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

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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.
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)
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

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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.

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
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

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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.
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).
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)

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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.
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).
Report: Michael Dwyer

Munster Poc Fada Final 2014

The Munster GAA Puc Fada 2014 took place on the slopes of Galteemore on Saturday 12th July. Senior, Under 16 and Camogie players competed to see who could cover a track over the mountainside in the least number of Pucs with the winners and runners-up representing Munster at the National Puc Fada in the Cooley Mountains in August.

Click to view photos from the Munster Poc Fada Final

In the Senior Men’s competition Andrew Fahey (32 pucs) was the winner overcoming last year’s winner Stevie Brenner by one puc. Barry Kenneally from Cork took 18 pucs over a shorter course to win the Under 16 competition with Fionáin Mackessy (Kerry) second, one puc behind. In Camogie, last year’s runner-up Martina McMahon from Limerick took the top prize with 24 pucs.

Chairman Robert Frost and Vice-Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan representing Munster GAA were in attendance at the tournament along with members of the Games Development Committee and Christy Ryan represented sponsors Martin Donnelly. Aherlow GAA were magnificent hosts of the tournament.

Senior Contestants
Andrew Fahey, Whitegate, Clare
Stevie Brenner, De La Salle, Waterford
Aaron Murphy, Hospital/Herbertstown, Limerick
Daryl Ryan, Roscrea, Tipperary
Shane Devlin, Carrigtwohill, Cork

Under 16 contestants
Barry Kenneally, Kanturk, Cork
Fionán Mackessy, St Brendan’s Ardfert, Kerry
Shane Stapleton, Sean Tracey’s, Tipperary
Gavin Ryan, Murroe Boher, Limerick
Michael Hynes, Whitegate, Clare
Cormac Gough, Stradbally, Waterford

Munster GAA wish to thank everyone who helped make last Saturdays ‘Poc Fada na Mumhan’ such a tremendous success. A special word of thanks to Pat Moroney and the Aherlow GAA Club for facilitating us with a fantastic venue and course. Thanks also to all of the volunteer referees and markers who helped out on the day. Andrew Fahy (Clare) and Stevie Brenner (Waterford) have qualified for the National Senior Comeptition with Barry Kenneally (Cork) qualifying for the National Under 16 Competition. Both will be held in the Cooley Mountains on Saturday August 2nd.

The following are the results of the competitions

Place Name Club County Score
1st Andrew Fahey Whitegate Clare 32
2nd Stevie Brenner De La Salle Waterford 33
3rd Aaron Murphy Hospital/Herbertstown Limerick 35
4th Daryl Ryan Roscrea Tipperary 37
5th Shane Devlin Carrigtwohill Cork 38

Place Name Club County Score
1st Barry Kenneally Kanturk Cork 18
2nd Fionán Mackessy St Brendans Ardfert Kerry 19
3rd Shane Stapleton Sean Treacys Tipperary 20
4th Gavin Ryan Murroe Boher Limerick 20
5th Michael Hynes Whitegate Clare 21
6th Cormac Gough Stradbally Waterford 24