M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada Final 2014

The 2014 M. Donnelly GAA All-Ireland Poc Fada finals have been rescheduled for Sunday 24th August 2014 on Annaverna Mountain, Ravensdale in Co. Louth.

The eagerly-awaited finals were due to take place on Saturday the 2nd of August, but were postponed due to the adverse weather conditions, following a course inspection.

This unique GAA sporting and cultural contest promises to be a great day of sport. Tipperary’s Cummins is the man of the moment, though, as he is looking to win a record 8th title but will have stiff competition form 2013 All Ireland Winning goalkeeper Patrick Kelly and Laois’ Eoin Reilly.

The provincial Poc Fada Champions Donal O’Brien (Mayo), Eoin Reilly (Laois), Andrew Fahy (Clare) and Ruairi Convery (Derry) and the four provincial runners-up Patrick McKillion (Tyrone), Stevie Brenner (Waterford), Nigel Daly (Galway) and Kevin Walsh (Kilkenny) will compete against Patrick Kelly (Clare), Alan Nolan (Dublin) and Stephen Clynch (Meath).

Patricia Jackman of Waterford will also be attempting to make history by winning her sixth M Donnelly Camogie Poc Fada title in a row. The decorated camogie star will, however, face strong competition from Catriona Daly (Galway), Martine McMahon (Limerick), Stephanie Carthy (Dublin), Louise Dougan (Derry), Aoibheann Murphy (Armagh) & Niamh Mackin (Louth).

The M Donnelly Under 16 All Ireland Poc Fada will see Alan Kelly (Laois), Barry Kenneally (Cork) & Donal McKernan (Antrim) compete again last year’s winner Jack Coyne (Galway) for the prestigious title.
For further information visit www.pocfada.gaa.ie

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 1-14 Mayo 2-7

Kerry defeated Mayo by 1-14 to 2-7 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 24th at Croke Park.

All-Ireland MFC: Kingdom power into final


Report from GAA.ie

Kerry advanced to the All-Ireland MFC Final on Sunday after an impressive final quarter showing saw off Mayo at Croke Park. In a somewhat strange game that saw just seven points in the first half, Kerry took control of things with 15 minutes to go, hitting five points without reply in a decisive closing quarter.

Kerry looked like they were heading towards a straightforward win when Tomás Ó Sé’s goal put them five clear early in the second half, but it was followed seconds later by a Mayo goal from TJ Byrne. Kerry had another chance to kill off Mayo’s challenge later in the half from the penalty spot, but Jordan Kiely’s shot was saved by Matthew Flanagan, and when it was followed by a point from Gary Boylan, the lead was down to two with 15 minutes to go.

However, Kerry kicked on brilliantly from there, with impressive substitute Liam Byrne leading them to victory with a couple of outstanding scores. A late goal from Byrne made little difference, as Kerry had built up a big lead by that point and the win was their’s. Mayo led 0-4 to 0-3 after a low-scoring first half in which both defences did well to contain their opponents. It took Kerry just shy of 20 minutes to register their first score, with Mayo kicking the first two points, through a Cian Hanley free and a Fionán Duffy point, in a tense and error-ridden opening quarter.

Kerry were wasteful and seemed quite nervous early on, but when their first score came it was worth the wait – Killian Spillane showing all his class with a superb individual score off his left foot. Kerry midfielder Mark O’Connor levelled up the sides moments later, but Mayo finished the half with two frees from Gary Boylan to leave them just ahead at the break. However, the Westerners lost influential forward Hanley to injury in the 24th minute, the Ballaghaderreen youngster forced off after landing awkwardly following a fine catch. That proved a significant blow, as Mayo struggled without him after the break.

Kerry started the second half well, and when Ó Sé palmed to the net on 41 minutes, the Kingdom went five clear. However, it was followed instantly by a well-worked Byrne goal, and Mayo were back in it. Points from Matthew Flaherty and the gifted Spillane, who finished with 0-6, put Kerry three clear again, but Kiely’s weak penalty was well saved by Flanagan, and that gave Mayo another avenue back into the game just when it looked as though Kerry were closing them down for good.

Mayo’s revival never fully materialised though, and Kerry finished strongly to take the win. Byrne, introduced at the break, led the charge in the final quarter, while Kerry also had scores from Spillane and goalkeeper Shane Ryan, who landed a brilliant free from nearly 55 metres. Kerry will play either Dublin or Donegal in the All-Ireland MFC Final on September 21.
Scorers for Kerry: K Spillane 0-6 (3f), L Carey 0-3, T Ó Sé 1-0, M O’Connor 0-1, M Burns 0-1, M Flaherty 0-1, J Kiely 0-1, S Ryan 0-1 (1f)

Scorers for Mayo: TJ Byrne 2-0, G Boylan 0-4 (3f), C Hanley 0-1 (1f), F Duffy 0-1 B Reape 0-1

KERRY: Shane Ryan; Dan O’Donoghue, Briain Ó Beaglaíoch, Tom O’Sullivan; Brian Sugrue, Andrew Barry, Cormac Coffey; Barry O’Sullivan, Mark O’Connor; Matthew Flaherty, Brian Rayle, Micheál Burns; Jordan Kiely, Killian Spillane, Tomás Ó Sé. Subs: Liam Carey for B Rayle (HT), Liam Kearney for M Flaherty (46), Robert Wharton for Sugrue (53), Stephen O’Sullivan for Kiely (56), Ivan Parker for Spillane (61).

MAYO: Matthew Flanagan; Conor Kilkenny, Séamus Cunniffe, Eoin O’Donoghue; Jason Forkan, Barry Duffy, Seán Conlon; Gary Walsh, Matthew Ruane; Gary Boylan, Cian Hanley, Sharoize Akram; Fionán Duffy, TJ Byrne, Brian Reape. Subs: Liam Byrne for Hanley (24), Stephen Brennan for Barry Duffy (Temporary, 29-31), Brennan for C Kilkenny (Black Card, 41), David Clarke for Forkan (47), Keith Hopkins for M Ruane (50), Jack Reilly for Duffy (59), Dylan Cannon for S Conlon (62).

Referee: Seán Hurson (Tyrone)
Report: Arthur Sullivan

Team News

The Kerry Minor Team to play Mayo in the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Football Championship Semi Final in Croke Park on Sunday next shows one change in personnel from the side that defeated Kildare in the Quarter final. Brian Rayle, who played in the Munster Final victory over Cork, comes back into the side at centre forward in place of Liam Carey.

The team, which will be captained by Spa’s Dan O’Donoghue, will line out as follows:
1 Shane Ryan Rathmore
2 Dan O’Donoghue (C) Spa
3 Briain Ó Beaglaíoch An Ghaeltacht
4 Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
5 Brian Sugrue Renard
6 Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
7 Cormac Coffey Kerins O’Rahillys
8 Barry O’Sullivan Dingle
9 Mark O’Connor Dingle
10 Matthew Flaherty Dingle
11 Brian Rayle Lispole
12 Micheál Burns Dr Crokes
13 Jordan Kiely Dr Crokes
14 Killian Spillane Templenoe
15 Tomás Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
Fir Ionaid
16 Eoin O’Connell St Senans
17 Liam Kearney Spa
18 Liam Carey Beaufort
19 Stephen O’Sullivan Templenoe
20 Robert Wharton Renard
21 Ivan Parker Churchill
22 Jack Morgan Austin Stacks
23 Sean Ryan Austin Stacks
24 Jason Foley Ballydonoghue

Bainisteoir: Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)
Roghnoirí: Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory), John Galvin (Dr Crokes), Eamon Whelan (St Senans).
Tréanálaithe: Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald.
Logistics: Ger O’Mahony
Physio: Kieran O’Shea
Doctor: Dr Dave Geaney

Extended Training Panel Members

Gavin White Dr. Crokes
Cathal Bambury Dingle
Aaron Murphy Dr Crokes
Brian Ó Seanacháin `Ballydonoghue
Conor Geaney Dingle
Roibeárd Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final – Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16

Kerry and Mayo finished in a draw (1-16 to 1-16) in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 24th at Croke Park. The replay will take place on Saturday August 30th at 5:00pm in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

All-Ireland SFC: Kerry and Mayo level after epic


Report from GAA.ie

A brilliant All-Ireland semi-final between Kerry and Mayo finished level at Croke Park on Sunday, with a late Kerry comeback denying Mayo after a tremendous second half display from the Connacht champions. The replay is scheduled to take place next Saturday evening at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

Mayo looked dead and buried at the interval. Down to 14 men following the sending off of Lee Keegan, and trailing by four points after an excellent first-half Kerry display, it looked as though James Horan’s side’s quest to reach a third successive All-Ireland final was over. But Mayo, written off many times in the past for a supposed lack of stomach at key moments, produced one of the all-time great comebacks in a magnificent, gusty second half display which thrilled their supporters.

They started to run at Kerry more and more, and with Cillian O’Connor, Alan Dillon and Andy Moran all on song, they overturned the deficit and were level at 0-13 apiece with 15 minutes to go. Then, O’Connor smashed in a penalty to send a resurgent Mayo three clear. Mayo looked set for victory when they went five clear with five minutes to go but Kerry introduced Kieran Donaghy, and his knockdown set up a late goal for James O’Donoghue to turn the game around.

Kerry pressed forward in injury-time in search of an equaliser, and it arrived from substitute Kieran O’Leary, who kicked a brilliant point under pressure to bring a conclusion to a great game of football. Kerry led 0-9 to 0-5 at half-time, but the most significant moment of the opening 35 minutes was the sending off of Keegan just before the break. Referee David Coldrick dismissed the Westport defender after he appeared to kick out at Johnny Buckley, and the red compounded a difficult situation for Mayo after Kerry had dominated the second quarter.

The opening 15 minutes saw the sides trade four points each, with Stephen O’Brien and Dillon scoring the openers, before points from O’Connor (free), O’Donoghue, David Moran and O’Connor again had it at 0-3 apiece after 10 minutes. Mayo were double marking O’Donoghue with Keith Higgins his direct opponent, and Tom Cunniffe operating as a sweeper, but Kerry’s other players were flourishing, and they had eight different scorers in the first half.

After a lengthy scoreless spell for both sides, points from Donnchadh Walsh, Paul Geaney and Michael Geaney had Kerry 0-7 to 0-4 ahead with five minutes to go before the break, and although Keegan ended a 17 minute scoreless spell for Mayo with a good score, Kerry were getting on top, and a superb point from David Moran, his second, edged them three clear again.

The sending off of Keegan just before the break was a huge blow to Mayo and even the most optimistic of Mayo fans would have found it hard to see a way back for their team at half-time. But they started the second half very well, and points from Dillon (2), O’Connor (2) and Colm Boyle had them level at 0-11 apiece just 10 minutes after the restart.

Mayo had emerged as a totally different force; they were winning all their individual battles, and the introduction of folk hero Andy Moran only served to further stir a simmering and increasingly enthused Mayo support in Croke Park. Kerry retook the lead twice through Donnchadh Walsh and O’Donoghue, the latter score coming when the Legion man was clean through and should have buried to the net, but Mayo equalised both times through Jason Doherty and Moran.

Then on 58 minutes, Donal Vaughan surged towards the Kerry goal and was pushed in the back by Peter Crowley. O’Connor showed nerves of steel to drive the resulting penalty to the roof of the net, and when the goal was followed by two superb O’Connor points, Mayo led by five, 1-15 to 0-13.
However, having completely gone out of the game, Kerry roused themselves and rescued a draw in the dying minutes. Peter Crowley and Andy Moran exchanged points, but a Bryan Sheehan free cut the gap to four with five minutes to go.

Then Donaghy, on as a sub, broke the ball to O’Donoghue, who buried to the net to leave one between them with a minute of normal time remaining. Kerry poured forward in search of the equaliser, and it came from the boot of O’Leary, whose brilliant kick from well out on the right was as fitting a way as any to end an outstanding game of Gaelic football.
Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue 1-3, D Moran 0-2, D Walsh 0-2, S O’Brien 0-1, J Buckley 0-1, P Geaney 0-1 (1f), M Geaney 0-1, F Fitzgerald 0-1, P Murphy 0-1, P Crowley 0-1, K O’Leary 0-1, B Sheehan 0-1 (1f)

Scorers for Mayo: C O’Connor 1-8 (1-0 pen, 5f), A Dillon 0-3, A Moran 0-2, L Keegan 0-1, C Boyle 0-1, J Doherty 0-1

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane Enright; Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, Fionn Fitzgerald; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Stephen O’Brien, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue. Subs: Declan O’Sullivan for O’Brien (20), Bryan Sheehan for M Geaney (43), Killian Young for A O’Mahony (52), Kieran Donaghy for Maher (59), Barry John Keane for J Buckley (63), Kieran O’Leary for D Walsh (67).

MAYO: Robert Hennelly; Donal Vaughan, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Tom Cunniffe, Colm Boyle; Jason Gibbons, Seamus O’Shea; Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty; Cillian O’Connor, Alan Freeman, Alan Dillon. Subs: Tom Parsons for J Gibbons (HT), Andy Moran for A Freeman (48), Michael Conroy for J Doherty (54), Mickey Sweeney for A Dillon (64), Kevin Keane for G Cafferkey (70).

Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)

Attendance: 52,495
Report: Arthur Sullivan

Team News

KERRY (SF v Mayo): Brian Kelly; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane Enright; Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, Fionn Fitzgerald; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Stephen O’Brien, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue.