Munster GAA Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 3-17 Limerick 1-22

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 3-17 to 1-22 after extra time in the Munster GAA Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 1st at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Heffernan leaves it late as Tipp find extra class to squeeze past Treaty

Tipperary 3-17 Limerick 1-22 (Munster IHC Semi-Final)

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Independent newspaper

TOMMY Heffernan’s last-gasp point gave Munster and All-Ireland champions Tipperary a dramatic victory at Semple Stadium. Heffernan struck at the end of extra-time as the hosts, managed by former county star John Carroll, came from three points down to snatch victory from Limerick’s grasp.

Tipp, who will play Cork or Clare in the provincial final on June 25, were in desperate trouble before Kevin Fox grabbed a late goal and Heffernan fired over the winner. The sides were deadlocked at 1-15 apiece after the regulation hour, with Tony O’Brien’s free in the second minute of stoppage-time rescuing a draw for the hosts. Limerick wing-back Peter Ryan was sent off for a second bookable offence and replaced by Ritchie Ryan for extra-time. Tipp’s late reprieve was a remarkable end to a game that Limerick looked like winning.

They had been seven points down in the first half – and six behind at the break – but the Shannonsiders were two clear before a brace of O’Brien frees ensured two extra 10-minute periods. Mike Ryan had netted in the 43rd minute, racing on to a long ball and finishing to the net with a delicate flick. There had been little indication of a Limerick fightback at half-time, as Don Flynn’s men trailed by 1-10 to 0-7.

The game’s opening score was a Tipperary goal, scored by Heffernan in the third minute after the Nenagh man ran straight at the Limerick defence before finishing clinically. Heffernan was the pick of the Tipperary attack as all six forwards got on the scoresheet, with wing-back Aiden McGrath adding a ’65’.

Willie Griffin was Limerick’s most impressive player in a first half that saw the visitors seven points down before sub Mike Fitzgerald tagged on a point in stoppage-time. Griffin scored four points as the Shannonsiders tried to keep in touch, including two glorious scores from tight on the touchline. Limerick gradually ate into the deficit and, with subs Paudie Leahy and Fitzgerald making a real difference, a run of four unanswered points levelled matters at 1-12 apiece. But they had reckoned without Heffernan’s late, late winner.

Scorers –
Tipperary: T O’Brien 1-6 (0-5fs), T Heffernan 1-3, K Fox 1-1, M Sheedy, D Collins 0-2 each, A McGrath (’65’),T Cleary, J Sheedy 0-1 each. Limerick: W Griffin 0-8 (5fs, 1 ’65’), M Ryan 1-2, D O’Neill, M Fitzgerald, P Leahy 0-3 each, A Brennan, P Ryan, R Ryan 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY – J Logue; D Quinn, A Ryan, P Ryan; A McGrath, R Sherlock, B Stapleton; D Stapleton, J Gallagher; T Cleary, M Sheedy, T Heffernan; D Collins, J Sheedy, T O’Brien
Subs: K Fox for Cleary (39), P White for D Stapleton (50), B Walsh for Collins (54), D Stapleton for Gallagher (60), Gallagher for Stapleton (70), D Collins for J Sheedy (70).

LIMERICK – B Murray; J Ryan, M Reidy, J Hayes; P Ryan, A Brennan, C McNamara; S O’Brien, M O’Connell; K Palmer, B Hourigan, D O’Neill; W Griffin, M Ryan, P Barron
Subs: D Moloney for O’Connell (19), M Fitzgerald for Palmer (25), P Leahy for Hourigan (ht), M Deegan for Hayes (39), P Gleeson for Barron (55), R Ryan for P Ryan (60), S Murphy for Murray (70+1).

REF – D Fox (Laois)


Team News

Tipperary (IH v Limerick) – James Logue (Ballingarry); Pa Ryan (Clonakenny), Andrew Ryan (Toomevara), Daire Quinn (Nenagh Eire Óg); Aiden McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Ronan Sherlock (Silvermines – Captain), Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons); Denis Stapleton (Sean Treacys), Joe Gallagher (Kildangan); Tommy Heffernan (Nenagh Eire Óg), Michael Sheedy (Portroe), Thomas Cleary (Kilruane MacDonaghs); Tony O’Brien (St Patricks), John Sheedy (Portroe), David Collins (Drom & Inch)

Limerick Intermediate hurling manager Don Flynn and his selectors has named his starting fifteen and match panel for this Sunday’s Munster intermediate hurling championship game against Tipperary in Thurles with throw in timed at 2pm. Captain of the Limerick side will be Patrickswell player Brian Murray. Don Flynn and his management team of Jimmy Carroll, Tom Ryan, Pat Howard and Tony Roche has named the following team
1, Brian Murray (Patrickswell), 2, John Ryan (Cappamore), 3, Mike Reidy (Dromin Athlacca), 4. Jason Hayes (Bruff), 5. Peter Ryan (Dromin Athlacca), 6 Andrew Brennan (Caherline), 7. Cathal McNamara (Doon), 8. Seanie O Brien (Patrickswell), 9. Mark O Connell (Glenroe), 10. Kevin Palmer (Blackrock), 11. Brendan Hourigan (Caherline), 12. David O Neill (South Liberties), 13. Padraic Barron (Knockainey), 14. Mike Ryan (Murroe Boher) and 15. Willie Griffin (Adare)
16. Seamus Murphy Templeglantine, 17. Liam Hurley Kilmallock, 18. Paudie Leahy Blackrock, 19. Ritchie Ryan Ahane, 20. Pat Gleeson Na Piarsaigh, 21. Conor Noonan Feohanagh/Castlemahon, 22. Mark Deegan Hospital Herbertstown, 23. Mike Fitzgerald Doon 24. Denis Moloney Doon.

Munster Senior Hurling S-Final – Limerick 2-18 Tipperary 2-16

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 2-18 to 2-16 in the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 1st at Semple Stadium Thurles.


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Munster SHC: Limerick emerge from a classic

MUNSTER SHC SEMI-FINAL: TIPPERARY 2-16 LIMERICK 2-18

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Munster champions Limerick are through to another provincial senior hurling final after stunning Tipperary in Thurles on Sunday afternoon.
The Shannonsiders repeated last year’s magnificent success over the Premier County by scoring a two-point win at Semple Stadium. Despite losing joint-manager Donal O’Grady recently, Limerick delivered another big championship display to leave Tipp heading for the qualifiers again. In front of 24,962 spectators in Thurles, TJ Ryan’s battlers came from three points down late on to record a landmark win.

Shane Dowling, scorer of 2-9, banged home his only score from play, an equalising goal in the 68th minute. Sub Thomas Ryan pushed Limerick a point clear in the first minute of stoppage time and with referee Barry Kelly about to blow for full-time, Seamus Hickey stormed up the pitch to land the insurance score at the Killinan End.

And so Limerick are through to another Munster final on July 13, with Cork, Waterford or Clare to provide the opposition.
But at half-time, there was nothing to separate Limerick and Tipperary as the sides went in level at 1-8 apiece. Dowling banged home a 20m free for the game’s opening goal but powerful Tipp forward Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher replied in the 21st minute with a goal for the hosts.
That strike gave Tipp some badly-needed oxygen after they had trailed by 0-4 to 1-5. But Limerick hit back again to lead by four points – 1-8 to 1-4 – before a point from John O’Dwyer and three from Seamus Callanan (including two frees) ensured parity at the break.

Tipp got off to the ideal start in the second half when Gearóid Ryan netted, but the sides were level five times before that late, late intervention from the Treaty men. Remarkably, this was Limerick’s first championship win over Tipperary in Thurles since 1973 – and their first Munster championship victory of any description at this venue in 17 years.
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Scorers for Tipperary: G Ryan 1-2, Patrick Maher 1-0, S Callanan 0-5 (3f), J O’Dwyer 0-5 (1f), N McGrath, N O’Meara, L Corbett & D Maher 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 2-9 (1-9f), D O’Grady & K Downes 0-2 each, S Hickey, P Browne, D Hannon, G Mulcahy & T Ryan 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, Pádraic Maher, M Cahill; J Barry, B Maher, C O’Mahony; K Bergin, S McGrath; G Ryan, N McGrath, N O’Meara; J O’Dwyer, S Callanan, Patrick Maher
Subs: L Corbett for Barry (54), D Maher for O’Meara (62), C O’Brien for Cahill (65), S Bourke for O’Dwyer (68), T Stapleton for S McGrath (70).

LIMERICK: N Quaid; T Condon, R McCarthy, S Hickey; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; J Ryan, P Browne; D Hannon, D O’Grady, S Dowling; G Mulcahy, K Downes, S Tobin
Subs: T Ryan for Tobin (61), M Ryan for Mulcahy (70+2).

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)


Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Limerick includes 3 Championship debutants – Cathal Barrett, James Barry and Niall O’Meara.

Tipperary (SH v Limerick) – Darren Gleeson (Portroe); Cathal Barrett (Holycoss-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); Gearoid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), Patrick Maher (Lorrha), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule); Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

Limerick (SH v Tipperary) – 1. Nickie Quaid (Effin), 2. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), 3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 4. Tom Condon (Knockaderry),5. Paudie O Brien (Vice Captain) (Kilmallock), 6. Wayne McNamara (Adare), 7. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 8. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 9. Paul Browne (Bruff), 10. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), 11. Donal O Grady (Captain)(Granagh/Ballyingarry), 12. Declan Hannon (Adare), 13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14. Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh) 15. Sean Tobin (Murroe/Boher)



Ticket Information

Good quality tickets, including central stand tickets for this game are now available for sale online and via Centra & Supervalu stores. See the ticket pricing structure below.

Adults Covered Stand – €30
Adults Uncovered Stand – €25
Adults Killinan End Terrace – €15
Adults Town End Terrace – €15
Juveniles (Under 16s)  – €5

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Irish Rail Discounts

Tipperary vs Limerick – Web fares from €9.99 each way

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Munster GAA Championship Dual Package – Limerick v Tipperary

An individual pre-purchasing a package ticket for the both the Limerick / Tipperary Football Quarter-Final in the Gaelic Grounds (on Saturday May 31st) and the Limerick / Tipperary Hurling Semi-Final in Thurles (on Sunday June 1st) will get €10 off the overall price. For example, instead of purchasing a general admission adult ticket at €15 for the football and a €30 covered stand ticket for the hurling (total of €45), by availing of the package ticket the price will be reduced from €45 to €35.

Note that the Dual Package must be pre-purchased via tickets.ie or Centra & Supervalu outlets and subscribers will get 1 ticket which will work for the games on both May 31st and June 1st.

Adults Covered Stand (Hurling) + Adults General Admission (Football) – €35
Adults Terrace (Hurling) + Adults General Admission (Football) – €20

The usual Student / OAP concessions will also apply, meaning that a person in these categories will get entry to both games for just €20 using the package to gain entry to the Covered Stand for the Hurling game and just €10 if you wish to watch the Hurling game from the Terrace.

Student / OAP Covered Stand (Hurling)
+ Student / OAP General Admission (Football) – €20

(purchase an Adult package ticket at €35 & get a €5 concession on entry to the Football game and a €10 concession on entry to the Hurling game via a designated stile on each night subject to the production of valid ID)

Student / OAP Terrace (Hurling) + Student / OAP General Admission (Football) – €10
(purchase an Adult package ticket at €20 & get a €5 concession on entry to both games via a designated stile on each night subject to the production of valid ID)

Click here to purchase the Package deal for the Football and Hurling games


Semple Stadium Map


Club Juvenile Discount Package
A club that pre-purchases a Club Juvenile Discount Package will get 10 juveniles entry to the stand for €3 and one adult mentor free of charge with every 10 juveniles. This works out at €2.72 per person. Clubs should contact Mary O’Mahoney at Munster GAA (061-338593 or mary.omahoney.munster@gaa.ie) for more details of how to book this package.


Match Officials

Referee – Barry Kelly (Westmeath)
Stand By Referee – James McGrath (Westmeath)
Linesman – Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)
Sideline Official – Owen Elliott (Antrim)
Umpires – Michael Coyle, Seamus O’Brien, Paddy Walsh, Paul Reville (all Westmeath)

Next Round – the winners qualify for the Munster Final against Cork / Waterford or Clare on Sunday July 13th at 4pm.

For the Record

  Limerick Tipperary
2014 Team Manager TJ Ryan Eamon O’Shea
2013 Championship Performance Defeated Tipperary by 1-18 to 1-15 in Munster semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds on June 9th.

Won Munster final defeating Cork by 0-24 to 0-15 at the Gaelic Grounds on July 14th.

Lost All Ireland semi-final to Clare by 1-22 to 0-18 at Croke Park on August 18th.

Lost to Limerick by 1-18 to 1-15 in Munster semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds on June 9th.

Lost to Kilkenny by 0-20 to 1-17 in Phase 2 of the qualifiers at Nowlan Park on July 6th.

Number of Munster Senior Hurling titles 19 40
Last Munster Senior Hurling Title 2013 2012
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 23
Won – 5
Lost –  13
Drawn – 5
Played – 33
Won – 21
Lost –  9
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship June 9th 2013 – Limerick 1-18 Tipperary 1-15 (Munster semi-final at Gaelic Grounds, Limerick) – a last quarter Limerick surge saw them overcome a 4 point Tipperary lead to secure a deserved 3 point victory. Click here for more details

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2014

Quarter-Final

Sunday May 25th 

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles          Cork 1-21      Waterford 1-21                               

Quarter-Final Replay

Sunday June 8th  

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles          Cork v Waterford                            3.30pm

Semi-Finals
Sunday June 1st

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles          Limerick v Tipperary                     4pm

Sunday June 15th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Clare v Waterford or Cork            4pm
or Semple Stadium Thurles

Final

Sunday July 13th

4pm throw-in

 

2014 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Cork 1-21 Waterford 1-21 – May 25th at Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

CORK: A Nash; S O’Neill, D Cahalane, S McDonnell; C Joyce, M Ellis, L McLoughlin; A Walsh, D Kearney; C McCarthy, C Lehane, P Cronin (c); A Cadogan, S Harnedy, P Horgan

Subs: B Cooper for McCarthy (35); B Lawton for Kearney (50); S Moylan for Cronin (53); J Coughlan for Harnedy (65).

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-12 (8f, 1 65); A Cadogan 0-4; B Cooper 1-1; A Walsh 0-2 (1 s/l); C Lehane, S Harnedy 0-1 each

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; N Connors, L Lawlor, B Coughlan; J Nagle, K Moran, T Burke; M Walsh (c), E Barrett; C Dunford, Pauric Mahony, A Gleeson; B O’Sullivan, S Walsh, J Dillon

Subs: R Foley for Barrett (inj 22); S Fives for Coughlan (42); R Barry for Dunford (47); D Breathnach for Dillon (53); S Prendergast for Walsh (59).

Scorers for Waterford: P Mahony 0-11 (9f); A Gleeson 1-2 (0-1 s/l); J Nagle 0-2; B O’Sullivan 0-2; T Burke, S Walsh, J Dillon, S Prendergast, 0-1 each.

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

 

2014 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Patrick Horgan (Cork) –  0-12 (0-8 frees, 1 65)

Pauric Mahony  (Waterford) – 0-11 (0-9 frees)

Austin Glesson (Waterford) – 1-2 (0-1 s/l)

Alan Cadogan (Cork) – 0-4

Bill Cooper (Cork) – 1-1

Useful Information

The 4 games in the 2013 Munster Senior Hurling Championship produced an average of 37.5 scores per game. However the average was higher in the previous 2 years with 40.5 scores per game in 2012 and 43 scores per game in the 2011 Munster SHC. It was 34 scores per match in the 2010 Munster SHC. The highest scoring game in 2013 yielded 39 scores, the Munster final victory for Limerick over Cork by 0-24 to 0-15. The average so far in 2014 is 44 scores.

Limerick have not defeated Tipperary in Thurles since 1973 – since then there have been 7 games – Tipperary won 3 (1991, 2006, 2012) and there were 4 draws (1975, 1981, 2005, 2007)

Last Sunday’s quarter-final draw between Cork and Waterford was the first draw in the Munster championship since 2010 when Cork and Waterford drew in the Munster final.

Waterford (Derek McGrath) and Limerick (TJ Ryan) both have new managers for the 2014 season. All 5 counties are managed by natives of their own county.

The Munster Championship will be without 2 players this year who played in over 40 Munster championships between them – Tony Browne of Waterford and Brendan Cummins of Tipperary.

Limerick have 1 current hurling All Star – Richie McCarthy while Tipperary have none.

Tipperary have won 10 of their last 12 matches in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship dating back to 2008, winning 4 of the 6 Munster titles on offer in that period. Their only defeats came at the hands of Cork in May 2010, a 3-15 to 0-14 defeat at Pairc Ui Chaoimh and in June 2013, a 1-18 to 1-15 defeat at Páirc na nGael by Limerick.

Until last year, Limerick had won only 1 of their previous 17 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches, a victory over Tipperary in the 2007 Munster Semi-Final 2nd replay at Pairc na nGael. During that period, Limerick drew 5 times. Limerick’s last Championship victory away from Pairc na nGael came in 2001 with victories over Cork and Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Clare have not drawn a match in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship since finishing level with Tipperary in 1999.

Limerick and Tipperary have both lost 26 Munster Senior Hurling Finals. Cork have lost 30.

The first 3 games in the Munster Championship in 2014 will be refereed by the 3 men who between them have refereed the last 5 senior hurling All Irelands – Cork v Waterford (Brian Gavin – 2011 final and 2013 drawn final), Tipp v Limerick (Barry Kelly – 2012 drawn final) and Clare v Cork / Waterford (James McGrath – 2012 and 2013 replays). Interestingly, these 3 men refereed all 4 games in last year’s Munster championship with McGrath in charge of the quarter-final and final and Gavin and Kelly each refereeing a semi-final. They refereed 3 of the 4 games in the 2012 championship – Cathal McAllister of Cork refereed the final. Gavin and Kelly refereed 3 of the 4 games in 2011 – James Owens refereed the 4th. Barry Kelly refereed the last Semple Stadium championship meeting of Tipperary and Limerick in 2012.

Three of the 4 games in the 2013 Munster SH Championship were played in Páirc na nGael Limerick. In the previous 4 years only 2 Munster SHC games in total were played there.

With Limerick’s victory last year, Clare are the only one of the 5 participating counties not to have one the Munster SH Championship since the turn of the millennium.

Declan Hannon of Limerick was the top scorer in last year’s Munster championship with 0-17 from 2 games. Patrick Horgan of Cork was second in the list with 0-12 from 2 games. He equalled that on Sunday when scoring 0-12 against Waterford.

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (51) – 1888,1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006

Tipperary (40) – 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Limerick (19) – 1897, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1955, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1994, 1996, 2013

Waterford (9) – 1938, 1948, 1957, 1959, 1963, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

Clare (6) – 1889, 1914, 1932, 1995, 1997, 1998

Kerry (1) – 1891

Munster GAA HURLING Senior 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 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sh_teams/

Munster Senior HURLING Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928, new cup presented in 1990

All Ireland GAA HURLING Senior Championship

In the Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork are second on the list with 30 titles, 4 behind Kilkenny. Tipperary have won 26 All-Ireland titles. Limerick have 7 titles, their last one in 1973. Clare have won 4 titles in 1914, 1995, 1997 and 2013 while Waterford’s two titles came in 1948 and 1959. Kerry won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in 1891.

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



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Munster Under 21 Hurling Q-Final – Clare 2-20 Limerick 1-14

Clare defeated Limerick by 2-20 to 1-14 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Hurling U21 Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday June 4th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. Second half goals by Aaron Cunningham and Peter Duggan proved decisive before a consolation goal by Kevin O’Brien in injury time reduced the final deficit to 9 points.

Clare will now host Tipperary in the Munster Semi-Final on Wednesday July 16th at 7:30pm in Cusack Park Ennis.




Clare power and class too much for Limerick

Report by Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The turnstiles were clicking merrily at the Gaelic Grounds last night for this Munster hurling U21 opening round match, so much so that throw-in was delayed 15 minutes, to 7.45pm, as 6,000 fans made their way in. Understandable also — lovely summer’s evening, two counties on a high, Clare the reigning All-Ireland champions at both U21 and senior, Limerick reigning Munster senior champions and victors over Tipperary last Sunday.

One of the heroes of that Limerick win was sharp-shooter Shane Dowling and as captain of this team he was back in action again last night and back on song. Six points Shane scored in the opening half, all from distance into a stiff breeze as Limerick looked set fair for a surprise win, only trailing 0-12 to 0-10.

Just past the three-quarter Mark Dowling again featured, a quickly taken free from just inside the 45m line against a Clare defence that had momentarily lost concentration, ended up in the back of the net. Fortunately for Clare referee Johnny Ryan disallowed the goal on the grounds a Limerick substitution had just taken place. Shane did point that free, eventually, leaving Limerick trailing by four (0-17 to 0-14). That was that really for the home side, their last chance.

Clare started with six of last year’s All-Ireland winning senior panel, half a dozen more on the fringe of this year’s extended panel and that power and class eventually told. One of those Clare heroes from last year Tony Kelly, like Dowling, also lined out last night, also as team captain and he too was on song. Four points Tony scored, two in each half, sparkled from start to finish as did Seadna Morey, Conor Clancy and Jamie Shanahan in defence, Colm Galvin in midfield, Peter Duggan, Shane Glennon and Aaron Cunningham up front.

On this night though another fledgling Clare star really made his mark, teenager Bobby Duggan, coming off three years as a starter with the minor team. Six points he notched in the first-half, two from play; two more he added in the second but also set up Cunningham for Clare’s opening goal, 50th minute; perfect pass, perfect finish, Aaron lobbing the advancing Darragh Stapleton. That score put Clare out of sight, nine points in front (1-19 to 0-13), just ten minutes to go.

It was about to get worse for Limerick, centre-back Diarmuid Byrnes then sent off for a second yellow-card offence, leaving them with an impossible job. The icing on the cake for Clare came in the 56th minute, the giant Peter Duggan controlling a fine Jamie Shanahan centre !, then giving Stapleton no chance from point-blank range. It came at a cost, however, the unfortunate Aaron Cunningham crumbling under the same high ball and subsequently stretchered off with a suspected cruciate injury.

A pity for Limerick it ended as it did; they had put up a worthy stand, had their own stars in full-back Richie English and Dan Morrissey on the wing, but they needed everything to go right on the night. It didn’t. Didn’t help their own cause with a few missed opportunities, that sending off, weren’t helped either on the night by some questionable refereeing. Overall however they were simply beaten by a better team, a much better team. On this evidence, Clare are again the team to beat at this level. Perhaps at any level.

Scorers for Clare: B Duggan 0-8 (5f); T Kelly 0-4; A Cunningham 1-1; P Duggan 1-1; S Gleeson 0-2; J Shanahan 0-2; C Galvin, S Morey, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 0-8 (8f); K O’Brien 1-0; M Carmody, D Morrissey, C Lynch, M Fitzgibbon, P Ryan, D O’Donovan, 0-1 each.

CLARE: K Hogan; J Colleran, J Browne, S Morey; G O’Connell, C Cleary, J Shanahan; C Galvin, E Enright; P Duggan, T Kelly (c), S Gleeson; A Cunningham, D Reidy, B Duggan.
Subs: S McGrath for Gleeson (54); S Taylor for Cunningham (inj. 58); S O’Brien for Colleran (58); N O’Connor for O’Connell (60); S Ward for Kelly (61).

LIMERICK: D Stapleton; M Callaghan, R English, S Irwin; M Carmody, D Byrnes, D Morrissey; W O’Donoghue, C Lynch; S Dowling (c), D Dempsey, M Fitzgibbon; L O’Sullivan, K O’Brien, P Ryan.
Subs: D O’Donovan for O’Donoghue (37); D Coleman for O’Sullivan (42); B Griffin for Fitzgibbon (47).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)



Two of hurling’s most promising stars Shane Dowling & Tony Kelly will lead out their counties in U21 action tomorrow night in the Gaelic Grounds.

Clare are going for 3 titles in a row at this grade while Limerick hurling is on a high after winning the 2013 Munster SH title & qualifying for the 2014 final in style last Sunday.

Supporters are asked to purchase their tickets in advance from any Centra or Supervalu outlet (see list below) to avoid delays on the night as a big crowd is expected for this eagerly awaited clash.

Admission Prices

Adults – €10
Students / OAP’s – €5
Under 16s free


Team News

Limerick (U21H v Clare) – Darragh Stapleton (Doon); Mark Callaghan (Knockaderry), Richie English (Doon), Shane Irwin (Bruff); Mark Carmody (Patrickswell), Diarmuid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Dan Morrissey (Ahane); William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell); Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh – Captain), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Mike Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh); Liam O’Sullivan (Knockaderry), Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell), Pat Ryan (Doon)

Clare (U21 v Limerick) – Keith Hogan (Clooney-Quin); Jarlath Colleran (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield), Jack Browne (Ballyea), Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge); Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge), Conor Cleary (Kilmaley), Gearoid O’Connell (Ballyea); Eoin Enright (Kilmaley), Colm Galvin (Cratloe); Shane Gleeson (Cratloe), Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin); Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones), David Reidy (Eire Og), Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle)
Subs: Eibhear Quilligan (Feakle), Shane McGrath (Feakle), Shane O’Brien (Clonlara), Eoin Quirke (Whitegate), David Conroy (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield), Brian Carey (Sixmilebridge), Shane Taylor (Broadford), Stephen Ward (Clarecastle), Niall O’Connor (Newmarket)



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Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Clare 2-9 Waterford 1-11

Clare defeated Waterford by 2-9 to 1-11 in the Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday June 7th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Fixture Details

SATURDAY JUNE 7TH

MUNSTER GAA JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL

Clare v Waterford
An Clár v Portláirge

Venue: Cusack Park Ennis 5pm

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick)
Extra Time if necessary


Team News

Clare (JF v Waterford): Eamon Tubridy (Doonbeg); Jack O’Dea (Kilfenora), Seán O’Driscoll (Ennistymon), Craig O’Brien (Wolfe Tones); Seán Haugh (O’Curry’s), Brian Carrig (Clondegad), Stan Lineen (Kilmihil); Darren O’Neill (Éire Óg), Keith O’Connor (Kildysart); Tom Downes (O’Curry’s), Thomas Downes (Cooraclare), Eoin Brew (O’Curry’s); Cathal Lillis (Cooraclare), Gary Leahy (Wolfe Tones – captain), Kieran Malone (St Joseph’s, Miltown).

Waterford (JF v Clare) – Sean Barron (Ardmore); Ray Kelly (An Rinn), Jason Seward (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg), Mark Prendergast (Kilrossanty); James O’Mahony (Ballinacourty), Shane Lannon (Stradbally), Darren Guiry (Nire); Ronan Cahill (Rathgormack), Ian Cantwell (De La Salle); David Power (Kilrossanty), Gavin Crotty (Dungarvan), Michael O’Halloran (Ballinacourty); Mark Ferncombe (Ballinacourty), Mitchell Casey (De La Salle – Captain), Joey Veale (Kilrossanty)

Christy Ring Cup Final – Kildare 4-18 Kerry 2-22

Kildare defeated Kerry by 4-18 to 2-22 in the Christy Ring Cup Final on Saturday June 7th at Croke Park.


Christy Ring Cup glory for Kildare

Christy Ring Cup Final: Kildare 4-18 Kerry 2-22

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Kildare lifted the Christy Ring Cup for the first time after a thrilling win over Kerry in the last of Saturday’s three finals at Croke Park.
Gerry Keegan, Bernard Deay, Ray McLoughney and Paul Divilly hit 3-16 between them to give the Lilywhites a high-scoring win against a Kerry side who were left to rue wasteful finishing.

Hot favourites Kerry raced into a six-point lead, helped by a Pádraig Boyle goal and a huge point from a free by goalkeeper Tadhg Flynn, but Kildare’s four hitmen up front dragged them back into the game, with Martin Fitzgerald also on target.

‘Keeper Paul Dermody smashed home a penalty and Gerry Keegan added a second goal to leave Kerry shell-shocked, but Shane Nolan netted at the other end to send the Kingdom in ahead by 2-10 to 2-9. A high-octane start to the second half saw Ray McLoughney’s goal for Kildare cancelled out by points from John Egan, Colm Harty and substitute John Griffin.

Bernard Deay swooped for an opportunistic fourth Kildare goal and although Nolan and Griffin brought Kerry back to within two, their desperate attempts to avoid a second consecutive final defeat fell short, with Dermody saving a David Butler shot late on. The victorious Kildare side will now bid for a Liam MacCarthy Cup place in next Saturday’s play-off against Westmeath.
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Scorers for Kildare: G Keegan 1-4, P Divilly 0-7 (5f), B Deay 1-3, R McLoughney 1-2, P Dermody 1-0 (pen), M Fitzgerald 0-2

Scorers for Kerry: S Nolan 1-4, P Boyle 1-2, J Egan 0-3 (2f), D Butler 0-3, C Harty 0-3, J Griffin 0-3, T Flynn 0-1 (f), T Casey 0-1, M Boyle 0-1, D Collins 0-1

Kildare: P Dermody; J Doran, F Ó Muineacháin, N Ó Muineacháin; D Harney, M Moloney, R Hoban; É Ó Neill, M Fitzgerald; R Kelly, P Divilly, B Deay; G Keegan, T Murphy, R McLoughney
Subs: P Reidy for R Kelly, J O’Malley for T Murphy.

Kerry: T Flynn; B Murphy, T Murnane, D Fitzell; S Weir, D Dineen, T Casey; D O’Connell, C Harty; M Boyle, D Collins, J Egan; D Butler, P Boyle, S Nolan
Subs: J Griffin for D Fitzell, B O’Leary for M Boyle, J Leahy for T Casey, J Casey for D Butler.

Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny)


Team News

KERRY (SH v Kildare): 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); D O’Connell (Abbeydorney), C Harty (Causeway); M Boyle (Ballyduff), D Collins (Kilmoyley), J Egan (St Brendan’s); D Butler (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams, Tipperary), P Boyle (Ballyduff), S Nolan (Crotta O’Neills). Subs: N Leen (Ballyduff), J Griffin (Lixnaw), B O’Leary (Abbeydorney), J Casey (Ballyheigue), J Leahy (Causeway), K Carmody (Causeway), P Lucid (Ballyheigue), P O’Connor (Kilmoyley), A Fealy (Causeway), L Boyle (Ballyduff), P McGrath (Causeway).

Kildare Senior Hurling team to play Kerry

1.Paul Dermody – Éire Óg/Corra Choill
2.John Doran – Léim an Bhradáin
3.Fiachra Ó Muineachain – Cill Droichid
4.Niall Ó Muineachain (capt) – Cill Droichid
5.David Harney – Naomh Eoin Baile an tSaoir
6.Mark Moloney – Cill Droichid
7.Richie Hoban – Ard Cloch
8.Eanna Ó Neill – Coill Dubh
9.Martin Fitzgerald – Ard Cloch
10.Ross Kelly – Nas na Rí
11.Paul Divilly – Confaidh
12.Bernard Deay – Claonadh
13.Gerry Keegan – Cill Droichid
14.Tony Murphy – Cill Droichid
15.Ray Mc Loughney – Kilruane MacDonaghs, Tipperary

Munster Senior Football Q-Final – Clare 2-8 Waterford 2-8

Clare and Waterford finished level at 2-8 to 2-8 in the Munster GAA Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday June 7th at Cusack Park Ennis. The sides will meet again in a replay fixed for Saturday June 14th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.



Munster SFC: Déise salvage dramatic draw

Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final: Clare 2-8 Waterford 2-8

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Waterford full-forward Paul Whyte sent over an equalising point in the second minute of injury time to force a replay after an incident-filled finale before 1,768 spectators at Cusack Park. Clare appeared poised for the last four when David Tubridy smashed home a goal on 65 minutes. It released a Banner roar from the stands as the hosts had spent 23 minutes without a score in the second period. Before Tubridy’s goal, the visitors battled back from five points down to sneak in front when Tadhg Ó hUallacháin punched over. Gary Brennan tacked on a point however as Clare moved 2-8 to 2-5 ahead with only a minute of normal time remaining.

Niall Carew’s charges refused to panic and summoned another recovery effort. Shane Ahearne hit two (one from play and one free) before Paul Whyte calmly kicked the leveller. The second installment will take place next Saturday at Fraher Field. Colm Collins’ home side held a 1-5 to 1-2 lead by halfway. Clare started briskly with a Tubridy free. Enda Coughlan pounced for a goal on six minutes after Stephen Enright saved in spectacular fashion from Shane McGrath in the first instance.

Waterford eased into the contest with a back to back brace of JJ Hutchinson points. Shane McGrath restored Clare’s three-point advantage on the quarter hour mark (1-2 to 0-2). Defences dominated the rest of the half as both sides struggled to break through. In the Déise rearguard, the O’Gorman twins tied up Martin O’Leary and Tubridy. At the opposite end, full-back Kevin Hartnett shone for Clare.

Martin O’Leary bridged a 13 minute wait for a score and Shane McGrath followed up with his second. Waterford were struggling to fire up front. Liam Ó Lonáin had a penalty appeal refused which added to their irritation. They finally made a breakthrough on 33 minutes when Michael O’Gorman passed to Dean Crowley running from deep. He transferred to Paul Whyte who slid a low shot beyond Joe Hayes. Tubridy closed the first half scoring to leave Clare three points up.

They stretched out to five through Jamie Malone and a piercing dart from Gary Brennan (1-7 to 1-2). They eased off the pedal however and Waterford got their act together in attack. Whyte curled over and then substitute Michael Curry trimmed the deficit to three. On 58 minutes, Shane Ahearne barrelled through and passed across for Ó Lionáin to palm home with the aid of the crossbar (1-7 to 2-4).

Clare took hurried options as their wides tally reached double digits. Ó hUallacháin nudged the away side ahead for the very first time with a fisted effort on 64 minutes to complete a six-point turnaround. In an action-packed conclusion, they needed to dig deep again to bring Clare back to Dungarvan for the replay.
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Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 1-2 (1f), E Coughlan 1-0, G Brennan, S McGrath 0-2 each, M O’Leary (1f), J Malone 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: P Whyte 1-2, L Ó Lionáin 1-0, S Ahearne (1f), JJ Hutchinson 0-2 each, T Ó hUallacháin, M Curry 0-1 each.

Clare: J Hayes; D Ryan, K Hartnett, M McMahon; C Russell, G Kelly, S Hickey; G Brennan, S McGrath; J Malone, P Collins, E Coughlan; S Collins, D Tubridy, M O’Leary
Subs: S Brennan for Kelly (31 black card), R Donnelly for O’Leary (51), E Cleary for Malone (61), P McMahon for P Collins (71 black card).

Waterford: S Enright; C Phelan, Maurice O’Gorman, T O’Gorman; D Crowley, S Briggs, O Keevers; P Whyte, T Prendergast; T Ó hUallacháin, L Ó Lonáin, Michael O’Gorman; B Wall, S Ahearne, JJ Hutchinson
Subs: M Curry for Hutchinson (42), D Allen for Wall (48), W Hutchinson for Briggs (50 black card), D Grey for Michael O’Gorman (56), D Hallahan for Keevers (60), L Ó Corraoin for Phelan (66).

Referee: C Lane (Cork)



Team News

Clare (SF v Waterford) – Joe Hayes (Lissycasey); Dean Ryan (Éire Óg Ennis), Kevin Hartnett (Meelick), Martin McMahon (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); Shane Hickey (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Gordon Kelly (St Joseph’s Miltown-Malbay), Ciaran Russell (Éire Óg Ennis); Gary Brennan (Clondegad), Jamie Malone (Corofin); Shane McGrath (Thomas Davis), Enda Coughlan (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Sean Collins (Cratloe); Martin O’Leary (Kilmihil), David Tubridy (Doonbeg), Podge Collins (Cratloe)

Waterford (SF v Clare) – Stephen Enright (Ballinacourty); Dean Crowley (St. Saviours), Thomas O’Gorman (Nire), Maurice O’Gorman (Nire); Conor Phelan (Brickey Rangers), Shane Briggs (Ballinacourty), Oran Keevers (De La Salle); Shane Aherne (Stradbally), Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty); Michael O’Gorman (Nire), Liam O’Lonáin (An Rinn), Tadhg O hUallacháin (An Rinn); Brian Wall (Nire), Paul Whyte (Kilrossanty), JJ Hutchinson (Gaultier)


Fixture Details

SATURDAY JUNE 7TH

MUNSTER GAA SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL

Clare v Waterford
An Clár v Portláirge

Venue: Cusack Park Ennis 7pm

Referee – Conor Lane (Cork)

Standby Referee – Fergal Kelly (Longford)
Linesman – Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)
Sideline Official – James Bermingham (Cork)
Umpires – Ger Fleming, Ray Hegarty, D J O’Sullivan, Pat Kelly (Cork)

Next Round – the winners play Kerry in the Munster Semi-Final on Sunday June 22nd at Cusack Park Ennis or Fraher Field Dungravan.

For the Record

  Clare Waterford
2014 Team Manager Colm Collins Niall Carew
2013 Championship Performance Lost Munster semi-final to Cork by 1-20 to 1-11 at Cusack Park Ennis.

Lost Qualifiers Round 2 game to Laois by 3-17 to 0-10 at Cusack Park, Ennis.

Lost Munster semi-final to Kerry by 4-21 to 1-4 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Lost Qualifiers Round 2 game to Galway by 1-12 to 0-14 at Pearse Stadium, Galway.

Number of Munster Senior Football titles 2 1
Last Munster Senior Football Title 1992 1898
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 21
Won – 6
Lost – 14
Drawn – 1
Played – 16
Won – 2
Lost – 14
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship May 23rd 2010 at Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Quarter Final) – Waterford 1-10 Clare 0-9.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2014  Quarter-Finals

Saturday May 31st

@ Pairc na nGael, Limerick          Tipperary 2-14 Limerick 2-11

Saturday June 7th

@ Cusack Park, Ennis                   Clare v Waterford                                       @ 7pm

Semi-Finals

Saturday June 21st

@ Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork             Cork v Tipperary                                        @ 7pm

Sunday June 22nd

@ Cusack Park, Ennis or               Clare or Waterford v Kerry                       @ TBC

Fraher Field, Dungarvan

Final

Sunday July 6th

2pm throw-in

Useful Information

Both Tipperary and Clare were promoted from the Allianz Football League Division 4 this year with Tipperary defeating Clare in the final to secure the Division 4 title.

The average number of scores per game in the Munster Senior Football championship since 2008:

2008 – 21 scores per game; 2009 – 24; 2010 – 28; 2011 – 33; 2012 – 27; 2013 – 30.8, 2014 so far – 29

Since 2000, Kerry have drawn as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship as they have lost, 5 draws (all v Cork) as compared to 5 defeats in 38 matches played.

Last Saturday’s victory over Limerick was Tipperary’s first win in the Munster Senior Football Championship since 2003.

Waterford have won 2 matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship since 1988. Both victories have come at the expense of Clare in games played at Fraher Field Dungarvan – a 1-6 to 0-7 victory in 2007 and a 1-10 to 0-9 win in 2010.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (75) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013

Cork (37) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012

Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935

Clare (2) – 1917, 1992

Waterford (1) – 1898

Limerick (1) – 1896

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior 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 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sf_teams/

Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 36, 13 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.

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

Munster Senior Hurling Q-F Replay – Cork 0-28 Waterford 0-14

Cork defeated Waterford by 0-28 to 0-14 in the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Quarter-Final Replay on Sunday June 8th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Munster SHC: Cork overpower Waterford

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final Replay: Cork 0-28 Waterford 0-14

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Cork have beaten Waterford by 14 points in this afternoon’s Munster senior hurling championship quarter-final replay at Semple Stadium.
The Rebels upped the ante considerably from a fortnight ago to blow Waterford away in front of 22,093 spectators in Thurles.

By half-time, Cork were 0-14 to 0-5 clear and in sight of a provincial semi-final showdown with All-Ireland champions Clare next Sunday. That clash is, of course, a repeat of the classic 2013 All-Ireland finals between the counties. This was impressive stuff from Cork against a Waterford side that registered 15 wides over the 70 minutes.

And the Déise suffered a crushing injury blow as early as the fifth minute when Noel Connors, detailed to pick up Alan Cadogan, limped off injured.
Waterford also lost Colin Dunford to injury later in the game but those setbacks shouldn’t detract from an impressive Cork display, as ten different players got on the scoresheet.

Horgan led the way in the scoring stakes but there were impressive attacking displays, too, from Conor Lehane, Seamus Harnedy and Bill Cooper. And there was also a welcome return for Paudie O’Sullivan following the horrific leg break the Cloyne clubman sustained last year. And O’Sullivan marked his comeback with two points from play after coming on as a second half substitute. Cork could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty before half-time.
Following a foul on Pa Cronin, Anthony Nash came forward from the Cork goal to unleash one of his trademark blockbusters. But in a move reminiscent of Clare goalkeeper Patrick Kelly last year, Waterford netminder Stephen O’Keeffe came rushing from his goal-line to meet Nash at the point of contact and smother the shot.
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Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-10 (5f), C Lehane 0-4, B Cooper & S Harnedy 0-3 each, D Kearney & P O’Sullivan 0-2 each, C Joyce, A Cadogan, S Moylan & R O’Shea 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: P Mahony 0-5 (0-3f, 1 65), A Gleeson 0-3, C Dunford 0-2, S O’Sullivan, S Walsh, B O’Sullivan & R Foley 0-1 each.

CORK: A Nash; S O’Neill, D Cahalane, S McDonnell; C Joyce, M Ellis, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, A Walsh; S Harnedy, B Cooper, C Lehane; A Cadogan, P Cronin, P Horgan
Subs: S Moylan for Cadogan (59), B Lawton for Walsh (59), P O’Sullivan for Kearney (60), W Egan for McLoughlin (64), R O’Shea for Cooper (64).
WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, T Burke; S O’Sullivan, K Moran; J Dillon, A Gleeson, P Mahony; C Dunford, B O’Sullivan, S Walsh
Subs: P Prendergast for Connors (5), R Foley for Nagle (41), M Shanahan for Dunford (45), S Molumphy for B O’Sullivan (47), S Prendergast for Dillon (51)
Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)



Ticket Information

Munster GAA can confirm that all pre-purchased adult tickets for the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Quarter-Final Replay between Cork and Waterford will be reduced by €5. Tickets will go on sale via tickets.ie, Centra & Supervalu from Tuesday May 27th.

Pre-purchase Price (available via Centra & Supervalu until 12 noon on Sunday)

Adults Covered Stand – €20
Adults Uncovered Stand – €15
Juveniles (Under 16s) for both stands & terrace – €5
Adults Killinan End Terrace – €10
Adults Town End Terrace – €10

Venue Price on the day

Adults Covered Stand – €25
Adults Uncovered Stand – €20
Juveniles (Under 16s) for both stands & terrace – €5
Adults Killinan End Terrace – €15
Adults Town End Terrace – €15

Click to purchase to tickets online

Semple Stadium Map


Irish Rail discount – Cork to Thurles




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Team News

CORK (SH v Waterford): A Nash (Kanturk); S O’Neill (Bishopstown), D Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), S McDonnell (Glen Rovers); C Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), M Ellis (Millstreet), L McLoughlin (Kanturk); D Kearney (Sarsfields), A Walsh (Kanturk); C Lehane (Midleton), B Cooper (Youghal), P Cronin (Bishopstown); A Cadogan (Douglas), S Harnedy (St Ita’s), P Horgan (Glen Rovers)
Subs: D McCarthy (Ballymartle), C O’Sullivan (Sarsfields), K Burke (Midleton), W Egan (Kilbrin), E Cadogan (Douglas), B Lawton (Castlemartyr), J Coughlan (Newtownshandrum), S Moylan (Douglas), C McCarthy (Sarsfields), R O’Shea (Carrigaline), P O’Sullivan (Cloyne)

Waterford (SH v Cork) – Stephen O Keeffe (Ballygunner); Tadgh de Burca (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg), Liam Lawlor (Fourmilewater), Noel Connors (Passage); Jamie Nagle (Dungarvan), Michael Walsh (Stradbally – Captain), Shane Fives (Carrigtwohill); Shane O’Sullivan (Ballygunner), Kevin Moran (De La Salle); Colin Dunford (Colligan), Jake Dillon (De La Salle), Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner); Shane Walsh (Fourmilewater), Brian O Sullivan (Ballygunner), Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)


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Fixture Details

SUNDAY JUNE 8TH

MUNSTER GAA SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL REPLAY

Cork v Waterford

Corcaigh v Port Láirge

Venue: Semple Stadium Thurles 3.30pm

Extra Time if necessary

Referee – Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)

Stand By Referee – Barry Kelly (Westmeath)
Linesman – Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)
Sideline Official – Patrick Murphy (Carlow)
Umpires – Michael Butler, Seamus Manton, Tony Lacey and Willie Crosse (Tipperary)

Extra time – 2 periods x 10 minutes each to be played if sides finish level at the end of 70 minutes

Next Round – the winners qualify for the Munster Semi-Final against Clare on Sunday June 15th at Semple Stadium Thurles or the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

For the Record

Cork Waterford
2014 Team Manager Jimmy Barry Murphy Derek McGrath 
2013 Championship Performance Defeated Clare by 0-23 to 0-15 in Munster semi-final.Lost to Limerick by 0-24 to 0-15 in Munster final.

Defeated Kilkenny by 0-19 to 0-14 in All Ireland quarter-final

Defeated Dublin by 1-24 to 1-19 in All Ireland semi-final

Drew 3-16 to 0-25 with Clare in All Ireland final

Lost replay to Clare by 5-16 to 3-16.

Lost to Clare by 2-20 to 1-15 in Munster quarter-finalDefeated Offaly by 0-21 to 1-14 in preliminary round of All Ireland series

Defeated Westmeath by 3-22 to 0-14 in Phase 1 of All Ireland series

Lost to Kilkenny by 1-22 to 2-16 aet in Phase 3 of the All Ireland series

Number of Munster Senior Hurling titles 51 9
Last Munster Senior Hurling Title 2006 2010
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 27
Won – 15
Lost –  10
Drawn – 2
Played – 28
Won – 14
Lost –  10
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Drawn Munster quarter-final on Sunday May 25th 2014 – Cork 1-21 Waterford 1-12.Previous to that: July 17th 2010 – Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 aet (Munster Final replay at Semple Stadium Thurles) – An 83rd minute goal by current Waterford selector, Dan Shanahan, proved to be the difference between the sides after 2 epic encounters in 6 days. Click here for report

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2014

 Quarter-Final

Sunday May 25th  

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles          Cork 1-21 v Waterford 1-21                                 


Semi-Final
Sunday June 1st

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles          Limerick 2-18 v Tipperary 2-16

 

Quarter-Final Replay

Sunday June 8th 

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles                      Cork v Waterford                                        @ 3.30pm

 

Semi-Final

Sunday June 15th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Clare v Waterford or Cork                                    @ 4pm
or Semple Stadium Thurles

Final

Sunday July 13th

4pm throw-in

2014 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Cork 1-21 Waterford 1-21 – May 25th at Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

CORK: A Nash; S O’Neill, D Cahalane, S McDonnell; C Joyce, M Ellis, L McLoughlin; A Walsh, D Kearney; C McCarthy, C Lehane, P Cronin (c); A Cadogan, S Harnedy, P Horgan

Subs: B Cooper for McCarthy (35); B Lawton for Kearney (50); S Moylan for Cronin (53); J Coughlan for Harnedy (65).

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-12 (8f, 1 65); A Cadogan 0-4; B Cooper 1-1; A Walsh 0-2 (1 s/l); C Lehane, S Harnedy 0-1 each

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; N Connors, L Lawlor, B Coughlan; J Nagle, K Moran, T Burke; M Walsh (c), E Barrett; C Dunford, Pauric Mahony, A Gleeson; B O’Sullivan, S Walsh, J Dillon

Subs: R Foley for Barrett (inj 22); S Fives for Coughlan (42); R Barry for Dunford (47); D Breathnach for Dillon (53); S Prendergast for Walsh (59).

Scorers for Waterford: P Mahony 0-11 (9f); A Gleeson 1-2 (0-1 s/l); J Nagle 0-2; B O’Sullivan 0-2; T Burke, S Walsh, J Dillon, S Prendergast, 0-1 each.

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

 

Limerick 2-18 Tipperary 2-16  – June 1st at Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final)

LIMERICK: N Quaid; T Condon, R McCarthy, S Hickey; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; J Ryan, P Browne; D Hannon, D O’Grady, S Dowling; G Mulcahy, K Downes, S Tobin

Subs: T Ryan for Tobin (61), M Ryan for Mulcahy (70+2).

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 2-9 (1-9f), D O’Grady & K Downes 0-2 each, S Hickey, P Browne, D Hannon, G Mulcahy & T Ryan 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, Pádraic Maher, M Cahill; J Barry, B Maher, C O’Mahony; K Bergin, S McGrath; G Ryan, N McGrath, N O’Meara; J O’Dwyer, S Callanan, Patrick Maher

Subs: L Corbett for Barry (54), D Maher for O’Meara (62), C O’Brien for Cahill (65), S Bourke for O’Dwyer (68), T Stapleton for S McGrath (70).

Scorers for Tipperary: G Ryan 1-2, S Callanan 0-5 (3f), J O’Dwyer 0-5 (1f), Patrick Maher 1-0, N McGrath, N O’Meara, L Corbett & D Maher 0-1 each.

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath) 

2014 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Shane Dowling (Limerick) – 2-9 (1-9 frees)

Patrick Horgan (Cork) –  0-12 (0-8 frees, 1 65)

Pauric Mahony  (Waterford) – 0-11 (0-9 frees)

Austin Glesson (Waterford) – 1-2 (0-1 s/l)

Gearóid Ryan (Tipperary) – 1-2

Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) – 0-5 (0-3 frees)

John O’Dwyer (Tipperary) – 0-5 (0-1 free)

Alan Cadogan (Cork) – 0-4

Bill Cooper (Cork) – 1-1

Useful Information

The 4 games in the 2013 Munster Senior Hurling Championship produced an average of 37.5 scores per game. However the average was higher in the previous 2 years with 40.5 scores per game in 2012 and 43 scores per game in the 2011 Munster SHC. It was 34 scores per match in the 2010 Munster SHC. The highest scoring game in 2013 yielded 39 scores, the Munster final victory for Limerick over Cork by 0-24 to 0-15. The average after 2 games in the 2014 championship is 41 scores per game.

The last 7 Cork v Waterford games in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have produced 29 goals.

It’s 8 years since Cork won the Munster championship – the longest gap since the 10 year period between their 1956 and 66 wins.

Until last year, Limerick had won only 1 of their previous 17 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches, a victory over Tipperary in the 2007 Munster Semi-Final 2nd replay at Pairc na nGael. During that period, Limerick drew 5 times. Until last Sunday’s victory over Tipperary at Semple Stadium, Limerick’s last Championship victory away from Pairc na nGael came in 2001 with victories over Cork and Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Three of the 4 games in the 2013 Munster SH Championship were played in Páirc na nGael Limerick. In the previous 4 years only 2 Munster SHC games in total were played there.

With Limerick’s victory last year, Clare are the only one of the 5 participating counties not to have one the Munster SH Championship since the turn of the millennium.

Declan Hannon of Limerick was the top scorer in last year’s Munster championship with 0-17 from 2 games. Patrick Horgan of Cork was second in the list with 0-12 from 2 games.

The last Munster SHC replay between Cork and Waterford resulted in a 1-16 to 1-13 victory for Waterford in the 2010 Munster Final Replay

Waterford have failed to win their last 3 Munster SHC games, a feat last recorded from 1999 to 2001

Cork have won 1 of their last 7 games in the Munster SHC, their worst record since winning 1 out of 6 games (versus Kerry) from 1993 to 1997

Both teams scored 1-11 from play in the drawn game

Waterford had 9 different scorers from play in the drawn game

Cork had 6 different scorers from play in the drawn game

Waterford & Cork also finished level in the 2007 All-Ireland SHC Q-Final with Waterford winning the replay by 2-17 to 0-20 in Croke Park

Cork last won a replay in the Munster SHC in 1987, a 3-14 to 0-10 victory over Limerick.

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (51) – 1888, 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006

Tipperary (40) – 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Limerick (19) – 1897, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1955, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1994, 1996, 2013

Waterford (9) – 1938, 1948, 1957, 1959, 1963, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

Clare (6) – 1889, 1914, 1932, 1995, 1997, 1998

Kerry (1) – 1891

Munster GAA HURLING Senior 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 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sh_teams/

Munster Senior HURLING Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928, new cup presented in 1990

All Ireland GAA HURLING Senior Championship

In the Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork are second on the list with 30 titles, 3 behind Kilkenny. Tipperary have won 26 All-Ireland titles. Limerick have 7 titles, their last one in 1973. Clare have won 4 titles in 1914, 1995, 1997 and 2013 while Waterford’s two titles came in 1948 and 1959. Kerry won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in 1891.

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

Munster GAA Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Cork 4-17 Clare 2-20

Cork defeated Clare by 4-17 to 2-20 in the Munster GAA Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 15th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Early scoring blitz puts Cork on road to victory

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 4-17 Clare 2-20

A blistering opening seven-minute spell – in which the Rebels outscored their opponents by 3-4 to 0-2 – laid the foundation for Cork’s victory in this entertaining Munster IHC semi-final. David Drake and Michael O’Sullivan (2-0) torched the Clare rearguard for three early goals, with Drake grabbing his second, Cork’s fourth, by the end of the first quarter. Clare corner-forward Bobby Duggan pounced for the Banner’s sole major of the opening half on eight minutes, Gerry O’Connor’s side 4-7 to 1-8 adrift at the break.

Clare upped the tempo at the change of ends, Cathal Malone’s 42nd minute goal reducing the deficit to four – 4-12 to 2-14. Subsequent points from Cathal O’Connell, Bobby Duggan, Shane McGrath and Patrick Fitzgerald further narrowed the gap, but Cork’s ability to keep the gap at two points would prove crucial. Cork substitute Kevin Hallissey split the posts on the stroke of full-time to rubber stamp the win.

Scorers for Cork: P O’Brien (0-8, 4fs), M O’Sullivan, D Drake (2-1 each), C Murphy (0-2), R Cashman, M Walsh, J Cronin, R Crowley, K Hallissey (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: B Duggan (1-10, 0-8fs), C Malone (1-2), P Fitzgerald (0-2), S Gleeson, S McGrath, M O’Neill, A Lynch, C O’Connell, G O’Connell (0-1 each).

CORK: R Cunningham; J O’Callaghan, A Dennehy, B Ó Tuama; R Cashman, T Healy, M Walsh; C Barry, J Wall; C Murphy, P O’Brien, M O’Sullivan; M Kenefick, J Cronin, D Drake.
Subs: T Lawrence for Barry (17), R Crowley for Cashman (45), A Mannix for Kenefick (48), K Hallissey for Wall (50).

CLARE: E Quilligan; C Nolan, C Duggan, K Ryan; G O’Connell, J Shanahan, E Boyce; P Fitzgerald, J Colleran; S Gleeson, S McGrath, C Malone; M O’Neill, A Lynch, B Duggan.
Subs: C O’Connell for Gleeson (ht), Ward for Lynch (ht), S Taylor for Boyce (37 mins), N O’Connor for Nolan (40), S O’Brien for Colleran (53).

Referee: J O’Brien (Tipperary)



Six goals served up as Cork get the better of Clare in Munster intermediate semi final

Cork 4-17 Clare 2-20

Report from thescore.ie

CORK SET UP a Munster intermediate hurling final with Tipperary after claiming victory over Clare in a six-goal thriller at Semple Stadium this afternoon. In the curtain-raiser to the senior encounter between the sides, Cork built on their opening round win over Waterford to stave off the challenge of a Clare team who were making their 2014 competitive bow. Cork got off to an explosive start. Michael O’Sullivan and David Drake both found the net inside the opening two minutes to put them into a 2-1 to 0-1 lead.

Matters got even better for Cork when O’Sullivan fired home his second goal in the 7th minute. Despite Bobby Duggan pulling a goal back for Clare, Cork incredibly managed to strike their fourth early goal through Drake in the 12th minute as they went 4-4 to 1-5 clear. Sharpshooters Duggan for Clare and Peter O’Brien traded points in the second quarter with Cork going in at the break in possession of a 4-7 to 1-8 lead.

Cork continued to maintain that advantage in the early stages of the second-half before Clare fought back and received a boost when Cathal Malone grabbed a goal in the 42nd minute. That left Clare 4-12 to 2-14 adrift and on a couple of occasions during the finale, Duggan converted frees that left them only three points adrift of Cork.

The Rebels were reduced to 14 men late on when Michael O’Sullivan received a second yellow card but points by O’Brien and substitutes Ronan Crowley and Kevin Hallissey helped them run out three-point winners. Cork now advance to a final meeting with Tipperary on Friday June 27th at a Cork venue.


Team News

The Cork Intermediate Hurling team to play Clare at 2pm on Sunday will line out as follows:

1. Richie Cunningham (Youghal)
2. John O Callaghan (Inniscarra – captain)
3. Alan Dennehy (Charleville)
4. Barra O Tuama (Castlemartyr)
5. Ross Cashman (Kilbrittain)
6. Tadhg Healy (Buttevant)
7. Michael Walsh (Kildorrery)
8. Nicky Kelly (Mayfield)
9. Jamie Wall (Kilbrittain)
10. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
11. Peter O’Brien (Kildorrery)
12. Michael O’Sullivan (Tracton)
13. Mark Kenefick (Ballygarvan)
14. John Cronin (Lisgoold)
15. David Drake (Carrigaline)

Subs
16. James Mc Sweeney (Bandon)
17. Tomás Lawrence (Brian Dillons)
18. John Grace (Youghal)
19. Colm Barry (Castlelyons)
20. Ronan Crowley (Bandon)
21. Kevin Hallissey (Eire Og)
22. Adrian Mannix (Kilworth)
23. John Sheehan (Argideen Rangers)
24. Cian Mc Carthy (Brian Dillons)

Munster SFC Q-Final Replay – Clare 3-11 Waterford 0-12

Clare defeated Waterford by 3-11 to 0-12 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final Replay on Saturday June 14th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.



Goals key as Clare advance

Munster SFC Semi-Final: Clare 3-11 Waterford 0-12

Report by Tomás McCarthy for GAA.ie

A bossy midfield display from Gary Brennan steered Clare to a Munster semi final meeting against Kerry as they dismissed Waterford by eight points at sunny Fraher Field on Saturday.

The Clondegad clubman kicked 1-2 with brother Shane and substitute Rory Donnelly also accounting for goals. The dismissal of Waterford midfielders Shane Ahearne and Tommy Prendergast on black cards in the first half dashed their chances. In front of 1,357 fans, Gary Brennan’s goal on 25 minutes split the teams (1-6 to 0-6) at half time. The hosts received an early blow when Ahearne controversially received a black card for a high tackle on Martin McMahon just 90 seconds in.

Despite that setback, they deservedly built up an early four point advantage. Paul Whyte struck three (two frees and one from play) and then Conor Phelan set up JJ Hutchinson. Clare settled as Gary Brennan controlled the centre. Sean Collins, David Tubridy and Shane McGrath all kicked points to leave them two down (0-5 to 0-3). The dazzling JJ Hutchinson swung over his third from play but that proved Waterford’s last score of the half.
Ahearne’s absence was sorely felt as Brennan’s influence increased. Clare mopped up the breaking ball and found the crucial goal to level matters. Shane Hickey located Gary Brennan charging through and he finished delicately under Stephen Enright (0-6 to 1-3).

Shane McGrath kicked Clare into the lead with back to back singles and Sean Collins added his second. Waterford then lost their second starting midfielder Tommy Prendergast to another black card. The Banner chalked up nine first half wides but departed three in front.
Clare coasted clear of their opponents on the resumption. Gary Brennan, Sean Collins and Jamie Malone tagged on points. With 48 minutes on the watch, Gary Brennan’s point effort struck the post and his brother Shane finished in scruffy fashion (2-9 to 0-6). Case closed.

Declan Allen ended a thirty minute wait for a Waterford score. Brennan didn’t take his foot off the gas. Substitute Rory Donnelly delivered a third green flag with nine minutes left after Eoin Cleary’s precise delivery. He tucked away his opportunity to the bottom corner. Liam Ó Lonáin struck two second half efforts and JJ Hutchinson brought his tally to four as the Deise retaliated with the closing three points of a disappointing evening. Colm Collins’ side host Kerry next Sunday while Waterford seek a recovery through the backdoor.

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Scorers for Waterford: P Whyte 0-5 (4fs), JJ Hutchinson 0-4, L Ó Lonáin 0-2 , D Allen 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: G Brennan 1-2, S Brennan, R Donnelly 1-0 each, S Collins, S McGrath 0-3 each, C Russell, J Malone D Tubridy 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S Enright; Maurice O’Gorman, O Keevers, T O’Gorman; D Crowley, S Briggs, C Phelan; S Ahearne, T Prendergast; T Ó hUallacháin, Michael O’Gorman, B Wall; L Ó Lonáin, P Whyte, JJ Hutchinson
Subs: W Hutchinson for Ahearne (2), D Allen for Prendergast (32), M Curry for W Hutchinson (H-T), C O’Keeffe for Phelan (45), D Grey for JJ Hutchinson (67).

CLARE: J Hayes; D Ryan, K Hartnett, M McMahon; C Russell, G Kelly, S Collins; G Brennan, B Harnett; S Hickey, E Coughlan, S McGrath; M O’Leary, S Brennan, D Tubridy
Subs: J Malone for B Hartnett (24), R Donnelly for Coughlan (56), E Cleary for Tubridy (57), L Healy for McMahon (63), P McMahon for Collins (65), S McNelis for Hickey (66).

Referee: M Deegan (Laois)



Clare gear up for Kingdom

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 0-12 Clare 3-11

Clare made no mistake at the second time of asking when easing past their Waterford hosts at Fraher Field in Saturday night’s Munster SFC quarter-final replay.

Their task was made easier by the second minute dismissal of Shane Ahearne in a controversial black card call for a high tackle on Martin McMahon that left Waterford boss Niall Carew fuming with referee Maurice Deegan. “It was a poor decision by the referee,” Carew said. “The black card was supposed to stop cynical play. There was nothing cynical in that, the game was only on 90 seconds. He swung his arm, he didn’t drag him to the ground.”

The challenge didn’t fall under the black card category in his view. “A fella 5 foot 3 or 4 running at pace and ducks and Shane Ahearne sticks out his hand. How that was given as a black card is beyond me. There’s too many interpretations of the black card anyway. To lose your best player like that, it’s impossible then.”

Ahearne midfield partner Tommy Prendergast also saw black before the interval but Carew had no issue with that call: “With Tommy’s one the rule does state that if you do trip it is a black card. That was more out of frustration than anything else. We were always going to be under pressure without our best player. Last week, Shane got the better of Gary Brennan and I think this week that he would have as well. The black card was always going to be controversial. It won’t be big because it’s Clare and Waterford but it cost us. I will certainly be appealing Shane Ahearne’s black card just out of principle more than anything else.

And Clare boss Colm Collins admitted that Ahearne’s black card shifted the momentum. “To lose someone of his quality so early in the game was devastating for Waterford. I felt that there was only going to be one result when that happened.” In Ahearne’s absence, Gary Brennan crushed a makeshift midfield cobbled together by the hosts. The captain posted 1-2, including a decisive first half goal, and monopolised the kickouts.

Waterford started briskly despite losing Ahearne. Paul Whyte confidently shot three (two frees) and JJ Hutchinson added another to establish a four point advantage after 11 minutes. Brennan steadied Clare as Seán Collins, David Tubridy and Shane McGrath narrowed the gap to two (0-5 to 0-3). Hutchinson enjoyed the freedom of his corner forward role and fired his third points on 22 minutes. However it was their last score of the half.

The hosts struggled to claim Stephen Enright’s kickouts and Clare turned the screw. On 24 minutes, Shane Hickey’s pass found Brennan charging down the centre and he steadied before finishing low under Enright (0-6 to 1-3). Two points from Shane McGrath and Sean Collins’ sealed a three point half time lead (1-6 to 0-6). Nine wides in contrast to none for Waterford also displayed their dominance.

Brennan took up where he left off with a wonderful point on the restart before Collins and Jamie Malone landed more scores. Shane Brennan miscued with the goal at his mercy but made amends on 48 minutes. When brother Gary saw his shot strike the upright, Shane was perfectly placed to tidy up the crumbs. 2-9 to 0-6 in the clear and no doubt about the outcome. Substitute Rory Donnelly tucked away a third into the bottom corner on 61 minutes after collecting a delivery from Eoin Cleary. The prize for victory is a clash with Kerry next weekend in Cusack Park.

Scorers for Waterford: P Whyte 0-5 (4fs); JJ Hutchinson 0-4; L Ó Lonáin 0-2; D Allen 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: G Brennan 1-2; S Brennan, R Donnelly 1-0 each; S Collins, S McGrath 0-3 each; C Russell, J Malone, D Tubridy 0-1 each.

Waterford: S Enright; Maurice O’Gorman, O Keevers, T O’Gorman; D Crowley, S Briggs, C Phelan; S Ahearne, T Prendergast; T Ó hUallacháin, Michael O’Gorman, B Wall; L Ó Lonáin, P Whyte, JJ Hutchinson.
Subs for Waterford: W Hutchinson for Ahearne (2); D Allen for Prendergast (32); M Curry for W Hutchinson (H-T); C O’Keeffe for Phelan (45); D Grey for JJ Hutchinson (67).

Clare: J Hayes; D Ryan, K Hartnett, M McMahon; C Russell, G Kelly, S Collins; G Brennan, B Harnett; S Hickey, E Coughlan, S McGrath; M O’Leary, S Brennan, D Tubridy.
Subs for Clare : J Malone for B Hartnett (24); R Donnelly for Coughlan (56); E Cleary for Tubridy (57); L Healy for McMahon (63); P McMahon for Collins (65); S McNelis for Hickey (66).

Referee: M Deegan (Laois)



Team News

CLARE (SF v Waterford): Joe Hayes; Dean Ryan, Kevin Harnett, Martin McMahon; Shane Hickey, Gordon Kelly, Ciaran Russell; Gary Brennan, Shane McGrath; Sean Collins, Enda Coughlan, Barry Hartnett; Martin O’Leary, Shane Brennan, David Tubridy

WATERFORD (SF v Clare): Stephen Enright; Dean Crowley, Thomas O’ Gorman, Maurice O’Gorman; Conor Phelan, Shane Briggs, Oran Keevers; Shane Ahern, Tommy Prendergast; Michael O’Gorman, Liam O’ Lonáin, Tadhg O hUallacháin; Brian Wall, Paul Whyte, JJ Hutchinson


Ticket Information

Munster GAA can confirm that all pre-purchased adult tickets for the Munster GAA Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final Replay between Clare and Waterford will be reduced by €5. Tickets are now on sale via tickets.ie, Centra & Supervalu

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Under 16s – Free

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Munster GAA Senior Hurling Semi-Final – Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18

Cork defeated Clare by 2-23 to 2-18 in the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 15th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


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Munster SHC: Revenge for impressive Rebels

Munster SHC Semi-Final: Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s Cork have defeated Clare by five points in this afternoon’s Munster SHC semi-final at Semple Stadium. Patrick Horgan scored 2-11 from placed balls for the Rebels, who will now meet Limerick in a second successive provincial decider on July 13.

This was sweet revenge for Cork – who lost to Clare after two classic All-Ireland finals last September. And Horgan was the star turn in front of 28,660 spectators in Thurles – hitting 1-8 before half-time, with 1-3 added in the second half. Horgan found the net from a free in the 33rd minute – striking the ball from the 20m line and surprising the Clare players on the goalline after the initial award was given a couple of metres further back.

And Horgan struck again with eleven minutes remaining, lashing home a penalty at head height to establish a 2-20 to 1-16 lead for Cork. Two minutes later, Paudie O’Sullivan flashed over a point with his first touch after coming on as a substitute and Cork were rampant. The tie was effectively over as a contest as Clare – playing their first competitive game for eight weeks – struggled to cope. In between, Cork had come through two games against Waterford and they looked sharper and fitter all over the pitch as the game wore on.

Cork had the breeze from the start but the sides were level six times before Horgan put some daylight between them approaching half-time.
There was still time for John Conlon to find the net from close range with a Clare goal that kept the Banner County in touch at half-time, trailing by 1-10 to 1-13. Clare were back to within two points of the winners twice in the second half but Cork held their nerve and a quickfire brace of scores from Daniel Kearney within a minute were massive points.

Horgan’s penalty strike, buried following a Brendan Bugler foul on Seamus Harnedy, put the seal on a memorable Cork display and the Leesiders march forward to a final meeting with Limerick at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Sub Darach Honan bagged a consolation goal for outclassed Clare in the final minute but the clock was against the Banner men, who will now attempt to regroup for the All-Ireland qualifiers.
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Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 2-11 (1-0 pen, 1-11f), D Kearney & A Cadogan 0-3 each, C Lehane 0-2, D Cahalane, A Walsh, W Egan & P O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan 0-6 (5f, 1 65), J Conlon 1-2, C Galvin, C McGrath & N O’Connell 0-2 each, P Donnellan, T Kelly, P Collins & C McInerney 0-1 each.

CORK: A Nash; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, C Joyce; D Cahalane, M Ellis, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, A Walsh; S Harnedy, B Cooper, C Lehane; A Cadogan, P Horgan, P Cronin
Subs: S Moylan for Cooper (59), W Egan for Kearney (60), P O’Sullivan for Harnedy (60), E Cadogan for Ellis (67).

CLARE: D Tuohy; D McInerney, C Dillon, J Browne; P O’Connor, C Ryan, B Bugler; C Galvin, P Donnellan; J Conlon, C Ryan, P Duggan; T Kelly, C McGrath, P Collins
Subs: S Morey for Browne (h.t.), N O’Connell for Donnellan (45), C McInerney for Galvin (51), D Honan for Conlon (63).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)



Horgan provides cutting edge

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18

It was a lovely sunny afternoon in Semple Stadium yesterday for this Munster SHC semi-final, yet only one third of the crowd that saw these sides contest two All-Ireland finals last year were there to see it.

It was a very different result also but a fair one, regardless of the justified sense of grievance from the Clare supporters at the imbalance in the refereeing in the first half. And their manager Davy Fitzgerald admitted as much. “There were other factors which I won’t get into,” he said. “I think the free count was 12-5 in the first half. Conor McGrath was absolutely pulled to pieces but no free. “But listen, Cork were faster, better and stronger than us all over the field and deserved their win. They killed us at midfield, were very dominant there. Fair play to them, they were very strong today.”

The big questions beforehand centred around preparation and how much of an advantage would Cork’s two games against Waterford prove, especially given that they are still blooding five newcomers to this year’s championship starting 15? How ready would Clare be, given that they haven’t had a competitive game in eight weeks? A major advantage was the answer to the first question. Not ready enough, the second.

Clare started well and were looking the sharper outfit in the opening 11 minutes at the end of which they led 0-5 to 0-3, courtesy of points from John Conlon and Podge Collins and three frees from Colin Ryan. Gradually, however, Cork began to get a foothold in the game and from there to just before half-time set the trend. Out-hustled. Out-muscled. Out-hurled. And outscored 1-10 to 0-5.

Clare managed a goal just before the break, a ball that could have and should have been cleared from inside the Cork square was pounced on and tapped home by John Conlon, leaving just three points between them at the break (1-13 to 1-10). Even at that stage though, and refereeing non-decisions notwithstanding, it was clear this wasn’t the Clare of 2013.

Midfielders Daniel Kearney and Aidan Walsh were the driving force for Cork. Walsh with some phenomenal leaping catches and both with great box-to-box runs. Defence though was the foundation and here Cork got their match-ups spot on.

Damien Cahalane — one of the championship newcomers — was named to start at full-back and there were fears his inexperience might be exposed by All Star Conor McGrath. It didn’t happen. Damien lining out instead at wing-back on Peter Duggan and giving a stellar performance. At full-back on McGrath was Stephen McDonnell — the Glen Rovers man was magnificent.

Christopher Joyce was switched from wing-back to the corner and again, an excellent game, quelling 2013 Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly. Shane O’Neill did likewise in the other corner on All Star Podge Collins.

The inside threat that had cost Cork last September thus neutralised, Mark Ellis and Lorcán McLoughlin also superb in the half-forward line, the new midfield pairing growing in dominance as the game progressed, it was now up to the Cork forwards to deliver. They did so, but here was the only imbalance in the Cork team.

Alan Cadogan was again lively, again causing problems, drawing several fouls from his marker Jack Browne while also scoring a fine point. Conor Lehane also did well in that half, two fine points, one after a little bit of stick magic to control the ball over the head of his marker.

Not for the first time, though it fell to Patrick Horgan to do the bulk of the scoring for Cork and not for the first time he delivered. All from placed balls, yes, a few of the simple variety for the Glen’s finest. Some weren’t, however, not least the goal he belted home from a 25m free left of centre in the 33rd minute, the score that really lifted Cork.

Into the second half and though again Clare started reasonably well, reducing the Cork lead to two points within eight minutes (1-15 to 1-13, Ryan with two pointed frees), again it was Cork looking the better side. And again, though Cadogan and midfielder Kearney came in with a fine brace apiece, it was Horgan doing the bulk of their scoring. The pick of his scores in this half was his penalty, awarded after a foul on Seamus Harnedy in the 59th minute, after Clare had made a bit of a run to reduce their deficit to four (1-20 to 1-16).

The new and temporary rule introduced by Croke Park last week states that a penalty or 20m free can’t now be struck from inside the 20m line. It proved no problem to Patrick. He placed the ball about four metres outside the line, a straight-forward two-step lift, bullet strike, and this game was decided. Sub Darach Honan managed a late consolation goal for Clare, but this day belonged to Cork.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 2-11 (1-11f, 1-0 pen), A Cadogan, D Kearney 0-3 each, C Lehane 0-2, D Cahalane, A Walsh, W Egan, P O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 0-6 (5f, 1 65), J Conlon 1-2, D Honan 1-0, C McGrath, C Galvin, N O’Connell (0-2 each), T Kelly, P Collins, P Donnellan, C McInerney 0-1 each.

CORK: A Nash; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, C Joyce; D Cahalane, M Ellis, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, A Walsh; S Harnedy, B Cooper, C Lehane; A Cadogan, P Horgan, P Cronin (c).
Subs for Cork: S Moylan for Cooper (59), W Egan for Kearney (inj. 59), P O’Sullivan for Harnedy (60), E Cadogan for Ellis (inj. 67).

CLARE: D Touhy; D McInerney, C Dillon, J Browne; P O’Connor, Conor Ryan, B Bugler; C Galvin, P Donnellan (c); J Conlon, Colin Ryan, P Duggan; T Kelly, C McGrath, P Collins.
Subs for Clare: S Morey for Browne (35), N O’Connell for Donnellan (45), C McInerney for Galvin (51), D Honan for Conlon (63).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)

Attendace: 28,660




Team News

Cork (SH v Clare): Anthony Nash; Shane O’Neill, Damien Cahalane, Stephen McDonnell; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Lorcán McLoughlin; Daniel Kearney, Aidan Walsh; Conor Lehane, Bill Cooper, Seamus Harnedy; Alan Cadogan, Patrick, Patrick Horgan

1. Donal Tuohy
2. Cian Dillon
3. David McInerney
4. Jack Browne
5. Brendan Bugler
6. Conor Ryan
7. Pat O’Connor
8. Colm Galvin
9. Pat Donnellan
10. John Conlon
11. Colin Ryan
12. Peter Duggan
13. Podge Collins
14. Conor McGrath
15. Tony Kelly


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