All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifers Round 1 – Clare 5-32 Laois 0-12

Clare defeated Laois by 5-32 to 0-12 in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifers on Saturday July 2nd at Cusack Park Ennis.


Shanagher goals help Clare to 36-point win

Clare 5-33 Laois 0-12

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Four goals from Aaron Shanagher helped Clare to a facile 36-point win in this extremely one-sided hurling qualifier contest. The outcome had been decided long before the break, Clare enjoying a 2-14 to 0-5 heading back down the tunnel at half-time. Laois’ cause wasn’t helped by being reduced to 14 men on 27 minutes, Ben Conroy sent off on a second yellow card. The visitors also lost Cahir Healy to injury in the same play.

Clare hit an unanswered 1-5 between there and the break, Aaron Shanagher pouncing for his second goal in first-half stoppages. His first arrived on six minutes after Laois’ keeper Enda Rowland produced a superb save to deny David Reidy. Laois lived with their opponents for the first 20 minutes or so, but it was one-way traffic thereafter.

The second-half was 11 minutes old before Laois managed their sixth point of the contest, Willie Hyland ending a 21-minute barren spell for Cheddar Plunkett’s side. Clare had already tagged on eight points without reply since the resumption and two further goals from Shanagher on 50 and 51 minutes put Clare 30-points clear (4-24 to 0-6). Podge Collins struck Clare’s fifth goal six minutes from the end. Laois finished with 13-men as Cha Dwyer was sent off on a second yellow.

Scorers for Clare: A Shanagher (4-1); T Kelly (0-10, 0-3 frees); P Collins (1-3); C O’Connell (0-5, 0-4 frees); D McInerney, S O’Donnell (0-3 each); C Cleary, C Galvin, J Conlon (0-2 each); S Golden (0-1).

Scorers for Laois: W Hyland (0-3, 0-3 frees), E Rowland (0-2 frees), C Dwyer (0-2 each); M Whelan, PJ Scully (0-1 free), W Dunphy, M Kavanagh, N Foyle (0-1 each)

Clare: A Fahy; O’Brien, C Dillon, P O’Connor; J Browne, D McInerney, B Bugler; C Cleary, D Reidy; Calvin, J Conlon, T Kelly; P Collins, S O’Donnell, A Shanagher
Subs: D Fitzgerald for McInerney (43 mins); S Morey for Cleary (43): C O’Connell for Kelly (47); S Golden for Reidy (46); C Ryan for Conlon (51)

Laois: E Rowland; R Mullaney, P Purcell, D Palmer; C Stapleton, C Healy, M Whelan; J Lennon, L Bergin; B Conroy, C Dwyer, PJ Scully; W Hyland, N Foyle, W Dunphy
Subs: R King for Bergin (10 mins, inj); P Lawlor for Healy (28, inj); M Kavanagh for Scully (40); 46 D Maher for Stapleton (49); J Phelan for Dunphy (58)

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)



CLARE v LAOIS
They meet for the fifth time in the championship with Clare having won the previous four as follows:
2013: Clare 1-32 Laois 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2007: Clare 2-14 Laois 0-11 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2004: Clare 7-19 Laois 2-15 (All-Ireland qualifier)
1914: Clare 5-1 Laois 1-0 (All-Ireland final)

2016 CHAMPIONSHIP
Clare lost to Waterford by 1-21 to 0-17 in the Munster semi-final while Laois lost to Offaly by 3-22 to 2-14 in the Leinster quarter-final.

THE ROAD AHEAD
The winner enter the round 2 draw with the winners of Cork v Dublin, Westmeath v Limerick, Wexford v Offaly while the losers are finished for the season.


Team News

Goalkeeper Andrew Fahy has been named to start Clare’s All Ireland Hurling qualifier on Saturday evening against Laois at Cusack Park. In attack Aron Shanaghan replaces the injured Conor McGrath.

Clare: A Fahy; O O’Brien, P O’Connor, C Dillon; J Browne, C Cleary, B Bugler; D McInerney, D Reidy; C Galvin, P Collins, T Kelly; J Conlon, S O’Donnell, A Shanagher.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifers Round 1 – Cork 1-26 Dublin 1-23

Cork defeated Dublin by 1-26 to 1-23 in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifers on Saturday July 2nd at Pairc Ui Rinn.



Cadogan quality key to Cork win

Cork 1-26 Dublin 1-23

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Man of the match Alan Cadogan and Pa Horgan sent over insurance points late in additional time for Cork to stave off the challenge from 14-men Dublin in this first round All-Ireland SHC qualifier. Cork were four points up on the hour mark having recovered impressively from a Eamonn Dillon goal eight minutes earlier.

However, in keeping with a game where neither side were convincing they were reeled in by the 66th minute with four Dublin scores in a row and although they came back again via points from Bill Cooper and Conor Lehane a ninth David Treacy point put the minimum between the sides once more.

Yet it was the quality of Cadogan that once again sparkled in the Páirc Uí Rinn evening sunshine when he turned his marker and converted a score before Horgan flew over his 11th point of the game.

It wasn’t until the 19th minute that Cadogan first touched the ball but he was clinical, turning and finding the posts. Three minutes later and he repeated the trick before his 25th minute goal, the industrious Luke O’Farrell putting the ball into him. Cadogan had four scoring chances in total during the first half and took each of them. The same couldn’t be said for Lehane and Seamus Harnedy who looked short of confidence on the left wing.

Cork were two points up when Chris Crummey was dismissed for a second yellow card, Paud O’Dwyer sending him to the line after a dangerous foul on John Cronin. Yet Dublin managed to go into the break just two down, 1-10 to 0-11.

Cork looked unnerved when clearing their lines, particularly from their left flank, and Chris Bennett was giving Damien Cahalane a hard time of it. Both teams hit some dreadful wides. Treacy was switched off free-taking duty after missing a couple earlier in the first half. Cork totted up nine wides in the opening period.

Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (0-12, 8 frees); A. Cadogan (1-5); C. Lehane (0-3); D. Kearney (0-2); L. O’Farrell, W. Egan, B. Lawton, B. Cooper (0-1 each).

Scorers for Dublin: D. Treacy (0-9, 7 frees, 1 65); P. Ryan (frees), C. Bennett (0-4 each); E. Dillon (1-0); N. McMorrow, S. Barrett (0-2 each); J. McCaffrey, C. Crummey (0-1 each).

CORK: A. Nash; M. Ellis, D. Cahalane, K. Burke; A. Walsh, C. Joyce, C. Murphy; W. Egan, B. Cooper; L. O’Farrell, S. Harnedy (c), J. Cronin; A. Cadogan, P. Horgan, C. Lehane
Subs for Cork: C. O’Sullivan for C. Murphy (h-t); D. Kearney for J. Cronin (46); B. Lawton for W. Egan (49); L. McLoughlin for K. Burke (63); S. Kingston for S. Harnedy (68).

DUBLIN: G. Maguire; E. O’Donnell, C. O’Callaghan, J. Madden; C. Crummey, L. Rushe (c), S. Barrett; J. McCaffrey, N. McMorrow; D. Treacy, R. O’Dwyer, E. Dillon; P. Ryan, C. Bennett, M. Schutte
Subs for Dublin: N. Corcoran for J. Madden (h-t); S. Treacy for P. Ryan (44); D. O’Connell for J. McCaffrey (46); F. McGibb for M. Schutte (63); D. Plunkett for C. Bennett (67).

Sent off: C. Crummey (second yellow, 30).

Referee: P. O’Dwyer (Carlow)



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DUBLIN v CORK
Dublin are seeking their first championship win over Cork since the 1927 All-Ireland final when they won by 4-8 to 1-3. The counties have met eight times in the championship since then, with Cork winning them all.
The most recent meeting was in the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final when Cork won by 1-24 to 1-19 after Dublin had won the Leinster title for the first time since 1961

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2013: Cork 1-24 Dublin 1-19 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2008: Cork 1-17 Dublin 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2007: Cork 3-20 Dublin 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifier)
1952: Cork 2-14 Dublin 0-7 (All-Ireland final)
1944: Cork 2-13 Dublin 1-2 (All-Ireland final)

2016 CHAMPIONSHIP
Dublin beat Wexford by 2-19 to 0-12 in the Leinster quarter-final before losing the semi-final to Kilkenny by 1-25 to 0-16. Cork lost the Munster quarter-final to Tipperary by 0-22 to 0-13.

2016 ALLIANZ LEAGUE
Dublin 4-21 Cork 2-17 (Div 1A, Croke Park, March 5)
It was all very easy for Dublin who led by 3-12 to 0-9 at half-time. David Treacy 1-7 (0-5 frees) and Eamonn Dillon 2-3 were Dublin’s top scorers while Patrick Horgan 0-7 (0-6 frees, 0-1 ‘65’) and Seamus Harnedy 2-0 were Cork’s leading marksmen.

THE ROAD AHEAD
The winners enter the round 2 draw with the winners of Clare v Laois, Westmeath v Limerick, Wexford v Offaly while the losers are finished for the season


Team News

The Cork team to play Dublin in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship Qualifier on tomorrow Saturday July 2nd in Pairc Ui Rinn) has been announced as follows

Cork Team

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
3. Damian Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
4. Killian Burke (Midleton)
5. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
6. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
7. William Egan (Kilbrin)
8. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
9. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
10. Seamus Harnedy (St Ita’s)
11. John Cronin (Lisgoold)
12. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)
15. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)

Subs:
16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
17. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfield)
18. Michael Russell (Aghada)
19. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
20. Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk)
21. Mark Coleman (Mark Coleman)
22. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfield)
23. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)
24. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
25. Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers)
26. Shane Kingston (Douglas)

Dublin: G Maguire; E O’Donnell, C O’Callaghan, O Gough; S Barrett, L Rushe, C Crummey; D Plunkett, J McCaffrey; R O’Dwyer, N McMorrow, D Treacy; P Ryan, E Dillon, M Schutte.


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All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifers Round 1 – Limerick 1-24 Westmeath 0-18

Limerick defeated Westmeath by 1-24 to 0-18 in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifers on Saturday July 2nd at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar.


Second half seals Limerick win over Westmeath

By Declan Rooney for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 1-24 Westmeath 0-18

Limerick needed a strong second-half display to finally shake off Westmeath and reach the second round of the hurling qualifiers at Cusack Park. Graeme Mulcahy’s goal and 14 points from Shane Dowling proved crucial for TJ Ryan’s side who had Seanie O’Brien sent off five minutes before the interval.

And just like happened to Limerick against Tipperary in this year’s Munster championship, the team with the numerical advantage fell away in the second half as Dowling pointed ten after the break to seal the spot in the draw for Limerick. Brendan Murtagh crucially missed a penalty early in the second-half and Limerick pushed on after that. Limerick claimed a massive 12-point win when these sides met in the opening round of the qualifiers at the same stage last year.

After their disappointing semi-final exit in the Munster championship at the hands of Tipperary, Limerick needed to bounce back against a resurgent Westmeath. But the home side only led 0-13 to 1-9 at half-time despite playing with a stiff breeze in the first-half.

Limerick captain Nickie Quaid chose to play into the wind in the opening half, but they were unstoppable early in the game, Kevin Downes got their first point after 11 seconds, and they went on to take a 0-6 to 0-1 lead after ten minutes. Niall O’Brien opened Westmeath’s account in the sixth minute, but Shane Dowling scored three points, and with two from Declan Hannon Limerick were in charge.

Clarke ended the scoring drought for Westmeath, and they followed that up with five point in a row to take the lead for the first time, in the 22nd minute. That was Niall O’Brien’s fifth point of the half, but Limerick hit back, and after Hannon and Dowling got a point each, Mulcahy scored the goal in the 26th minute.

Limerick should have pushed on from there, but Westmeath continued to take the fight with Niall O’Brien unerring from the placed-ball. Seanie O’Brien got a straight red for an off the ball incident in the 30th minute and Westmeath scored three of the last four points in the half with Aonghus Clarke and Clarke’s point just before half-time, gave them a 0-13 to 1-9 lead at the break.

But after playing with the breeze at their backs in the first-half and not building up a sufficient lead, Westmeath needed to score first. Limerick hit the first two points, and when Murtagh failed to convert a 49th minute penalty Westmeath’s chances faded.

Dowling and O’Brien continued their personal battle, but Limerick always had the edge and could have stretched clear had Maloney not performed more heroics in the Westmeath goal.

Scorers: Limerick: S Dowling 0-14 (0-10f, 0-2 ’65), D Hannon 0-3, G Mulcahy 1-0, K Downes 0-3, J Ryan 0-1, D O’Donovan 0-1, P Browne 0-1, D Reidy 0-1.

Westmeath: N O’Brien 0-11 (0-8f, 0-1 sl), A Clarke 0-2, B Murtagh 0-2 (0-1f), A Craig 0-1, A Devine 0-1, C Boyle 0-1.

Limerick: N Quaid; S O’Brien, D Morrissey, R English; D Byrnes, G O’Mahony, P O’Brien; J Ryan, D O’Donovan; B Nash, D Hannon, P Browne; K Downes, S Dowling, G Mulcahy
Subs: G Hegarty for Nash (50), R McCarthy for D Morrissey (59), D Reidy for Hannon (59), A Dempsey for Ryan (63), T Condon for English (66).

Westmeath: P Maloney; C Shaw, T Doyle, T Gallagher; A Craig, A Clarke, A McGrath; C Boyle, E Price; N O’Brien, B Murtagh, A Devine; D Egerton, D McNicholas, N Mitchell
Subs: R Greville for McNicholas (47), L Varley for McGrath (49), K Doyle for Mitchell (55), G Greville for Shaw (69).

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)



WESTMEATH v LIMERICK
They had never met in the championship prior to last season and now they are heading for a second clash in a year. Limerick beat Westmeath by 4-15 to 1-12 in the Round 1 qualifier in Mullingar last year.

Shane Dowling (1-3), Kevin Downes (1-2) and Paul Browne (1-1) were top scorers for Limerick while Brendan Murtagh (0-6) and Cormac Boyle (1-2) were Westmeath’s main marksmen.

2016 CHAMPIONSHIP
This will be Limerick’s second game, having lost to Tipperary by 3-12 to 1-16 in the Munster semi-final while Westmeath have had four games, winning three and losing one as follows.
Westmeath 2-22 Offaly 1-11 (Leinster Round Robin)
Westmeath 1-18 Kerry 1-13 (Leinster Round Robin)
Westmeath 0-22 Carlow 2-15 (Leinster Round Robin)
Galway 3-27 Westmeath 0-19 (Leinster quarter-final)

THE ROAD AHEAD
The winner enter the round 2 draw with the winners of Cork v Dublin, Wexford v Offaly, Clare v Laois while the losers are finished for the season.


Team News

Limerick senior hurling manager TJ Ryan and his management team has released their starting fifteen for this Saturday’s All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier clash with Westmeath. With a 5pm throw in at Cusack Park Mullingar, TJ Ryan’s fifteen will be as follows, 1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)(Captain), 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. Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh)

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Final – Kerry 3-14 Cork 3-8

Kerry defeated Cork by 3-14 to 3-8 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday July 3rd at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.


Kerry win Munster Minor Football Final

​​Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Final

​​Kerry 3-14 Cork 3-8

​By Denis Hurley at Fitzgerald Stadium for GAA.ie

Kerry dominated the closing stages to claim a fourth Electric Ireland MFC title in a row at Cork’s expense in Killarney on Sunday.

When Mark Buckley scored his second goal for Cork in the 47th minute, it put the visitors 3-7 to 2-9 ahead, giving them the lead for the first time in the game, having trailed by 2-3 to 0-2 early in the first half. The Rebels would only score one more point, however, with Kerry going into overdrive.

Man of the match David Clifford conjured an instant response when he goaled after a quickly-taken free and he would get two more points, as would wing-back Micheál Foley, with captain Seán O’Shea also on target as they ran out six-point winners.

It appeared early on that the final winning margin would be far greater, though. Clifford was central as Bryan Sweeney and captain Seán O’Shea got early goals with Dara Moynihan unlucky too.

Cork were struggling but the free-taking of Damien Gore gave them a foothold in the game and Buckley’s goal ensured that they trailed by just four at half-time, 2-7 to 1-6. Within three minutes of the restart, the sides were level as Colm O’Callaghan’s deflected goal was followed by a Buckley point.

Two Clifford points pushed Kerry ahead again but Buckley’s goal looked to have set up an interesting final quarter. Instead, it was almost all Kerry. Both sides advance to the All-Ireland quarter-finals, with Kerry meeting the Ulster runners-up and Cork clashing with that province’s champions.

Scorers for Kerry: D Clifford 1-5 (2 frees), S O’Shea 1-4 (2 frees, 1 45), B Sweeney 1-0, D Moynihan, M Foley 0-2 each, B Friel 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: M Buckley 2-2, D Gore 0-4 (frees), C O’Callaghan 1-0, C Maguire 0-2

KERRY: B Courtney; G O’Sullivan, N Collins, M Reidy; M Potts, M Foley, D O’Brien; M Breen, M Ryan; D O’Connor, S O’Shea, D Moynihan; B Friel, D Clifford, B Sweeney
Subs: D Naughton for Reidy (half-time), C Linnane for Sweeney (41), D Shaw for Friel (44), C Teahan for Ryan (58), F O’Brien for O’Connor, S Okunbar for Foley (both 60).

CORK: M White; A McCarthy, A Browne, L O’Donovan; R O’Driscoll, N Walsh, T Ó Corcra; J Ryan, S Ryan; S O’Sullivan, K O’Donovan, C Maguire; D Gore, C O’Callaghan, M Buckley
Subs: C Foley for J Ryan (half-time), S O’Driscoll for O’Sullivan (48), G O’Donoghue for S Ryan (53), S Minihane for R O’Driscoll, C O’Mahony for K O’Donovan (both 59).

Referee: A Kissane (Waterford)




Team News

The Cork team to play Kerry in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday 3rd July has been announced as follows

Cork Team
1. Mark White (Clonakilty)
2. Alan McCarthy (St Finbarrs)
3. Aidan Browne (Newmarket)
4. Liam O’Donovan (Clonakilty) Vice Captain
5. Tadhg Corkery (Cill na Martra)
6. Nathan Walsh (Douglas) Captain
7. Rory O’Driscoll (Garnish)
8. Jack Ryan (Ballymartle)
9. Sean Ryan (Ballinascarthy)
10. Sean O’Sullivan (Mitchelstown)
11. Colm O’Callaghan (Eire Og)
12. Cathal Maguire (Castlehaven)
13. Damien Gore (Kilmacabea)
14. Mark Buckley (Dohenys)
15. Kevin O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers)
Subs
16. Kevin Mc Mahon (Kilshannig)
17. Sean Minihane (Ilen Rovers)
18. Jason Twomey (Eire Og)
19. Gearoid O’Donoghue (Ballincollig)
20. Cathal Foley (Kilmichael)
21. Shane O’Driscoll (Glanmire)
22. Cathal O Mahony (Mitchelstown)
23. Lorcan Finn (Mitchelstown)
24. Darragh Moynihan (Ballydesmond)

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Cork in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Final at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next (12 noon) shows one change in personnel from the side that defeated Clare in the semi final – Bryan Sweeney, who played in last year’s All Ireland final, starts at full forward with Ferdia O’Brien the player to lose out.

The team, captained by Seán O’Shea of Kenmare is as follows:

1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
2. Micheál Reidy Ballymacelligott
3. Niall Collins Listowel Emmets
4. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
5. Michael Potts Dr. Crokes
6. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
7. Micheál Foley Ballydonoghue
8. Mike Breen Beaufort
9. Mark Ryan Rathmore
10. Dara Moynihan Spa
11. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
12. Diarmuid O’Connor Na Gaeil
13. David Clifford Fossa
14. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
15. Brian Friel Rathmore
Fir Ionaid:
16. Sean Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
17. David Naughton Dr. Crokes
18. Ferdia O’Brien Austin Stacks
19. David Shaw Dr. Crokes
20. Kieran Dwyer St. Pats
21. Caolim Teahan Glenbeigh-Glencar
22. Stefan Okunbar Na Gaeil
23. Niall O’Donoghue Firies
24. Cormac Linnane Beale

Bainistíocht:
Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)
Treanalaí: Chris Flannery and Padraig Murphy
Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin)

Liaison Officer: Christy Killeen

Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel
Tomás O’Connor Ballymacelligott
Dean Fitzgerald Rathmore
Darren Casey St. Mary’s
Karl Mullins Kerins O’Rahillys
Cormac Leane Milltown Castlemaine
Fionán Mackessy Ardfert
Darragh Sugrue Tuosist
Ryan O’Neill Na Gaeil
Cian Gammell Killarney Legion
Chris O’Donoghue Glenflesk

The team contains three of the starting fifteen from last year’s All Ireland final win over Tipperary – Billy Courtney, Sean O’Shea and Bryan Sweeney while three others who played in that final – Daniel O’Brien, Mike Breen and Graham O’Sullivan also make the starting fifteen. Five of the St Brendans Killarney Hogan Cup winning team are included, Billy Courtney, Daniel O’Brien, Michael Potts, Dara Moynihan and David Clifford.

Kerry and Cork clash in Minor Final
Kerry and Cork renew rivalry at Minor level when they clash in the Munster Minor Final in the curtain raiser at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday (throw-in 12 noon). Kerry are of course All Ireland champions for the past two years and they can still call on the likes of Sean O’Shea, Billy Courtney, Daniel O’Brien, Graham O’Sullivan, Bryan Sweeney and Mike Breen from last year’s successful panel. Peter Keane has taken over the reins from Jack O’Connor and it remains to be seen if the Cahersiveen man can work the oracle in the same fashion as his near neighbour from Dromid did.
Cork have not won the Munster title since 2010 but they do come to Killarney with a big reputation this year. Last year they went down to the Kingdom by just a point after extra time in a classic in Austin Stack Park without having the chance to redeem themselves through the back door system. No doubt this year’s squad will want to reverse that result. Games between these two sides rarely fail to ignite and early comers to the Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday could be in for a treat. Referee is Alan Kissane of Waterford.

Munster GAA Poc Fada Final 2016

The Munster GAA Poc Fada Final 2016 took place in the Michael Cusack Centre, Carron, County Clare on Saturday July 2nd.


MUNSTER SENIOR POC FADA 2016 RESULTS

Place Name Club County Score
1st James McInerney Newmarket on Fergus Clare 28
2nd Aaron Murphy Hospital/Herbertstown Limerick 29
3rd Declan Dalton Fr O’Neills Cork 29
4th Paul Carroll Burgess Tipperary 32
5th Stephen Murphy Causeway Kerry 34


MUNSTER UNDER 16 POC FADA 2016 RESULTS

Place Name County Score
1st Gearóid O’Connor Moyne Templetuohy Tipperary 19
2nd Luke Philpott Banteer Cork 20
3rd Fiachra Donnellan Feakle Clare 20
4th Dylan Cahill St Kierans Limerick 23
5th Gavin Dooley Causeway Kerry 23
6th Michael Kiely Abbeyside Waterford 23

Munster Intermediate Hurling Final – Clare 1-26 Limerick 2-18

Clare defeated Limerick by 1-26 to 2-18 after extra time in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Final on Wednesday July 6th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.




Clare claim Munster intermediate glory in final thriller

By Brendan Buckley for the Irish Examiner

Limerick 2-18 Clare 1-26 (AET): Clare claimed Munster glory after edging Limerick in extra-time at the Gaelic Grounds last night. In front of 2,319 fans, the teams were tied, Clare 1-16 Limerick 2-13, after 60 minutes. Clare corner back Rory Hayes forced the game into extra-time when he pointed superbly from under the Mackey Stand, two minutes into injury time.

Two minutes earlier Limerick captain Mark Carmody had pointed his side ahead and it seemed that they were destined to win their first title at this level since 2008. In normal time, Clare played the last 20 minutes of the second half of normal time with 14 men, following a double yellow card for Dara Walsh, inside two minutes.

But back to their full compliment, in extra-time, Shane Gleeson and Ben O’Gorman proved the Clare heroes. Following an opening 30 minutes which featured 17 wides, nine of which were hit by Clare, the teams were deadlocked at half-time.

Clare had made the better start to the game and led 0-4 to 0-2 after eight minutes, with Shane McGrath pointing a trio of scores. His Feakle club mate Oisin Donnellan, picking up a break of Mikey O’Neill, netted for the Banner County in the 10th minute, putting them 1-4 to 0-3 ahead.

Points from Kevin Hehir and Jason McCarthy stretched Clare’s advantage, 1-6 to 0-4, before Limerick’s David Dempsey placed Aaron Gillane for Limerick’s first goal. The same players had combined in the 13th minute, forcing a excellent Vaughan save from a Gillane shot.

Two minutes before the break Clare led 1-9 to 1-5 but the Leo O’Connor managed Limerick men hit 1-1 in the closing two minutes. Cutting in from the left of Daniel Vaughan’s goalmouth, Limerick’s Pat Ryan buried his side’s second goal in first-half injury time. Limerick won the resultant puck out and a Ronan Lynch shot was met with no initial decision from the umpires. Having spoke to referee Joe Larkin, Lynch was awarded what was his fourth first-half point from play.

In the second half, Clare suffered the loss of Walsh, on a second yellow card. Yet they would come back to force extra-time, and ultimately claim that Munster crown. Clare will now face Wexford or Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final on Saturday August 6.

Clare: D Vaughan; R Hayes, E Quirke, C Cooney; J McCarthy, A McGuane, D Walsh; D Conroy, K Hehir; O Donnellan, S McGrath (c), D Corry; M O’Neill, R Taylor, C Crehan.
Subs: S Gleeson for D Corry (half-time), B O’Gorman for O Donnellan (43), D Russell for R Taylor (52), M Lynch for S McGrath (58), M O’Shea for C Crehan (68), E Enright for K Hehir (75), S Tayor for M Lynch (78).

Scorers: S Gleeson (0-8, 5frees) S McGrath (0-6, 4 frees), O Donnellan (1-1), B O’Gorman, R Taylor, D Conroy (0-2 each), K Hehir, J McCarthy, R Hayes, D Russell, M O’Neill (0-1 each).

Yellow cards: K Hehir, D Walsh, S Gleeson, A McGuane, R Hayes, C Cooney.

Red cards: D Walsh, S Taylor.

Limerick: E McNamara; M Casey, B Lynch, S Flanagan; C Ryan, L Lyons, M Carmody (c); A La Touche Cosgrave, W O’Donoghue; D Dempsey, R Lynch, P Ryan; A Gillane, K O’Brien, P Casey
Subs: O O’Reilly for K O’Brien (44), B Murphy for P Ryan (54), W Griffin (61), W Griffin for A Gillane (60), M Fitzgibbon for R Lynch (63), P Ryan for W O’Donoghue (70), D Fanning for P Casey (70).

Scorers: R Lynch (0-6, 2 frees), A Gillane (1-2, 2 frees), P Ryan (1-0), Willie Griffin (0-3 frees), B Murphy (0-2) A La Touche Cosgrave, K O’Brien, D Dempsey, L Lyons, M Carmody.

Yellow card: M Carmody.

Referee: J Larkin (Cork)


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Intermediate hurling manager Leo O Connor and his selectors Anthony O Riordan and Denis Barry has released their starting fifteen for this Wednesday evening’s Munster Intermediate hurling championship final. Limerick intermediate hurling side will take on Clare in the Munster intermediate hurling championship final at 7.30pm.

The starting fifteen is as follows 1. Eoghan McNamara (Doon), 2. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 3. Barry Lynch (Feohanagh), 4. Seán Flanagan (Feohanagh), 5. Mark Carmody (Patrickswell)(Captain), 6. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), 7. Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), 8. Pat Ryan (Doon), 9. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 10. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 11. William O Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh), 12. Andrew La Touche-Cosgrave (Monaleen), 13. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), 14. Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell) and 15. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)


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All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 2B – Cork 2-12 Limerick 0-10

Cork defeated Limerick by 2-12 to 0-10 in Round 2B of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 9th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Cork back on track with convincing win against Limerick

Cork 2-12 Limerick 0-10

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Goals in either half from Peter Kelleher and captain Paul Kerrigan eased Cork to victory over Limerick in this afternoon’s All-Ireland SFC round 2B qualifier at Semple Stadium, writes Jackie Cahill.

On his first full Championship start, Kelleher could have had a hat-trick but settled for just the one goal as the Leesiders bounced back from their shock Munster SFC semi-final loss to Tipperary to reignite their season. Kerrigan top-scored for Cork with a haul of 1-3, while Collins added five points from play as Peadar Healy’s charges romped to an eight-point win.

Cork were ten points up in stoppage time before Limerick contributed the final two points of the game but in truth, the Shannonsiders were outclassed. Better opposition could have troubled vulnerable Cork this afternoon but with Alan O’Connor tasting championship fare for the first time since the 2015 qualifier defeat to Kildare, the winners had a stranglehold around the middle third.

At opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of senior experience, O’Connor dovetailed well with Ian Maguire and the pair provided the platform for victory, with Kerrigan and Collins buzzing up front.

Cork were 1-6 to 0-4 clear at half-time, with Kelleher netting at the second attempt in the 14th minute. Cork could have had more first half goals but Colm O’Neill’s fifth-minute penalty was well saved by Donal O’Sullivan, Kelleher palmed an effort off the crossbar and Kerrigan blazed wide after cutting through.

Cork were 0-3 to 0-0 clear before Darragh Treacy opened Limerick’s account but John Brudair’s charges wouldn’t score again for 17 minutes and Cork took over to lead by 1-5 to 0-1. Despite having the breeze for the second half, Limerick were on the backfoot as Collins struck a deceptive effort off the crossbar before Kerrigan bagged a brace of points.

Kelleher forced another good save from O’Sullivan but Cork still led by eight points on a couple of occasions; with Limerick only getting as close as six in the second half. Kerrigan netted in stoppage time to add gloss to the final scoreline but vast improvement is needed ahead of next weekend’s latest assignment for Cork.

Scorers for Cork: P Kerrigan 1-3, M Collins 0-5, P Kelleher 1-0, C O’Neill (f), L Connolly (f), J O’Rourke & M Hurley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 0-4 (3f), D Treacy & I Corbett 0-2 each, S McSweeney (f) & S Buckley 0-1 each.

CORK: R Price; C O’Driscoll, E Cadogan, N Galvin; T Clancy, J Loughrey, B O’Driscoll; A O’Connor, I Maguire; P Kerrigan, M Collins, K O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, P Kelleher, L Connolly
Subs: S Powter for B O’Driscoll (h.t.), D Goulding for O’Neill (46), J O’Rourke for Connolly (49), R Deane for O’Connor (60), M Hurley for K O’Driscoll (65), P Kelly for Kelleher (68).

LIMERICK: D O’Sullivan; P Browne, S Cahill, J McCarthy; P Ranahan, S O’Dea, B Fanning; S Buckley, D Treacy; G Noonan, P Nash, T Childs; H Bourke, I Ryan, S McSweeney
Subs: I Corbett for Childs (27), E Hogan for McSweeney (47), P White for Ranahan (52), P Scanlan for Bourke (55), J Naughton for Nash (63), K Ryan for O’Dea (69).

Referee: N Mooney (Cavan)





Fixture Details

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifier Round 2B
Cork v Limerick
Saturday, July 9th
3pm @ Semple Stadium, Thurles
Referee: Noel Mooney (Cavan)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 2
Cork v Wexford
Saturday, July 9th
5pm @ Semple Stadium, Thurles
Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)


Team News

Cork Senior Football Team

1. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)
2. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. Noel Galvin (Ballincollig)
5. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
6. James Loughrey (Mallow)
7. Brian O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
8. Alan O Connor (St Colum’s)
9. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)
10. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
12. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
Subs:
16. Micheal Martin (Nemo Rangers)
17. Daniel Goulding (Eire Og)
18. John McLoughlin (Kanturk)
19. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
20. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)
21. Niall Coakley (St Jude’s)
22. Paddy Kelly (Ballincollig)
23. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
24. Sean Powter (Douglas)
25. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
26. Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)

Limerick senior football management team of John Brudair, Declan Brouder and Mike Fahy has released their starting fifteen and match panel to face Cork this Saturday in their All-Ireland Senior Football Championship qualifier against Cork in Semple Stadium at 3pm

The Limerick starting fifteen is as follows: (1) Donal O Sullivan (Monaleen), (2) Johnny McCarthy (St.Kierans), (3) Paudie Browne (Fr. Caseys), (4) Stephen Cahill (Mountcollins), (5) Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), (6) Sean O Dea (Kilteely Dromkeen), (7) Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen), (8) Darragh Tracey (St. Kierans), (9) Iain Corbett (Newcastlewest)(Captain), (10) Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher/Broadford), (11) Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), (12) Seanie Buckley (Dromcollogher/Broadford), (13) Sean McSweeney (St Kieran’s), (14) Ian Ryan (St Senan’s) and (15) Hugh Bourke (Adare)
Match panel (16) Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffins), (17) Paul White (Rathkeale), (18) Tony McCarthy (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), (19) Seán Flanagan (Castlemahon), (20) Michael Donovan (Galbally), (21) Tommie Childs (Galtee Gaels), (22) Eoin Hogan (Na Piarsaigh), (23) Killian Ryan (Mungret St Pauls), (24) Padraig Scanlon (Glin), (25) Colm Moran (Monaleen) and (26) James Naughton (St Senans).


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They meet in the All-Ireland qualifiers for the first time since 2010 when Cork won a Round 4 clash by two points after extra-time, en route to winning the All-Ireland title. 2010 was the last year that Cork entered the qualifiers in Round 2, having been in all the Munster finals between 2011 and last year. Limerick are seeking their first championship win over Cork since 2003 when they won a Munster quarter-final tie by ten points in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2013: Cork 3-17 Limerick 0-8 (Munster quarter-final)
2010: Cork 0-16 Limerick 1-11 AET (Qualifier – Round 4)
2009: Cork 2-6 Limerick 0-11 (Munster final)
2008: Cork 2-9 Limerick 0-12 (Munster semi-final)
2007: Cork 2-14 Limerick 0-7 (Munster quarter-final)

HOW THEY GOT HERE
Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
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Clare 0-16 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
Limerick 2-6 Antrim 0-9 (Qualifier Round 1)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 2 – Wexford 0-23 Cork 1-17

Wexford defeated Cork by 0-23 to 1-17 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 9th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


SHC Qualifier: Wexford shock Cork

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 2 Qualifier

WEXFORD 0-23 CORK 1-17

By Declan Rooney at Semple Stadium, Thurles for GAA.ie

Late points from Lee Chin and Liam Og McGovern ensured Wexford’s progression to Round 3 of the hurling qualifiers and to a memorable win over Cork at Semple Stadium. The last win for Wexford over the Rebels in the championship came back in the All-Ireland final of 1956, but when Daniel Kearney goaled for Cork with eight minutes remaining it seemed as if all Wexford’s positive play would be in vain as Cork retook the lead.

But Chin and McGovern kicked on with great scores and added to a 13-point haul from Conor McDonald to take the win. Wexford were good value for their 0-12 to 0-9 lead at half-time, but it was a lead that didn’t look likely after a bright start from Cork.

In fairness to Wexford they got off to a dent start too, but in the first 15 minutes Cork hit six good points from play from six different players as they led by 0-6 to 0-5. Goalkeeper Mark Fanning gave Wexford the lead in the first minute with a long range free, but three of the next four points came from Cork, through Patrick Horgan, Alan Cadagon and Bill Cooper.

Two points from McDonald gave Wexford the lead again, before Seamus Harnedy, Luke O’Farrell and Willian Egan all found their range. But Wexford went on to keep Cork scoreless for the next 21 minutes, a period of time that they hit seven points of their own to take control as they carried a 0-12 to 0-6 lead.

But Cork finished the half with a burst of scores, as Conor Lehane hit two, while Horgan’s free meant there was just three in it at the break. After the restart Horgan showed his prowess from placed balls and his fire soon cut the gap to two points. But Wexford responded with two of their own – the first from corner-back Eoin Moore from long range – to open out a four-point lead again.

Horgan was on the mark for Cork once more in the 42nd minute, but two scores in a row from McDonald and Chin soon settled Wexford again. But Cork came with a strong surge and they hit 1-4 in the space of 13 minutes to take an unlikely lead as Wexford began to hit wides at the other end.

A mistake form Paudie Foley allowed Kearney in for the goal, but crucially Chin responded at the other end with a great point within a few seconds. And that score proved crucial as Dunne’s side pulled clear in the end to seal their progression.

Scorers: Wexford: C McDonald 0-13 (10f), L chin 0-4, L Og McGovern 0-2, J O’Connor 0-1, P Morris 0-1, E Moore 0-1 (1f), M Fanning 0-1 (1f).

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-7 (6f), C Lehan 0-3, L O’Farrell 0-3, D Kearney 1-0, B Cooper 0-1, W Egan 0-1, S Harnedy 0-1, A Cadagon 0-1.

Wexford: M Fanning; E Moore, M O’Hanlon, J Breen; D O’Keeffe, P Foley, E Martin; J O’Connor, E Conroy; L Óg McGovern, L Chin, P Doran; P Morris, C McDonald, D Dunne
Subs: H Kehoe for Doran (35), A Kenny for Martin (43), S Donohoe for O’Connor (63), C Dunbar for Moore (66), A Nolan for Morris (73).

Cork: A Nash; C O’Sullivan, D Cahalane, S McDonnell; A Walsh C Joyce, M Ellis; B Cooper, W Egan; L O’Farrell, S Harnedy, J Cronin, A Cadagon P Horgan, C Lehane
Subs: D Kearney for Cronin (31), B Lawton for Cooper (55), S Kingston for Harnedy (60), C Murphy for Joyce (63), M Coleman for McDonnell (68).

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)







Fixture Details

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifier Round 2B
Cork v Limerick
Saturday, July 9th
3pm @ Semple Stadium, Thurles
Referee: Noel Mooney (Cavan)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 2
Cork v Wexford
Saturday, July 9th
5pm @ Semple Stadium, Thurles
Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)



Team News

Cork Senior Hurling Team

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers) (Capt)
3. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
4. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfield)
5. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
6. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
7. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
8. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
9. William Egan (Kilbrin)
10. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)
11. John Cronin (Lisgoold)
12. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Seamus Harnedy (St Ita’s)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)
Subs:
16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
17. Killian Burke (Midleton)
18. Michael Russell (Aghada)
19. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
20. Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk)
21. Mark Coleman (Blarney)
22. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfield)
23. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)
24. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
25. Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers)
26. Shane Kingston (Douglas)


They meet in the qualifiers for a second successive year, with Cork having won last year’s Round 1 clash by 2-22 to 0-20 in Innovate Wexford Park. Patrick Horgan (0-9) and Conor Lehane (1-6) were top scorers for Cork while Ian Byrne was Wexford’s top marksman on 0-12. It’s 60 years since Wexford last beat Cork in the championship, winning the 1956 All-Ireland final by 2-14 to 2-8. The counties have met eight times in the championship since then, with Cork winning seven while there was a draw in the 2003 All-Ireland semi-final.

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2012: Cork 3-24 Wexford 2-17 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2004: Cork 1-27 Wexford 0-12 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2003 Cork 3-17 Wexford 2-7 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)
2003: Cork 2-20 Wexford 3-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1977: Cork 1-17 Wexford 3-8 (All-Ireland final)

HOW THEY GOT HERE
Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
Cork 1-26 Dublin 1-23 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 1)
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Dublin 2-19 Wexford 0-12 (Leinster quarter-final)
Wexford 1-21 Offaly 1-13 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 1)


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All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 2 – Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15

Clare defeated Limerick by 0-19 to 0-15 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 9th at Semple Stadium Thurles.



Tony Kelly and Podge Collins lead the charge as Clare put Limerick to the sword

Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Clare got their All-Ireland bid back on track in convincing fashion after overcoming the stubborn resistance of neighbours Limerick in front of 15,540 spectators at Semple Stadium tonight. Aron Shanagher put the 2013 All-Ireland champions on the scoreboard after just 17 seconds but they would have to wait another 12 minutes to get their next as Limerick settled into their stride.

Shane Dowling (two frees), Kevin Downes and Darragh Donovan sent them 0-4 to 0-1 ahead before John Conlon and Dowling traded points but the Banner assumed total control thereafter, however, and got to grips with Limerick’s ‘grip it and whip it’ long ball style. The Treaty were held scoreless for the remainder of the half as Podge Collins led the charge for Davy Fitzgerald’s side, firing three first-half points while Tony Kelly was unerring from placed balls as they hit nine points without reply.

With Cian Dillon, Brendan Bugler and David McInerney, who surged forward to hit a fine point, tightening the screw and Shane O’Donnell foraging hard in attack and hitting two points, they led by six at the break, 0-11 to 0-5. TJ Ryan’s side started the new half with a purpose as sub Gearóid Hegarty and a Dowling free left four in it but Kelly and O’Donnell stopped their mini-revival.

The sides traded scores throughout and Limerick threatened to make a real game of it going into the last ten minutes when cutting the gap to three, thanks mainly to the best efforts of Diarmaid Byrnes, who shot three second-half points.

But they could never get closer than three points and when Shanagher earned a penalty, which Kelly duly tapped over, it stretched the gap to four. James Ryan’s injury-time point made Clare sweat it out but Kelly was on the mark from play again to seal the win and their place in the last six.

Having only previously beaten Offaly and Laois in the championship since lifting Liam MacCarthy, Clare will be hopeful that they can negotiate their way back to Croke Park for the first time in three years with a quarter-final win.

SCORERS –
Clare – T Kelly 0-9 (5f, 0-1 ’65, 0-1 pen), P Collins and S O’Donnell 0-3 each, A Shanagher, D McInerney, J Conlon and J Browne 0-1 each.
Limerick – S Dowling 0-6 (5f, 0-1 ’65), D Byrnes 0-3, J Ryan 0-2, P Browne, K Downes, G Hegarty and D O’Donovan 0-1 each.

CLARE: A Fahy, P O’Connor, C Dillon, J Browne; O O’Brien, D McInnerney, B Bugler, D Reidy, C Galvin, C Cleary, P Collins, J Conlon; S O’Donnell, T Kelly, A Shanagher
Subs: A Cunningham for J Conlon (47), D Fitzgerald for B Bugler (65).

LIMERICK: N Quaid, T Condon, R McCarthy, R English; D Byrnes, G O’Mahony, P Browne, D O’Donovan, D Hannon, J Ryan, C Lynch; K Downes, S Dowling, G Mulcahy.
Subs: G Hegarty for D Hannon and T Morrissey for D O’Donovan (both half time), S Hickey for P O’Brien (42), B Nash for G Mulcahy (56), A Dempsey for R English (60).

REF – J Owens (Wexford)



Team News

Limerick senior hurling manager TJ Ryan and his management team has released their starting fifteen for this Saturday’s All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier clash with Clare. With a 7pm throw in at Thurles, TJ Ryan’s fifteen will be as follows, 1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)(Captain), 2. Tom Condon (Knockaderry), 3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 4. Richie English (Doon), 5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), 6. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 7. Paudie O Brien (Kilmallock), 8. Paul Browne (Bruff), 9. Darragh O Donovan (Doon), 10. Declan Hannon (Adare)11. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 12. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 13. Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh), 14. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)


This will be their 53rd championship meeting, with Limerick leading 35-16 (one game was drawn) from their previous 52 clashes. Their most recent meeting was a year ago when Limerick won by 1-19 to 2-15 in the Munster quarter-final. Shane Dowling 0-11 and Graeme Mulcahy 1-1 were Limerick’s top scorers while Colin Ryan 0-7 and Aaron Cunningham 2-1 were Clare’s leading marksmen. The counties met in the Allianz League (Div 1B) in Ennis on March 20 last when Clare won by 1-19 to 0-18 to secure the promotion spot. Limerick had Barry Nash sent off just before half-time, an incident that handed the initiative to the home side for whom Barry Duggan on 0-6 (0-5 frees) and Conor McGrath were top scorers. Declan Hannon scored 0-9 (0-8 frees) and Paul Browne 0-4 for Limerick.

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2015: Limerick 1-19 Clare 2-15 (Munster quarter-final)
2013: Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2012: Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2008: Clare 4-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)
2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

HOW THEY GOT HERE
Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
Clare 5-32 Laois 0-12 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 1)
Tipperary 3-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)
Limerick 1-24 Westmeath 0-18 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 1)

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 2A – Clare 0-14 Laois 1-10

Clare defeated Laois by 0-14 to 1-10 in Round 2A of the the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Sunday July 10th at Cusack Park Ennis.


Clare steal it at the death to edge Laois

Clare 0-14 Laois 1-10

Report for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare have shown massive potential in recent years, and after they won Division 3 in the league, this last-minute victory over Laois could push them on to greater things in 2016, writes Daragh Small.

Colm Collins’ men were on the brink of defeat in their Round 2A qualifier at Cusack Park in Ennis, but points from substitutes Sean Malone and Shane McGrath helped them over the line. Stephen Attride scored Laois’ goal in the first-half and they led 1-7 to 0-7 at half-time, but they couldn’t sustain that in the second-half.

Laois made a great start and points from John O’Loughlin and Donie Kingston gave them a 0-2 to 0-0 advantage after five minutes into the breeze. Clare eventually got their first point through Eoin Cleary in the tenth minute and Cathal O’Connor tied up the game. Laois were more incisive, and three points in a row from Conor Meredith, David Conway and Darren Strong gave them a 0-6 to 0-3 lead by the 22nd minute.

But they couldn’t make the lead comfortable, and Clare scored three unanswered points to level the match. Cleary, Jamie Malone and Keelan Sexton were all on target before Laois hit a goal. Attride pushed forward from wing-back, and his endeavour was rewarded when he got on the end of a Kingston hand-pass to blast the ball past Joe Hayes in the Clare goal.

Jamie Malone got a point back but O’Loughlin scored his second point to give Laois a 1-7 to 0-7 half-time lead. As the conditions worsened at the start of the second-half Laois remained in control. Cleary kicked an early point for Clare but O’Loughlin responded after Darren Strong got a black card.

Then when Tubridy kicked a free, Paul Cahillane and Kingston kicked two points in a row. The game looked to be getting away from Clare as they trailed 1-10 to 0-9 in the 51st minute.

But Clare came with one final drive and hit five unanswered points. Gary Brennan and Cleary landed two quick frees and Shane Hickey brought them within one point, before substitute Sean Malone tied the game. And then just as five minutes of injury-time were signalled Shane McGrath popped up with the winner, while Jamie Malone got a black card for Clare at the death.

Clare scorers: E Cleary 0-4 (0-4f), J Malone 0-3, G Brennan 0-1 (0-1f), C O’Connor 0-1, K Sexton 0-1, D Tubridy 0-1 (0-1f), S Hickey 0-1, S Malone 0-1, S McGrath 0-1.

Laois scorers: J O’Loughlin 0-3, D Kingston 0-3 (0-2f), S Attride 1-0, C Meredith 0-1, D Conway 0-1, D Strong 0-1, P Cahillane 0-1 (0-1f).

Clare: Clare: J Hayes; S Hickey, K Hartnett, M McMahon; S Collins, G Kelly, C O’Dea; G Brennan, C O’Connor (S McGrath 56); J Malone (Tubridy 74, black card), K Sexton (E Coughlan 55), P Lillis (S Malone 65); E Cleary, D Tubridy (P Collins 48), P Burke (D Ryan 35).

Laois: G Brody; D O’Connor, M Timmons, G Hanrahan; S Attride, K Lillis, D Strong (A Farrell 42, black card); B Quigley, J O’Loughlin; K Meaney (J Farrell 62), C Begley (M Campion 45), P Cahillane (R Munnelly 51); C Meredith, D Kingston, D Conway (G Walsh 49).

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)


They meet for the fourth time in the qualifiers, with Laois having won the previous three as follows:
2013: Laois 3-17 Clare 0-10 (Round 2, Ennis)
2002: Laois 1-19 Clare 1-6 (Round 2, Portlaoise)
2001: Laois 0-13 Clare 1-8 (Round 2, Portlaoise)

Laois will be having their fifth game in the this year’s championship, having played twice in Leinster, followed by a qualifier double against Armagh when a re-fixture was ordered after they won the first game by three points.

HOW THEY GOT HERE
Clare 0-16 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
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Laois 3-16 Wicklow 0-18 (Leinster 1st round)
Dublin 2-21 Laois 2-10 (Leinster quarter-final)
Laois 1-10 Armagh 0-10 (Qualifier Round 1)
Laois 1-11 Armagh 1-10 (Qualifier Round 1) Re-fixture