All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 2-17 Dublin 1-15

Tipperary defeated Dublin by 2-17 to 1-15 in the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 16th at Croke Park.

Minor: Tipperary finish well to sink Dublin


By Paul Keane at Croke Park for

Munster champions Tipperary finished strong at Croke Park, eventually shaking off a determined Dublin side to claim their place alongside Galway in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor hurling final. Liam Cahill’s side were tied with the beaten Leinster finalists after 50 minutes but blasted six points in a row to give themselves some breathing room by full-time.

Lyndon Fairbrother led the scoring with seven points in total for the Premier County and four of those came in that late six-point spree when the game hung in the balance. It was tough on a Dublin side that fought gamely throughout and an influential performer in Matthew Oliver who contributed 10 points across the hour.

Dublin were seeking to return to a first final since 2012 when they lost heavily to, ironically, Tipperary. That was also Tipp’s last final appearance though they came into this contest as favourites to return to the decider following their Munster success. Dublin lost to Kilkenny by two points in the Leinster final but felt they let victory slip away and turned over Antrim with ease in the quarter-finals. Boss Johnny McGuirk spoke of unfinished business after that contest and they came to Croke Park armed with both power and purpose.

With 10 minutes on the clock, Tipperary looked all set to build on their favourites tag as they strolled into a 1-3 to 0-1 lead. Free-taker Fairbrother got them off the mark with two points though it was David Gleeson’s 10th minute goal that put them well in the clear.
Dublin showed impressive resolve to haul themselves back into the game with four points in a row, three from their placed ball expert Oliver.

The sides then traded goals in a four-minute spell as the game hotted up noticeably. Tommy Nolan got Tipp’s second after being well fed by Cian Darcy before Fergal Whitely stroked home a Dublin goal with a powerful strike from the turf. Dublin enjoyed real form in the closing stages of the half and two more Oliver points saw them tie it up at half-time, 1-9 to 2-6. Dublin nudged two clear early in the second-half as they hit their fourth and fifth points without reply.

But Tipp were quickly back on level terms in an open and entertaining encounter and the sides would share parity on several occasions in the third quarter. Ciaran Dowling was excellent for Dublin and blasted a couple of beautiful points from the right wing. Tipp found scores slightly easier to come by as the game neared its conclusion though and hit a crucial six in a row of points between the 48th and 58th minutes, a decisive burst as they claimed a five-point win.
Scorers for Tipperary: Lyndon Fairbrother 0-7 (5f), Tommy Nolan 1-3, David Gleeson 1-0, Ruadhan Mulrooney 0-2, Cian Darcy 0-1, Daragh Carey 0-1, Garry Ryan 0-1, Alan Tynan 0-1, Shane Neville 0-1

Scorers for Dublin: Matthew Oliver 0-10 (7f, 1 ’65’), Ciaran Dowling 0-4, Fergal Whitely 1-0, Alex Considine 0-1.

TIPPERARY: Padraig Hayes; Enda Heffernan, Emmet Moloney, James Quigley; Kevin Hassett, Brian McGrath, Darragh Peters; Daragh Carey, Liam McCutcheon; Garry Ryan, Alan Tynan, Cian Darcy; Tommy Nolan, David Gleeson, Lyndon Fairbrother. Subs: Ruadhan Mulrooney for McCutcheon (25), Jack Skehan for Darcy (47), Michael Connors for Gleeson (47), Shane Neville for Ryan (61).

DUBLIN: Eoin Skelly; Cian Hendricken, Darragh Butler, Conor Ryan; Daire Gray, Paddy Smyth, Eoin Foley; Matthew Oliver, Carl Sammon; Ciaran Dowling, Mark Maguire, Eoghan Conroy; Alex Considine, Fergal Whitely, Eoghan Dunne. Subs: Cian O’Sullivan for Dunne (40), G King for Whitely (43), Donnacha Ryan for Gray (45), Conor Burke for O’Sullivan (59), Sean Hickey for Sammon (60).

Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow)

Fixture Details

16.08.2015 (Sun)
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 14:00
Áth Cliath v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Ceatharlach)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Dublin in next Sunday’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final in Croke Park at 2pm has been announced. Manager Liam Cahill has confirmed the same starting XV that won the Munster Championship on July 12th last with the team lining out as follows;

1. Padraic Hayes – Ballingarry
2. Enda Heffernan – Clonoulty Rossmore
3. Emmet Moloney – Drom & Inch
4. James Quigley – Kildangan
5. Kevin Hassett – Drom & Inch
6. Brian McGrath – Loughmore Castleiney
7. Darragh Peters – Kilruane MacDonaghs (Capt.)
8. Darragh Carey – Templederry Kenyons
9. Liam McCutcheon – Templederry Kenyons
10. Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
11. Garry Ryan – Borrisokane
12. Alan Tynan – Roscrea
13. Thomas Nolan – Drom & Inch
14. David Gleeson – Ballinahinch
15. Lyndon Fairbrother – JK Brackens

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final – Cork 4-10 Kilkenny 1-10

Cork defeated Kilkenny by 4-10 to 1-10 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 16th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Cork 4-10 Kilkenny 1-10

Two goals in the space of a minute in the third quarter mean that Cork remain on target for a second consecutive Liberty Insurance All-Ireland senior camogie title after a stirring response to a dreadful start.

Despite being champions, the Leesiders were definitely the underdogs as a result of the huge turnover of players in the past 12 months and only emerging from their group in third position. By contrast, Kilkenny had blitzed everyone in their way in securing direct qualification to the semi-final and looked likely like they might do the same to Cork as they thundered into a 1-6 to 0-2 lead mid-way through the first half.

Remarkably though, the Stripey Women only managed another four points while it was Cork that went goal crazy, registering four goals and eight points to set up a final date with Galway. This will be a repeat of the League final, which the Tribeswomen won by three points.
Orla Cotter got the opening score for Cork but when Michelle Quilty struck for a Kilkenny goal in the third minute, it marked a period of domination that propelled the Noresiders to a commanding lead.

Katie Power and Denise Gaule shot a couple of points each as Kilkenny moved inexorably clear but Cork’s blend of youth and experience began to prosper, as Amy O’Connor slotted a pair of points before Cotter’s free found the net off the stick of Emma Kavanagh. Another Cotter point and Cork were in the lead at half time, 1-7 to 1-6.

Gaule and Miriam Walsh put Kilkenny back in front but Katrina Mackey levelled and then struck a massive blow when finding the net. When Cotter goaled from the next attack the Rebels were suddenly five points ahead. When O’Connor shook the rigging five minutes later, Kilkenny’s goose was cooked and with Pamela Mackey in player-of-the-match form in the Cork defence, they never looked like bagging the goals they needed to get back into the game.

Scorers –
Cork: O Cotter 2-3; A O’Connor 1-2; K Mackey 1-1; J White, B Corkery 0-2 each
Kilkenny: D Gaule 0-4; M Quilty 1-1; K Power 0-2; C Phelan, M Walsh, A Dalton 0-1 each

Cork: A Murray, P Mackey, L Treacy, L O’Sullivan, R Buckley, G O’Connor, M Cahalane, J White, A Thompson, O Cotter, O Cronin, H Looney, B Corkery, A O’Connor, K Mackey

Kilkenny: E Flanagan, S Quirke, E Keane, C Foley, C Phelan, C Dormer, D Tobin, A Gannon, A Dalton, D Gaule, M Walsh, A Connery, A Farrell, K Power, M Quilty. Sub: J Frisby for Foley,

Referee: R Kelly (Kildare)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling S-Final – Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16

Galway defeated Tipperary by 0-26 to 3-16 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 16th at Croke Park.

Galway edge out Tipperary in epic semi-final

Tipperary 3-16 Galway 0-26

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Shane Moloney crowned an incredible debut for Galway with an injury-time match winning point as the Tribesmen returned to the All-Ireland hurling final in quite incredible fashion.

The substitute was only on the field a matter of moments when he was wonderfully picked out by a long Joe Canning pass and split the posts for the game breaking score. The strike brought to an end a remarkable game that saw Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan finish with 3-9 on his own.

Tipp also brought on Noel McGrath for his first action since April following testicular cancer surgery and the talented attacker contributed an important point. But Maloney was the man on everyone’s lips in the 58,495 strong crowd as he punched the air in delight after setting up a September 6 final showdown with Kilkenny. That’ll be a repeat of the 2012 finals and also of this year’s Leinster decider which the Cats won with a workmanlike display.

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham did insist after that provincial final loss that his team would meet Kilkenny again in the final and he’s proven to be as good as his word. Galway are still searching for a MacCarthy Cup breakthrough though and will be praying that this isn’t the height of their achievement this season as they chase a first title since 1988.

They got off to a terrible start when Callanan sniped 1-1 inside the opening four minutes to leave Tipp purring in front of the appreciative crowd. Callanan buzzed with intent throughout the half and finished it with 1-5 though Galway regrouped after that slow start and actually moved clear by the break.

Canning helped himself to a half dozen first-half points while Cathal Mannion, David Burke and rising star Conor Whelan found the target too to move the westerners 0-13 to 1-9 up at the break.

It was impossible to say who would prevail though due to the sheer quality of the ebb and flow contest. Canning added another piece of genius to proceedings early in the second-half with a point from a side line cut. It appeared goals would prove Tipp’s battering ram to success though. Callanan got a second in the 40th minute and added a third 13 minutes later with a clever low finish beneath the goalkeeper.

That put Tipp two clear but Galway responded with four points in a row from Canning, 2, Whelan and Jason Flynn. It summed up a tit-for-tat thrilling tie. Tipp will ultimately rue a penalty effort from Callanan that was tipped over while sub Lar Corbett drew another great save from Colm Callanan.

It looked like parity might be the winner late on as the sides went deep into injury-time without anyone taking the lead. But right at the death Canning found Maloney with a great diagonal pass, leaving the debutant to slip away from Cathal Barrett and fire the winner.

Galway: C Callanan; J Hanbury, P Mannion, J Coen; Daithi Burke, I Tannian, A Harte; A Smith (0-01), David Burke (0-02); J Flynn (0-05, 0-01f), C Donnellan, J Glynn; C Whelan (0-02), J Canning (0-10, 0-06f, 0-01 65, 0-1 s/l), C Mannion (0-05)
Subs: J Cooney for C Donnellan (53), D Collins for Smith (64), G Lally for Harte (65), S Maloney (0-01) for Cooney (69), P Brehony for Hanbury (70).

Tipperary: D Gleeson; C Barrett, J Barry, C O’Brien; R Maher, Padraic Maher, K Bergin; J Woodlock, S McGrath; J Forde (0-01), B Maher (0-01), Patrick Maher (0-01); N O’Meara, S Callanan (3-09, 0-03f, 0-1 65, 0-1 pen), J O’Dwyer (0-02).
Subs: Shane Bourke for Forde (h/t), Lar Corbett for McGrath (56), N McGrath (0-01) for Bourke (62), C O’Mahony (0-01) for Woodlock (63), M Breen for R Maher (72)

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)

Fixture Details

16.08.2015 (Sun)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 16:00
Gaillimh v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Barry Kelly (An Iarmhí)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Galway in next Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final at 4pm in Croke Park has been announced by manager Eamon O’Shea. It shows 1 change to the starting XV that lined out in the recent Munster Championship Final with Conor O’Brien coming in at left corner back.

The full team is as follows;
1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross Ballycahill
3. James Barry – Upperchurch Drombane
4. Conor O’Brien – Éire Óg Annacarty
5. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
6. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Kieran Bergin – Killenaule
8. James Woodlock – Drom & Inch
9. Shane McGrath – Ballinahinch
10. Jason Forde – Silvermines
11. Brendan Maher Capt. – Borris Ileigh
12. Patrick Maher – Lorrha Dorrha
13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghs


1. Colm Callanan
2. Johnny Coen
3. John Hanbury
4. Padraig Mannion
5. Aidan Harte
6. Iarla Tannian
7. Daithi Burke
8. Andrew Smith
9. David Burke
10. Conor Whelan
11. Cyril Donnellan
12. Jonathan Glynn
13. Jason Flynn
14. Joe Canning
15. Cathal Mannion

Ticket Information

Hogan Stand (No Concession) – €40
Cusack Stand – €40
Hill 16 – €25

Family Tickets are available for Cusack and Davin Stands
Adults – €40 Juveniles – €5
Students & Senior Citizens (Cusack Stand Only):-

Purchase full price tickets and on the day of the match they can claim a rebate of €10 when they produce appropriate I.D. at Block D, Stiles 1 to 5 in the Cusack Stand (Rebate can only be claimed on entry into the stadium via BLOCK D)

Wheelchair Tickets:-
Wheelchair Ticket and the Assistant’s ticket is €40

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• Juveniles Groups U-16 €3 each (you are permitted to bring 1 adult free with every ten Juveniles).. any additional adults pay full price for their tickets.
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Kilkenny are through to the GAA hurling All-Ireland senior final for the 14th time in 17 seasons and now all attention turns to the second semi-final where Galway take on Tipperary in Croke Park next Sunday (4.0). It will be preceded at 2.0 by the minor semi-final between Dublin and Tipperary and at 12.0 by the minor semi-final replay between Galway and Kilkenny. Galway are back in the senior semi-final for the first time since 2012 while Tipperary are making their seventh appearance in eight years, missing out in 2013 only.


Galway 1-17 Dublin 0-20 (Leinster quarter-final)
Galway 5-19 Dublin 1-18 (Leinster quarter-final) Replay
Galway 3-28 Laois 1-14 (Leinster semi-final)
Kilkenny 1-25 Galway 2-15 (Leinster final)
Galway 2-28 Cork 0-22 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Joe Canning………… 4-37 (0-22 frees, 0-3 ‘65s, 1 sideline)
Cathal Mannion……..3-15
Jason Flynn…………..1-14 (0-7frees)
Cyril Donnellan…….. 0-9
Jonathon Glynn……….1-3
Conor Whelan………..1-2
Davy Glennon………. 1-2
Andy Smith ………….0-5
Aidan Harte………… 0-5
David Burke………….0-5
Joseph Cooney………1-1
Johnny Coen……….. .1-0
Niall Healy…………….0-3
Padraig Brehony……..0-2
Padraig Mannion……..0-2
John Hanbury………….0-1
Fergal Moore ………….0-1

Tipperary 4-23 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)
Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16 (Munster final)

Seamus Callanan……………2-11 (0-6 frees, 0-3 ‘65s’)
John O’Dwyer………………0-12 0-2 frees, (0-1 ‘65’)
Jason Forde………………….1-5
Patrick Maher………………0-5
Michael Breen…………….1-1
Niall O’Meara……………..0-4
Shane Bourke……………..0-2
Shane McGrath…………..0-2
James Woodlock…………0-1
Lar Corbett…………………0-1

*This will be the first time since 1993 that Galway and Tipperary have met in the All-Ireland semi-final. They have had six championship clashes since then in All-Ireland quarter-finals (3), All-Ireland final (1) and qualifiers (2).

*Galway and Tipperary met in this year’s Allianz League in Thurles on February 22 when Tipperary won by 2-18 to 0-20 after leading by 0-14 to 0-11 at half-time.

*If Tipperary win on Sunday, they will set up a fifth All-Ireland final clash with Kilkenny in seven seasons.

*The last two championship games involving Galway and Tipperary in 2010 and 2014 produced a total of 13-71.

*This will be Galway’s sixth game in this year’s championship while Tipperary are facing their third.

*Galway have scored an average of 3-21 in their five games so far; Tipperary averaged 2-22 in their two games.

Tipperary have won three of the last four championship clashes with Galway, with the westerners’ only win coming in 2005 when they edged to victory in the All-Ireland quarter-final).
2014: Tipperary 3-25 Galway 4-13 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2010: Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2005: Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2003: Tipperary 1-18 Galway 1-17 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2001: Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15 (All-Ireland final)
2000: Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
1993: Galway 1-16 Tipperary 1-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1991: Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1989: Tipperary 1-17 Galway 2-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1988: Galway 1-15 Tipperary 0-14 (All-Ireland final)
Tipperary 6 Galway 4

2012: Galway 0-22 Cork 0-17
2005: Galway 5-18 Kilkenny 4-18
2001: Galway 2-15 Kilkenny 1-13
1996: Wexford 2-13 Galway 3-7
1995: Clare 3-12 Galway 1-13

2014: Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11
2012: Kilkenny 4-24 Tipperary 1-15
2011: Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18
2010: Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18
2009: Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7

Tipperary 3-25 Galway 4-13 (2014 All-Ireland qualifiers, Semple Stadium)
A crowd of 17,220 saw Galway surge into a 4-12 to 1-15 lead after 50 minutes before a Tipperary revival blitzed their rivals 2-10 to 0-1 over the closing 20 minutes.

Tipperary: Darren Gleeson; Paddy Stapleton, Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill; Brendan Maher, James Barry, Cathal Barrett; Ronan Maher, James Woodlock (0-1); Gearoid Ryan, Patrick Maher (0-1), Noel McGrath (0-5); John O’Dwyer (0-6), Seamus Callanan (3-8, 0-7 frees), Lar Corbett (0-2).
Subs: Kieran Bergin (0-1) for Ronan Maher; Shane McGrath (0-1) for Ryan; John O’Brien for Corbett.

Galway: Colm Callanan; Fergal Moore, Ronan Burke, David Collins; Iarla Tannian, Daithi Burke, Johnny Coen; Andy Smith, Padraig Brehony (0-1); David Burke (1-0), Joe Canning (0-5, 0-1 line ball), Cathal Mannion (0-2); Jason Flynn (1-0), Conor Cooney (0-4, 0-4 frees), Jonathon Glynn (2-0).
Subs: Davy Glennon (0-1) for David Burke; Joseph Cooney for Brehony; Aidan Harte for Smith; Niall Burke for Tannian; Damien Hayes for Mannion.