Munster Junior Football Final – Kerry 3-14 Cork 0-13

Kerry defeated Cork by 3-14 to 0-13 in the Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Final on Wednesday July 2nd at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


Clinical Kerry’s early scoring burst leaves Rebels reeling

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner web site

Kerry 3-14 Cork 0-13

First blood to Kerry. Last night’s Munster junior decider was the first of three meetings between the counties this week and bragging rights, courtesy of this hugely emphatic win, rest with the Kingdom ahead of Sunday’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh double-header.

The visitors entered the game as reigning Munster and All-Ireland champions, the latter achievement ensuring a Cork team would have to be built from scratch for the current campaign, manager Paul McCarthy and his backroom staff the only remaining link to 2013. It showed, badly at times last night.

Cork lacked cohesion in several quarters while this game was still a contest, their link-up play extremely poor and though their efforts could not be faulted, it was all too evident that this team required further time spent together. Put simply, last night’s clash arrived too soon in their development as a unit. For Kerry, the silverware had all but been lifted by half-time. Leading by 2-8 to 0-5, their opponents had been marched to the gallows and the noose swiftly tightened.

Indeed, Brian Crowley’s goal on 28 seconds served as a microcosm for Kerry’s clinical nature over the hour. By the end of the first quarter Wallace’s charges has established a 1-4 to 0-1 advantage – corner-forwards Gavin O’Grady (0-2, 0-1 free) and Thomas Hickey (0-2) prospering amid the debris of the Cork defence.

Cork clawed their way back into proceedings through Seamus Hickey, Anthony O’Connor, Paul Condon and Conor Flanagan (0-1 free), but a charmed existence were they living at the other end. O’Grady and Hickey were both hugely unfortunate not to raise green flags, with Brian Crowley’s powerful strike thundering off the crossbar.

On 27 minutes, the Cork resistance broke. O’Grady provided the final pass to Hickey and the Castleisland Desmonds forward rounded ‘keeper Pat Kirby to slot home. O’Grady and Hickey nailed the target in the ensuing passages of play and Cork’s cause was a lost one heading for the dressing room at half-time. “It is a sign of a young team to be looking for goals,” smiled Wallace.

“The average age of the team is 21 and youth is what we went for when we are assembling a panel. Three of the lads are U21 for the next two years. The one thing we didn’t want was a battle, Brian Crowley got a superb goal at the outset and we drove on from there. It was probably a script you couldn’t have written. The second goal was crucial as Cork were beginning to dominate at midfield.

“They really took the game to us in the second-half. Luckily our substitutions worked and we never let Cork back into it, we never let them within six points. Once Cork didn’t get a goal we were always in control.” Cork, as noted, battle gamely at the change of ends with a brace of Mark Sugrue and Paul Condon frees, added to a terrific Seamus Hickey score, reducing the gap to 2-11 to 0-11 entering the final quarter. A goal they craved, but it never looked like materialising.

Instead, it was Kerry who rocked home goal number three – Gavin O’Grady successful from the penalty spot on 57 minutes. “To be Munster champions is only one side of it. A lot of the guys out there are after coming up through the underage system unable to beat good Cork teams at minor and U21 level. This is a massive monkey of their back,” Wallace continued. “This is a big win. Munster title, yes, but the fact they beat Cork from a Kerry football point of view is huge.”

Scorers for Kerry: G O’Grady (1-6, 1-0 pen, 0-2 frees); T Hickey (1-4); B Crowley (1-2); S Moloney (0-2)

Scorers for Cork: P Condon (0-5, 0-3 frees); M Sugrue (0-3, 0-3 frees); S Hickey, A O’Connor (0-2 each); C Flanagan (0-1, 0-1 free).

KERRY: S Murphy (Kilcummin); S Lynch (Spa), K O’Dwyer (Waterville), D Wrenn (Tarbert); G Gibson (Waterville), D Daly (St Mary’s), G Crowley (Templenoe); A Garnett (Spa), B O’Sullivan (Valentia); B Crowley (Templenoe), C Keating (Skellig Rangers), P O’Connor (Cordal); G O’Grady (Glenbeigh/Glencar), P Kennelly (Ballydonoghue), T Hickey (Castleisland Desmonds).
Subs: S Moloney (John Mitchels) for O’Dwyer (30 mins), A O’Donoghue (John Mitchels) for O’Dwyer (38), M Brennan (Churchill) for Garnett (44), K Hurley (St Pats) for O’Sullivan (59).

CORK: P Kirby (Tadhg Mac Carthaigh); J Daly (Fermoy), J McLoughlin (Kanturk), M O’Shea (Glengarriff); N McCarthy (Kinsale), F O’Shea (Clyda Rovers), B Withers (Lyre); M Dineen (Castlehaven), J Kind (Passage West); J Dineen (Eire Óg), C Flanagan (Clyda Rovers), M Sugrue (Bandon); S Hickey (Rockchapel), P Condon (Mayfield), A O’Connor (Knocknagree).
Subs: S Murphy (Ballydesmond) for Daly (HT), C Brosnan (Brian Dillons) for Kind (HT), R Buckley (Macroom) for Murphy (48, bc), K Sheehan (Mallow) for J Dineen (55).

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)


Munster GAA Junior Football Final

Kerry 3-14 Cork 0-13

Kerry cruised to a ten points victory over Cork in the Munster Junior football final at Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening before an attendance of 1,336 who saw some fine attacking football throughout, especially from the winners. Kerry were well worth their 10 points winning margin and took the game to their opponents from the start, and were it not for a tendency to overplay the ball at stages, especially in the opening half, they may even have been more comfortable winners.
The home-side got the perfect start when Thomas Hickey’s inviting pass opened up a run at goal for Brian Crowley who made no mistake after just 30 seconds of play. Kerry should have got another major straight from the kick out with Philip O’Connor just failing to connect but Thomas Hickey, who was to trouble the Cork defence throughout that opening half, pointed soon after and Gavan O’Grady, another man to shine, made it 1-2 to no score after just 6 minutes. Conor Flanagan opened Cork’s account from a free, but with Andrew Garnett in fine form in the centre of the field, the Kerry forwards enjoyed an abundance of possession and they went on to lead by 1-4 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter. Cork did improve as the game wore on, with Anthony O’Connor and Seamus Hickey in the corners impressing up front but poor shooting was to cost them while at the other end Thomas Hickey had his fourth point by the 22nd minute and Kerry led by 1-6 to 0-3. Gavan O’Grady then set up Thomas Hickey for a well worked goal in the 27th minute and further points from Brian Crowley and O’Grady saw Kerry lead by 2-8 to 0-5 at the interval.

The sides swapped points on three occasions on the restart with O’Grady, Crowley and sub Sean Moloney adding to Kerry’s total, and Paul Condon converting two frees for Cork but Kerry then seemed to take their foot off the pedal and with Cork coming more into the game in the middle third of the field they had three unanswered points, including a fine long range effort from the ground by Mark Sugrue, and the margin was now down to 6 points, 2-11 to 0-11 at the three quarter stage. The Kerry sideline acted however, introducing some fresh blood and Edmund Walsh in particular fared well and the net result was that Kerry regained their composure with three fine scores, two from O’Grady and another form Sean Moloney. Kerry sealed victory when Gavan O’Grady was pulled down in the square and he dusted himself down and despatched the resultant penalty to the net for Kerry’s final score four minutes from time.
After the game, Chairman of the Munster Council, Robert Frost, presented the Munster Junior Cup to Thomas Hickey. It was Kerry’s 41st title in the grade.

Scorers:
Kerry; Gavan O’Grady 1-6 (1-2fr), Thomas Hickey 1-4, Brian Crowley 1-2, Sean Moloney 0-2.
Cork: Paul Condon 0-5 (3fr), Seamus Hickey, Anthony O’Connor Conor Flanagan (2 Fr), Mark Sugrue (2Fr) 0-2 each.


When – Wednesday July 2nd at 7:30pm

Where – Austin Stack Park, Tralee

Referee – Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)
Stand-by Referee – David Grogan (Tipperary)
Linesman – Sean Lonergan (Tipperary)
Sideline Official – John O’Brien (Tipperary)
Umpires – Ger Meagher, Paddy Noonan, Stan Barlow, Liam Barrett (Tipperary)

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


Team News

The Cork Junior Football will line out as follows:

1. Patrick Kirby (Tadgh MacCarthaigh)
2. Jeffrey Daly (Fermoy)
3. John McLoughlin (Kanturk – Captain)
4. Mathew O’Shea (Glengarrif)
5. Niall McCarthy (Kinsale)
6. Fionn O’ Shea (Clyda Rovers)
7. Brendan Withers (Lyre)
8. Michael Dineen (Castlehaven)
9. James Kind (Passage)
10. John Dineen (Eire Og)
11. Conor Flanagan (Clyda Rovers)
12. Mark Sugrue (Bandon)
13. Seamus Hickey (Rockchapel)
14. Paul Condon (Mayfield)
15. Anthony O’ Connor (Knocknagree)

Subs
16. Anthony Casey (Kiskeam)
17. Rory Buckley (Macroom)
18. Sean Murphy (Ballydesmond)
19. Cillian Brosnan (Brian Dillons)
20. Fionn Herlihy (Mitchelstown)
21. Kevin Sheehan (Mallow)
22. Paul Cronin (St. Michael’s)
23. Alan Barry (Glanmire)
24. Shane Beston (Mitchelstown)

Paul McCarthy and his selectors have made three changes to the team that beat Limerick in the semi-final, with Michael Dineen, John Dineen and Anthony O’Connor coming in in place of Seán Murphy, Brian Coughlan and Shane Beston.

The Kerry Junior team is as follows:

1 Shane Murphy Kilcummin
2 Shane Lynch Spa
3 Kevin O’Dwyer Waterville
4 Danny Wrenn Tarbert
5 Greg Gibson Waterville
6 Denis Daly St. Marys
7 Gavin Crowley Templenoe
8 Andrew Garnett Spa
9 Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
10 Brian Crowley Templenoe
11 Ciaran Keating Skellig Rangers
12 Philip O’Connor Cordal
13 Gavan O’Grady Glenbeigh Glencar
14 Paul Kennelly Ballydonoghue
15 Thomas Hickey (Capt) Castleisland Desmonds
Fir Ionaid:
16 Sean Óg Ó Ciardubháin Cordal
17 Alan O’Donoghue John Mitchels
18 Edmund Walsh Knocknagoshel
19 Michael Brennan Churchill
20 Dara Roche Glenflesk
21 Paidraig Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
22 Gary Sayers Keel
23 Kieran Hurley St. Pats
24 Sean Moloney John Mitchels

Bainistíocht:
Bainisteoir: Stephen Wallace (Ardfert)
Róghnoirí: Fergus Clifford (Listry), Timmy O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys), Denis O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses).


For the Record

Cork Kerry
2013 Championship Performance Defeated Limerick by 5-17 to 2-8 in the Quarter-Final.Defeated Clare by 0-18 to 0-9 in the semi-final.

Defeated Waterford by 1-18 to 0-9 in the Munster Final.

Defeated Lancashire in All Ireland semi-final by 1-15 to 1-9.

Won All Ireland title defeating Kildare by 0-13 to 1-7.

Lost to Tipperary by 1-15 to 0-11 in the Quarter-Final.
Number of Munster Junior Football titles 29 40
Last Munster Junior Football Title 2013 2012
Munster Junior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 32
Won – 24
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0
Played – 32
Won – 24
Lost – 7
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Junior Football Championship June 10th 2012 (Munster Semi-Final) – Kerry 0-13 Cork 1-8
at Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Junior Championship 2014

Quarter-Finals

Saturday May 31st

@ Pairc na nGael, Limerick           Limerick 1-13           Tipperary 1-10

Saturday June 7th

@ Cusack Park, Ennis                   Clare 2-9                   Waterford 1-11

Semi-Finals

Saturday June 21st

@ Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork             Cork 0-15                  Limerick 0-13

Sunday June 22nd

@ Cusack Park, Ennis                   Kerry 2-12                 Clare 0-7

Final

Wednesday July 2nd  

@ Austin Stack Park, Tralee          Cork v Kerry @ 7:30pm

Useful Information

Cork and Kerry have won the title in every second year since 2005 – with Cork winning the odd numbered years and Kerry the even numbered years.

The last Munster final between Cork and Kerry was in 2011 when Cork won by 0-10 to 1-5 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The last time the teams met at a Kerry venue was the 2010 semi-final at Fitzgerald Stadium when Kerry won by 1-12 to 0-9.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Junior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (40) – 1913, 1914, 1915, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012

Cork (29) – 1911, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011,2013

Tipperary (7) – 1910, 1912, 1923, 1935, 1937, 1952, 1998

Limerick (4) – 1916, 1929, 1939, 1950

Waterford (3) – 1948, 1999, 2004

Clare (1) – 1925

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Junior 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 1910 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/jf_teams/

Munster Junior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1957

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Junior Championship

36 of the 82 All-Ireland titles contested in this grade have been won by 4 Munster counties. In the Junior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork and Kerry lead the way with 17 and 15 titles respectively. Tipperary have won 3 All-Ireland’s while Waterford’s 2 titles came in 1999 and 2004.  23 counties in total have won an All-Ireland Junior Football title.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 2 – Limerick 3-11 Antrim 0-15

Limerick defeated Antrim by 3-11 to 0-15 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 5th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Team News

Limerick: B Scanlon; M O’Riordan, J McCarthy, S O’Dea; I Corbett, P Browne, P Ranahan; T Lee, J Galvin; D Tracey, D Neville, S Buckley; G Collins, K Phair, I Ryan.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 1 – Tipperary 3-25 Galway 4-13

Tipperary defeated Galway by 3-25 to 4-13 in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Click to view video highlights from the game via Sky Sports


All-Ireland SHC: Superb Tipp surge past Galway

ALL-IRELAND SHC ROUND 1 QUALIFIER: TIPPERARY 3-25 GALWAY 4-13

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Eamon O’Shea secured a first championship victory as Tipperary senior hurling manager in Thurles with victory over Galway on Saturday evening.
O’Shea’s battling Premier County came from six points down to beat Galway by nine in a quite remarkable All-Ireland qualifier, played out in front of 18,467 spectators.

When Galway sub Davy Glennon fired over a 51st minute point, a score that followed two clinical Johnny Glynn goals, Galway were 4-12 to 1-15 clear and in the driving seat. But in the remaining 19 minutes, plus stoppage time, Tipp outscored their opponents by 2-10 to 0-1.

Seamus Callanan scored Tipp’s two goals down the home straight and when the dust settled, the Drom & Inch hitman had posted a total of 3-8. John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer was excellent too for Tipperary as he finished with 0-6 from play and Noel McGrath chipped in with 0-5 from play. McGrath was quite magnificent in the second half, popping up with big scores and providing leadership when Tipp needed it most.

And 2010 Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett also played his part, landing two superb scores from the New Stand side of Semple Stadium into the Town End.
Ironically, Corbett was set to be replaced by Jason Forde before he caught fire but Tipp would go on to claim a first championship win since the 2012 Munster final.

At half-time, the sides were level at 2-9 to 1-12, with Callanan netting for Tipp in the 13th minute. That followed Galway’s opening goal of the game, scored by Jason Flynn in the fourth minute, after he took a pass from creator Glynn. Galway nudged in front approaching half-time when David Burke touched home a long Iarla Tannian delivery but Tipp recovered to restore parity at the midway point.
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Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 3-8 (0-7f), J O’Dwyer 0-6, N McGrath 0-5, L Corbett 0-2, J Woodlock, Patrick Maher, K Bergin & S McGrath 0-1 each.
Scorers for Galway: J Glynn 2-0, J Canning 0-5 (1 sl), C Cooney 0-4f, C Mannion 0-2, P Brehony & D Glennon 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; P Stapleton, Padraic Maher, M Cahill; B Maher, J Barry, C Barrett; R Maher, J Woodlock; G Ryan, Patrick Maher, N McGrath; J O’Dwyer, S Callanan, L Corbett
Subs: K Bergin for R Maher (HT), S McGrath for G Ryan (69), J O’Brien for Corbett (70+2).

GALWAY: C Callanan; F Moore, R Burke, D Collins; I Tannian, Daithi Burke, J Coen; A Smith, P Brehony; David Burke, J Canning, C Mannion; J Flynn, C Cooney, J Glynn
Subs: J Cooney for Brehony (h.t.), D Glennon for David Burke (HT), A Harte for Smith (46), N Burke for Tannian (58), D Hayes for Mannion (68).
Referee: C Lyons (Cork)


Team News

The Tipperary team to play Galway on Saturday shows three changes to the team that started against Limerick. Ronan Maher and James Woodlock come into the team at mid-field in place of Kieran Bergin and Shane McGrath. Lar Corbett starts in attack in place of Niall O’Meara. The starting team is :

1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)
2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill)
3. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
5. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)
7. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
8. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
9. James Woodlock (Drom-Inch)
10. Gearoid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
12. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
13. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
14. Seamus Callanan (Drom-Inch)
15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)


Ticket Information

The Double Header in Semple Stadium this Saturday is an all ticket fixture with reserved seating and tickets are now on sale from Lár na Pairce, via stores & on-line with prices as follows;

€15 for adults
€10 students/OAPs (€5 concession given on the day)
€5 juveniles

The Juvenile group pass rate will also apply, €3 per child & 1 free adult with every 10 juveniles

Season Ticket holders from Competing Counties will be charged in advance for this fixture (€5 discount). The cut-off for Opt-Out is midnight Tues prior to the fixture. Opt-outs must be completed via their Online Accounts. All Season Ticket holders have been advised of details.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 2 – Tipperary 2-17 Longford 0-6

Tipperary defeated Longford by 2-17 to 0-6 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 5th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Tipperary 2-17 Longford 0-06

Report from the RTE web site

Peter Creedon’s Tipperary gave Longford a 17-point thrashing at Semple Stadium this afternoon with 2-17 to 0-06 victory to book their place in the next phase of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers. Michael Quinlivan and Peter Acheson scored the goals for the Premier County as they ran out convincing winners over Jack Sheedy’s disappointing Midlanders.

Longford had shocked Derry last time out but this lacklustre display fell well below those levels as they bowed out with barely a whimper. Quinlivan netted in the second minute before limping off 11 minutes later but not even that injury setback could hamper Tipp as they went on to lead by 1-08 to 0-04 at half-time.

Longford had two second half goals disallowed but Tipp raised another green flag in the 44th minute, when the impressive Peter Acheson fisted home Conor Sweeney’s centre. Acheson had moved from the half-back line to centre forward from the start, with John Coghlan replacing Ian Fahey in Creedon’s line-up.

This was a clinical display from Tipp as they bounced back from last month’s crushing two-point loss to Cork in the Munster semi-final. Longford, in contrast, came into this tie full of confidence having beaten Derry away from home last time out.But Jack Sheedy’s visitors never raised a gallop as Tipp cruised to an unexpectedly big win.

Conor Sweeney led the way in the scoring stakes for Tipp with a haul of 0-08 – including five frees. Acheson bagged 1-02 from play and that just one point shy of Longford’s entire tally.The Midlanders managed to register just three points from play during the entire game and bowed tamely out of the championship. The writing was on the wall for Longford from the moment Quinlivan finished well for his goal.

George Hannigan and Philip Austin were heavily involved in the approach play before Commercials clubman Quinlivan kept his nerve to slot home at the Killinan End.

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; G Mulhair, P Codd (0-01), C McDonald; C O’Riordan, R Kiely, J Coghlan; S O’Brien, G Hannigan; P Austin, P Acheson (1-02), B Fox; C Sweeney (0-08, 5f), M Quinlivan (1-00), B Grogan (0-04, 3f).
Subs: B Mulvihill (0-01) for Quinlivan (13), C Kennedy (0-01) for Austin (53), S Flynn for Grogan (64), I Fahey for Acheson (66), A Campbell for Mulhair (69)

Longford: D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, F Battrim; C.P. Smyth, E Williams (0-01), S Mulligan; K Diffley, B O’Farrell; M Quinn (0-01), F McGee, P Barden (0-01); S McCormack (0-01f), B Kavanagh (0-02f), A Rowan.
Subs: S Doyle for McCormack (40), N Mulligan for Diffley (48), M Hughes for Rowan (48), R McEntire for McGee (60), P Brady for Battrim (69), P Gill for Williams (70+2).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)


Team News

The Tipperary team to play Longford is unchanged from the side which lost to Cork in the Munster semi-final.

1. Paul Fitzgerald Fethard Pól Mac Gearailt
2. Ger Mulhair Aravale Rovers Ger Ó’Maoilchéire
3. Paddy Codd (Capt) Killenaule Páid Mac Óda
4. Ciarán McDonald Aherlow Ciarán Mac Dónaill
5. Colin O’Riordan J K Brackens Coilín Ó’Riordáin
6. Robbie Kiely Arravale Rovers Roibeard Ó’Cadhla
7. Peter Acheson Moyle Rovers Peadar Acheson
8. Steven O’Brien Ballina Stiofán Ó’Briain
9. George Hannigan Shannon Rovers Seoirse Ó’hAnnagáin
10. Philip Austin Borrisokane Pilib Mac Aibhistín
11. Ian Fahey Commercials Iáin Ó’Fathaigh
12. Brian Fox Eire Óg Anacarty Briain Ó’Sionnaigh
13. Conor Sweeney Ballyporeen Conchúr Mac Suibhne
14. Michael Quinlivan Commercials Micheál Ó’Caoinnealbháin
15. Barry Grogan Aherlow


Ticket Information

The Double Header in Semple Stadium this Saturday is an all ticket fixture with reserved seating and tickets are now on sale from Lár na Pairce, via stores & on-line with prices as follows;

€15 for adults
€10 students/OAPs (€5 concession given on the day)
€5 juveniles

The Juvenile group pass rate will also apply, €3 per child & 1 free adult with every 10 juveniles

Season Ticket holders from Competing Counties will be charged in advance for this fixture (€5 discount). The cut-off for Opt-Out is midnight Tues prior to the fixture. Opt-outs must be completed via their Online Accounts. All Season Ticket holders have been advised of details.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 1 – Clare 2-25 Wexford 2-25

Clare and Wexford drew after extra time on a scoreline of 2-25 to 2-25 in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 5th at Cusack Park Ennis.


All-Ireland SHC: Clare survive for Wexford draw

ALL-IRELAND SHC ROUND 1 QUALIFIER: CLARE 2-25 WEXFORD 2-25 (AET)

Report from GAA.ie

Clare and Wexford will have to do it all again as not even extra time could separate the two teams in a thrilling match in Cusack Park on Saturday, which ended 2-25 apiece. Wexford led 2-9 to 0-10 at half time thanks to goals from Conor McDonald and Liam Óg McGovern. Clare’s Podge Collins was dismissed on the stroke of half time but despite the numerical disadvantage, All-Ireland champions Clare managed to fight back in the second half to send the game to extra-time.

Colin Ryan gave an exhibition of free-taking while Seadhna Morey scored a crucial goal for the home side with just a minute remaining. The substitute blasted the ball past Mark Fanning after Tony Kelly’s penalty had been blocked. Conor Ryan then grabbed a last minute point to send the game to extra time. Conor McGrath goaled for Clare just five minutes into the extra time period to put two points between the sides but Wexford kept in touch and were level with a minute left.

The outstanding McGrath looked to have won it with a well-taken point at the end of extra-time before Wexford’s Paul Morris, who ended up with ten points, levelled the game with the last puck of the game. Wexford raced ahead with two early points from McGovern and Andrew Shore before their first goal came after nine minutes. Podge Doran flicked the ball along the ground to McDonald who struck the ball past Patrick Kelly.

And the Model County scored four unanswered points straight after the goal. Clare looked to mount a comeback with Colin Ryan accurate from frees but Wexford struck their second goal in the 16th minute as McGovern sprinted clear of Cian Dillon to rifle the ball past Kelly. Clare looked better in the second half but Wexford were awarded a penalty with three minutes to go. Brendan Bugler was adjudged to have fouled McGovern as he burst through on goal.

Paul Morris drove the penalty over the bar to give Wexford a four point cushion, but Conor McGrath was dragged down by Keith Rossiter at the other end seconds later and Clare were given a penalty with just a minute remaining from which Morey’s goal resulted. Conor Ryan added the equalising point to send the game to extra time. McGrath’s goal in extra time was superb as he rounded O’Hanlon before calmly slotting the ball past Mark Fanning. Then came the last minute drama as McGrath’s point was cancelled out by the superb Morris, meaning a replay will be needed to determine the victor of this tie.
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Scorers for Clare: C McGrath 1-5, S Morey 1-0, Colin Ryan 0-12 (10f), T Kelly 0-4, C McInerney 0-2, C Dillon 0-1, C Ryan 0-1
Scorers for Wexford: L McGovern 1-4, C McDonald 1-1, P Morris 0-10 (0-1 pen, 5 f, 1 ’65’), L Chin 0-3, E Moore 0-1 (free), D Redmond 0-1, A Shore 0-1, J Guiney 0-1, D O’Keeffe 0-1, I Byrne 0-1, R Jacob 0-1

CLARE: P Kelly; C Dillon, D McInerney, J Browne; B Bugler, Conor Ryan, P O’Connor; P Donnellan, C Galvin; J Conlon, T Kelly, C McInerney; P Collins, C McGrath, Colin Ryan
Subs: P Duggan for Donnellan (50), D Honan for Conlon (56), S Morey for Galvin (65), S Golden for Morey (7), Morey for McInerney (81), P Flanagan for O’Connor (87).

WEXFORD: M Fanning; L Ryan, M O’Hanlon, K Rossiter; E Moore, L Chin, C Kenny; D Redmond, H Kehoe; A Shore, P Doran, L McGovern; P Morris, C McDonald, R Jacob
Subs: J Guiney for Jacob (30), G Sinnott for Kehoe (h-t), D O’Keeffe for Redmond (45), PJ Nolan for Doran (47), R Kehoe for Shore (63), I Byrne for McDonald (71), R Jacob for Sinnott (83), C Devitt for Chin (87).

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)


Ticket Information

General Admission: €15
Concessions are available for Students/ OAP’s at designated turnstiles prior to entry.
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All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 2 Qualifiers – Tipperary 5-25 Offaly 1-20

Tipperary defeated Offaly by 5-25 to 1-20 in round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 2 Qualifiers on Saturday July 12th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.


SHC Round 2: Tipperary hit Offaly for five

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2: Tipperary 5-25 Offaly 1-20

Report from the GAA.ie

Eamon O’Shea’s Tipperary are through to the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals. The Premier County blitzed Offaly by 17 points in Portlaoise this evening – with Lar Corbett and Séamus Callanan bagging 4-12 between them. After hitting 3-8 in the breakthrough victory over Galway last weekend, Callanan posted another 2-10 on Saturday night, with 2-3 from play.

It was another scintillating individual display from the Drom & Inch hitman but the man of the match award went to combative centre-forward Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher, who scored 1-1 and turned provider for Callanan’s first half goal. It was all too easy for Tipperary as they continued their winning streak over Offaly in championship hurling. Tipp had won all four previous meetings between the counties from 2002-2010 and had little trouble extending that run last night.

At half-time, Tipp were 4-9 to 0-11 clear, having opened the game in devastating fashion. Callanan set up Corbett for a third minute goal before Maher scorched through for Tipp’s second major a minute later.Corbett and Callanan added further Tipperary goals before half-time as Brian Carroll, scorer of 0-13, battled in vain for Offaly.

The second half was merely about keeping the scoreboard ticking over from a Tipperary perspective – with just one goal added to the scoresheet. Colin Egan batted home an Offaly goal early in the second half but it was academic as the game drifted towards an inevitable conclusion. Callanan scored a fifth Tipperary goal in stoppage time but went off injured after he was caught by Niall Wynne while getting his shot away.
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Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 2-10 (0-7f), L Corbett 2-2, Patrick Maher 1-1, K Bergin 0-4, D Maher 0-2, J Woodlock, J O’Dwyer, N McGrath, E Kelly, J Forde & T Stapleton 0-1 each.

Scorers for Offaly: B Carroll 0-13 (10f), C Egan 1-0, J Bergin 0-3 (1f, 1 65), C Parlon, S Dooley, S Ryan & D Currams 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; P Stapleton, Padraic Maher, M Cahill; B Maher, J Barry, C Barrett; K Bergin, J Woodlock; G Ryan, Patrick Maher, J O’Dwyer; N McGrath, S Callanan, L Corbett
Subs: D Maher for Ryan (temp 7-12), D Maher for Ryan (h.t.), T Stapleton for Barrett (47), E Kelly for O’Dwyer (59), S McGrath for Woodlock (60), J Forde for Patrick Maher (66).

OFFALY: J Dempsey; N Wynne, R Hanniffy, C McDonald; K Brady, E Nolan, C Parlon; C Mahon, S Ryan; S Dooley, D Kenny, C Egan; B Carroll, D Currams, J Bergin
Subs: S Cleary for Kenny (31), K Connolly for Brady (h.t.), P Geraghty for Cleary (62), T Geraghty for Connolly (69).

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)
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Report: Jackie Cahill



Team News

The Tipperary team to play Offaly on Saturday shows one change to the team that started against Galway with Kieran Bergin replacing Ronan Maher at mid-field. The starting team is :

1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)
2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)
3. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
5. Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill)
6. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
7. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
8. Kieran Bergin (Killenaule)
9. James Woodlock (Drom-Inch)
10. Gearoid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
12. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
13. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
14. Seamus Callanan (Drom-Inch)
15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

OFFALY: James Dempsey; Niall Wynne, Rory Hanniffy, Chris McDonald; Emmett Nolan, Kevin Brady, Cathal Parlon; Sean Ryan, Dan Currams; Joe Bergin, Conor Mahon, Colin Egan; Brian Carroll, David Kenny, Shane Dooley.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 3A Qualifiers – Sligo 0-12 Limerick 0-10

Sligo defeated Limerick by 0-12 to 0-10 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 3A Qualifiers on Saturday July 12th at Markievicz Park Sligo.


SFC Round 3A: Sligo progress after strong finish

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3A: Sligo 0-12 Limerick 0-10

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Sligo worked their way into the last 12 of the All-Ireland championship following a spirited victory over Limerick at Markievicz Park. The sides were level at half-time, but two points in the last two minutes from Stephen Coen and Shane McManus saw the Yeats men over the line. Either Cork or the losers of the Connacht final await in the next round for Pat Flanagan’s side, who will be buoyed by wins over Wicklow and John Brudair’s side.

But Sligo could have made it a lot easier on themselves, and a poor day kicking scores means there is plenty to work on ahead of the next round on July 26th. However, the victors were extremely solid at the back, and only a couple of misplaced passes out of defence denied them the chance to keep Limerick to below the ten-point mark.

The first-half ended at 0-6 each, but Sligo deserved to lead well at the break, as Ian Ryan’s late brace punished some poor shooting from Sligo. Conditions nosedived after the restart as both side found handling difficult, but a strong surge midway through the half from the home side looked to have been enough as Stephen Coen and Adrian Marren found the target.

Ger Collins responded for Limerick, before James Kilcullen’s point put daylight between the sides with ten minutes remaining. However Eoin Hanrahan and Michael Brosnan squared matters with just four minutes remaining, which set up Coen and McManus to prove Sligo’s saviours in the final moments.
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Scorers for Sligo: A Marren 0-3 (3f), S Coen 0-2, M Breheny 0-2 (1f), P Hughes 0-1, K Cawley 0-1, A Devaney 0-1 (1’45), J Kilcullen 0-1, S McManus 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 0-3 (2f), B Scanlon 0-2 (1’45, 1f), G Collins 0-2, K Phair 0-1, M Brosnan 0-1, E Hanrahan 0-1 (1f).

Sligo: A Devaney; R Donovan, J Martyn, N Ewing; C Harrison, B Egan, K Cawley; K McDonnell, A McIntyre; B Curran, J Hynes, P Hughes; M Breheny, A Marren, D Kelly
Subs: J Kilcullen for Egan (half-time), S Coen for Hynes (54 mins), L Bree for McDonnell (68), S McManus for Curran (69).

Limerick: B Scanlon; S O’Dea, J McCarthy, M O’Riordan; I Corbett, P Browne, P Ranahan; S Buckley, J Galvin; D Tracey, G Collins, G Hegarty; D Neville, K Phair, I Ryan
Subs: E Hanrahan for Phair (40 mins), M Brosnan for Hegarty (48), J Mullane for Neville (51).

Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford).

Attendance: 2,695
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Report: Declan Rooney



Team News

LIMERICK: Brian Scanlon; Mark O’Riordan, Johnny McCarthy, Sean O’Dea; Iain Corbett, Paudie Browne, Pa Ranahan; Tom Lee, John Galvin; Gearoid Hegarty, Danny Neville, Seanie Buckley; Ger Collins, Killian Phair, Ian Ryan

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 3A Qualifiers – Tipperary 3-17 Laois 4-9

Tipperary defeated Laois by 3-17 to 4-9 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 3A Qualifiers on Saturday July 12th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.


SFC Round 3A: Tipperary through to last 12

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3A: Tipperary 3-17 Laois 4-9

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Tipperary continued their progress through the ‘back door’ but having looked at half-time like they were cruising to a comfortable victory, they were forced to withstand a Laois rally before finishing strongly once more. Conor Sweeney had a goal in the third minute when he slipped Pádraig McMahon brilliantly before sliding coolly beneath the advancing Graham Brody from the angle.

Laois responded with an excellent point from Donie Kingston, who then did fantastically to set up John O’Loughlin for a goal. Laois led by two points after 12 minutes but failed to score for the rest of the half, while Tipperary totted up a goal and nine points in that same period.

Michael Quinlivan and George Hannigan were doing much of the damage with their untracked runs from deep and Darren Strong – back in the side having been dropped last week for playing a challenge match with his club Emo – was moved onto the former after he had kicked his third point. Sweeney’s second goal came in the 25th minute as he pounced on an error by Brody, who spilled Barry Grogan’s delivery from the right wing.

It was 2-10 to 1-3 at the break but Laois got themselves back into the game within minutes of the resumption, thanks to goals from Niall Donoher and Conor Meredith. Tipperary looked to have steadied the ship with points from Philip Austin, Barry Grogan and Peter Acheson to stretch the margin to seven, but just as was the case against Cork, they appeared to lose their composure.

Laois deserve plenty of credit, particularly given the loss through injury of leaders Ross Munnelly and Colm Begley. Donie Kingston struck two excellent frees before substitute David Conway got on the end of a fine move to find the Tipperary net. He brought the sides level in the 62nd minute but Laois could not get their noses in front.

Instead, Laois hit black card trouble and eventually finished with 14 players as the hard-working Conor Meredith was unluckily sent packing, with his side having used their full quota of subs. Having edged two points ahead from frees, Tipperary made sure, with Grogan almost walking the ball into the net.
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TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald, G Mulhair, P Codd, C McDonald, C O’Riordan 0-2, R Kiely, P Acheson 0-1, S O’Brien, G Hannigan, M Quinlivan 0-3, J Coghlan, B Fox 0-2, B Grogan 1-3(0-1f), P Austin 0-4, C Sweeney 2-2(0-1f)
Subs: I Fahey for Mulhair (48), C Kennedy for Austin (10), B Mulvihill for Grogan (70+2).

LAOIS: G Brody, P McMahon, P Begley, P O’Leary, D Strong, R Kehoe, C Begley, K Meaney, J O’Loughlin 1-0, C Meredith 1-0, B Sheehan 0-1, N Donoher 1-1, R Munnelly, D Kingston 0-4(3fs), D O’Connor
Subs: J Finn for Munnelly inj (29), S Attride for Meaney (ht), D Conway 1-1 for O’Connor (ht), MJ Tierney 0-1(45) for Kehoe BC (44), E Costello 0-1 for C Begley inj(52), Meaney for McMahon BC (66).
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Report: Daragh Ó Conchúir


Team News

The Tipperary team to play Laois is unchanged from the side which defeated Longford in Round 2 of the Qualifiers.

1. Paul Fitzgerald Fethard
2. Ger Mulhair Arravale Rovers
3. Paddy Codd (Capt) Killenaule
4. Ciarán McDonald Aherlow
5. Colin O’Riordan J K Brackens
6. Robbie Kiely Arravale Rovers
7. John Coghlan Moyne-Templetuohy
8. Steven O’Brien Ballina
9. George Hannigan Shannon Rovers
10. Philip Austin Borrisokane
11. Peter Acheson Moyle Rovers
12. Brian Fox Eire Óg Annacarty
13. Conor Sweeney Ballyporeen
14. Michael Quinlivan Commercials
15. Barry Grogan Aherlow

Laois have made two changes for tomorrow’s All-Ireland senior football qualifier against Tipperary in Portlaoise. Darren Strong comes into the defence for Denis Booth while Damien O’Connor replaces Stephen Attride in attack.

1. Graham Brody (Portlaoise)
2. Padraig McMahon (Ballyroan Abbey)
3. Paul Begley (Stradbally)
4. Peter O’Leary (O’Dempsey’s)
5. Darren Strong (Emo)
6. Robbie Kehoe (O’Dempsey’s)
7. Colm Begley (Parnells)
8. Kevin Meaney (Arles-Kilcruise)
9. John O’Loughlin (St Brigid’s)
10. Conor Meredith (O’Dempsey’s)
11. Billy Sheehan (Emo)
12. Niall Donoher (Courtwood)
13. Ross Munnelly (Arles-Kilcruise)
14. Donal Kingston (Arles-Killeen)
15. Damien O’Connor (Timahoe)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 1 Replay – Wexford 2-25 Clare 2-22

Wexford defeated Clare by 2-25 to 2-22 after extra time in the replay of the Round 1 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers game on Saturday July 12th at Wexford Park.


SHC Round 1: Wexford finally win another epic

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 Replay: Wexford 2-25 Clare 2-22 (AET)

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Wexford Park erupted in joyous celebration this evening after Wexford knocked out the reigning All-Ireland champions Clare in the first-round of the qualifiers. This was scintillating hurling and an energy-sapping game for all the players. While Clare were reduced to 14 before half-time and 13 men later in the second-half, the visitors continued to work doggedly but Wexford’s new-found sense of resilience reached its climax in the second-half of extra-time.

Earlier in the year, Liam Dunne spoke of how he knew his men had the potential to pull off “a big scalp” and that someone would “feel the force” of his youthful charges. Davy Fitzgerald’s brigade is the first to fall victim to the blistering progress of the Model County. The first-half was low-scoring but it was pumped with the same passion that was evident in the game in Ennis. This time Wexford didn’t have the same composure and aimless shooting hampered the hosts’ progress as they struck 12 wides in the first-half in comparison to three Clare misses.

Since the first game, improvement was evident in the Clare camp. They were much more clinical in defence. Despite playing against a strong wind, Conor McGrath opened the visitors’ account with four minutes gone. Even though Conor McDonald and Podge Doran efforts had been denied by the impressive Patrick Kelly, Paul Morris eventually established parity with a pointed free. It continued to be tit-for-tat until Clare reached the 20th minute when Tony Kelly and John Conlon points preceded a brilliant Banner movement of play. Colm Galvin picked out Darach Honan who weaved through the Wexford defence at one of its weakest moments. Clare now led by 1-5 to 0-3 on 22 minutes.

Wexford’s unquenchable thirst for victory was renewed by the impressive defensive endeavour of Keith Rossiter and Andrew Shore. David Redmond, Paul Morris and Lee Chin all obliged with points to pare down the half-time gap to 1-5 to 0-6. But there was drama in the dying minutes of the half. Brendan Bugler was dismissed by Johnny Ryan and an Eoin Moore free from distance was flicked to the net by 18-year-old Conor McDonald, but the Tipperary referee cancelled the goal due to a square-ball infringement. The stage was set for a cracking second-half.

Wexford re-opened with points from Liam Óg McGovern and Paul Morris (free) but they were soon matched by John Conlon and Honan points. While Conlon had to be substituted temporarily twice in the game, the Clonara clubman did dogged work in attack. A pair of Jack Guiney pointed frees were interrupted by a Colm Galvin point, which was the second to come from a Patrick Kelly ball-in. An inspirational point from Tony Kelly and a further Conor McGrath effort epitomised the strength of the Banner men as now led by a goal with 46 minutes on the clock (1-10 to 0-10).

Clare defender Jack Browne then saw red for a second bookable offence, and even though Jack Guiney pointed the resultant free, it was Clare who sought to reassert their dominance. Honan played the ball back towards John Conlon who netted a sublime shot. The home crowd might have become nervous by this five-point lead, but a piece of magic from Naomh Éanna clubman Conor McDonald took them off tenterhooks. McDonald caught the delivery and buried the ball in the back of the net to pull the gap back to two-points. Wexford Park was rocking.

McDonald’s major ignited the Wexford revival as a trio of points from Rory Jacob, McGovern and Guiney gave Wexford the lead for the first time of the game on 55 minutes (1-14 to 2-10). It was helter-skelter for the final 15 minutes. Colin Ryan made it all square with a pointed free and the sides shared the next four points. With the game’s fate hanging in the balance, Jack Guiney, a member of Wexford’s recent Leinster U21 two-in-a-row team, landed a brace of points but Colin Ryan’s two placed-balls established parity. It was time for extra-time once more.

With the replenished squad of 15, Davy Fitzgerald introduced Paul Flanagan in defence and Jamie Shanahan up-front. After Conor McGrath had exchanged points with McDonald, Shanahan made an impressive mark on the game as he claimed two white flags. But Wexford bounced back in style. After Paul Morris had split the posts, a marvellous piece of play placed the initiative back in Wexford’s favour. Lee Chin caught the ball from the half-way point and Jack Guiney subsequently found Harry Kehoe who rifled the ball to Patrick Kelly’s net. Wexford now led by 2-20 to 2-18 at the break.
But the All-Ireland champions made it even within three minutes of the restart. Colin Ryan’s pointed free was followed by a John Conlon point, which had been set-up by Colm Galvin. The crowd’s roar matched the intensity of the game’s flow as Morris’s pair of points were interspersed by spectacular points from Conor McGrath and Tony Kelly. The latter’s point levelled the game for the 13th time. But Wexford were not willing to succumb to the reigning champions.

Andrew Shore, Richie Kehoe and Keith Rossiter all thwarted the Clare attack and a string of three Jack Guiney points (2 frees) was the sucker-punch to Clare’s title defence and the first championship replay victory for Wexford since a 1994 tie against Dublin. Wexford now face Waterford on Saturday next.
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Wexford Scorers: J Guiney (0-10, 8f); P Morris (0-7, 4f); C McDonald (1-1); H Kehoe (1-0); Liam McGovern (0-2); L Chin (0-2); D O’Keefe (0-1); D Redmond (0-1); R Jacob (0-1).

Clare Scorers: J Conlon (1-5); Colin Ryan (0-5, 4f, 1 65′); C McGrath (0-4); D Honan (1-1); Tony Kelly (0-3); J Shanahan (0-2); P Kelly (0-1); C Galvin (0-1).

Wexford: M Fanning; L Ryan, M O’Hanlon (capt.), K Rossiter; A Shore, E Moore, C Kenny; D Redmond, L Chin; P Morris, P Doran, D O’Keefe; G Sinnott, C McDonald, L McGovern
Subs: J Guiney for P Doran (27); R Jacob for G Sinnott (HT); I Byrne for P Morris (41); PJ Nolan for D Redmond (45); H Kehoe for D O’Keefe (59); P Morris for I Byrne (FT); R Kehoe for C Kenny (FT); S Tomkins for PJ Nolan (ET); P Doran for R Jacob (ET); W Devereux for K Rossiter (ET); K Rossiter for E Moore (ET).

Clare: P Kelly; C Dillon, D McInerney, J Browne; B Bugler, Conor Ryan, P O’Connor; S Morey, C Galvin; P Duggan, T Kelly, Colin Ryan; C McGrath, D Honan, J Conlon
Subs: C McInerney for J Conlon (27 – HT); P Donnellan for P Duggan (55); A Cunningham for D Honan (65); C McInerney for J Conlon (72 – FT).
Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary).
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Report: Michael Dwyer


All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 2 – Clare 4-26 Carlow 2-13

Clare defeated Carlow by 4-26 to 2-13 n Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Sunday July 13th at Dr. Cullen Park.

Clare hand Carlow 19-point defeat in All-Ireland football qualifier

Report from thescore.ie

Clare 4-26 Carlow 2-13

ALL-STAR HURLER Podge Collins netted as Clare easily advanced their All-Ireland football qualifier cause, keeping his own faint Championship hopes alive. Few would have suspected the 2013 All-Ireland hurling medallist would finish out this year’s Championship as a footballer.

But the dual star was suspended for Saturday’s hurling defeat to Clare and successfully turned his attentions to football at Dr Cullen Park. He was at his best in the first-half, helping Clare to build a big lead and he booted their third goal early in the second-half. The Cratloe man was eventually taken off with 20 minutes to go and received huge applause from the travelling Clare fans.

It was all too easy for a Clare side managed by Collins’ father, Colm, who wrapped up their Round 2B victory by half-time. The hosts did pick off several nice points from distance but were generally under huge pressure from Clare. Podge and Sean Collins pulled the strings for players like David Tubridy and Rory Donnelly to grab the crucial scores.

Donnelly hit Clare’s first goal after 29 minutes and Shane Brennan added a second in injury-time, putting them 2-15 to 1-6 clear at half-time.
Carlow, who leaked seven goals to Meath here in the Leinster championship, shot some nice points from distance and Ciaran Moran grabbed a goal. But Clare never let up and added more goals through Podge Collins and sub Podge McMahon in the second-half. They will head into tomorrow morning’s Round 2B draw as underdogs but will fancy their chances having previously ran Kerry to within four points in Munster.

Scorers for Clare: Rory Donnelly 1-3, Podge McMahon 1-2 (1f), Shane Brennan 1-1, Gary Brennan (1f, 0-1 pen), Enda Coughlan and David Tubridy (1f) 0-4 each, Padraic Collins 1-0, Shane McGrath and Eoin Cleary 0-3 each, Sean Collins 0-2.

Scorers for Carlow: Ciaran Moran and David Bambrick 1-0 each, Daniel St Ledger, Cathal Coughlan (1f) and Paul Broderick (1f) 0-2 each, Eoghan Ruth, Benny Kavanagh, Seamus Kinsella (1f), Michael Meaney, Jack Kennedy, Willie Minchin (1f), Kevin Hartnett (own point) 0-1 each.

CLARE
1. Joe Hayes (Lissycasey)
2. Shane Hickey (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
3. Kevin Hartnett (Meelick)
4. Martin McMahon (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
5. Jamie Malone (Corofin)
6. Gordon Kelly (Milltown)
7. Ciaran Russell (Eire Og)
8. Gary Brennan (Clondegad)
9. Shane McGrath (Thomas Davis, Dublin)
10. Sean Collins (Cratloe)
11. Enda Coughlan (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
13. Padraic Collins (Cratloe)
15. Rory Donnelly (Cooraclare)
12. Shane Brennan (Clondegad)
14. David Tubridy (Doonbeg)
Subs:
19. Podge McMahon (Clondegad) for Tubridy (43)
24. Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen) for McGrath (43)
21. Eoin Cleary (Milltown) for P Collins (50)
20. Shane McNelis (Kildysart) for Russell (55)
16. Pierce De Loughrey (Cratloe) for Hayes (60)

CARLOW
1. Andy O’Brien (Naomh Eoin)
2. Richard Mahon (Eire Og)
3. Conor Lawlor (Palatine)
4. Barry-John Molloy (Rathvilly)
5. Kieran Nolan (Fighting Cocks)
6. Daniel St Ledger (Kildavin/Clonegal)
7. Benny Kavanagh (Eire Og)
8. Eoghan Ruth (Eire Og)
9. Hugh Gahan (Old Leighlin)
12. David Bambrick (Old Leighlin)
11. Ciaran Moran (Palatine)
10. Michael Meaney (Old Leighlin)
15. Cathal Coughlan (Old Leighlin)
14. Darragh Foley (Kilbride)
13. Seamus Kinsella (Old Leighlin)
Subs:
24. Graham Power (O’Hanrahan’s) for Lawlor (31)
18. Murtagh Ware (Kilbride) for Foley (33)
21. Paul Broderick (Tinryland) for Kinsella (h/t)
23. W Minchin (Old Leighlin) for Meaney (43)
22. Jordan Lowry (Eire Og) for Nolan (59)

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)