TG4 Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final – Kerry 2-13 Mayo 1-8

Kerry defeated Mayo by 2-13 to 1-8 in the TG4 Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final on Saturday August 15th at in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final

Kerry 2-13 Mayo 1-8

By Jackie Cahill at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

ALAN O’Neill’s Kerry ran riot against Mayo in the second half of Saturday’s TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football quarter-final to book their place in the last four.

Goals from Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh and Megan O’Connell opened the floodgates as the Kingdom scored a comfortable eight-point victory at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Just five points were registered in the first half but the Kingdom outscored their opponents by 2-10 to 1-6 after half-time to advance, with Mayo managing a consolation 1-2 in the closing minutes.

And yet Mayo opened the second half in encouraging fashion and were level at 0-4 apiece, with Niamh Kelly kicking two early points, before Kerry pulled away. Mayo goalkeeper Aisling Tarpey denied Denise Hallissey with a fine save but the goals did come for Kerry, who played into the breeze after the break.

After O’Connell rattled the crossbar with a fierce drive, Kerry’s leading scorer Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh was on hand to palm home the rebound. After being denied by the woodwork earlier, O’Connell made no mistake for Kerry’s second goal with 17 minutes left and that was effectively game over.

Crucially, Mayo star Cora Staunton was held to just two of her four points from play, both of them late efforts, and was generally off-colour throughout. Aislinn Desmond performed an excellent marking job on the Carnacon superstar but once they got going, this was a powerful display from Munster champions Kerry, with seven players on the scoresheet.

Mayo, who trailed by 13 points in the second half, did bring a degree of respectability to the scoreboard with a brilliant late goal from Aileen Gilroy but Kerry were too good. And yet the winners led by just a point at the end of a low-scoring first half, 0-3 to 0-2.
Mayo didn’t help their cause with some bad shooting as Staunton, looking well below her usual high standards and operating between midfield and attack, registered four of Mayo’s six first half wides, including three from scoreable frees.

Goal chances came and went at both ends, with Tarpey somehow keeping out tireless Bernie Breen from point-blank range when the former Kerry skipper looked certain to rattle the net. Approaching half-time, Gilroy unleashed a shot across the boughs of Kerry goalkeeper Edel Murphy but the former Allstar netminder somehow managed to turn the ball aside.

Kerry also survived the first half sin-binning of corner back Gina Crowley, for a foul on Niamh Kelly. During the ten minutes that Crowley was off the pitch, Mayo had three wides and Kerry registered a point, Sarah Houlihan’s second, to move 0-2 to 0-1 clear.

After ten minutes passed without a score, Ní Mhuircheartaigh kicked a close in free to put Kerry 0-3 to 0-1 in front. But Mayo remained in touch at the break as Lisa McManamon kicked the final score of the half, Mayo’s first point since Staunton’s free opened the scoring.

Scorers for Kerry: L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 1-5 (0-4f), M O’Connell 1-1, S Houlihan 0-3, M Quirke (45), B Breen, D Hallissey & L Rogers 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mayo: C Staunton 0-4 (2f), A Gilroy 1-0, N Kelly 0-3, L McManamon 0-1.

KERRY: E Murphy; G Crowley, A Desmond, A Leonard; C Kelly, C Lynch, M Quirke; B Breen, E Sherwood; S Houlihan, M O’Connell, D Hallissey; P Dennehy, L Scanlon, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.
Subs: L Rogers for Dennehy (42), C Buckley for O’Connell (54), A Murphy for Houlihan (56), A Brosnan for Sherwood (57), B Cronin for Hallissey (59).

MAYO: A Tarpey; M Corbett, S Tierney, D Hughes; O Conlon, H Lohan, R Kearns; F McHale, C Staunton; F Doherty, M Carter, L McManamon; Y Byrne, N Kelly, A Gilroy.
Subs: D Caldwell for McManamon (45), C Egan for Doherty (52), S Howley for Kearns (60+2).

Referee: M Farrelly (Cavan)

TG4 Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final – Cork 1-12 Galway 1-10

Cork defeated Galway by 1-12 to 1-10 in the TG4 Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final on Saturday August 15th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final

Cork 1-12 Galway 1-10

By Jackie Cahill at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

EAMONN Ryan’s Cork remain on course for a tenth TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football crown in eleven seasons. The Rebelettes held off a spirited second half fightback from Galway at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick to secure a place in the semi-finals against Kerry on August 29, a clash that will be a repeat of last month’s Munster final.

Cork were seven points up at half-time against Galway in Saturday’s quarter-final, 1-6 to 0-2, but the Westerners fought back to within a point twice in the second half. But the Tribeswomen couldn’t get close enough to the champions, suffering another big-game defeat against their opponents after Cork won the Tesco National League Division 1 final replay between the counties in May.

Cork could have had a couple of second half goals too but Áine O’Sullivan rolled an effort just wide before the Beara forward, who scored 3-5 against Meath on her championship debut, saw another effort brilliantly saved by Tina Hughes. Despite the best efforts of Geraldine Conneally and Roisín Leonard, Galway couldn’t reel in the Leesiders, who kept their heads against the breeze in the second half to keep their Brendan Martin Cup hopes alive.

And after Munster champions Kerry secured their passage to the semi-finals earlier in the evening, the scene is now set for Cork to potentially gain revenge for their provincial final defeat against the Kingdom. At half-time, Cork had looked well on course for a comfortable victory over Galway.

They netted with just 20 seconds on the clock as leading scorer Ciara O’Sullivan finished a flowing move for the opening score of the game. At the break, Cork were seven points clear as Galway were held to just two first half points, scored by Aoibheann Daly and Patricia Gleeson.

Both of Galway’s scoring forwards were later substituted and as Ryan emptied the bench in the second half, Cork withdrew five of their six starting forwards, including free-taker Valerie Mulcahy. Conneally’s goal five minutes into the second half provided Galway with some renewed hope but Cork used their bench well to keep their opponents at bay, with All-Ireland minor winner Eimear Scally and Doireann O’Sullivan both contributing points after coming on.

Cork’s leaders came to the fore at crucial times as dual star Briege Corkery roared forward for a point after Galway got to within one. Similarly, when Galway responded to Corkery’s score, Ciara O’Sullivan hit back to keep some breathing space between the sides. Down the home straight, Cork had the wherewithal to ensure progress to a fifth straight All-Ireland semi-final. And after claiming the last four titles, the Rebelettes have the scent of five-in-a-row in their nostrils as they march forward.

Scorers for Cork: C O’Sullivan 1-3, V Mulcahy 0-4 (3f), D O’Reilly, B Corkery, A Hutchings, E Scally (f) & D O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: G Conneally 1-1, R Leonard 0-3, T Leonard 0-2f, N Ward, A Daly, O Divilly & P Gleeson 0-1 each.

CORK: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, B Stack, A Barrett; V Foley, D O’Reilly, G O’Flynn; R Buckley, B Corkery; C O’Sullivan, A Hutchings, A Walsh; V Mulcahy, Á O’Sullivan, R Ní Bhuachalla.
Subs: E Scally for Mulcahy (41), D O’Sullivan for Walsh (46), O Farmer for Hutchings (49), O Finn for Ní Bhuachalla (56), E Farmer for Á O’Sullivan (60+2).

GALWAY: T Hughes; M Coyne, E Flaherty, Á Seoighe; S Gormelly, N Ward, S Burke; M Hoey, G Conneally; A Daly, L Ward, O Divilly; R Leonard, P Gleeson, T Leonard.
Subs: A Clarke for Gleeson (30+1), B Hannon for Daly (h.t.), C Cormican for Hoey (55).

Referee: G Corrigan (Down)

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 2-22 Down 3-9

Kerry defeated Down by 2-22 to 3-9 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 15th at Newbridge.

Buckley a shining star in Kerry’s stroll to decider

All Ireland MH ‘B’ semi-finals: Kerry 2-22 Down 3-9

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Kerry qualified for the final as they came from behind to score an impressive 10-point win over a resolute Down side, in this semi-final, played in Newbridge on Saturday. Down were quicker out of the traps than Kerry, as they raced 1-1 to 0-1 clear by the end of the opening quarter, thanks to a 14th-minute goal from Daithi Sands.

Once a John Buckley ’65, deceived the Down ‘keeper and ended up in the net, in the 19th minute, and a minute later, Buckley gave Kerry the lead with a long-range point, Down never looked threatening. The Lixnaw duo of Shane Conway and Buckley tormented Down, as Conway drilled home a penalty on the stroke of half-time, to give Kerry a 2-8 to 1-6 lead.
Kerry drove on in the second half, with Buckley adding 0-7 from frees and play.

Rhys Ward got a last-minute goal for Down, but Kerry deservedly reached another All-Ireland Final when they will meet Roscommon on September 5.

Kerry: J Buckley 1-7 ( 1-0 ’65, 0-1 free), S Conway 1-7 ( 1-0 pen, 0-4 frees), F Mackessy 0-3, E Leen and K O’Regan 0-2 each, T O Connor 0-1.
Down: C Coulter 0-7 (0-6 frees, 0-1 ’65), D Sands 1-1, P Loughrane and R Ward 1-0, R Beattie 0-1.

KERRY – R Silles, B Lyons, M Leane, G Stackpoole, E Ross, J Diggins, R Collins, J Buckley, T O’Connor, S Conway, J McKenna, D Egan, E Leen, F Mackessy, C Sheehy. Subs: K O’Regan for C Sheehy (40), C Browne for D Egan (46), C Breen for E Leen (48), J Lenihan for T O’Connor (48), L Mullins for B Lyons (55).

DOWN – H Flynn, M Mee, C Monan, D Og Rooney, O Duggan, L Savage, E Coulter, J Doran, P Loughrane, A Doran, J Murphy, C Coulter, D McCartney, R Beattie, D Sands. Subs: L Courtney for P Loughrane (45), R Ward for A Doran (54).

REF – J Heffernan (Wexford)

Fixture Details

15.08.2015 (Sat)
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship Semi Final
Newbridge 14:00
An Dún v Ciarraí
Referee: TBC
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Kerry Minor Hurling Team to play Down in the Semi Final of the All Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship in Newbridge at 2pm on Saturday is the same as the team that defeated Kildare at the same venue two weeks ago.

The team 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 Thomas O’Connor Crotta O’Neills
10 Shane Conway Lixnaw
11 Jeremy McKenna Lixnaw
12 David Egan Abbeydorney
13 Eric Leen St Brendans
14 Fionán 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 Ciarán Breen Tralee Parnells
23 Ronan Donovan Abbeydorney
24 Aaron Tompson St Brendans
25 Jason Keane Lixnaw
26 Tom Foley Lixnaw
27 Brandon Barrett Causeway
28 John Mark Foley Kilgarvan
29 Jack Goulding Ballyduff