Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-Final Playoff – Dublin 1-11 Clare 0-12

Dublin defeated Clare by 1-11 to 0-12 in a Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-Final Playoff on Saturday August 1st at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-Final – Cork 2-17 Tipperary 0-10

Cork defeated Tipperary by 2-17 to 0-10 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday August 1st at Semple Stadium Thurles.


All-Ireland champions Cork produced a power-packed second half performance to return to the semi-finals after a 2-17 to 0-10 victory over Tipperary. Cork only had a point to spare when the teams met in the Munster final and this was just as tight in the first half, with the goal just before the interval from Amy O’Connor a critical turning point.

Cáit Devane continued her sharpshooting form of the campaign with five points, augmented by contributions from Mairead Teehan and Gemma Grace that looked likely to send Tipp into the interval leading. Ashling Thompson, Orla Cotter, Orla Cronin and Julia White all kept the Leesiders in touch just two points down before O’Connor made it 1-6 to 0-8.

Paudie Murray’s outfit roared out of the traps in the second half and another goal, this time from Katrina Mackey pushed them four clear. Tipperary had Brid Quinn sent off for a second yellow card soon after and Cork capitalised on the numerical advantage, with O’Connor in particular causing carnage, while Mackey and Briege Corkery also raised whited flags. Devane scored Tipp’s only two points in the second half and not even the late dismissal of Gemma O’Connor, also for a second yellow card, could derail the champs.

Report by Daragh Ó Conchúir

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship (Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup) Quarter-Final – Kerry 2-19 Kildare 0-13

Kerry defeated Kildare by 2-19 to 0-13 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship (Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup) Quarter-Final on Saturday August 1st at Newbridge.


All Ireland Minor “B” Championship Qtr Final

Kerry 2-19 Kildare 0-13

Kerry were off the mark early with three points from Shane Conway, one a sideline, and two more from Fionán Mackessy to lead by 5 points to 2 after ten minutes of play.
Conway again, from play and a free, extended Kerry’s lead to 7 points to 3 at the end of the first quarter and then Fionán Mackessy and two more from Conway had Kerry 10 to 5 ahead when Colin Sheehy collected a Robert Collins sideline ball and kicked to the net to leave Kerry leading by 1-10 to 0-6 at the break.

Kerry took up where they left off on the resumption with Shane Conway pointing four points in a row before David Egan goaled to leave Kerry leading 2-15 to 0-7 after 42 minutes of play. Kildare did pick off a number of points as Kerry ran the bench but Kerry ran out deserving winners and set up a semi final place on August 15th against Down who were 2-17 to 4-3 winners over Donegal in their quarter final tie.

Kerry Scorers: Shane Conway 0-15 (1 “65”, 9 Frees, 4 play), Fionán MacKessy 0-3, David Egan and Colin Sheehy 1-0 each, Eric Leen 0-1.


Team News

The Kerry Minor Hurling Team to play Kildare in the opening Round of the All Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship in Newbridge at 2pm on Saturday contains six of the side who started in the defeat of Meath in last year’s final – Billy Lyons, Michael Leane, Jason Diggins, Robert Collins, John Buckley, and Fionán MacKessy.

The team, captained by Lixnaw’s John Buckley is as follows:

1 David Silles Lixnaw
2 Billy Lyons Causeway
3 Micheal Leane Ballyheigue
4 Gerard Stackpoole Lixnaw
5 Eoin Ross Ballyduff
6 Jason Diggins Causeway
7 Robert Collins Kilmoyley
8 John Buckley Lixnaw (Capt)
9 Tomas O Conner Crotta O’Neills
10 Shane Conway Lixnaw
11 Jeremy McKenna Lixnaw
12 David Egan Abbeydorney
13 Eric Leen St Brendans
14 Fionan MacKessy St Brendans
15 Colin Sheehy Lixnaw
Fir Ionaid:
16 Robert Silles Lixnaw
17 Colin Browne Crotta O’Neills
18 Kieran O’Regan Kilmoyley
19 Liam Mullins Lixnaw
20 Brian O’Riordan Ballyheigue
21 Jack Lenihan Dr Crokes
22 Ciaran Breen Tralee Parnells
23 Ronan Donovan Abbeydorney
24 Aaron Tompson St Brendans
25 Jason Keane Lixnaw
26 Jamie McGrath Causeway
27 Tom Foley Lixnaw
28 Brandon Barrett Causeway
29 John Mark Foley Kilgarvan
30 Jack Goulding Ballyduff

Bainistíocht:
Bainisteoir: Ian Brick (Kilmoyley)
Roghnoirí: Aidan O’Mahony (St Brendans), Stephen Goggin (Causeway), Jonathan Silles (Causeway)
Physio: Trudy Ryan
Liason Officer: Ger McCarthy

All-Ireland Poc Fada finals

The All-Ireland Poc Fada finals in hurling and camogie will be held on the Cooley Mountains on Saturday August 1st. This will be the 54th running of the event in this scenic setting in Co. Louth. Proceedings will get under way at 11.30am.


Former Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins extended his All-Ireland Poc Fada Championship winning record on Saturday, winning his ninth title with 57 pocs at Annaverna Mountain, Ravensdale, Co. Louth.

The 40-year-old Ardfinnan man, a five-time All Star and two-time All-Ireland winner, has now won the title five years in a row, having previously won the title in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The U16 boys’ champions is Waterford’s Shaun Murray, with Sarah Healy (Galway) taking the girls’ U16 title. The Camogie Association have decided to defer the presentation of the Senior Camogie Competition pending clarification.


ALL-IRELAND POC FADA 2015 RESULTS

Senior Hurling Results
1. Brendan Cummins (Tipperary) – 57 pocs 4m
2. Eoin Reilly (Laois) – 58 pocs 61m
3. Andrew Fahey (Clare) – 58 pocs 60m
4. James Skehill (Galway) – 59 pocs 83m
5. Aaron Murphy (Limerick) – 59 pocs 3m
6. Patrick Kelly (Clare) – 60 pocs 66m
7. Cillian Kiely (Offaly) – 61 pocs 56m
8. Paddy McKillion (Tyrone) – 61 pocs 41m
9. Karol Keating (Down) – 63 pocs 58m
10. Gerard Smith (Louth) – 63 pocs 27m8
11. Noel Fallon (Roscommon) – 64 pocs 49m
11. Keith Raymond (Sligo) – 64 pocs 49m

Senior Camogie
The Camogie Association have decided to defer the presentation of the Senior Camogie Competition pending clarification

U16 Hurling
1. Shaun Murray (Waterford) – 25 pocs 59m
2. Cormac Phillips (Mayo) 26 pocs 65m
3. Padraig Delaney (Laois) 26 pocs 35m
4. Barry O’Mahony (Kerry) – 28 pocs 54m
5. Reece McSorley (Derry) – 29 pocs 22m

U16 Camogie
1. Sarah Healy (Galway) – 32 pocs 33m
2. Áine O’Loughlin (Clare) – 35 pocs 38m
3. Ciara O’Looney (Westmeath) – 36 pocs 30m
4. Ann-Marie Smyth (Down) – 37 pocs 35m



2015 Players

Senior Hurling
Aaron Murphy (Limerick)
Andrew Fahey (Clare)
Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)
Cillian Kiely (Offaly)
Eoin Reilly (Laois)
Gerard Smith (Louth)
Karol Keating (Down)
Keith Raymond (Sligo)
Noel Fallon (Roscommon)
Paddy McKillion (Tyrone)
Patrick Kelly (Clare)

U16 Hurling
Cormac Phillips (Mayo)
Barry O’Mahony (Kerry)
Padraig Delaney (Laois)
Reece McSorley (Derry)
Shaun Murray (Waterford)

Senior Camogie
Aisling Corbett (Clare)
Catherine McGourty (Down)
Catríona Daly (Galway)
Elaine Gallery (Dublin)
Patricia Jackman (Waterford)

U16 Camogie
Ann-Marie Smyth (Ulster)
Sarah Healy (Connacht)
Les Sutton (Leinster)
Áine O’Loughlin (Munster)

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 2-12 Sligo 1-6

Kerry defeated Sligo by 2-12 to 1-6 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Monday August 3rd at O’Connor Park Tullamore.


All-Ireland MFC: Kerry power past Sligo

ALL IRELAND MFC QUARTER FINAL: KERRY 2-12 SLIGO 1-6

By Kevin Egan for GAA.ie

Kerry’s minor footballers will share the Croke Park stage with their senior counterparts on August 23 after a comfortable win over Sligo set up a clash with Ulster champions Derry in the All Ireland minor championship semi-final.

Sligo showed no shortage of pride or passion in what was their fifth championship outing of the summer but in truth they simply didn’t have the wherewithal to compete with the skilful football of a Kerry side that looked capable of scoring in a myriad of different ways. Four points from their wing back pairing of Gavin White and Daniel O’Brien, along with another from midfielder John Mark Foley, illustrated the threat that the Kingdom posed from long range, however the real damage was done close to goal where Conor Geaney posed a constant threat with his angled running and crisp finishing.

A free from the boot of the younger cousin of senior stars Paul and Michael tied up the contest after Finnian Cawley opened the scoring with a stunning long range effort, and for the next 20 minutes Kerry took control of the tie with some outstanding play in every sector of the field. Billy Courtney demonstrated his value in goal with a wonderful one on one save to deny Kyle Cawley, while in front of him, Jason Foley put in something close to a man of the match display at full back, seeing off a sequence of direct opponents. Kerry’s control of the restarts will also have pleased manager Jack O’Connor greatly, while up front their movement and interplay carved out a sequence of openings.

An old fashioned high ball led to Brian Ó’Seanacháin blasting the ball to the roof of the net for the game’s opening goal after six minutes and this score was followed by some sumptuous points from Geaney, Seán O’Shea and Daniel O’Brien. Sligo regained a little momentum close to the interval when Finnian Cawley pointed a long range free and Rian Kennedy added another sweet dead ball strike from under the O’Connor Park stand, but two crucial wides cost them dearly and left them still well adrift at the interval, 1-6 to 0-3.

Aidan Rooney’s side showed plenty of intent after the restart and exerted some good early pressure that yielded a point from Liam Gaughan, but that brief period of resistance was to be short lived and the ease with which Geaney and John Mark Foley added further points to the Kerry tally illustrated the toll that chasing green and gold jerseys had exerted on this Sligo team.

Any lingering hopes of an upset were crushed midway through the second half when Templenoe corner forward Stephen O’Sullivan did brilliantly to win a high ball at top of the right in between two defenders, and he showed real tenacity to turn back towards goal and centre the ball into the path of Geaney. The Dingle player still had the keeper to beat but a first time left footed finish gave Conor McGovern no chance whatsoever.

Sligo poured forward in search of scores and they got their reward when Kyle Cawley tapped in a simple goal, capitalising on a loose break that result from Billy Courtney parrying Michael Gordon’s strike on goal. Kerry were still well able to keep the Yeats County at bay however and they tacked on three further points, including one each from Gavin White and Ronan Buckley that could easily have been goals, if the need was there. It may be in three weeks’ time when they come face to face with the Ulster champions, but for now they were able to ease over the line with plenty to spare.
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Scorers for Kerry: C Geaney 1-4 (1f), B Ó’Seanacháin 1-0, S O’Shea 0-1 (1f), G White 0-2, D O’Brien 0-2, JM Foley 0-1, R Buckley 0-1.

Scorers for Sligo: K Cawley 1-0, F Cawley (0-1f) & R Kennedy (0-1f) 0-2 each, L Gaughan & C Lally 0-1 each.

KERRY: B Courtney; D Brosnan, Jason Foley, J Morgan; G White, M Breen, D O’Brien; A Barry, John Mark Foley; B Barrett, B Ó’Seanacháin, S O’Shea; S O’Sullivan, B Sweeney, C Geaney
Subs: M Foley for O’Sullivan (44), T O’Sullivan for Brosnan (48), E Cronin for O’Shea (49), R Buckley for JM Foley (52), J Duggan for Barrett (56), D O’Shea for Breen (57).

SLIGO: C McGovern; M O’Dowd, E McGuinness, B Mahon; N Mullen, D Cummins, M Gordon; K Banks, P Kilcoyne; L Gaughan, R Kennedy, F Cawley; S Power, P O’Connor, K Cawley
Subs: A McLoughlin for O’Connor (29), N Rooney for Mullen (45), C Lally for Banks (53), C Herron for Kennedy (58), O Gilmartin for McGuinness (58 – bc)

Referee: John Hickey (Carlow)



Team News

Kerry V Sligo Electric Ireland GAA Minor Football Championship Quarter Final

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Sligo in the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Football Championship Quarter Final tie in O’Connor Park Tullamore on Bank Holiday Monday (2pm) shows 3 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Tipperary in the Munster Final.
John Mark Foley replaces the injured Mark O’Connor at midfield, Brandon Barrett comes into the half forward line in place of the injured Cormac Linnane and Bryan Sweeney replaces Michael Foley at full forward.
The team, captained by Dingle’s Conor Geaney 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. Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
9. John Mark Foley Kilgarvan
10. Brandon Barrett Ardfert
11. Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
12. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
13. Stephen O’Sullivan Templenoe
14. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
15. Conor Geaney Dingle (Captain)

Fir Ionaid
16. Eoghan O’Brien Churchill
17. Michael Foley Spa
18. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
19. Dara O’Shea Kenmare
20. Ronan Buckley Listry
21. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
22. Evan Cronin Spa
23. Jack Goulding Ballyduff
24. James Duggan John Mitchels

Sligo

1. Conor McGovern (Calry/St Joseph’s)
2. Brian Mahon (Owenmore Gaels)
3. Eddie McGuinness (Tubbercurry)
4. Mark O’Dowd (Enniscrone/Kilglass)
5. Nathan Mullen (Coolaney/Mullinabreena)
6. Darragh Cummins (Calry/St Joseph’s)
7. Michael Gordon (Easkey)
8. Kevin Banks (Coolera/Strandhill)
9. Paul Kilcoyne (St Mary’s)
10. Liam Gaughan (Tourlestrane)
11. Patrick O’Connor (St Farnan’s)
12. Finnian Cawley (St Farnan’s)
13. Kyle Cawley (St Mary’s)
14. Nathan Rooney (St Mary’s)
15. Sean Power (Drumcliffe/Rosses Point)

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final – Tipperary 1-10 Galway 0-6

Tipperary defeated Galway by 1-10 to 0-6 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Monday August 3rd at O’Connor Park Tullamore.


All-Ireland MFC: Tipp stun Galway in quarters

ALL IRELAND MFC QUARTER FINAL: TIPPERARY 1-10 GALWAY 0-6

By Kevin Egan for GAA.ie

A plethora of missed goal chances either side of half time proved to be hugely costly for Galway this afternoon in O’Connor Park in Tullamore, as Tipperary became the only provincial final loser to secure a place in the All Ireland minor championship semi-finals; their clash with Kildare on August 30 secured thanks to a 1-10 to 0-6 win over the Tribesmen.

This was a ferociously competitive tie – perhaps lacking the fluidity and passing that was on show in the opening clash between Kerry and Sligo, but any dearth in that regard was more than compensated for by the intensity of tackling and running that was on show from both sides.

A positively claustrophobic opening half saw both sides drop plenty of tacklers back into defence and with space at a premium, scores were understandably scarce. Paudie McCormack was the pick of the Galway forward line and his hard running yielded a point from play and a free that was converted by Conor Marsden, while Tipperary enjoyed plenty of primary possession but spurned six of their first eight opportunities, and so trailed by 0-3 to 0-2 after 25 minutes.

Alan Tynan and Brian McGrath linked up well along the spine of the attack while Brendan Martin sent out warning to the Galway back line with a punched point that was set up by a blistering burst of pace, however during this phase it looked as if the Connacht champions were the far more likely winners in the race for the game’s first goal.
Two scores from Tynan – a ’45 and a wonderful solo score – gave Tipperary a narrow half time lead but the real drama was at the other end of the field, where Galway were narrowly denied what could have been a game-changing score on a few occasions.

Tadhg Fitzgerald was Tipperary’s hero in both instances, coming to the fore initially when he made a full length diving block to deny Ryan Forde, while another last gasp effort from the Moyle Rovers man was to prove crucial in the last minute of the opening half.

McCormack set up the second opportunity with a typically powerful run but Forde’s subsequent shot crashed against the crossbar, while Patrick Ó’Domhnaill looked certain to score from the rebound but then was denied by a goal-line block from Fitzgerald.

A lung busting run from Aidan Buckley set up a Tynan free at the start of the second half to double Tipperary’s lead, but Galway again drove at goal, with Forde this time getting blocked down by Emmett Moloney. Perhaps the greatest chance of all followed immediately after when McCormack cut in from the left corner and aimed for the bottom corner, but this time it was Liam Fahy who got a crucial touch to tip the ball onto the post.

Three scores in as many minutes from Tipperary put clean daylight between the teams and while Galway dug deep to cut the gap again, the final ten minutes belonged to the Premier County. Space, the rarest of commodities in the intercounty game, started to appear at the Galway end of the field as the Connacht champions chased down scores. Jack Kennedy was afforded 30 yards of open country down the left wing for a crucial score, then a break out of defence from Emmett Moloney led to a decisive strike from man of the match Alan Tynan.

Moloney looked to have several great options as he burst out of the back line, but it was no surprise that he looked to Tynan for inspiration. The Roscrea man, who already has a Leinster Schools Rugby medal, an All Ireland Colleges “C” hurling medal and a Munster hurling medal to his name this year, applied the coup de grace with a powerful run and exquisite low finish to effectively settle the tie with seven minutes remaining.

To Galway’s credit, they continued to push forward in search of goals however their race was run by now as Tipperary could flood the goalmouth, and the closest the Tribesmen came to hitting twine was when John Daly’s late free was pushed over the bar for the final score of the contest.
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Scorers for Tipperary: A Tynan 1-5 (2f, 1 ’45′), B Martin 0-2, C English 0-1, J Kennedy 0-1, J Bergin 0-1

Scorers for Galway: C Marsden 0-2 (2f), J Daly 0-2 (1f), P McCormack 0-1, E Lee 0-1

TIPPERARY: C Manton; T Lowry, J Skehan, T Fitzgerald; E Moloney, L Fahy, D Owens; J Kennedy, T Nolan; R Peters, A Tynan, A Buckley; C English, B McGrath, B Martin.
Subs: M Kehoe for English (50), J Bergin for Peters (54), J Delahunty for Martin (58), M Connors for Buckley (59), G Whelan for Moloney (60+1)

GALWAY: R Ó’Beolain; C Mulry, D McHugh, I Kent; S Kelly, L Ó’Ceallaigh, J Daly; C Brady, C Ó’Braonáin; E Lee, F Ó’Laoí, M Boyle; R Forde, P McCormack, C Marsden
Subs: P Ó’Domhnaill for Ó’Laoí (14), C Ryan for Vaughan (38), C McDaid for Forde (55), D Conneely for Lee (56)
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Referee: Martin McNally (Monaghan)



All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 7-16 Kildare 0-10

Kerry defeated Kildare by 7-16 to 0-10 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday August 2nd at Croke Park.



Kerry hit seven goals in an incredible victory

ALL-IRELAND SFC QUARTER-FINAL: KERRY 7-16 KILDARE 0-10

By Arthur Sullivan for GAA.ie

Seven Kerry goals in a surreal second half at Croke Park saw the All-Ireland champions utterly outclass a bereft Kildare and cruise into the All-Ireland semi-finals with a winning margin of 27 points.

Kerry led by seven points at the break after a comfortable first half, but few could have envisaged what was to unfold in the second half for Kildare. Kerry hit seven goals – yes, seven – after the interval to completely humiliate Kildare and march through to the All-Ireland semi-finals in incredible fashion.

While Kerry will be delighted with a truly virtuoso display, they also have a major worry over James O’Donoghue, who was forced off through injury late in the first half. The worry is that it is a recurrence of a shoulder injury that has troubled before, but that is not known for certain yet.

Back to the good news though. Five of the Kerry goals came within 15 minutes of the restart. Of the seven after the break, Colm Cooper got two and Darran O’Sullivan got two, with the other three coming from Donnchadh Walsh, Stephen O’Brien and Barry John Keane. There were some big Kerry hauls – Cooper hit 2-3, O’Sullivan 2-1, Stephen O’Brien 1-4 and BJ Keane 1-3 – Fitzmaurice will have plenty of calls to make before the semi-final.

Walsh got the first goal to make it 1-10 to 0-4 after 39 minutes, and that was effectively the end of the game. Kildare fell apart, leaving huge space inside their 45 metre line, but Kerry were utterly ruthless in the way they exploited it. Cooper, O’Sullivan, Barry John Keane and then Cooper again all found the net in the space of five minutes and Kerry led 5-11 to 0-6 with the game yet to enter the final quarter.

Further Kerry goals followed before the end from Stephen O’Brien and Darran O’Sullivan and the suffering finally ended for Kildare when the referee blew after one minute of injury-time, leaving Jason Ryan to contemplate an astonishing defeat. Kerry were in total control at the interval, having found scores far easier to come by than Kildare, who created very little in the opening 35 minutes.

Kildare didn’t score in the opening quarter, despite having the majority of the possession, whereas Kerry picked off scores easily enough, and led 0-4 to 0-0 after 17 minutes. O’Donoghue had one within 15 seconds, with Paul Geaney and O’Brien (2) were also on target in the opening quarter.

A mini Kildare revival early in the second quarter saw them get back to within two points of Kerry, the stylish Niall Kelly hitting two points alongside one from Alan Smith to leave it 0-5 to 0-3 after 22 minutes. However, the remaining 15 minutes of the half belonged to Kerry. O’Brien, who kicked four points in an outstanding first half, was unaccountably given space time and time again by the Kildare defence, and he punished the Leinster side for this.

O’Donoghue, Geaney and Cooper were also on target in this period as Kerry got on top, but Kerry were dealt a blow on the 30 minute mark was O’Donoghue, after a very productive display, was forced off with what looked like a wrist injury but which could be related to that troublesome shoulder which required surgery in the off-season.

The Footballer of the Year was brought down by Kildare goalkeeper Mark Donnellan after powering clean through on goal, but replays suggested that Donnellan had tackled O’Donoghue fairly. Nonetheless, he was forced off, replaced by BJ Keane. It didn’t disturb Kerry too much in any event – Geaney kicking his second of the half to leave them 0-10 to 0-7 up before half-time.

Had Kildare known what was to happen in the second half, they would have happily taken a seven point loss. However, the goals started to flow almost as soon as the second half began and this was a dark day for Kildare – one they will be desperate to forget, but which they will surely remember forever.
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Scorers for Kerry: C Cooper 2-3 (1f), D O’Sullivan 2-1, S O’Brien 1-4, BJ Keane 1-3, D Walsh 1-0, J O’Donoghue 0-3 (1f), P Geaney 0-2

Scorers for Kildare: N Kelly 0-2, A Smith 0-2, P O’Neill 0-2, E Doyle 0-1, E O’Flaherty 0-1, O Lyons 0-1, F Dowling 0-1

KERRY: Brendan Kealy; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane Enright; Jonathan Lyne, Killian Young, Paul Murphy; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Stephen O’Brien, Bryan Sheehan, Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney, Colm Cooper, James O’Donoghue. Subs: BJ Keane for J O’Donoghue (31), Darran O’Sullivan for P Geaney (42), Peter Crowley for M Ó Sé (50), Paul Galvin for D Walsh (54), Johnny Buckley for B Sheehan (54), Tommy Walsh for A Maher (60).

KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Ciarán Fitzpatrick, Mick O’Grady, Ollie Lyons; Kevin Murnaghan, Eoin Doyle, Emmet Bolton; Tommy Moolick, Paul Cribbin; Eoghan O’Flaherty, Niall Kelly, Pádraig O’Neill; Eamonn Callaghan, Alan Smith, Cathal McNally. Subs: Peter Kelly for E Callaghan (43), Fergal Conway for K Murnaghan (51), Pádraig Fogarty for N Kelly (54), Mark Sherry for C McNally (57), Fionn Dowling for T Moolick (62), G White for E Bolton (67)




Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Kildare in the All Ireland Quarter Final in Croke Park on Sunday next at 2pm shows one change in personnel from the side that lined out against Cork in the Munster Senior Football Championship Final Replay in Killarney.
Stephen O’Brien, introduced in the Munster Final, is named in the half forward line in place of Johnny Buckley.
The team, captained by Kieran Donaghy is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
3. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
6. Killian Young Renard
7. Paul Murphy Rathmore
8. Anthony Maher Duagh
9. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
10. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
11. Bryan Sheehan St Marys
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Paul Geaney Dingle
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. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
19. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
20. Michael Geaney Dingle
21. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
22. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
23. Paul Galvin Finuge
24. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
25. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys
26. Jack Sherwood Firies

Kildare team: 1. Mark Donnellan Maynooth; 2. Ciaran Fitzpatrick Kilcock, 3. Mick O Grady Celbridge, 4. Ollie Lyons Celbridge; 5. Kevin Murnaghan Moorefield, 6. Eoin Doyle Naas, 7. Emmet Bolton Eadestown; 8. Tommy Moolick Leixlip, 9. Paul Cribbin Johnstownbridge; 10. Eoghan O Flaherty Carbury, 11. Niall Kelly Athy, 12. Padraig O Neill St Laurences; 13. Eamon Callaghan Naas, 14. Alan Smith Sarsfields, 15. Cathal McNally Johnstownbridge.

All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final – Kerry 2-18 Mayo 0-10

Kerry defeated Mayo by 2-18 to 0-10 in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final on Saturday August 8th at Croke Park.


Rampant Kerry stroll to All-Ireland JFC crown

By Cóilín Duffy for RTE.ie

Kerry 2-18 Mayo 0-10

Kerry produced a powerful performance to bag the All-Ireland JFC title, cruising to a comfortable win over Mayo at Croke Park this afternoon. The Kingdom led throughout this contest to deliver their second title in four years, and had six points on the board before Mayo opened their account after 12 minutes.

The Munster champions never looked troubled and led by 1-09 to 0-06 at half-time, with Thomas Hickey, who notched 2-04 on the day, netting a 26th-minute goal. Mayo were held to just four points on the restart, with Hickey netting the winners’ second goal seven minutes into the second half, on the way to a 16th All-Ireland crown.

A rampant Kerry were 17 points to the good with ten minutes left on the clock. Mayo battled on gamely and tried to salvage some pride with points from Declan Healy, Michael Togher and Cathal Freeman, but they were a beaten team long before the final whistle. It was Kerry manager Stephen Wallace’s fourth All-Ireland success.

Coming into this decider Kerry were eager to claim silverware, and edge closer to the top of the roll of honour, with Munster rivals Cork topping the list with 17 All-Ireland wins. Kerry had disposed of Wexford in the semi-finals, while Mayo had a testing clash against first-time All-Britain title winners Kilkenny at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

The Kingdom started strongly with Brian Crowley opening their account after a minute, before scores from Alan O’Donoghue and Conor Cox handed Kerry a 0-03 to 0-00 lead after three minutes. Kerry were hungry for scores, with Killian Spillane having a fourth-minute goal chance, but he failed to plant the ball in the back of the Mayo net.

A second Cox point opened up a four-point gap before Mayo were dealt a major blow with an injury to forward Ronan Malee after just eight minutes, and found it hard to recover with Kerry continuing to tag on scores. However, Malee’s replacement Andrew Farrell made a strong contribution for a battling Mayo side, and finish the Westerners top-scorer with five points, including two from frees.

Hickey and Spillane points handed Kerry a 0-06 to 0-00 lead, before Damien McGing opened the Mayo tally after 16 minutes, for his lone score of this game A quick brace of Alan O’Donoghue points, including one fisted effort extended Kerry’s lead to seven points after 22 minutes. Substitute Farrell registered a much needed score, but this was quickly cancelled out.

Kerry continued to pile on the pressure, and were rewarded after Hickey bagged his first goal, cutting through the heart of the Mayo defence and sending the ball past keeper Blake Forkan. Mayo were hit hard before the break, with Belmullet’s Sean Gaughan just three minutes on the pitch, before being shown a black card by referee Noel Mooney.

Defender Eoin O’Donoghue slotted over a much required score for Mayo, and although the Westerners rallied, Kerry held a double scores lead at the break on a 1-09 to 0-06 score-line. Kerry were ruthless and tagged on 1-04 without reply on the restart, including Hickey’s second goal to build up a 13-point lead.

Mayo’s first score of the second half came in the 44th minute, when Farrell slotted the ball over the cross-bar. Despite the sides being well matched in the closing quarter, Kerry had done enough, with their captain Alan O’Donoghue accepting the cup from GAA President Aogan Ó Fearghail after the game.

Mayo’s quest for a first All-Ireland title at this grade since 1997 continues, but for Kerry, the Munster side are just one title off sharing top of the Roll of Honour with Cork.

Kerry: S Murphy (0-01, 1 45); D O’Donoghue, J McGuire, D Culhane; T Morley (0-01), J Walsh (0-01), G Crowley; B O’Sullivan, L Kearney; P O’Connor (0-01), B Crowley (0-02), K Spillane (0-01); A O’Donoghue (0-04), C Cox (0-02, 2f), T Hickey (2-04).
Subs: B Sugrue for McGuire (HT); J O’Donoghue (0-01) for Cox (35); G O’Sullivan fo Spillane (39); M Brennan for O’Sullivan (BC 42); E Kiely for Kearney (49); D Griffin for B Crowley (53).

Mayo: B Forkan; P Barrett, B Moran, B Leonard; E Collins, D McHugh, E O’Donoghue (0-01); P Collins, P Feerick; G Conway, C Freeman (0-01), D Durcan; D McGing (0-01), J Hutton, R Malee.
Subs: A Farrell (0-05, 2f) for Malee (8); S Gaughan for Leonard (24); M Barrett for Gaughan (BC 27); M Forde for Durcan (HT); D Healy (0-01) for Moran (48); M Togher (0-01) for Collins (49).

Referee: Noel Mooney (Cavan)


Fixture Details

08.08.2015 (Sat)
GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 14:00
Ciarraí v Maigh Eo
Referee: Noel Mooney (An Cabhán)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

The Kerry Junior Football Team to play Mayo in the All Ireland Junior Football final in Croke Park on Saturday at 2pm shows three changes in personnel from the side that started in the Semi Final win over Wexford – Jack Maguire, a late withdrawl in that game due to injury, resumes in the full back position, Brendan O’Sullivan, introduced against Wexford is named at centre field along with Liam Kearney and Thomas Hickey, who did not start the drawn game due to illness, resumes in the corner forward position.
The players to lose out are Eamonn Kiely, Brendan O’Sullivan and Jordan Kiely.

The team, captained by Alan O’Donoghue of John Mitchels is as follows:

1 Shane Murphy Kilcummin
2 Dan O’Donoghue Spa
3 Jack McGuire Listowel Emmets
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 Thomas Hickey Castleisland Desmonds
14 Conor Cox Listowel Emmets
15 Alan O’Donoghue (C) John Mitchels

Fir Ionaid:

16 Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
17 Eamon Kiely Brosna
18 Brian Sugrue Renard
19 Michael Brennan Churchill
20 Gary O’Sullivan Listry
21 Jordan Kiely Dr Crokes
22 Adam Barry Brosna
23 David Griffin Ardfert
24 Killian Spillane Templenoe

Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under 21 B Hurling Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Quarter Final – Meath 2-15 Kerry 1-17

Meath defeated Kerry by 2-15 to 1-17 in the Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under 21 B Hurling Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Quarter Final on Saturday August 8th at Trim.


Fixture Details

08.08.2015 (Sat)
Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 B Championship 2015 – Richie McElligott Cup Quarter Finals
Trim 14:00
An Mhí v Ciarraí
Referee: Gearoid McGrath (An Mhí)
(E.T. if Necessary)

All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship Final – Galway 0-23 Cork 0-14

Galway defeated Cork by 0-23 to 0-14 in the All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship Final on Saturday August 8th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Galway claim Intermediate hurling title

All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship Final: Galway 0-23 Cork 0-14

Report from GAA.ie

Galway eased to their third All-Ireland intermediate hurling title when they had far too much firepower for a disappointing Cork side at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

The sides were deadlocked at 0-9 each at the break but Galway pulled clear in the second-half to secure their first title in the grade since 2002. The prospect of a tight and exciting second-half never materialised in the floodlights in Limerick as Cork’s hurling season came to a very disappointing end.

They went into the clash as reigning champions but all of last year’s squad were ineligible. Yet, they looked like they would make a strong bid to retain the crown when they recovered from a poor start to draw level by the interval. But Galway, even minus Conor Whelan, the teenager who starred in the Leinster championship win but has since gone to greater things with the Galway senior side, just had too much firepower after the restart.

Managed by senior boss Anthony Cunningham, Galway rattled off some excellent scores with the likes of Dan Nevin, Tadhg Haran, Kevin McHugo and Eamon Brannigan getting some excellent points as they secured their third title in the grade. Nevin led the charge with 0-4 in the opening half before Cork rallied with Noel McNamara and Will Leahy getting some good points.

An exciting conclusion looked on the cards when Haran and Fintan O’Leary exchanged points directly after the restart, but Galway took over from there and hit the next four points. And then when Cork responded with a couple of points, Galway moved to another gear again and hit five in a row without reply as Dean Higgins, Brannigan, Shane Moloney (two) and Nevin found the target as the Tribesmen finished in style.

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Scorers for Galway: D Nevin 0-5, T Haran 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1 sl), D Higgins 0-3, E Burke 0-2, K McHugo 0-2, E Brannigan 0-2, S Moloney 0-2, J Kennedy 0-2.

Scorers for Cork: N McNamara 0-4 (0-4f), W Leahy 0-3, F O’Leary 0-3, T Murphy 0-3 (0-2f), K O’Neill 0-1.

GALWAY: J Skehill; C Flynn, D O’Donoghue, A Tuohy; P Flaherty, D Burke, S Cooney; K McHugo, D Higgins; D Nevin, T Haran, E Burke; B Molloy, S Moloney, E Brannigan
Subs: B Daly for Brannigan (17-20 mins, blood), B Keane for O’Donoghue (h-t), J Kennedy for E Burke (48), B Daly for McHugo (53), R O’Meara for Brannigan (55), K Lane for Higgins (30).

CORK: P Buckley; B Twomey, E Finn, G Murphy; K Kavanagh, D O’Donovan, T Lawrence; K O’Neill, S McCarthy; W Leahy, M Collins, T Murphy; N McNamara, F O’Leary, D O’Driscoll
Subs: P Butler for Finn (h-t), M Brennan for McCarthy (46 mins), C O’Brien for G Murphy (52), A Cagney for T Murphy (52).

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).


Fixture Details

08.08.2015 (Sat)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 19:00
Corcaigh v Gaillimh
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

CORK (All-Ireland IHC v Galway): P Buckley (Mallow); B Ó Tuama (Castlemartyr), E Finn (Ballinhassig), G Murphy (Newcestown); K Kavanagh (Carrigaline), D O’Donovan (Ballinhassig), T Lawerence (Brian Dillons); K O’Neill (Watergrasshill), S McCarthy (Ballinhassig); W Leahy (Aghada), M Collins (Ballinhassig), T Murphy (Carrigaline); N McNamara (Kilworth), F O’Leary (Ballinhassig), D O’Driscoll (Carrigtwohill)
Subs: S O’Sullivan (Meelin), P Butler (Argideen Rangers), B Weathers (Banteer), C O’Brien (St Ita’s), M Brennan (Fermoy), L Meade (Newcestown), J Sheehan (Argideen Rangers), A CaO’Neill and gney (Charleville), A Sheehan (Mallow)

Galway

1 James Skehill
2 Colm Flynn
3 Darragh O’Donoghue
4 Adrian Tuohy
5 Paul Flaherty
6 Darragh Burke
7 Shane Cooney
8 Kevin McHugo
9 Dean Higgins
10 Dan Nevin
11 Tadhg Haran
12 Eanna Burke
13 Brian Molloy
14 Shane Maloney
15 Eamon Brannigan