All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10

Kerry defeated Galway by 1-20 to 2-10 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday August 3rd at Croke Park.



All-Ireland SFC: Kerry ease into semi-finals

ALL-IRELAND SFC QUARTER-FINAL: KERRY 1-20 GALWAY 2-10

Report from GAA.ie

Kerry booked their place in the All-Ireland semi-finals with a solid and controlled victory over Galway at Croke Park on Sunday.

Two Galway goals either side of half-time asked questions of Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s side, but they came through with ease in the end, showing greater composure and consistency in front of the posts, and doing everything with a degree of class and control. James O’Donoghue hit 1-5 from play for Kerry, including a wonderful first half goal, while Johnny Buckley, Declan O’Sullivan and Paul Geaney also impressed up front for Kerry. Shane Walsh gave another classy display in attack for Galway, and the main questions Fitzmaurice will have after this game will relate to the two goals Kerry conceded. Kerry led 1-8 to 1-3 at half-time, with Thomas Flynn’s goal for Galway just shy of the break leaving the Tribesmen with some hope ahead of the second half.

Galway actually had plenty of possession in the first quarter, but remarkably it took them 20 minutes to register a score as Kerry showed far greater composure and attacking guile at the other end of the field. Kerry were dealt an early blow when Brian Sheehan was forced off after just five minutes through injury, but they led after scores from Donnchadh Walsh, Sheehan’s replacement David Moran, and Michael Geaney.

Then on 12 minutes, James O’Donoghue continued his electric summer with a superb individual goal. Despite the fact that he was being shadowed by Donal O’Neill early on, O’Donoghue made it look as though the Cortoon man was not there as he burned past him and headed towards goal. It was brilliantly elusive play when nothing much had looked on, and his finish past Thomas Healy was equally impressive, perfectly placed in the top left corner of the net.

Points from O’Donoghue, Declan O’Sullivan and Paul Geaney swelled the Kerry lead, but Galway finally got off the mark through Michael Lundy, and points from Gareth Bradshaw and the stylish Shane Walsh left them 1-7 to 0-3 behind with half-time approaching. Then, Flynn scored a wonderful goal. He used the full length of his considerably rangy legs to run more than half the length of the field with the ball, burning a hole through the Kerry defence and holding off the grasps of Aidan O’Mahony before slotting the ball under Brian Kelly.

That goal was a significant elixir for Galway, but Johnny Buckley’s well-struck free left Kerry five ahead at the break. Points from O’Donoghue, Walsh and Buckley took the Kerry lead out to seven early in the second half, but Galway came roaring back into the game with 1-2 in the space of two minutes. Gareth Bradshaw’s point shot could have gone under the bar, but Lundy’s shot moments later definitely did, the Corofin man rounding Brian Kelly and finishing to the net after a clever assist from the experienced Seán Armstrong.

A Shane Walsh point seconds later left Galway just two ahead, and their supporters briefly sensed a comeback; it never really materialised though, with two crucial points from Paul Geaney restoring a four-point Kerry lead and killing the Galway momentum. To their credit, Galway battled on but Kerry pulled away from them a bit in the final quarter. Barry John Keane kicked three points after coming on, while O’Donoghue kicked three late points, making up for a missed goal chance midway through the half. So Kerry advanced with relative ease in the end and they can now look forward to an All-Ireland semi-final for the second year in a row.
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Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue 1-5, P Geaney 0-4 (1f), BJ Keane 0-3, J Buckley 0-2 (1f), D Walsh 0-2, D Moran 0-1, M Geaney 0-1, D O’Sullivan 0-1, K O’Leary 0-1

Scorers for Galway: S Walsh 0-5 (3f), M Lundy 1-1, T Flynn 1-0, G Bradshaw 0-2, D Comer 0-1, P Conroy 0-1

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane Enright; Paul Murphy, Killian Young, Fionn Fitzgerald; Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney, Declan O’Sullivan, James O’Donoghue
Subs: David Moran for Sheehan (5), Peter Crowley for O’Mahony (46), Darran O’Sullivan for Declan O’Sullivan (52), Barry John Keane for Buckley (55), Kieran O’Leary for Walsh (59), Mark Griffin for Ó Sé (65).

GALWAY: Thomas Healy; Donal O’Neill, Finian Hanley, Joss Moore; Gareth Bradshaw, Gary O’Donnell, Paul Varley; Fiontáin Ó Curraoin, Tom Flynn; Michael Lundy, Shane Walsh, John O’Brien; Michéal Martin, Paul Conroy, Danny Cummins
Subs: Seán Armstrong for Cummins (HT), Damien Comer for O’Brien (HT), Keith Kelly for Moore (49), Eddie Hoare for Martin (56), Cathal Mulryan for P Varley (67).

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)

Report: Arthur Sullivan



Ticket Information

Pricing information is as follows:
Adults €30
Juveniles €5 (only available in Cusack and Davin Stands)
Terrace – €20
Student/Senior Concession: €10 rebate on Cusack and Davin Stand tickets only

Club Pass:
​€10 Per Adult

Group Pass:
€3 per juvenile (16 or under),
1 adult free for every 10 juveniles
Additional adults at stand face value​


Team News

KERRY (SF v Galway): Brian Kelly; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane Enright; Paul Murphy, Killian Young, Fionn Fitzgerald; Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney, Declan O’Sullivan, James O’Donoghue
Subs: B Kealy (Kilcummin), P Crowley (Laune Rangers), Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh-Glencar), D Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys), K O’Leary (Dr Crokes), BJ Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys), J Lyne (Legion), K Donaghy (Austin Stacks), M Griffin (St Michael’s/Foilmore), P Kilkenny (Glenbeigh-Glencar), A Fitzgerald (Castlegregory)

GALWAY (SF v Kerry) Tomás Healy; Donal O’Neill, Finian Hanley, Joss Moore; Gareth Bradshaw, Gary O’Donnell, Paul Varley, Fiontán O’Curraoin, Thomas Flynn, Michael Lundy, Shane Walsh, James Kavanagh, Michael Martin, Paul Conroy (Capt), Danny Cummins



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All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Mayo 1-19 Cork 2-15

Mayo defeated Cork by 1-19 to 2-15 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday August 3rd at Croke Park.



All-Ireland SFC: Mayo edge Cork in thriller

ALL-IRELAND SFC QUARTER-FINAL: MAYO 1-19 CORK 2-15

Report from GAA.ie

Mayo will face Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 24 after overcoming Cork by a single point following a thrilling conclusion to their quarter-final at Croke Park on Sunday.

A relatively low-key first half ended with the sides level on 0-8 apiece, and a totally dominant display from Mayo in the third quarter left them 0-16 to 0-9 ahead and seemingly cruising towards victory. But drama reigned in the final 10 minutes. Substitute Donncha O’Connor dragged Cork back into the game with a haul of 1-3, and his 62nd minute goal levelled the game. Mayo responded very well though, with Cillian O’Connor landing a crucial free to restore the lead before Aidan O’Shea looked to have settled the contest with a brilliantly taken individual goal in front of Hill 16.

However, Cork ensured a thrilling conclusion when Brian Hurley responded to the O’Shea goal by rattling the Mayo net mere seconds later. That left Mayo just one ahead again, but the Connacht champions showed all their experience and class to surge clear once more thanks to points from marauding half-back duo Donal Vaughan and Lee Keegan. Cork weren’t done though, and with seconds left on the clock, Colm O’Neill could have gone for what would have been a match-winning goal with a close range free. He opted to kick it over the bar though, and the whistle blew on Robert Hennelly’s kick-out to confirm Mayo’s advancement to a fourth All-Ireland semi-final in a row.

A tight, edgy first half came to an end with the two sides tied on 0-8 apiece. They were level seven times in the first half, and the furthest either side got ahead of the other was when Cork led 0-5 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter. The sides traded the first four points, Jason Doherty and O’Connor on target for Mayo, with Hurley and Fintan Goold scoring for Cork. Then, three points in a row from the impressive Hurley had Cork three clear.

That prompted a Mayo surge, and they kicked four without reply to retake the lead. Midfielder Séamus O’Shea got two of them, with O’Connor hitting the other two, including a brilliant score from play with the outside of his boot. The other O’Connor point came from a free following a challenge from Tomás Clancy on Aidan O’Shea, for which the Clonakilty man was black-carded, being replaced by Damien Cahalane.

The sides traded the remaining scores of the half, with two scores from wily veteran Alan Dillon edging Mayo clear before Colm O’Neill struck his second point of the half to leave the sides on the same terms at the interval. Mayo dramatically turned up the heat on Cork after the restart, and they kicked eight out of the first nine scores of the second half to put themselves in a very dominant position going into the final quarter. Dillon was particularly key in this period, kicking two more points.

However, O’Connor made a huge impact after coming on for Mark Collins with 20 minutes to go, and he kicked three points in a row to leave Cork trailing by just three points with 10 minutes left, despite having been dominated by Mayo for most of the second half. He then took his goal chance brilliantly when it came, crashing the ball to the top right hand corner after being sent through following some slack Mayo defending.

O’Shea looked like he had given Mayo victory when he brilliantly rounded Ken O’Halloran and finished to the net after winning possession close to goal, but Hurley’s goal seconds after changed the complexion of things again dramatically. Mayo showed nerves of steel to edge three clear again though through Vaughan and Keegan, and O’Neill will surely regret his decision not to go for a goal with that free in injury-time.

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Scorers for Mayo: C O’Connor 0-5 (3f), A Dillon 0-4, A O’Shea 1-0, S O’Shea 0-2, J Doherty 0-2, D Vaughan 0-2, A Moran 0-2, K McLoughlin 0-1, L Keegan 0-1

Scorers for Cork: B Hurley 1-4 (1f), D O’Connor 1-3 (2f), C O’Neill 0-5 (3f), F Goold 0-2, A Walsh 0-1 (1f)

CORK: Ken O’Halloran; James Loughrey, Eoin Cadogan, Noel Galvin; Michael Shields, Thomas Clancy, Brian O’Driscoll; Ian Maguire, Aidan Walsh; Paul Kerrigan, Mark Collins, Colm O’Driscoll; Colm O’Neill, Brian Hurley, Fintan Goold
Subs: D Cahalane for F Goold (Black Card, 19), Paddy Kelly for C O’Driscoll (47), Donncha O’Connor for Collins (50), John O’Rourke for B O’Driscoll (57), Daniel Goulding for Maguire (61), John Hayes for Walsh (70).

MAYO: Robert Hennelly; Chris Barrett, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Donal Vaughan; Tom Cunniffe, Seamus O’Shea; Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty; Cillian O’Connor, Andy Moran, Alan Dillon
Subs: Michael Conroy for McLoughlin (Temporary, 15-23), E Varley for Moran (47), Brendan Harrison for Barrett (57), A Freeman for O’Connor (65), Jason Gibbons for A O’Shea (69), Michael Conroy for Dillon (72).

Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath)

Attendance: 37,886

Report: Arthur Sullivan


Ticket Information

Pricing information is as follows:
Adults €30
Juveniles €5 (only available in Cusack and Davin Stands)
Terrace – €20
Student/Senior Concession: €10 rebate on Cusack and Davin Stand tickets only

Club Pass:
​€10 Per Adult

Group Pass:
€3 per juvenile (16 or under),
1 adult free for every 10 juveniles
Additional adults at stand face value​


Team News

CORK (SF v Mayo): Ken O’Halloran; James Loughrey, Eoin Cadogan, Noel Galvin; Michael Shields, Thomas Clancy, Brian O’Driscoll; Ian Maguire, Aidan Walsh; Paul Kerrigan, Mark Collins, Colm O’Driscoll; Colm O’Neill, Brian Hurley, Donal Óg Hodnett

MAYO (SF v Cork): Robert Hennelly; Chris Barrett, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Donal Vaughan; Barry Moran, Seamus O’Shea; Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty; Cillian O’Connor, Andy Moran, Alan Dillon


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