strengthened their hold at midfield, with the half-forward line, in particular Matthew Flaherty, exhausting every blade of grass at the town end. Not to forget full-forward Killian Spillane of course, the contributor of 0-10 and ably cast as chief tormentor for the evening.

Shane Ryan, Spillane (0-2) and Micheál Burns tallied early second-half minors to fasten the noose around Tipperary’s neck. Tommy Nolan and Jack Kennedy replied to sustain their presence in this contest, but only one more score would be added in the remaining 20 minutes — the second-half verdict 0-15 to 0-3 in favour of the winners. Tomás Ó Sé, Brian Rayle and two Spillane efforts stretched the gap to 2-12 to 0-6 subsequently. Padraig White offered momentary resistance, but there would be no easing off on the throttle from O’Connor’s side.

This was a statement of intent. Flaherty, along with substitutes Stephen O’Sullivan and Cormac Coffey, swelled their tally and Spillane, fittingly, would have the final say. “We are very happy with the forwards, even the lads that aren’t scoring that much,” continued O’Connor. “There are other lads who have to come back into us so that will only strengthen competition for places ahead of the final.”

Scorers for Kerry: K Spillane 0-10 (4f); T Ó Sé 1-1; J Kiely 1-0; M Flaherty 0-2; B Rayle, S Ryan (1 ’45), S O’Sullivan, C Coffey, M Burns 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: W Connors, A Tynan, P Maher, J Bergin, J Kennedy, P White (1f), T Nolan 0-1 each.

KERRY: S Ryan; J Morgan, B Begley, T O’Sullivan; D Donoghue, A Barry, B Sugrue; B O’Sullivan, M O’Connor; M Flaherty, B Rayle, M Burns; J Kiely, K Spillane, T Ó Sé.
Subs: S O’Sullivan for Burns (46), C Coffey for Sugrue (46), S Cronin for Morgan (54), L Kearney for M O’Connor (54), P Clifford for Kiely (54).

TIPPERARY: J Brady; D Owens, P Murphy, C O’Shaughnessy; W Connors, L Fahy, J Skehan; T Nolan, S Quirke; E Maloney, P White, A Tynan; J Bergin, J Kennedy, P Maher.
Subs: R Peters for Bergin (40 mins), C O’Mahony for Skehan (40), T Lowry for Murphy (48), D McGrath for Quirke (50), J Delahunty for White (60).

Referee: K Murphy (Cork)


Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY MAY 7TH

ELECTRIC IRELAND MUNSTER MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS
Tipperary v Kerry
Venue: Semple Stadium Thurles 7pm
Referee –                  Kevin Murphy (Cork)
Umpires –                  Philip Mackey, Finian Mullane, John Barry, Ciarán Hanley (Cork)
Standby Referee-    James Bermingham (Cork)
Linesman –               John Ryan (Cork)
Side-line Official –               David Murnane (Cork)
Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Replay Date – Wednesday May 14th at 7.30pm at a Kerry venue

Next Round – the winners play Waterford or Cork in the Munster Final on Sunday July 6th

Admission Prices – 

Adult – €10
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5
Under 16s are free

PRO Contact Details

Tipperary Secretary and Acting PRO Tim Floyd – secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie and 087 259 1747

Kerry PRO John O’Leary – pro.kerry@gaa.ie and 087 302 6041

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

Team News

Kerry Minor Team v Tipperary
The Kerry Minor Team to play Tipperary in the Semi Final of the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Football Championship in Thurles on Wednesday evening next at 7pm shows two changes from the side that defeated Clare in Round 1 – Dan O’Donoghue from Spa comes into the side in place of Jason Foley in the half back line and Tomas Ó Sé replaces the injured Cathal Bambury in the full forward line.

Three of the side defeated by Tyrone in last year’s All Ireland quarter final (Shane Ryan, Matthew Flaherty and Michéal Burns) feature in the team.

KERRY (MF v Tipperary): S Ryan (Rathmore); J Morgan (Austin Stacks), B Begley (An Ghaeltacht), T O’Sullivan (Dingle); D O’Donoghue (Spa), A Barry (Na Gaeil), B Sugrue (Renard); B O’Sullivan (Dingle), M O’Connor (Dingle); M Flaherty (Dingle), B Rayle (Lispole), M Burns (Dr Crokes); J Kiely (Dr Crokes), K Spillane (Templenoe), T Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)
Subs: E O’Connell (St Senan’s), S O’Sullivan (Templenoe), J Foley (Ballydonoghue), L Kearney (Spa), C Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys), P Clifford (Templenoe), S Cronin (Spa), JM Foley (Kilgarvan), A Quigley (Valentia).

Bainistíocht:
Bainisteoir: Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)
Roghnoirí: Micheal O’Shea (Castlegregory), John Galvin (Dr Crokes), Eamon Whelan (St Senans).
Treanalaí: Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald.

Extended Training Panel Members
Patrick O’Shea Kilgarvan
Gavin White Dr. Crokes
Rob Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
Jonathan O’Sullivan Milltown C’maine
Cian O’Connor Castleisland Desmonds
Rehabbing from Injury:
Ivan Parker Churchill
David Roche Milltown C’maine
Liam Carey Beaufort
Cathal Bambury Dingle
Philip Casey Kilcummin 

For the Record

Tipperary

Kerry

2014 Team Management

Charlie McGeever –
Manager

Selectors –

Shane Stapleton,

Kieran Healy,

Niall Fitzgerald

Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses) – Manager

Selectors –

   Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory),

John Galvin (Dr. Crokes), Eamon Whelan (St. Senans)

Trainers – Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald

2014 Team Captain

Willie Connors
(Kildangan)

Liam Kearney (Spa)

2013 Championship Performance

Defeated Clare by 1-10 to -0-8 in the first round. Went on  to defeat Cork by 0-11 to 0-8 in the semi-final.

Lost Munster Final to Kerry by 0-15 to 0-10 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Lost to Monaghan in the All Ireland Quarter-Final by 0-12 to 0-9 at Pearse Park, Longford.

Drew with Cork 2-13 each in the first round. Lost the replay by 3-6 to 0-10.

Defeated Clare by 0-15 to – 0-9 in the second Play-Off game.

Defeated Waterford by 1-15 to 2-6 in the semi-final.

Won the Munster Final defeating Tipperary by 0-15 to 0-10 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Lost to Tyrone in the All Ireland Quarter-Final by 0-17 to 1-12  at Croke Park.

Number of Munster Minor Football titles

7

42

Last Munster Minor Football Title

2012

2013

Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 54
Won – 27
Lost – 23
Drawn – 4
Played – 56
Won – 42
Lost – 10
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship 2013 Munster Minor Football Championship final at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney which Kerry won by 0-15 to 0-10.

 

MUNSTER GAA FOOTBALL MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2014

First Round

Wednesday April 16th

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan                        Tipperary 2-11          Waterford 2-7
@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Kerry 2-16                  Clare 0-7

@ Páirc Uí Rinn                               Cork 6-15                   Limerick 1-7

Play-off 1

Wednesday April 23rd 

@ Newcastlewest                            Clare 2-17                 Limerick 3-7

Play-off 2

Wednesday April 30th 

@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan           Waterford 6-9            Clare 4-12

Semi-Finals

Wednesday May 7th

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles          Tipperary v Kerry                              @ 7pm

@ Fraher Field, Dugarvan             Waterford v Cork                              @7.30pm

Final
Sunday July 6th

@ TBC                                                                                                           @ 12:00 noon

Useful Information

Tipperary are seeking to play in their 4th Munster minor football championship final in a row. They won the title in 2011 and 2012 defeating Cork and Kerry respectively but lost to Kerry in 2013.

Kerry are looking to reach their 3rd final in a row and to retain the title for the first time since 2009.

The last time Tipperary lost a game in the Munster minor football championship at Semple Stadium was in 2010 when Cork defeated them in the semi-final by 2-12 to 2-9.

There have been 28 goals in the 5 games played so far in this year’s Munster championship, an average of 5.6 per game. Waterford lead the way with 8 goals from 2 games, followed by Cork with 6 from 1 game, Clare with 6 from 3 games, Limerick with 4 from 2 games and Kerry and Tipperary, each with 2 from 1 game.

Since 1956, Cork and Kerry have won every Munster Minor Football title with the exception of 1984, 1995, 2011 and 2012 when Tipperary were successful.

Kerry have played 56 games in the Munster Minor Football Championship since 2000, leading Tipperary  who played 54 games in the same period.

Cork, Kerry and Tipperary won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Football Championship every year since 2001 and their first round victories ensured that record stretches for another year.

Waterford have won 3 of their last 22 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

Limerick have won one of their last 13 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

Clare have won at least one game in each of the last five seasons in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

All 6 counties have been involved in draws since 2000. Remarkably Kerry, Cork, Tipperary and Clare have all had 4 draws in that period while Waterford have had 5 and Limerick 3. 

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (42)

1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013.

Cork (29)

1939, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010

Tipperary (7)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995, 2011, 2012

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)

1956

Munster Minor Football Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in 1929 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mf_teams/

Munster Minor Football Cup

The Tadhg Crowley Cup was presented by Munster Council in 1990 to commemorate late Munster Council Treasurer. Tadhg was elected as Munster Council Treasurer in 1968 and served until his death in December 1989. A teacher by profession, he also served as Kerry County Board Secretary from 1955 until 1970. Tadhg was recognized as a specialist in organizing and handling styles and gates at Munster Championship games.

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 11 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary’s two All-Ireland successes at this grade came in 1934 and 2011. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 24 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (18 titles).

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000

Tesco Homegrown National Ladies Football Division 3 Final – Armagh v Waterford

Armagh defeated Waterford by 1-14 to 1-5 in the Tesco Homegrown National Ladies Football Division 3 Final on Saturday May 10th at Parnell Park Dublin.

Armagh ran out comfortable winners of the Tesco Homegrown Division 3 ladies football league final in Parnell Park, doing most of the damage in a 20 minute spell either of half time to clinch promotion. The orchard county hit an unanswered 1-3 in the eight minutes before the break, and then reeled off four points early in the second half to Waterford. The game finished 13-a-side after a flurry of cards in the last ten minutes.
Armagh full-forward Kelly Mallon received a very harsh straight red after 53 minutes, with team-mate Sarah Marley and Waterford duo Shona Curran and Grainne Kenneally all going into the sin bin.

Waterford were not expected to push Armagh so hard and will feel they could have got even closer only for their eight first-half wides and a missed penalty by Michelle Ryan in the 45th minute. After a tentative start by both teams, Michelle Ryan’s free gave Waterford the opening score in the tenth minute. Armagh did not live up to billing as hot favourites but they did land three quick-fire points in a four minute spell through Lauren McConville, Mags McAlinden and Fionnuala McKenna’s free.

Liz Devine got Waterford’s first and only point from play of the first half in the 17th minute to reduce the deficit to 0-3 to 0-2.
Waterford certainly had their chances, with Grainne Kenneally and Aileen Wall influential, and they were made to regret those misses when Armagh reeled off an unanswered 1-3 before half-time. Kelly Mallon pointed when Caroline O’Hanlon kicked a ’45’ short, and McKenna added a second point to put clear daylight between the teams.

Then came a crucial few minutes, when Waterford spurned a great goal chance. Wall’s passed inside to substitute Hannah Landers but her goal-bound shot was brilliantly blocked by fullback Caoimhe Morgan. The rebound fell loose to Shona Curran who inexplicably hit her shot wide of a gaping net.
Armagh made them pay with a Lauren McConville goal in the 29th minute. She dispossessed Mary Foley and played a one-two with McAlinden before blasting the ball high into the roof of the net. Substitute Siobhan Mackle tagged on another point to give Armagh a 1-6 to 0-2 lead which flattered them.

McConville, McKenna (two) and Aoife McCoy helped put Armagh 1-10 to 0-3 ahead, but Waterford responded with a goal from substitute Shauna Dunphy.
Waterford had the initiative and Armagh were struggling to put the game to bed, hitting seven wides in the second half. However Waterford’s challenge faded after Ryan’s missed penalty as Armagh went one better than last year by clinching the Division 3 title.

Scorers for Armagh – L McConville 1-2, F McKenna 0-5 (2f), S Mackle 0-3, K Mallon 0-2, M McAlinden, A McCoy 0-1 each

Scorers for Waterford – S Dunphy 1-0, M Ryan 0-2 (2f), S Curran, H Landers, L Devine 0-1 each

ARMAGH: K Daly; M Tennyson, C Morgan, S Marley; M McGuinness, N Marley, S Reel; C Malone, C O’Hanlon (capt); N Henderson, F McKenna, A McCoy; L McConville, K Mallon, M McAlinden
Subs: S Mackle for Malone (28), S Grey for McGuinness (38), L Kenny for McAlinden (45)

WATERFORD: A Jordan; N Dunphy, G Enright, M Foley; S Curran, K McGrath, G Kenneally; M McGrath (capt), E Power; L Wall, M Ryan, M Wall; A Wall, M Revins, L Devine
Subs: H Landers for Revins (19), S Dunphy for Devine (36)

REFEREE: M Doherty (Wexford)



Tesco Homegrown National Ladies Football Division 1 Final – Cork 1-9 Dublin 2-4

Cork defeated Dublin by 1-9 to 2-4 in the Tesco Homegrown National Ladies Football Division 1 Final on Saturday May 10th at Parnell Park Dublin.

Cork ladies continued their winning run over Dublin and lifted their eighth Tesco Homegrown National Football League title in ten years at Parnell Park on Saturday. Dublin were desperate to get one over the Rebelettes, who had beaten them at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage in two of the last three years, and they led by four points early in the second half.

However Cork showed their resilience and battling qualities once again, scoring six points in a row to turn the game on its head with Dublin failing to score for 21 minutes. The Dublin girls hit six wides after the break, the most crucial being a poor effort from captain Sinead Goldrick when they trailed by a point with two minutes remaining. Cork, appearing in their seventh league final in a row compared to Dublin’s first, used all their experience to run the clock down and drew the free which Geraldine O’Reilly expertly converted with ten seconds remaining. There were the same number of goals scored as points in a low-scoring first half.

Lindsay Peat, who scored a hat-trick in the semi-final win over Monaghan, was back among the goals with two cracking finishes in the first half. There was good work down the stand side by Noelle Healy, who passed inside and Peat blasted the ball high to the far corner of the net for the opening goal after ten minutes.

Cork responded with a goal from Orlagh Farmer three minutes later with a low snapshot which flew past Cliodhna O’Connor in the Dublin goal.
Lyndsey Davey scored a long range point for Dublin and she then created Peat’s second goal, spinning brilliantly and running towards before unselfishly passing inside to Peat whose explosive finish left Martina O’Brien with no chance. All Star forward and expert free-taker Valerie Mulcahy was not named to start the game but she ended up as Cork’s top scorer with 0-5. Her only point from play came just before the break to leave her team trailing by just 2-1 to 1-2.

When Dublin opened up with two points in three minutes from Davey and Sinead Aherne to stretch their lead to four, it looked as though they would finally get a victory over the Rebelettes. Cork had other ideas, however, and three Mulcahy frees as well as points from Geraldine O’Flynn, Doireann O’Sullivan and substitute Deirdre O’Reilly from a narrow saw them turn the game around.

While the brilliant Carla Rowe won and carried a lot of ball, the Dublin forwards disappointed and could not win the ball. Aherne’s close-in free ended Dublin’s 21 minute scoring drought after 54 minutes to reduce the gap to a point. But Cork, who have lost some key players since last season, showed they still had the confidence to play the possession game with O’Flynn kicking the insurance point to break Dublin hearts again.

Scorers for Dublin – L Peat 2-0, L Davey 0-2, S Aherne 0-2 (2f)

Scorers for Cork – V Mulcahy 0-5 (4f), O Farmer 1-0, G O’Flynn 0-2 (1f), D O’Sullivan, D O’Reilly 0-1 each

DUBLIN: C O’Connor; S McGrath, S Furlong, R Ruddy; S Goldrick (capt), S Finnegan, C Rowe; D Masterson, S McCaffrey; S Woods, N McEvoy, N Healy; L Davey, S Aherne, L Peat
Subs: D Murphy for Woods (45), N Hyland for McEvoy (48), O Leonard for Masterson (55)

CORK: M O’Brien; R Phelan, Angela Walsh, B Stack; V Foley, Ann Marie Walsh, G O’Flynn; R Buckley, B Corkery (capt); Annie Walsh, C O’Sullivan, O Farmer; E Farmer, D O’Sullivan, V Mulcahy
Subs: D O’Reilly for Ann Marie Walsh (36), O Finn for O Farmer (40), E Scally for Annie Walsh (40), G Kearney for E Farmer (51), N Kelly for Foley (54)

REFEREE: J Niland (Sligo)


Team News

CORK: M O’Brien (Clonakilty); R Phelan (Aghada), A Walsh (Inch Rovers), B Stack (Liscarroll); V Foley (St. Val’s), AM Walsh (Inch Rovers), G O’Flynn (Lisacarroll); R Buckley (Donoughmore), B Corkery (C) (St. Val’s); A Walsh (Inch Rovers), C O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey), O Farmer (Midelton); E Farmer (Aghada), D O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey), O Finn (Kinsale)
Subs: J O’Sullivan (St Val’s), V Mulcahy (Rockbán), G Kearney (Bride Rovers), E Scally (Éire Óg), M Ambrose (St Val’s), N Kelly (Liscarroll), A Barrett (Donoughmore), J Barry (Bride Rovers), R O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey), D O’Reilly (Liscarroll), C Creedon (St Vals), J O’Shea (Inch Rovers), ÁT O’Sullivan (Beara), M O’Callaghan (Mourneabbey), E Scally (Éire Óg).

DUBLIN: C Trant (St Brigid’s); S McGrath (Thomas Davis), S Furlong (St. Brigid’s), R Ruddy (Ballyboden St. Enda’s); S Goldrick (C) (Foxrock Cabinteely), S Finnegan (Fingallians), C Rowe (Clann Mhuire); D Masterson (Naomh Mearnóg), S McCaffrey (Clontarf); S Woods (Raheny), N McEvoy (St Sylvester’s), N Healy (St Brigid’s); L Davey (Skerries Harps), S Aherne (St Sylvester’s), L Peat (Parnell’s)
Subs: C O’Connor (Naomh Mearnóg), N Hyland (Ballyboden St. Enda’s), D Murphy (St. Brigid’s), O Leonard (St Maur’s), L Caffrey (Na Fianna), N Collins (Foxrock Cabinteely), M Mohan (Clontarf), L Collins (Na Fianna), E McDonagh, (Foxrock Cabinteely), M Lambe (Kilmacud Crokes), N Owens (St Sylvester’s), O Carey (Thomas Davis), A Barrett (Clann Mhuire), C Barrett (St Brigid’s), E Merrigan (Parnells).

Doireann O’Sullivan

By Jackie Cahill

AT just 19 years of age, Cork star Doireann O’Sullivan already boasts a career CV that is the envy of many. The Mourneabbey player is a two-time TG4 All-Ireland senior medallist and a Munster senior championship winner from 2012. And next Saturday at Parnell Park, O’Sullivan is hoping to claim a second Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division 1 crown in three seasons.

But the 2014 campaign has been one of transition for Cork, following the retirements of goalkeeper Elaine Harte and ‘puppet-master’ midfielder Juliet Murphy. O’Sullivan’s abiding memory of O’Sullivan is from last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final – when Cork staged a staggering comeback from nine points down to win by four against Dublin.

O’Sullivan recalls: “We went in at half-time and we were in an ok place. “They (Dublin) came out all guns blazing and we weren’t ready for that at all. Down to Juliet, I think. “A few of were panicking on the ball, small things like getting passes wrong or fumbling the solo. “There was a break in play, one of the Dublin girls went down and she called the six forwards in and spoke to us. “She’s just an incredible leader on the field. She’s like a puppet-master – she pulls all the strings and someone to look up to when things are going bad.”

Cork have slowly adapted to life with Murphy and Harte to reach a seventh successive Division 1 final, despite losing to Kerry and Monaghan along the way. And O’Sullivan is “unsure” about the future of another eight-time All-Ireland senior medallist, Nollaig Cleary, who is contemplating her intercounty future.

O’Sullivan revealed: “Unsure – I think she’s making up her mind after the League. “She came back I think just before the semi-final of the League last year. “She got married there over Christmas so I’d say it’s taking her a bit longer this year! Hopefully she’ll be back.”

Harte, Cleary and Murphy were just three of the vastly experienced Cork stars who welcomed O’Sullivan into the fold with open arms. She explains: “This is my third year. 2012 was my first season. The girls are very humble – they welcomed me in. “I was only 17 and could probably tell that I was nervous. But they were really helpful, gave advice and them passing you the ball in the match is a big thing. “They obviously trust you as well – that’s important. The last couple of years, there’s a good balance between young and old.”

O’Sullivan adds: “When you lose your one of your midfielders and your goalie, it’s a lot to contend with but the everyone in general has pulled up their socks. “We have four minors on the panel and ten U21s pushing for places. We have 40 on the panel; we’ve had A v B matches and you might as well be playing Kerry or rivals like that. There’s a fierce intensity in training, which is good.”
O’Sullivan’s sisters Ciara and Roisin are also key members of the Cork squad.

Ciara has recovered not once but twice from cruciate knee ligament damage and played in the 2012 decider despite suffering injury in the semi-final victory over Monaghan. Doireann confirms: “She played the All-Ireland after doing the cruciate – gym twice a day with Declan O’Sullivan. She’s good now, injury-free fingers crossed but you’d still be worried about her regardless.”

In the League semi-final victory over Munster rivals Kerry, Ciara operated at centre forward, with Doireann occupying the full-forward position. The siblings are expected to occupy the same positions against Dublin on Saturday and Doireann has warned that the Sky Blues won’t let another big lead slip if they manage to establish it.

She said: “If we go down nine points at the weekend, we won’t get away with that. We have to get a good start. They have some good players like Lindsay Peat and Lyndsey Davey and we’ll have to mark a few of their forwards.”

GAA / UCD Community entrepreneurship programme

We are delighted to announce the arrival of the GAA-UCD Community entrepreneurship programme to the Munster region. The GAA and the Innovation Academy UCD through the Community Entrepreneurship Programme are providing very direct support to individuals living in rural communities to take that step to becoming self-employed. This is about job creation, about maintaining vibrant and economically successful communities and providing a viable alternative to emigration.

The collaboration will build on the combined strengths of the two parties, (i) community participation on the part of the GAA, (ii) action based entrepreneurial education as developed by the UCD Innovation Academy on the part of UCD.

The next course is kindly hosted by the Munster GAA office in Limerick. Its a 18 week part-time course (Every Tuesday/Wednesday) and participants can apply for a free place through Springboard courses. The next course commences on Tuesday May the 20th, but places can be secured until the 28th of May.

We are holding an information evening on Tuesday the 13th of May between 5 and 8pm in the GAA Munster Head quarters (Limerick) where people will be able to come and find out more about this powerful GAA-UCD programme.

This programme is being Championed by a great Munster Entrepreneur in Frank Murphy (CEO Monex).

Attached are more details of the course and we hope you can distribute this information to anyone you feel might benefit from this course.

GAA-UCD Community entrepreneurship programme