Munster Junior Football Final – Kerry 1-20 Cork 0-11

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-20 to 0-11 in the Munster Junior Football Championship Final on Wednesday July 1st at Pairc Ui Rinn.


Kerry class tells in second half

Cork 0-11 Kerry 1-20

By Tony Leen, Pairc Ui Rinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A 42nd Munster Junior football title for Kerry, but such are the idiosyncrasies of the grade that most of the 1,300 observers at Pairc Ui Rinn Wednesday night came searching for diamonds in the rough. For the victors, there was a clutch of luminaries, including a six-point haul from their free-moving centre-forward Jeff O’Donoghue, and the lightning quick corner-forward Thomas Hickey.

Kudos, too, to Kerry’s management which culled both its starting midfielders at a point in the game when they had lost the control given them by a five-point start. In came Listry’s Gary O’Sullivan and James Walsh was shifted from wing back to midfield with telling effect. In their best spell, which amounted to the second quarter of the game when Cork registered eight points, the hosts got the bit between their teeth, led by midfielders Micheal O Laoire and Cillian Brosnan, and forwards Mark Sugrue and Seamus Hickey.

But a cursory glance at the starting line-ups suggested Kerry had a better depth of talent. At least six of the starting 15 have been in with the Kingdom’s seniors in the last 12 months, and once they righted the ship at the break, Kerry moved up a gear. In fact, Cork claimed only one second half point before a late flurry of scores in dead time. By that time, Jeff O’Donoghue had taken the game by the scruff of the neck for the Kingdom, claiming six points from play.

When Brian Crowley was fouled in the square on 49 minutes, Conor Cox netted the penalty to put this one to bed. The Listowel man finished with 1-7. If Cork died fast in the second period, they were full of vigour before the break. Thirteen minutes in, you’d have given little for Cork’s dignity, much less their chances.

With Thomas Hickey buzzing around the visitors’ attack – necessitating a 7th minute substitution by Cork – the Kingdom were scoring at will. A searing run from David Culhane set up James Walsh who cracked a bullet off the crossbar. From the rebound Brian Crowley gave Kerry a three point start, and two more followed from Jeff and Alan O’Donoghue.

The first murmurs of embarrassment could be detected amongst the Rebel loyalists. However, a resurrection was stirring, started by Mark Sugrue, added to by Brian Coughlan and then carried forward by midfielders Micheal O Laoire and Cillian Brosnan.

By the 22nd minute, the sides were level, but Cork powered on, with Seamus Hickey giving them to lead, and Sugrue embellishing their half-time advantage of 0-8 to 0-5. The Kerry dressing room must have resembled a tribunal of inquiry. But once the established some control at midfield after half-time, a second junior title on the trot was never in doubt.

Scorers for Cork: M Sugrue (0-4, 3 frees), M O Laoire (0-2), C Brosnan, S Hickey, B Coughlan, S Kiely, P. Condon (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kerry: C Cox (1-7, 1-0 pen, 1 free, 1 45), J O’Donoghue (0-6), B Crowley, T Hickey (0-2 each), A. O’Donoghue, G.O’Sullivan, E Kiely (0-1 each).

CORK: A Seymour (Castlehaven); AJ O’Connor (Kiskeam), D Murphy (Ballincollig), J McLoughlin (Kanturk); S Kiely (Macroom), J Collins (St Mary’s), B. Daly (Newmarket); M O’Leary (Naomh Aban), C Brosnan (Brian Dillons); J Corkery (Aghabullogue), B Coughlan (Kinsale), M Sugrue (Bandon); A. O’Connor (Knocknagree), S Hickey (Rockchapel), A Barry (Glanmire).
Subs: F Herlihy (Mitchelstown) for AJ O’Connor (7 mins); P Condon (Mayfield) for Barry (38); P Daly (St Mary’s) for Collins (44); R O’Hagan (Fermoy) for A. O’Connor (51); J Ryan (Newmarket) for Murphy (54).

KERRY: S Murphy (Kilcummin); D O’Donoghue (Spa), J McGuire (Listowel), D Culhane (Ballylongford); J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), T Morley (Templenoe), G Crowley (Templenoe); B O’Sullivan (Valentia), L Kearney (Spa); B Crowley (Templenoe), J. O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), P. O’Connor (Cordal); A. O’Donoghue (John Mitchels), C Cox (Listowel), T Hickey (Desmonds).
Subs: G O’Sullivan (Listry) for Kearney (25); E Kiely (Brosna) for O’Sullivan (36); A Barry (Brosna) for B Crowley (54); M Brennan (Churchill) for O’Donoghue (58); G Gibson (Waterville) for G Crowley (59); D Griffin (Ardfert) for J O’Donoghue (59).

Referee: A Kissane (Waterford).


Kingdom come again as Kerry trounce Cork in Munster junior football final

Kerry 1-20 Cork 0-11

Report from the42.ie

KERRY STEAMROLLED CORK in the second half to retain the Munster junior football title. It was first blood to the Kingdom ahead of the senior provincial decider between the counties in Killarney on Sunday. They trailed by three points at half-time but dominated after the break in Páirc Ui Rinn to win by 12.

A pair of points from Conor Cox and one apiece from Brian Crowley, Jeff O’Donoghue and captain Alan O’Donoghue pushed Kerry into an early 0-5 to 0-0 lead. But Mark Sugrue’s frees helped Cork reel off eight unanswered to lead by 0-8 to 0-5 at the end of a see-saw first half.

Jeff O’Donoghue remained a nuisance to the Rebel defence and he kicked four points early in the second half as Kerry mounted their comeback. Cox’s penalty on 49 minutes stretched the holders’ advantage to eight points, 1-14 to 0-9, before they closed out a comfortable win.

Cork

1. Anthony Seymour (Castlehaven)
2. AJ O’Connor (Kiskeam)
3. Darren Murphy (Ballincollig)
4. John MacLoughlin (Kanturk)
5. Sean Kiely (capt, Macroom)
6. Jason Collins (St. Mary’s)
7. Bart Daly (Newmarket)
8. Micheál Ó Laoire (Naomh Abán)
9. Cillian Brosnan (Brian Dillons)
10. John Corkery (Aghabullogue)
11. Brian Coughlan (Kinsale)
12. Mark Sugrue (Bandon)
13. Anthony O’Connor (Knocknagree)
14. Seamus Hickey (Rockchapel)
15. Alan Barry (Glanmire)
Subs:
16. Anthony Casey (Kiskeam)
17. Colm Hyde (Naomh Abán)
18. TJ Brosnan (Newmarket)
19. Fionn Herlihy (Mitchelstown)
20. John Ryan (Newmarket)
21. Peter Daly (St. Mary’s)
22. Paul Condon (Mayfield)
23. Gearoid Finn (Kinsale)
24. Ruairi O’Hagan (Fermoy)

Kerry

1. Shane Murphy (Kilcummin)
2. Dan O’Donoghue (Spa)
3. Jack McGuire (Listowel Emmetts)
4. David Culhane (Ballylongford)
5. James Walsh (Knocknagoshel)
6. Tadhg Morley (Templenoe)
7. Gavin Crowley (Templenoe)
8. Brendan O’Sullivan (Valentia)
9. Liam Kearney (Spa)
10. Brian Crowley (Templenoe)
11. Jeff O’Donoghue (Glenflesk)
12. Philip O’Connor (Cordal)
13. Alan O’Donoghue (capt, John Mitchels)
14. Conor Cox (Listowel Emmetts)
15. Thomas Hickey (Castleisland Desmonds)
Subs:
16. Darragh O’Shea (Ballydonoghue)
17. Eamon Kiely (Brosna)
18. Brian Sugrue (Renard)
19. Greg Gibson (Waterville)
20. Michael Brennan (Churchill)
21. Gary O’Sullivan (Listry)
22. Adam Barry (Brosna)
23. David Griffin (Ardfert)
24. Jordan Kiely (Dr Crokes)


Team News

CORK (Munster JFC final v Kerry, Pairc Ui Rinn, Wednesday): A Seymour (Castlehaven); A. J. O’Connor (Kiskeam), D Murphy (Ballincollig), J MacLoughlin (Kanturk); S Kiely (Macroom), J Collins (St. Mary’s), B Daly (Newmarket); Ml Ó Laoire (Naomh Abán Brosnan (Brian Dillons); J Corkery (Aghabullogue), B Coughlan (Kinsale), M Sugrue (Bandon); A O’Connor (Knocknagree), S Hickey (Rockchapel), A Barry (Glanmire).
Subs: A Casey (Kiskeam), C Hyde (Naomh Abán), T. J. Brosnan (Newmarket), F Herlihy (Mitchelstown), J Ryan (Newmarket), P Daly (St. Mary’s), P Condon (Mayfield), G Finn (Kinsale), R O’Hagan (Fermoy).

KERRY (JFC v Cork): S Murphy (Kilcummin); D O’Donoghue (Spa), J McGuire (Listowel Emmets), D Culhane (Ballylongford); J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), T Morley (Templenoe), G Crowley (Templenoe); B O’Sullivan (Valentia), L Kearney (Spa), B Crowley (Templenoe), J Donoghue (Glenflesk), P O’Connor (Cordal); T Hickey (Desmonds), C Cox (Listowel Emmets), A O’Donoghue (John Mitchels).


Match Programme

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Jim Power Under 14 Football Tournament

The Jim Power Under 14 Football Tournament will take place on Saturday July 4th hosted by Waterford withthe finals taking place in Fraher Field Dungarvan.

See below the full fixture list.


Dungarvan GAA Grounds

11;00am Rebel Og, West v Tipperary A

12;30pm Tipperary A v Clare

2;00pm Clare v Rebel Og, West


Brickey Rangers GAA Grounds

Pitch A.

11;00am Kerry South v Rebel Og East

12;30pm Rebel Og East v Limerick

2;00pm Limerick v Kerry South


Brickey Rangers GAA Grounds

Pitch B

11;00am Tipperary B v Kerry North

12;30pm Kerry North v Waterford

2.00pm Waterford v Tipperary B


Cup Semi Finals @ 3:30pm – Bushy Park

Plate final @ 4:30pm – Fraher Field, Dungarvan

Cup Final @ 6:00pm – Fraher Field, Dungarvan

Munster Minor Hurling S-Final – Limerick 1-14 Cork 0-14

Limerick defeated Cork by 1-14 to 0-14 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Thursday July 2nd in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Peter Casey swoops as Limerick stun Cork

By Brendan Larkin for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 0-14 Limerick 1-14: Limerick maintained their dominance over Cork at minor hurling level when they defeated the Leesiders by a goal at the Gaelic Grounds last night in the semi-final of the Munster championship.

And there was no fluke about the result. It was thoroughly deserved by a side that had been beaten by a whopping 10 points in the opening round by the same opposition, and had every incentive to reverse that result in front of an attendance of 4,184.

The home side had a number of stars, notably corner forward Peter Casey who finished the game with 1-6 (1-2 from play); midfielder Darragh Carroll who was surprisingly replaced late in the game; and centre back Paddy O’Loughlin.

Cork will point to the loss of their captain Shane Kingston who scored 1-9 in the opening round. He broke a bone in his foot in a challenge game in the built up to this tie and was sorely missed. A second contributory factor to Cork’s defeat was the 15 wides they hit as against four for the opposition.

Few players came out of this game with their reputations intact, and only wing back Mark Coleman and Darragh Fitzgibbon can look back on this game with any degree of satisfaction. Clearly there was a lot tension and nervousness among both sets of players.

Play was extremely scrappy in the early minutes with a lot of fumbling. In the opening five minutes of play Cork hit three wides to Limerick’s two and one wondered where scores were going to come from. Thankfully the game settled but scores continued to be scarce. Cork played with a sweeper keeping midfielder Darragh Fitzgibbon in behind their half-back line, and it worked well for them.

It made it difficult for the Limerick forwards to penetrate. Seven minutes had elapsed before the first score came, a point by Mark Coleman from a free. Thomas Grimes levelled it for the home side a minute later before Cork began to take control.

By the end of the opening quarter, they had forged 0-4 to 0-2 in front but surprisingly, they hit seven wides in that same period, three of them by keeper Declan Dalton. Cork continued to improve as the half wore on, and three more points were added to lead by double scores – 0-6 to 0-3 after 20 minutes, but they continued to chalk up the wides while Limerick were far more economical with limited possession.

Darragh Carroll gave them a grip at midfield and he and Pat Casey added a brace of points before Casey pointed a close in free, conceded by the Cork keeper after he had his clearance blocked down, the sides retired at the interval tied at 0-7 apiece and it was all to play for.

Play improved immeasurably on the changeover and the sides were level three times in a 10-minute spell as they shared six points. Limerick were clearly not prepared to roll over on this occasion and with Casey leading their challenge, he points two frees, only to see Cork peg them back with like scores from Mark Coleman.

By the end of the third quarter, the game was in the melting pot and to the delight of the home crowd, keeper Eoghan McNamara gave his side the lead for the first time with a point from a long-range free. Cork began to struggle to contain the rampant Limerick forwards and the pressure paid off when Barry Murphy won a penalty. It pitted keeper against keeper but then Cork netminder was equal to McNamara’s poor effort.

It was a let off for Cork but they failed to capitalise. Limerick sensed victory when Thomas Grimes pointed with four minutes remaining and amid tremendous excitement the home side struck for the killer score. A long ball deep into the Cork defence saw two backs commit the cardinal error of contesting it together and the sliotar broke kindly to Casey who billowed the Cork net.

Scorers – Limerick: P. Casey 1-6 (0-4 frees); T. Grimes, D. Carroll, K. Hayes 0-2 each; B. Ryan, E. McNamara (free) 0-1 each.

Cork: M. Coleman 0-05 (0-03 frees); D. Fitzgibbon (0-1free), L. Healy, 0-2 each; T. O’Mahony, C. O’Leary, S. Powter, C. Cormack, D. Dalton (65) 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: E. McNamara; T. Hayes, E. McSweeney, J. O’Grady; C. Byrnes, P. O’Loughlin, C. Houlihan; D. Carroll, D. Grimes; K. Hayes, S. Flanagan, B. Ryan; P. Casey, M. Mackey, B. Murphy.
Subs: W. O’Meara for Mackey (50); C. Boylan for Carroll (53); O. O’Reilly for Ryan (58); P. Aherne for Hayes (59).

CORK: D. Dalton; S. Smyth, D. Griffin, C. McCarthy; M. Coleman, E. Murphy ©, D. Lowney; C. O’Leary, D. Fitzgibbon; L. Healy, M. O’Halloran, T. O’Mahony; S. Powter, C. Cormack, J. Looney.
Subs: J. Cashman for O’Leary (half time); R. O’Flynn for O’Halloran (40); B. Dunne for Powter (45); B. Hennessy for J. Looney (50).

Referee: P. Foley (Waterford)



Team News

Cork U18 Hurling Team v Limerick

1: Declan Dalton (Fr O’Neills)
2: Seadnaidh Smyth (Midleton)
3: David Griffin (Carrigaline)
4: Conor McCarthy (Blarney)
5: Mark Coleman (Blarney)
6. Eoghan Murphy (Sarsfields) Capt.
7: David Lowney (Clonakilty)
8: Chris O’Leary (Valley Rovers)
9: Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)
10: Liam Healy (Sarsfields)
11: Michael O’Halloran (Blackrock)
12: Tim O’Mahony (Shandrum)
13: Sean Powter (Douglas)
14: Ciaran Cormack (Blackrock)
15: John Looney (Aghada)

Subs:

16: Barry Kenneally (Cuchulainns)
17: Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons)
18: John Cashman (Blackrock)
19: Conor Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
20: Billy Hennessy (St Finbarrs)
21: Donal English (Sarsfields)
22: Billy Dunne (Fr O’Neills)
23: Robbie O’Flynn (Erins Own)
24: Robert Bourke (Ballincollig)
25: Shane Kingston (Douglas)

Limerick minor hurling panel v Cork
1. Eoghan McNamama (Captain)(Doon), 2. Thomas Hayes (Doon), 3. Conor McSweeney (South Liberties), 4. Jack O Grady (Knockainey), 5. Conor Byrnes (Murroe Boher), 6. Paddy O Loughlin (Kilmallock), 7. Conor Houlihan (Na Piarsaigh), 8. Darragh Carroll (Kilteely Dromkeen), 9. Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), 10. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo Pallaskenry), 11. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh Castlemahon), 12. Brian Ryan (South Liberties), 13. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 14. Mickey Mackey (Adare) & 15 Barry Murphy (Doon).
16. Adam O Brien (Ahane), 17. Colum Carroll (Ahane), 18. Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 19. Willie O’Meara (Askeaton), 20. Ciaran O Connor (Kilmallock,), 21. Oisin O Reilly (Kilmallock), 22. Eoin Ryan (Adare), 23. Paudie Ahern (Kileedy) & 24. Cian Flynn Magner (Kileedy).


Match Programme

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All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 2A Qualifiers – Longford 2-12 Clare 1-12

Longford defeated Clare in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 2A Qualifiers on Saturday July 4th at Cusack Park Ennis.


SFC 2A: Longford battle to beat Clare in Ennis

ALL-IRELAND SFC ROUND 2A: CLARE 1-12 LONGFORD 2-12

By Daragh Small at Cusack Park, Ennis for GAA.ie

Full-forward Brian Kavanagh hit 1-5 as Longford broke Clare’s stranglehold in Cusack Park and ended their campaign in their Round 2A qualifier. Dessie Reynolds got the other goal for Jack Sheedy’s side who have always impressed in the qualifiers but away from home and in Ennis Clare looked a bridge too far in the first ever championship meeting between these teams.

However the Midlanders buoyed by their promotion to Division III this term have given youth its chance and it paid off here. Their 2-15 to 1-8 victory over Carlow in the last round provided some much needed confidence after the drubbing by Dublin in the Leinster quarter-final and this win will give Longford momentum.

Dean Ryan got Clare’s goal and they led 1-7 to 1-6 at half-time despite playing into the breeze and hitting nine wides before the break.
Gary Brennan got them off the mark with a free after two minutes, Kavanagh replied for Longford and after David Tubridy put Clare back in front Longford hit 1-3 without reply.

Kavanagh slotted the penalty in the seventh minute after a sublime catch from Liam Connerton who was then hauled down by Kieran Russell.
Longford were 1-3 to 0-2 up after 14 minutes but Eoin Cleary pointed a free for Clare and Brennan’s second put them just two in arrears. Then in the 27th minute Ryan was on the end of a sweeping move through the heart of the Longford defence with Cleary and Jamie Malone combining before the Clare wingback gave them the lead.

A Pat Burke point pushed them 1-6 to 1-4 up but Connerton and Dessie Reynolds shot scores with Sean Collins hitting the final score of the half. Longford has the perfect start to the second-half, four minutes in Rory Connor sent over a point and then Reynolds struck a killer second goal.

Two frees from Tubridy got Clare back on track but Connor got his second of the half. Longford 2-8 to 1-9 up in the 51st minute but quick-fire scores from Cleary and Tubridy out the sides level again. Masterson was sent-off shortly after he regained the lead for Longford and Ryan brought Clare level again but Kavanagh saw it out for the visitors.

***

Scorers for Longford: B Kavanagh 1-5 (1-0 pen, 4f), D Reynolds 1-1, L Connerton 0-2, R Connor 0-2, M Quinn 0-1, D Masterson 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 0-5 (4f), D Ryan 1-1, E Cleary 0-2 (1f), G Brennan 0-2 (1f), P Burke 0-1, Sean Collins 0-1

LONGFORD: P Collum; C Farrelly, B O’Farrell, F Battrim; CP Smyth, B Gilleran, D Masterson; K Diffley, M Quinn; P Gill, D Reynolds, R McEntire; R Connor, B Kavanagh, L Connerton. Subs: S Doyle for Gill (48), R McNerney for McEntire (61), P Foy for Connor (66).

CLARE: J Hayes; C Russell, K Harnett, M McMahon; S Hickey, G Kelly, D Ryan; G Brennan, C O’Connor; Sean Collins, J Malone, K Sexton; E Cleary, P Burke, D Tubridy. Subs: S McGrath for O’Connor (19), E Coughlan for Cleary (54), Stephen Collins for Kelly (60).


Fixture Details

04.07.2015 (Sat)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2A
Cusack Park, Ennis 17:00
An Clár v An Longfort
Referee: Anthony Nolan (Cill Mhantáin)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

CLARE: TJ Hayes; C Russell, K Hartnett, M McMahon; S Hickey, G Kelly, D Ryan; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Collins, J Malone, K Sexton; E Cleary, D Tubridy, P Burke.

LONGFORD: P Collum; D Brady, B O’Farrell, F Battrim; C Smyth, B Gilleran, D Masterson; K Diffley, M Quinn; P Gill, R McEntire, R Connor; L Connerton, B Kavanagh, D Reynolds.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 Qualifiers – Clare 3-26 Offaly 0-15

Clare defeated Offaly by 3-26 to 0-15 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 Qualifiers on Saturday July 4th at Cusack Park Ennis.


SHC R1: Clare return to winning ways and dump Offaly out

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-final Round 1: Clare 3-26 Offaly 0-15

By Darragh Small at Cusack Park, Ennis for GAA.ie

Former Hurler of Year Tony Kelly started at midfield for Clare and shot eight points as they won their first Championship match in 21 months. It sent Offaly crashing out of this year’s All-Ireland series in their first round qualifier at Ennis.

Davy Fitzgerald’s men had reached crisis point after being dumped out of the Munster championship by Limerick last month. They were relegated from Division 1A of the Allianz league earlier this year but this win will breathe some much needed confidence into the ranks.

The 2013 All-Ireland champions hadn’t won a game in the championship since they beat Cork at Croke Park two years ago but could have a big say yet this year. Colm Galvin’s comeback is a big boost and he was given a rapturous ovation on his return from USA, he was introduced in the 63rd minute.

Conor McGrath got the first goal for Clare and they were 1-13 to 0-9 at half-time. Darach Honan had them ahead after just 20 seconds and when Kelly pointed soon after it didn’t look good for Offaly. The crucial goal came from the stick of McGrath, he slotted after Honan caught a high ball and provided the assist.

The Banner were dominating in every sector and the Offaly forwards had to live off scraps. Shane Dooley kept them in it, he slotted four frees in the opening half but McGrath hit 1-3 for Clare. Conlon got Clare’s final score of the first-half giving them a 1-13 to 0-9 lead and he found the net two minutes after the break to end the game as a contest.

Shane O’Donnell’s goal put a gloss on the scoreline for Clare but it was a fabulous effort created by the wizardry of Kelly.
Offaly kept fighting with half-time substitute Sean Cleary hitting two points but Clare centre-back Conor Ryan was even getting in on the scoring, he got three points in the second-half.

Scorers for Clare: T Kelly 0-8 (2f), C McGrath 1-4, J Conlon 1-2, S O’Donnell 1-0, Colin Ryan 0-3 (2f), Conor Ryan 0-3, D Honan 0-3, S Golden 0-2, P O’Connor 0-1.

Scorers for Offaly: S Dooley 0-6 (6f), S Kinsella 0-4, S Cleary 0-2, J Bergin 0-1, J Mulrooney 0-1, P Murphy 0-1.

Clare: P Kelly; D McInerney, C Dillon, S Morey; B Bugler, Conor Ryan, J Browne; P O’Connor, T Kelly; J Conlon, Colin Ryan, S Golden; C McGrath, S O’Donnell, D Honan.
Subs: D Reidy for Conlon (53), A Cunningham for O’Donnell (53), P Flanagan for Dillon (59), D O’Donovan for Browne (60), C Galvin for Honan (63).

Offaly: J Dempsey; D Shortt, N Wynne, D King; E Murphy, C Egan, G Conneely; E Nolan, J Mulrooney; P Murphy, D Currams, J Bergin; B Carroll, S Kinsella, S Dooley.
Subs: S Cleary for Nolan (35), S Ryan for Conneely (41), P Camon for Shortt (51), S Wynne for Currams (58), D Mooney for E Murphy (62), C Kiely for Egan (68).

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)


Fixture Details

Saturday July 4th
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1
Cusack Park, Ennis 19:00
An Clár v Uíbh Fhailí
Referee: John Keenan (Cill Mhantáin)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

Offaly (SHC v Clare): J Dempsey; N Wynne, D Shortt, D King; E Murphy, C Egan, P Camon; E Nolan, S Ryan; J Mulrooney, D Currams, P Murphy; S Dooley, J Bergin, B Carroll.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 Qualifiers – Cork 2-22 Wexford 0-20

Cork defeated Wexford by 2-22 to 0-20 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 Qualifiers on Saturday July 4th at Innovate Wexford Park.


SHC R1: Lehane stars as Cork beat Wexford

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 1: Cork 2-22 Wexford 0-20

By Michael Dwyer at Innovate Wexford Park for GAA.ie

A masterful display from Conor Lehane ensured that Cork earned the All-Ireland SHC Round I Qualifier spoils and dumped Wexford out of the championship in a convincing fashion at Innovate Wexford Park. Lehane was brilliant throughout and finished with 1-6 from play.
This game looked over at the end of the first half when the Rebels racked up a 14-point advantage.

Awestruck supporters packed like sardines in the stands watched on when Anthony Nash’s puck-out from the Clonard End goal was fired in like an bomb after five minutes. Lehane plucked the ball as it flew at the opposite end and finished a neat shot off his right to leave Wexford reeling.

At this stage the visitors led by 1-3 to 0-1. Lehane (2) and Pa Horgan obliged to extend their lead and even when Wexford’s sole scorer for the first 26 minutes, Ian Byrne, landed a brace of frees, Cork fired back with a string of four points, putting Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s men ahead by 1-10 to 0-3 on 19 minutes.

Seamus Harnedy, who also impressed before a hamstring injury forced him off in the second half, scrambled the ball to the net after he was aided by Conor Lehane. A brace from Brian Lawton and another point from Lehane rounded off a rout of a first-half that had Cork leading by 2-16 to 0-9.

In fairness to Wexford in front of their enthusiastic home support, they didn’t lie down. Their purple-patch forced Cork to endure a 21-minute scoring-drought, during which Wexford carved their deficit back to six points.

However, leadership from Andrew Shore and Lee Chin was not enough for the hosts as they could never break past Cork’s full-back line and score the goal they needed. Conor Lehane closed the game with a pair of points as the Midelton clubman led Cork’s crusade for victory.

Scorers for Cork: C Lehane 1-6, P Horgan 0-8 (5 fs), S Harnedy 1-1, B Cooper 0-3, B Lawton 0-2, D Cahalane 0-1, P Cronin 0-1.

Scorers for Wexford: I Byrne 0-12 (10 fs), D Redmond 0-3, H Kehoe 0-2, P Morris 0-1, C McDonald 0-1, K Foley 0-1.

Cork: A Nash; D Cahalane, S McDonnell, B Murphy; A Walsh, M Ellis, C Murphy; D Kearney, B Cooper; C Lehane, P Cronin, B Lawton; A Cadogan, S Harnedy, P Horgan. Subs: S Moylan for S Harnedy (50); R O’Shea for P Cronin (56); P O’Sullivan for D Kearney (64).

Wexford: M Fanning; L Ryan, M O’Hanlon, E Moore; A Shore, L Chin, P Foley; D Redmond, A Nolan; D O’Keefe, K Foley, I Byrne; P Morris, C McDonald, L Óg McGovern. Subs: A Kenny for E Moore (17); D Waters for A Nolan (30); H Kehoe for P Foley (31); R Jacob for L Óg McGovern (46); G Sinnott for K Foley (66)

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)


Ticket Information


Fixture Details

Saturday July 4th

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1
Innovate Wexford Park 19.00
Loch Garman v Corcaigh
Referee: Alan Kelly (Gaillimh)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

Cork Senior Hurling Team v Wexford

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Damien Cahalane (St. Finbarr’s)
3. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
4. Brian Murphy (Bride Rovers)
5. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
8. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
9. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
10. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
11. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)
12. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Seamus Harnedy (St. Ita’s)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

Subs:

16. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)
17. Aidan Ryan (Midleton)
18. Brian O’Sullivan (Fermoy)
19. William Kearney (Sarsfields)
20. Killian Burke (Midleton)
21. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline)
22. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
23. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)
24. Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum)
25. Andy Walsh (Killeagh)
26. Luke Meade Newcestown)

WEXFORD: M Fanning; L Ryan, M O’Hanlon, E Moore; A Shore, L Chin, P Foley; D Redmond, A Nolan; D O’Keeffe, K Foley, I Byrne; P Morris , C McDonald, L McGovern.

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Final – Kerry 2-14 Tipperary 1-11

Kerry defeated Tipperary by 2-14 to 1-11 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday July 5th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.


Munster MFC Final: Kerry ease to victory

ELECTRIC IRELAND MUNSTER MFC FINAL: KERRY 2-14 TIPPERARY 1-11

Report for GAA.ie

Kerry are Munster minor champions for the third year in a row after a convincing victory over Tipperary in Killarney on Sunday.

Conor Geaney hit 1-5 to inspire the Kingdom to victory, and Jack O’Connor’s side always looked the likelier winners, having led 2-8 to 0-6 at the interval following first half goals from Geaney and Cormac Linnane. Geaney struck the first goal after just nine minutes, finishing well after a slick team move, and then five minutes later Geaney set up Linnane to make it 2-6 to 0-3 with just 15 minutes gone.

That devastating opening quarter from Kerry effectively sealed the win for them, and although Tipperary kept battling, and found the net in the second half through Aidan Buckley, Kerry cruised home.
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Scorers for Kerry: C Geaney 1-5 (1f), C Linnane 1-1 (1f), Michael Foley 0-2, Sean O’Shea 0-2 (1f), Jack Morgan 0-1, Gavin White 0-1, Bryan Sweeney 0-1, Stephen O’Sullivan 0-1

Scorers for Tipperary: Aidan Buckley 1-2, Alan Tynan 0-3 (2f), Jack Kennedy 0-2 (1f), Brendan Martin 0-2, Danny Owens 0-1, Mark Kehoe 0-1

KERRY: Billy Courtney; Darren Brosnan, Jason Foley, Jack Morgan; Gavin White, Mike Breen, Daniel O’Brien; Mark O’Connor, Andrew Barry; Brian Ó Seanacháin, Cormac Linnane, Sean O’Shea; Stephen O’Sullivan, Michael Foley, Conor Geaney
Subs: Bryan Sweeney for C Linnane (29), Ronan Buckley for B Ó Seanacháin (42), Dara O’Shea for M Breen (50), Brandon Barrett for S O’Shea (55), Jack Goulding for S O’Sullivan (55).

TIPPERARY: Charle Manton; Tommy Lowry, Morgan Irwin, Tadhg Fitzgerald; Shane Power, Jack Skehan, Liam Fahy; Jack Kennedy, Tommy Nolan; Aidan Buckley, Brian McGrath, Emmett Moloney; Danny Owens, Alan Tynan, Brendan Martin
Subs: Gavin Whelan for T Lowry (17), Jamie Bergin for E Moloney (24), Mark Kehoe for L Fahy (HT), Ross Peters for E Moloney (45), Jordan Moloney for J Skehan (54).


Match Preview


Team News

The Tipperary Minor Football team to play Kerry in this Sunday’s Munster MF Final shows four changes from the team that played Clare in the semi final. Tadhg Fitzgerald (Moyle Rovers), Liam Fahy (Rockwell Rovers), Aiden Buckley (St Patricks) and Alan Tynan (Inane Rovers) all come in for Mark Keheo, Jack Delahunty, Ross Peters and the injured Stephen Quirke.

The team is as follows;

1 Charlie Manton Fethard
2 Tadhg Fitzgerald Moyle Rovers
3 Morgan Irwin Moyle Rovers
4 Tommy Lowry Arravale Rovers
5 Liam Fahy Rockwell Rovers
6 Danny Owens Moyle Rovers
7 Jack Skeehan Holycross- Ballycahill
8 Jack Kennedy Clonmel Commercials
9 Tommy Nolan Drom & Inch
10 Aidan Buckley St Patricks
11 Brian McGrath Loughmore Castlieny
12 Emmett Moloney Drom & Inch
13 Shane Power Galtee Rovers
14 Alan Tynan Inane Rovers
15 Brendan Martin Kilsheelan-Kilcash

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Tipperary in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday shows two changes in personnel from the side that defeated Cork in the semi final. Andrew Barry comes in for the injured John Mark Foley at midfield and up front, Michael Foley replaces Bryan Sweeney who was an early injury victim against Cork. Sweeney is named among the substitutes.

The team, captained by Mark O’Connor, is as follows:

1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
2. Darren Brosnan Gneeveguilla
3. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
4. Jack Morgan Austin Stacks
5. Gavin White Dr. Crokes
6. Mike Breen Beaufort
7. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
8. Mark O’Connor (Capt.) Dingle
9. Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
10. Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
11. Cormac Linnane Beale
12. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
13. Stephen O’Sullivan Templenoe
14. Michael Foley Spa
15. Conor Geaney Dingle
Fir Ionaid
16. Eoghan O’Brien Churchill
17. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
18. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
19. Dara O’Shea Kenmare
20. Ronan Buckley Listry
21. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
22. Brandon Barrett Ardfert
23. Jack Goulding Ballyduff
24. Evan Cronin Spa

Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel
John Mark Foley (Injured, Kilgarvan), Karl Mullins (Kerins O’Rahillys), Ferdia O’Brien (Austin Stacks), Michael Reidy (Ballymacelligott), Michael O’Donnell (Austin Stacks), David Shaw (Dr Crokes), Niall Collins (Listowel Emmets), Colin Griffin (Austin Stacks), Cian Ó Murchú (An Ghaeltacht), Sean Bambury (Dingle).


For the Record

  Kerry Tipperary
2015 Team Management Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses) – Manager

 

Selectors-   Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St. Senans)

Charlie McGeever –
Manager

Selectors – Niall Fitzgerald, Kieran Healy, Michael Power and Shane Stapleton.

 

Mike O’Sullivan – Coach

2015 Team Captain Mark O’Connor

(Dingle)

 

Danny Owens
(Moyle Rovers)
2014 Championship Performance Defeated Clare by 2-16 to 0-7 by 2-17 in the first round.

Defeated Tipperary by 2-18 to 0-7 in the semi-final.

Defeated Cork by 2-17 to 2-13 in the Munster final.

Defeated Kildare by 2-15 to 1-8 in the All Ireland quarter-finals.

Defeated Mayo by 1-14 to 2-7 in the All Ireland semi-finals.

Defeated Donegal by 0-17 to 1-10 to win the All Ireland title.

Defeated Waterford by 2-11 to 2-7 in the first round.

Lost semi-final to Kerry by 2-18 to 0-7

Number of Munster Minor Football titles 43 7
Last Munster Minor Football Title 2014 2012
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 60
Won – 46
Lost – 10
Drawn – 4
Played – 57
Won – 29
Lost – 24
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship 2014 Semi-final on May 7th at Semple Stadium – Kerry 2-14. See http://munster.gaa.ie/2014/05/07/electric-ireland-munster-minor-football-championship-semi-final-kerry-v-tipperary/ for match report.

MUNSTER GAA FOOTBALL MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2015
First Round

Wednesday April 15th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary 2-16          Waterford 1-7
@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry 0-14                  Clare 0-3

@ Páirc na nGael Limerick            Cork 2-15                   Limerick 2-7

Play-off 1

Wedneday April 22nd  

@ Newcastewest                             Limerick 2-14            Waterford 3-10

Play-off 2

Wednesday April 29th 

@ Cusack Park, Ennis                   Clare 2-11                 Limerick 0-5

Semi-Finals

Wednesday May 13th

@ Austin Stack Park, Tralee          Kerry 0-16                  Cork 1-12                   AET
@ Semple Stadium, Thurles          Tipperary 0-16          Clare 2-9

Final
Sunday July 5th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney               Kerry v Tipperary                              @ 12 noon

Munster Minor Football Championship – Useful Information

Kerry are making their 4th consecutive appearance in the Munster Minor Football final and seeking a third championship title in a row. Kerry are the last team to win 3 in a row having done so as part of their 2001 to 2004 four in a row. Cork are the only other county to win 3 in a row having done so most recently between 1991 and 1993. Tipperary had an opportunity for 3 in a row in 2013 when they were defeated in the Munster final by Kerry.

Munster teams have secured just 3 All Ireland titles since the turn of the Millenium – Kerry (2014), Tipperary (2011) and Cork (2000).

Kerry and Tipperary have shared the last 4 Munster minor football titles between them with Kerry winning in 2013 and 14 and Tipperary in 2011 and 12.

Both teams scored 0-16 in securing one point semi-final victories.

The last Munster final meeting between Tipperary and Kerry was in Fitzgerald Stadium in 2013 when Kerry won by 0-15 to 0-10. Tipperary defeated Kerry by 2-14 to 1-14 in the 2012 final in Limerick.

Kerry’s top scorer is Conor Geaney with 0-9 from 2 games. Next are Cormac Linnane and Stephen O’Sullivan with 0-4 each. Tipperary’s top scorer is Jack Kennedy with 0-10 form 2 games and next is Brendan Martin with 1-6.

Since 1956, Cork and Kerry have won every Munster Minor Football title with the exception of 1984, 1995, 2011 and 2012 when Tipperary were successful.

Kerry have won 4 of their last 5 Munster minor titles by defeating Tipperary in the final. They defeated Cork in 2014 and Tipperary in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2013.

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (43)

1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014.

Cork (29)

1939, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010

Tipperary (7)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995, 2011, 2012

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)

1956

Munster Minor Football 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 1929 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mf_teams/ 

Munster Minor Football Cup

The Tadhg Crowley Cup was presented by Munster Council in 1990 to commemorate late Munster Council Treasurer. Tadhg was elected as Munster Council Treasurer in 1968 and served until his death in December 1989. A teacher by profession, he also served as Kerry County Board Secretary from 1955 until 1970. Tadhg was recognized as a specialist in organizing and handling styles and gates at Munster Championship games.

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 12 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary’s two All-Ireland successes at this grade came in 1934 and 2011. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 25 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (18 titles).

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994, 2014

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers – Limerick 4-15 Westmeath 1-12

Limerick defeated Westmeath by 4-15 to 1-12 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Sunday July 5th at Cusack Park Mullingar.


Limerick made to work for victory by battling Westmeath

By John Fallon at Cusack Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 4-15 Westmeath 1-12

Limerick may have got two goals in the opening 13 minutes but they only made the game safe in the closing stages against a battling Westmeath side this afternoon. The heavy rain made hurling difficult in Mullingar, but notions that Limerick would run away with it when Kevin Downes and Seanie Tobin struck for early goals did not materialise.

Westmeath, perhaps buoyed by the exploits of their footballers last week, were full of endeavor although Limerick did not help their cause by squandering a host of goal chances. Tobin’s goal put Limerick 2-2 to 0-2 in front but Westmeath responded to the challenge superbly with the impressive Brendan Murtagh hitting two excellent points.

And then the prospects of a shock result began to surface when midfielder Cormac Boyle finished a great move by blasting to the roof of the net. Westmeath followed that up with points from Murtagh, Boyle and Derek McNicholas to lead by 1-7 to 2-2 after 26 minutes.

Limerick, though, finished the half with four points in a row from Shane Dowling, Paul Brown and two from Tobin to lead by 2-6 to 1-7 at the break. Limerick struck for a goal from Brown within a minute of the restart to leave Westmeath with a huge battle on their hands to get back into the game.

Yet, Michael Ryan’s men never gave up and points from Boyle, McNicholas and Murtagh kept them in touch. Kevin Downes and Dowling found the range for Limerick but efforts from Murtagh and Emmet Corrigan cut the gap to 3-10 to 1-12 with ten minutes left.

But Limerick made the game safe in the dying moments and pulled away with Adrian Breen getting their fourth goal as TJ Ryan’s men hit 1-5 without reply in the closing ten minutes.

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 1-3 (0-1f), K Downes 1-2, P Brown 1-1, S Tobin 0-3, D Hannon 0-3 (1f, 1’65), A Breen 1-0, G Mulcahy 0-2, T O’Brien 0-1.

Scorers for Westmeath: B Murtagh 0-6 (2f), C Boyle 1-2, D McNicholas 0-2, E Corrigan 0-1, A Devine 0-1

Limerick: N Quaid; T Condon, R McCarthy, S O’Brien; P O’Brien, G O’Mahony, W McNamara; J Ryan, P Browne; D Breen, S Tobin, S Dowling; C Lynch, K Downes, G Mulcahy.
Subs: D Morrissey for Condon (26), T O’Brien for Lynch (44), D Hannon for Tobin (52), A Breen for Dowling (57),

Westmeath: S McGovern; S Power, T Doyle, K Duncan; A Craig, A Clarke, A McGrath; C Boyle, J Clarke; A Devine, D McNicholas, L Varley; N O’Brien, B Murtagh, R Greville.
Subs: D Clinton for O’Brien (46), E Corrigan for McNicholas (50), K Murphy for Craig (57), N Mitchell for Power (63).

Referee: P O’Dwyer (Carlow).


Fixture Details

Sunday July 5th
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1
Cusack Park, Mullingar 14:00
An Iarmhí v Luimneach
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Ceatharlach)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

Westmeath

1. Shane McGovern
2. Shane Power
3. Tommy Doyle
4. Kieran Duncan
5. Aaron Craig
6. Aonghus Clarke
7. Alan McGrath
8. Cormac Boyle
9. Joe Clarke
10. Alan Devine
11. Derek McNicholas
12. Liam Varley
13. Niall O’Brien
14. Brendan Murtagh
15. Robbie Greville

1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)
2. Tom Condon (Knockaderry)
3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock)
4. Seanie O’Brien (Patrickswell)
5. Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock)
6. Gavin O’Mahony (Kilmallock)
7. Wayne McNamara (Adare)
8. James Ryan (Garryspillane)
9. Paul Browne (Bruff)
10. David Breen (Na Piarsaigh)
11. Seanie Tobin (Murroe-Boher)
12. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)
13. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)
14. Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh)
15. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)

Munster SFC Final – Kerry 2-15 Cork 3-12

Kerry and Cork finished level in the Munster Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday July 5th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney – Kerry 2-15 Cork 3-12 in front of an attendance of 35,651. The replay will take place on Saturday July 18th at 7pm in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.



Munster SFC Final: Kerry rescue draw in thriller against Cork

GAA Munster Senior Football Championship Final: Kerry 2-15 Cork 3-12

By Éamonn Murphy at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney for GAA.ie

Kerry survived a storming second-half performance from Cork to snatch a draw in the Munster football final in Killarney. Corner-back Fionn Fitzgerald curled over a booming equaliser deep into stoppage time after Colm O’Neill missed a 45 which would have given the Rebels their first victory in Fitzgerald Stadium in 20 years.

A brilliantly cool finish from raiding wing-back Barry O’Driscoll had put Brian Cuthbert’s side ahead after 62 minutes, 3-12 to 2-14. And after Cork survived a missed goal chance from sub Paul Geaney – with the subsequent 45 sent astray by James O’Donoghue – they looked on the verge of regaining the Munster crown for the first time since 2012.

Cork were superb for much of the second half, though a James O’Donoghue penalty after 53 minutes kept Kerry in contention. The Kingdom lost David Moran to a black card as the Rebels gained a firm grip in midfield where Alan O’Connor justified his recent comeback from retirement by lording midfield. A clever flicked goal from Donncha O’Connor sparked a run of scores as Cork raced into a lead 2-10 to 1-10 lead. Colm O’Neill (2), Barry O’Driscoll and Kevin O’Driscoll fired four points in a row.

Kingdom manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice introduced a raft of subs including Colm Cooper – to a predictably rapturous reception from the home faithful at a packed Fitzgerald Stadium – who curled a lovely point, but even when Kerry regained the advantage, 2-14 to 2-12 after scores from subs Geaney and Anthony Maher, Cork refused to wilt.

Then came Barry O’Driscoll’s goal and the late drama in what had been an enthralling joust. Brian Cuthbert’s charges were well set up from the off, and with the wind to their backs led 1-1 to no score after nine minutes. O’Neill’s goal was a superb team move, initiated by Eoin Cadogan’s interception. Mark Collins found Donncha O’Connor with a neat kick-pass and he teed up O’Neill to palm home.

However, Kerry’s first goal was a cruel blow to the Rebels, who had looked in control at that early stage with Paul Kerrigan operating efficiently as a sweeper. Rookie Stephen Cronin put Michael Shields under pressure with a risky handpass and the Cork captain was stripped of the ball, with Kieran Donaghy gleefully burying the chance.

It was nip and tuck across the first 25 minutes with the sides level 1-4 apiece but then Kerry switched to a man-to-man system they gained the upper hand, while the loss of Paul Kerrigan to a black card was keenly felt. Barry John Keane was tormenting Cork with his movement and neat shooting, while O’Donoghue became more prominent too.

Kerry struck five points in-a-row, though Barry O’Driscoll was denied a goal by a smart stop from Brendan Kealy in the middle of this sequence. Donncha O’Connor did clip over a point to make it 1-9 to 1-5 at half-time, and given Kerry would have the breeze and their bench was loaded with talent, it looked grim for Cork at that juncture. However, the Rebels refused to give up and ended up departing Killarney filled with regret at their fifth draw on enemy soil since 2002.

Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue 1-2 (1-0 pen), B Sheehan 0-4 (0-3 f), BJ Keane 0-3 (0-1 f), K Donaghy 1-0, D Walsh, F Fitzgerald, P Geaney, A Maher, J Buckley, C Cooper 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill 1-6 (0-2 f, 0-1 45), D O’Connor 1-3 (0-2 f), Barry O’Driscoll 1-1, K O’Driscoll, P Kerrigan 0-1 each.

KERRY: B Kealy; F Fitzgerald, M Ó Sé, S Enright; K Young, P Crowley, J Lyne; D Moran, B Sheehan; S O’Brien, J Buckley, D Walsh; J O’Donoghue, K Donaghy (c), BJ Keane.
Subs: A Maher for Moran (black card 43), C Cooper for O’Brien (43), D O’Sullivan for Buckley (47), P Geaney for Keane (50), J Sherwood for Sheehan (60), P Murphy for Crowley (64).

CORK: K O’Halloran; S Cronin, E Cadogan, S Cronin; Brian O’Driscoll, M Shields, Barry O’Driscoll; A O’Connor, K O’Driscoll; P Kerrigan, M Collins, F Goold; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, B Hurley.
Subs: P Kelly for A O’Connor (temp 19-22), Kelly for Kerrigan (black card 23), Dorman for Cronin (58), R Deane for Goold (58), D Goulding for D O’Connor (61), C O’Driscoll for Hurley (66), J O’Sullivan for C O’Driscoll (70).

Referee: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)



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Team News

The Kerry team, captained by Kieran Donaghy is as follows:
1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
2. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
3. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
6. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
7. Killian Young Renard
8. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
9. Bryan Sheehan St Marys
10. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
11. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
14. Kieran Donaghy (C) Austin Stacks
15. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion
Fir Ionaid
16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
17. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes
18. Anthony Maher Duagh
19. Paul Geaney Dingle
20. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
21. Michael Geaney Dingle
22. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore
23. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
24. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys
25. Jack Sherwood Firies
26. Paul Murphy Rathmore

Cork Senior Football

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
2. Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s) Capt.
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. James Loughrey (Mallow)
5. Barry O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)
6. Brian O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
7. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
8. Alan O’Connor (St. Colum’s)
9. Fintan Goold (Macroom)
10. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
11. Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond)
12. Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
13. Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
15. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)

Subs:

16. Paddy O’Shea (St. Vincent’s)
17. Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown)
18. Noel Galvin (Ballincollig)
19. Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)
20. Tomás Clancy (Fermoy)
21. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
22. Patrick Kelly (Ballincollig)
23. John Hayes (Carbery Rangers)
24. Colm O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
25. Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg)
26. Donal Óg Hodnett (O’Donovan Rossa)


  Cork Kerry
2015 Team Manager Brian Cuthbert Eamonn Fitzmaurice
2014 Championship Performance Defeated Tipperary by 0-16 to 1-11 in Munster Semi-Final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Lost Munster Final to Kerry by 0-24 to 0-12 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Defeated Sligo by 0-21 to 1-11 in Qualifiers Round 4 in Tullamore.

Lost All Ireland Quarter-Final to Mayo by 1-19 to 2-15 at Croke Park

Defeated Clare in Munster Semi-Final at Cusack Park Ennis by 1-17 to 1-14

Defeated Cork by 0-24 to 0-12 in Munster Final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Defeated Galway by 1-20 to 2-10 in All Ireland Quarter-Final in Croke Park.

Drew with Mayo 1-16 each in All Ireland Semi-Final at Croke Park.

Defeated Mayo by 3-16 to 3-13 aet in All Ireland Semi-Final replay in Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Won All Ireland championship defeating Donegal by 2-9 to 0-12 in the final.

Number of Munster Senior Football titles 37 76
Last Munster Senior Football Title 2012 2013
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 38
Won – 23
Lost – 10
Drawn – 5
Played – 41
Won – 31
Lost – 5
Drawn – 5
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship July 6th 2014 – Munster Senior Football Final – Kerry 0-24 Cork 0-12 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Click for more details

Kerry v Cork
Past Munster Senior Football Championship Meetings

Year Stage Kerry Cork Venue Notes
1889 Semi Final Kerry 0-1 Cork 0-2 Mallow  
1890 Final Kerry 0-0 Cork 0-0 Markets Field Abandoned
1890 Final Kerry 0-1 Cork 1-4 Banteer  
1891 Semi Final Kerry 0-2 Cork 2-5 Killarney  
1892 Final Kerry 3-6 Cork 0-5 Killarney  
1893 Final Kerry scr Cork w.o Mallow  
1901 Round 1 Kerry 0-6 Cork 0-6 Limerick Draw
1901 Round 1 Kerry 0-6 Cork 0-8 Millstreet Replay
1902 Semi Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 0-3 Millstreet  
1903 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 0-3 Markets Field  
1904 Semi Final Kerry 1-4 Cork 0-0 Markets Field  
1905 Semi Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 0-5 Cork A G  
1906 Final Kerry 0-3 Cork 1-10 Tipperary  
1907 Semi Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 1-9 Limerick  
1909 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 2-4 Markets Field Draw
1909 Final Kerry 1-5 Cork 0-6 Cork A G Replay
1910 Final Kerry 0-4 Cork 0-3 Cork A G  
1912 Round 1 Kerry 2-3 Cork 0-1 Tralee  
1913 Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 0-1 Cork A G  
1914 Final Kerry 0-5 Cork 0-1 Tralee  
1920 Semi Final Kerry 2-6 Cork 0-4 Cork A G  
1923 Semi Final Kerry 3-4 Cork 0-3 Cork A G  
1924 Semi Final Kerry 4-3 Cork 2-1 Cork A G  
1925 Semi Final Kerry 3-8 Cork 1-0 Tralee  
1926 Semi Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 2-1 Listowel  
1927 Round 1 Kerry 1-7 Cork 0-1 Cork A G  
1929 Semi Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 1-3 Cork A G  
1934 Round 1 Kerry 2-6 Cork 0-3 Fermoy  
1937 Round 1 Kerry 6-7 Cork 0-4 Killarney  
1938 Final Kerry 4-14 Cork 0-6 Clonakilty  
1942 Final Kerry 3-7 Cork 0-8 Tralee  
1943 Semi Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 2-3 Cork A G Draw
1943 Semi Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 2-5 Cork A G Replay
1945 Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 1-11 Killarney  
1946 Round 1 Kerry 1-8 Cork 1-4 Killarney  
1947 Final Kerry 3-8 Cork 2-6 Cork A G  
1948 Final Kerry 2-9 Cork 2-6 Killarney  
1950 Final Kerry 2-5 Cork 1-5 Cork A G  
1951 Final Kerry 1-6 Cork 0-4 Killarney  
1952 Final Kerry 0-2 Cork 0-11 Cork A G  
1953 Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 2-3 Killarney  
1954 Final Kerry 4-9 Cork 2-3 Cork A G  
1955 Final Kerry 0-14 Cork 2-6 Killarney  
1956 Final Kerry 2-2 Cork 0-8 Cork A G Draw
1956 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 1-8 Cork A G Replay
1958 Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 0-3 Cork A G  
1959 Final Kerry 2-15 Cork 2-8 Killarney  
1961 Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 1-7 Cork A G Draw
1961 Final Kerry 2-13 Cork 1-4 Killarney Replay
1962 Final Kerry 4-8 Cork 0-4 Cork A G  
1963 Final Kerry 1-18 Cork 3-7 Killarney  
1964 Final Kerry 2-11 Cork 1-8 Cork A G  
1966 Final Kerry 1-7 Cork 2-7 Killarney  
1967 Final Kerry 0-7 Cork 0-8 Cork A G  
1968 Final Kerry 1-21 Cork 3-8 Killarney  
1969 Final Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-4 Cork A G  
1970 Final Kerry 2-22 Cork 2-9 Killarney  
1971 Final Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-25 Cork A G  
1972 Final Kerry 2-21 Cork 2-15 Killarney  
1973 Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 5-12 Cork A G  
1974 Final Kerry 0-7 Cork 1-11 Killarney  
1975 Final Kerry 1-14 Cork 0-7 Killarney  
1976 Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 0-10 P. Ui Chaoimh Draw
1976 Final Kerry 3-20 Cork 2-19 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
1977 Final Kerry 3-15 Cork 0-9 Killarney  
1978 Final Kerry 3-14 Cork 3-7 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1979 Final Kerry 2-14 Cork 2-4 Killarney  
1980 Final Kerry 3-13 Cork 0-12 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1981 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-3 Killarney  
1982 Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 0-9 P. Ui Chaoimh Draw
1982 Final Kerry 2-18 Cork 0-12 Killarney Replay
1983 Final Kerry 3-9 Cork 3-10 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1984 Final Kerry 3-14 Cork 2-10 Killarney  
1985 Final Kerry 2-11 Cork 2-7 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1986 Final Kerry 0-12 Cork 0-8 Killarney  
1987 Final Kerry 2-7 Cork 1-10 P. Ui Chaoimh Draw
1987 Final Kerry 1-5 Cork 0-13 Killarney Replay
1988 Final Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-14 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1989 Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 1-12 Killarney  
1990 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 2-23 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1991 Semi Final Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-11 Killarney  
1992 Round 1 Kerry 2-14 Cork 0-10 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1993 Semi Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 1-10 Killarney  
1994 Semi Final Kerry 2-8 Cork 1-13 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1995 Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 0-15 Killarney  
1996 Final Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-11 P. Ui Chaoimh  
1998 Semi Final Kerry 1-14 Cork 1-11 Killarney  
1999 Final Kerry 2-4 Cork 2-10 P. Ui Chaoimh  
2000 Semi Final Kerry 2-15 Cork 1-13 Killarney  
2001 Final Kerry 0-19 Cork 1-13 P. Ui Chaoimh  
2002 Semi Final Kerry 0-8 Cork 0-8 Killarney Draw
2002 Semi Final Kerry 1-9 Cork 0-15 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2004 Semi Final Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-7 Killarney  
2005 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-11 P. Ui Chaoimh  
2006 Final Kerry 0-10 Cork 0-10 Killarney Draw
2006 Final Kerry 0-9 Cork 1-12 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2007 Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-13 Killarney  
2008 Final Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-15 P. Ui Chaoimh  
2009 Semi Final Kerry 0-13 Cork 1-10 Killarney Draw
2009 Semi Final Kerry 0-12 Cork 1-17 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2010 Semi Final Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-15 Killarney Draw
2010 Semi Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-14 P. Ui Chaoimh Replay
2011 Final Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12 Killarney  
2012 Semi Final Kerry 0-12 Cork 0-17 P. Ui Chaoimh  
2013 Final Kerry 1-16 Cork 0-17 Killarney  
2014 Final Kerry 0-24 Cork 0-12 P. Ui Chaoimh  

Munster Senior Football Championship
Kerry vs. Cork Past Meetings Breakdown

  Overall Record Matches at Cork venue Matches at Kerry venue Matches played at a Neutral venue Munster Finals Only Matches played when Cork are defending All-Ireland Champions Matches played when Kerry are defending All-Ireland Champions
Played 106 59 44 3 71 7 32
Cork 30 20 8 2 20 3 5
Kerry 63 31 32 0 43 4 22
Drawn 12 7 4 1 7 0 5
Abandoned 1 1 0 0 1 0 0

Note – All-Ireland Championship matches between Kerry and Cork are not included
These are Munster Championship stats only

Useful Information

In the last 3 Munster championship meetings between Cork and Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium, Kerry won the 2011 and 2013 finals and drew the 2010 semi-final.

Cork’s last championship victory over Kerry in Killarney was the 1995 Munster Final on a scoreline of Cork 0-15 Kerry 1-9.

Kerry have never beaten Cork in the Munster Senior Football Championship at a neutral venue (it happened 3 times!). Cork have never beaten Kerry in the All-Ireland Championship at Croke Park.

“Points win games”!! – Or so you would think looking at the recent record of Cork and Kerry. Neither County has recorded more than 1 goal in Munster Senior Football Championship meetings since the 2000 Munster Semi-Final which Kerry won by 2-15 to 1-13. During the 16 subsequent Munster Championship matches between the counties, they have combined to score a total of just 14 goals between them.

The highest score by an individual team in a Cork vs. Kerry Munster Senior Football Championship match was the 1976 Munster Final replay at Pairc Ui Chaoimh which Kerry won by 3-20 to 2-19.

The highest margin of victory between the teams was in the first round match in 1937 played at Killarney with Kerry winning by 6-7 to 0-4 – a margin of 21 points.

In the 1890 Munster Senior Football Final, Laune Rangers (Kerry) and Midleton (Cork) were the finalists.   The game was 57 minutes old, with the sides scoreless, when the ball burst and as there was no replacement ball the game could not continue and was abandoned.

In the 1893 Final, Laune Rangers (Kerry) and Dromtarriffe (Cork) were fixed on two occasions to play this final in Millstreet but the Kerry side did not travel. The game was fixed for a third time in Mallow but there was still no show from the Kerry side and Cork received a walkover.

Since 2000, Kerry have drawn as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship than they have lost, 5 draws (4 v Cork & 1 v Limerick) as compared to 5 defeats (all v Cork) in 41 matches played.

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

2008 – 21 scores per game; 2009 – 24; 2010 – 28; 2011 – 33; 2012 – 27; 2013 – 30.8, 2014 – 28.6; 2015 so far: 29.

The referee for the final is Pádraig Hughes from Armagh. Both semi-final referees also came from Ulster – Joe McQuillan (Cavan) for Clare v Cork and Ciaran Branagan (Down) for Kerry v Tipperary. Two Munster referees were in charge of the Ulster semi-finals – Páraig O’Sullivan (Kerry) for Monaghan v Fermanagh and Rory Hickey (Clare) for Donegal v Derry.

Scorers Munster SFC 2015

Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary )         3-3 (0-1f)

Donncha O’Connor (Cork)               1-5 (1-0 penalty, 0-3f)

Cathal O’Connor (Clare)                  1-3 (0-2 45)

Gary Brennan (Clare)                       0-6 (0-2f)

Steven O’Brien (Tipperary)              0-6

Colm O’Nell (Cork)                           0-5

Paul Geaney (Kerry)                                    1-2

Bryan Sheehan (Kerry)                    0-5 (0-3f)

Conor Sweeney (Tipperary)             0-5 (0-4f)

Barry John Keane (Kerry)                1-1

Ian Ryan (Limerick)                          0-4 (0-2f)

Brian Fox (Tipperary)                       0-4

Brian Scanlan (Limerick)                  0-3 (0-1f, 0-2 45)

Colm Cooper (Kerry)                        0-3 (0-1f)

Philip Austin (Tipperary)                   0-3

Eoin Cleary (Clare)                           0-2

Rory Donnelly (Clare)                      0-2

Cathal McInerney (Clare)                 0-2 (0-1f)

Jamie Malone (Clare)                       0-2

Mark Collins (Cork)                          0-2

John Hayes (Cork)                           0-2 (0-1f)

Paul Kerrigan (Cork)                        0-2

Brian O’Driscoll (Cork)                     0-2

Peter Nash (Limerick)                      0-2

George Hannigan (Tipperary)          0-2

Ger Mulhaire (Tipperary)                  0-2

Jason Lonergan (Tipperary)             0-2

Michael O’Halloran (Waterford)       0-2

JJ Hutchinson (Waterford)               0-2 (0-2f)

Paraic Collins (Clare)                       0-1

Shane Brennan (Clare)                    0-1

Pat Burke (Clare)                             0-1

Sean Collins (Clare)                         0-1

Davy O’Halloran (Clare)                   0-1

Dean Ryan (Clare)                           0-1

Fintan Goold (Cork)                          0-1

Brian Hurley (Cork)                          0-1

Iain Corbett (Limerick)                      0-1

Robert Browne (Limerick)                0-1

Stephen Cahill (Limerick)                 0-1

Cian Sheehan (Limerick)                 0-1

Michael Geaney (Kerry)                   0-1

Anthony Maher (Kerry )                   0-1

Stephen O’Brien (Kerry)                   0-1

Peter Acheson (Tipperary)               0-1

Barry Grogan (Tipperary)                 0-1 (0-1f)

Seamus Kennedy (Tipperary)          0-1

Kevin O’Halloran (Tipperary)           0-1 (0-1 45)

Colin O’Riordan (Tipperary)             0-1

Shane Briggs (Waterford)                0-1

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (76) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014

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

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

Clare (2) – 1917, 1992

Waterford (1) – 1898

Limerick (1) – 1896

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sf_teams/

Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 37, 15 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.


Match Programme

Check out the 72 page souvenir match programme for Sunday’s Munster Senior and Minor Football Finals.

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Munster Intermediate Hurling Final – Cork 0-20 Limerick 0-18

Cork defeated Limerick by 0-20 to 0-18 in Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Final on Wednesday July 8th at Pairc Ui Rinn.


Third-quarter blitz secures title for Cork

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 0-20 Limerick 0-18: The Cork intermediate team last night ensured at least one Munster hurling crown would reside on Leeside this summer – Ronan Dwane’s charges scoring a deserved two-point win over favourites Limerick.

With the Cork senior, U21 and minor hurling teams unable to annex provincial honours in their respective campaigns, responsibility was landed on the doorstep of Dwane’s intermediate side to ensure a barren summer on the provincial front did not materialise.

And this vastly inexperienced outfit were not to be found wanting, a forceful third-quarter putting paid to Limerick’s comeback efforts. Encapsulating the determined nature of this Cork performance was the second-half withdrawal of Limerick’s Willie Griffin.

The Treaty captain hit 2-6 in their opening win, but was reduced to a single point from play here as the home defence went about their business in a most frugal fashion.

The reigning champions enjoyed the backing of a strong wind in the opening half and there were concerns at the break that their 0-11 to 0-8 advantage would not prove sufficient.

Points from Diarmuid Byrnes (0-2) and Griffin, cancelling out white flags from Willie Leahy and Noel McNamara, cut the gap to two early in the second period, the closest the visitors had come to Cork since the opening stages.

Crucially, four of the five next scores were delivered by men donning the red and white – Kevin O’Neill (0-2) and Noel McNamara (0-2 frees) stretching their advantage out to 0-17 to 0-12. And from there Cork would not be caught, three points on the hop from McNamara (0-2 frees) and a massive Donnacha O’Donovan placed ball strike heightening Limerick’s task.

Don Flynn’s troops, to their credit, roused themselves for a grandstand finish and four unanswered minors reduced the deficit to two. The required goal, however, never looked like presenting itself.

“It is great to get the win and keep the season going,” said Dwane. “We were a bit concerned at half-time. In the first 20 minutes of the second-half, however, we pushed on. We got some great scores and the backs really tightened up.”

Dwane singled out corner-forward pair Noel McNamara and Tony Murphy given their combined haul of 0-12 and it was the two inside forwards who drove Cork’s impressive first-half performance, the home outfit moving 0-5 to 0-1 clear after 12 minutes. Three on the bounce from Murphy, O’Donovan and Shane McCarthy extended their lead to 0-9 to 0-4, and while Limerick rallied approaching the interval through Willie Griffin and Tom Morrissey, Cork would not be reeled in. The Rebels will now meet either Galway or Wexford in the All-Ireland final on August 8.

Scorers for Cork: N McNamara (0-8, 0-6 frees); T Murphy (0-4); D O’Donovan (0-2 frees), K O’Neill, W Leahy (0-2 each); M Collins, S McCarthy (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: D Byrne (0-5, 0-3 frees); W Griffin (0-5, 0-4 frees); T Morrissey (0-4); M Fitzgibbon, R O’Donnell, D O’Donnell, R English (0-1 each).

Cork: P Buckley (Mallow), B Ó Tuama (Castlemartyr), E Finn (Ballinhassig), G Murphy (Newcestown); K Kavanagh (Carrigaline), D O’Donovan (Ballinhassig), T Lawerence (Brian Dillons); M Brennan (Fermoy), S McCarthy (Ballinhassig); W Leahy (Aghada), M Collins (Ballinhassig), L Meade (Newcestown); N McNamara (Kilworth), F O’Leary (Ballinhassig), T Murphy (Carrigaline).
Subs: K O’Neill (Watergrasshill) for Brennan (HT), C O’Brien (St Ita’s) for Finn (39), A Cagney (Charleville) for O’Leary (55), A Sheehan (Mallow) for McNamara (60).

Limerick: B Murray (Patrickswell), S Finn (Bruff), B O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), M Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca); D Moloney (Doon), D Byrnes (Patrickswell), B Lynch (Feohanagh-Castlemahon); R O’Donnell (Pallasgreen), A Brennan (Caherline); D O’Donovan (Doon), K O’Brien (Patrickswell), M Carmody (Patrickswell); W Griffin (Adare), T Morrissey (Ahane), M Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh-Castlemahon).
Subs: R Lynch (Na Piarsaigh) for O’Brien (27 mins), R English (Doon) for Moloney (37), M Fitzgerald (Doon) for Griffin (43), C Ryan (Pallasgreen) for O’Donovan (60).

Referee: D Fox (Clare)


Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY JULY 8th

MUNSTER INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Cork v Limerick
Corcaigh v Luimneach
Venue: Páirc Uí Rinn, 7.30pm
Referee: Damian Fox (An Clár)
Extra time if necessary – 2 x 10 minute periods only


Team News

Cork

1. Paudgie Buckley (Mallow)
2. Barra Ó Tuama (Castlemartyr)
3. Ed Finn (Ballinhassig)
4. Greg Murphy (Newcestown)
5. Kevin Kavanagh (Carrigaline) (Capt)
6. Donnacha O’Donovan (Ballinhassig)
7. Tomas Lawerence (Brian Dillons)
8. Martin Brennan (Fermoy)
9. Shane McCarthy (Ballinhassig)
10. Willie Leahy (Aghada)
11. Michael Collins (Ballinhassig)
12. Luke Meade (Newcestown)
13. Noel McNamara (Kilworth)
14. Fintan O’Leary (Ballinhassig)
15. Tony Murphy (Carrigaline)

16. Stephen O’Sullivan (Meelin)
17. Paudie Butler (Argideen Rangers)
18. Brendan Weathers (Banteer)
19. Ciarán O’Brien (St. Ita’s)
20. Kevin O’Neill (Watergrasshill)
21. Aaron Sheehan (Mallow)
22. John Sheehan (Argideen Rangers)
23. Andrew Cagney (Charleville)
24. Kieran Sheahan (Kilbrin)

Limerick

1. Brian Murray (Patrickswell)
2. Sean Finn (Bruff)
3. Barry O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry)
4. Mike Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca)
5. Denis Moloney (Doon)
6. Diarmuid Byrnes (Patrickswell)
7. Barry Lynch (Feohanagh-Castlemahon)
8. Robert O’Donnell (Pallasgreen)
9. Andrew Brennan (Caherline)
10. Darragh O’Donovan (Doon)
11. Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell)
12. Mark Carmody (Patrickswell)
13. Willie Griffin (Adare)
14. Tom Morrissey (Ahane)
15. Mike Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh-Castlemahon)

16. Ger Flynn (Croom)
17. Tommy Quaid (Effin)
18. Cathal McNamara (Doon)
19. Mike Fitzgerald (Doon)
20. Jake Mulcahy (Kilmallock)
21. Richie English (Doon)
22. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh)
23. Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen)
24. Gary Murphy (Caherline)


Match Programme

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