All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Leitrim 0-12 Waterford 0-8

Leitrim defeated Waterford by 0-12 to 0-8 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Sunday June 19th at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada Carrick-on-Shannon.

Losing streak continues for Waterford footballers at Leitrim

By Declan Rooney for the Irish Examiner online

Leitrim 0-12 Waterford 0-8

There wasn’t quite the same fanfare that greeted Leitrim’s first qualifier win against Wicklow back in 2012, but Shane Ward’s side were far more convincing today as they picked up their second backdoor victory in Carrick-on-Shannon.

A 13-point defeat to Roscommon saw their Connacht championship campaign grind to a halt in May, but the home side were far better than their visitors, who finished with a flourish, but only when Leitrim realised they had the win secured.

Waterford are still without a championship win since 2011 and Tom McGlinchy’s side will regret 13 wides – although two of them looked like they could have been awarded by the ponderous umpires – while Patrick Hurney also missed a 13 metre free from in font of the posts in the first half. It could have been a lot closer.

McGlinchey didn’t want to be drawn on his future after two years as Waterford manager, but he hinted that it might be time for a change after a couple of seasons with little progress. “We’re still in Division 4 and we still haven’t won a championship game so there’s no progression really. It’ll take time,” said McGlinchy.

“When you’re playing football in a hurling county, it’s hard because the lure of hurling always wins out. Even next year, whoever’s there next year and whoever’s playing next year, you just don’t know are fellas going to progress on to hurling or whatever they’re going to do. There’s potential there.”

This game was really won by Leitrim’s Ronan Kennedy either side of half-time. The Mohill forward brought his first-half tally to four point with two sweet points in the dying embers of the first-half, and put his team seven points clear with another two straight after the restart. Even when Liam Lawlor and sub Mark Ferncombe combined for the last four scores of the game there was no way back for Waterford.

“It’s a good day out. Despite the conditions, I thought we worth it today. I thought there was bit of response from the boys and they played well for large parts of the game,” said Leitrim manager Shane Ward. “We spoke about it before, playing well for 15 and then lying low for 15 but I thought we worth it today and we were really good for large parts of the game which makes me somewhat happy.”

Leitrim: B Flynn; K McHugh, R Gallagher, P Maguire; S McWeeney, G Reynolds (c), J Rooney; P McGowan, S Moran; T Mulvey, E Mulligan (0-3, 2f), C Gilheaney (0-1); R Kennedy (0-7, 2f, 1’45), D Wrynn (0-1), A Croal.
Subs: B Prior for Rooney (h-t), N O’Donnell for Mulvey (68), C Gaffney for Croal (68), R O’Rourke for Gilheaney (71).

Waterford: S Enright; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, T Ó hUallacháin; S Prendergast, J McGrath, B Looby; R Ó Ceallaigh, T Prendergast (c); G Crotty (0-1), P Hurney (0-1, 1f), M O’Halloran; J Veale, L Lawlor (0-2), L Ó Corraoin.
Subs: C Murray for O Ceallaigh (h-t), F O Cuirrin for Hurney (h-t), S Corcoran (0-01) for O Corraoin (h-t), M Ferncombe (0-3, 3f) for Veale (43 BC), M Curry for O’Halloran (51), J O’Mahony for Looby (68-70 temp).

Referee: Noel Mooney (Cavan)

They meet in the championship for the first time. Their last competitive clash was in this year’s Allianz League Division 4 when Waterford won by a point (0-10 to 1-6) in Dungarvan in the final round in early April.

Leitrim lost to Roscommon by 1-21 to 0-11 in the Connacht quarter-final while Waterford lost to Tipperary by 1-15 to 1-7 in the Munster quarter-final.

Louth 1-16 Leitrim 0-11 (Round 1 – Drogheda)
Offaly 1-20 Waterford 1-7 (Round 1 – Dungarvan)

Leitrim last won a qualifier game in 2012 (v Wicklow) while Waterford’s last win was in 2011 (v London).

The winners will enter Round 2 of the qualifiers on July 2; the losers’ season will be over.

Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Limerick 2-11 Tipperary 0-15

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 2-11 to 0-15 in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 19th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Limerick secure Intermediate hurling final spot

LIMERICK will face Clare on July 6, in the Munster Intermediate Hurling final, following a 2-11 to 0-15 win over Tipperary in Thurles this afternoon. The game, a curtain raiser for the senior clash at 4pm, saw Leo O’Connor’s men claim the final spot with a spirited display in atrocious weather conditions.

Seven points, (five frees), from Patrickswell’s Aaron Gillane, coupled with goals from wing forwards David Dempsey and Pat Ryan, saw Limerick progress in what was a tight affair. Having played with the help of a big wind in the first 30 minutes, Limerick led 1-6 to 0-7 at half time. Indeed it was Pat Ryan’s net rattler, that kick started the Shannonsiders’ into life following a good start by Tipperary to the second period.

Limerick can now look forward to that Munster final on July 6, in the knowledge that there is more to come from this side and with better weather, this young team could have more to come.

Limerick: E Mc Namara, M Casey, B Lynch, J Hannon, M Carmody, A La Touche Cosgrave, C Ryan, W O’Donoghue (0-1), L Lyons, D Dempsey (1-0), M Fitzgibbon, P Ryan (1-1), A Gillane (0-7, 5 free), K O’Brien (0-1), D Coleman.
Subs: S Flanagan for J Hannon (17mins), T Grimes for D Coleman (H/T), B Murphy (0-1) for D Dempsey (35), J Fox for M Fitzgibbon (50)

Tipperary: B Hogan (0-1, 1 free), G Fennelly, J Peters, P Maher, B Stapleton (0-3), T Fox (0-1), S Ryan, A Coffey (0-1), W Connors, J Shelly, B Mc Carthy, S Quirke (0-2), A McCormack (0-5, 2 free), M Russell (0-1), T Nolan.
Subs: C Hammersley for T Nolan (H/T), P Ryan for W Connors (39), J Cahill (0-1) for J Shelly (46)

Referee – Damien Fox (Clare)

Half Time – Limerick 1-6 Tipperary 0-7

Team News

Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Manager, William Maher has tonight announced his side that will line out against Limerick in their Munster Championship Semi-Final in Semple Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

The team lines out as follows;

1. Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha
2. Ger Fennelly – Ballingarry
3. Jack Peters – Kilruane MacDonaghs
4. Paul Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
5. Brian Stapleton – Templederry Kenyons
6. Tom Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty
7. Sean Ryan – Sean Treacys
8. Andrew Coffey – Nenagh Éire Óg
9. Willie Connors – Kiladangan
10. Jack Shelly (Capt.) – Mullinahone
11. Billy McCarthy – Thurles Sarsfields
12. Stephen Quirke – Moyle Rovers
13. Tadgh Gallagher – Kiladangan
14. Mark Russell – Lattin Cullen
15. Tommy Nolan – Drom & Inch

Limerick Intermediate hurling manager Leo O Connor and his selectors Anthony Riordan and Denis Barry has released their starting fifteen for this Sunday’s opening game at Semple Stadium. Limerick intermediate hurling side will take on Tipperary in the Munster intermediate hurling championship semi final at 2pm. The starting fifiteen is as follows 1. Eoghan McNamara (Doon), 2. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 3. Barry Lynch (Feohanagh), 4. Jody Hannon (Adare), 5. Mark Carmody (Patrickswell)(Captain), 6. Andrew La Touche-Cosgrave (Monaleen), 7. Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), 8. William O Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh), 9. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 10. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 11. Mike Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh), 12. Pat Ryan (Doon), 13. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), 14. Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell) and Dean Coleman (Doon).

Munster SHC Semi-Final – Tipperary 3-12 Limerick 1-16

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 3-12 to 1-16 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 19th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Limerick still couldn’t get past Tipperary despite John O’Dwyer’s sending off

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 3-12 Limerick 1-16

The loss of John O’Dwyer to an early red card didn’t deter Tipperary from confirming a second successive Munster final date with Waterford.

Limerick never looked like making the most of their numerical advantage and it was Tipperary, led by Cathal Barrett in defence, who looked like they had the extra man for large swathes of the game.

O’Dwyer will miss the July 10 final through suspension but this latest victory in front of 25,531 supporters in difficult playing and numerical conditions will give Tipperary plenty of encouragement.

Tom Morrissey’s injury-time goal after Darren Gleeson had saved from another substitute Kevin Downes gave Limerick supporters a small hope but Tipperary saw out the remaining action with little fuss.

Michael Breen, who found the net against Limerick in last year’s corresponding fixture, was given the chance to make amends when after running through he gave a poor hand-pass into Callanan. Dan Morrissey slipped up trying to gather possession and the midfielder’s ground stroke beat Nickie Quaid.

The Limerick goalkeeper was picking the sliotar from behind him again in the ninth minute. After Callanan was set up by Patrick Maher, Breen was quick to react to Quaid’s save and Tipperary were 2-0 to 0-1 up.

The game took a different complexion in the 14th minute when O’Dwyer deservedly saw the line for a strike on Richie English and the next three points came from Limerick. The margin was cut to one but then Callanan followed up with 1-1 in the space of a minute, his goal assisted by Noel McGrath as Limerick were cut open again.

Limerick once more reduced the difference to a solitary point but a brace of scores from Callanan ended the half to leave it 3-5 to 0-11 in Tipperary’s favour.

Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan (1-6, 0-3 frees, 0-2 65s); M. Breen (2-1); N. McGrath (0-3); J. McGrath, Pádraic Maher (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: S. Dowling (0-9, 8 frees); T. Morrissey (1-0); D. Hannon (0-2); B. Nash, C. Lynch, G. Hegarty, J. Ryan, J. Fitzgibbon (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: D. Gleeson; C. Barrett, J. Barry, M. Cahill; S. Kennedy, R. Maher, Pádraic Maher; B. Maher (c), M. Breen; N. McGrath, Patrick Maher, D. McCormack; J. O’Dwyer, S. Callanan, J. McGrath
Subs for Tipperary: N. O’Meara for D. McCormack (60); D. Maher for R. Maher (inj 64); J. Forde for Patrick Maher (69); K. Bergin for B. Maher, D. Quinn for M. Breen (both 70+1).

Sent off: J. O’Dwyer (straight, 14).

LIMERICK: N. Quaid (c); S. Hickey, D. Morrissey, R. English; D. Byrnes, G. O’Mahony, S. Hickey; J. Ryan, P. Browne; G. Hegarty, S. Dowling, C. Lynch; B. Nash, D. Hannon, G. Mulcahy
Subs for Limerick: T. Morrissey for J. Ryan (inj 48); K. Downes for B. Nash (55); J. Fitzgibbon for G. Hegarty (58).

Referee: J. McGrath (Westmeath)

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Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Limerick in the Munster Championship Semi-Final in Semple Stadium on Sunday next, June 19th at 4pm has been announced by manager Michael Ryan.

There is one change in his side which sees Patrick Maher from Lorrha Dorrha return for his first full start since injury ruled out his starting inclusion in Tipperary’s recent league run.

The team lines out as follows;

1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher (Capt.) – Borris-Ileigh
9. Michael Breen – Ballina
10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
11. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom-Inch
15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney

Limerick senior hurling manager TJ Ryan and his management team has released their starting fifteen for this Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final clash with Tipperary. With a 4pm throw in at Semple Stadium Thurles, TJ Ryan’s fifteen will be as follows, 1. Captain Nickie Quaid (Effin), 2. Tom Condon (Knockaderry), 3. Dan Morrissey (Ahane), 4. Richie English (Doon), 5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), 6. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 7. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), 8. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 9. Paul Browne (Bruff), 10. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s), 11. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), 12. Barry Nash (South Liberties), 13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14. Declan Hannon (Adare) and 15. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell).

They have met 67 times in the championship – 65 in Munster, one in the All-Ireland semi-final (2009) and one in the All-Ireland qualifiers (2004) with the results standing as follows: Tipperary 34 wins; Limerick 23 wins; Draws 10.

2015: Tipperary 4-23 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)
2014: Limerick 2-18 Tipperary 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
2013: Limerick 1-18 Tipperary 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
2012: Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19 (Munster quarter-final)
2009: Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Tipperary 4-23 Limerick 1-16 (2015 Munster semi-final)
Seamus Callanan scored 2-5, John O’Dwyer 0-7 and Jason Forde 1-3 as Tipperary romped to victory in the Gaelic Grounds before going on to take the title when beating Waterford in the final.

Limerick are having their first outing in this year’s championship while Tipperary beat Cork by 0-22 to 0-13 in the quarter-final.

This will be the 15th championship clash between the counties in the new Millennium with Tipperary having won eight times (2015-2012-2009-2006-2005-2004-2002-2001), Limerick three times (2014-2013-2007) while there were three draws (twice in 2007 and once in 2005) in the previous 14 games.

The winners will play Waterford in the Munster final on July 10; the losers enter the All-Ireland qualifiers on July 2.