Limerick Big Ball Club 7’s tournament

The countdown is well and truly underway for the upcoming Limerick Big Ball Club 7’s tournament, which will be held by Rathkeale GAA Club, in memory of Shane Hourigan, who was sadly taken from the parish in January 2014. As a former club secretary and chairman, Rathkeale lost a great club-man that day, however Limerick GAA also lost a well-known and highly respected referee. Shane will be remembered amongst all Gaels for his enthusiasm and commitment to the promotion of our games and with that Rathkeale GAA Club plan to honour Shane by running this tournament annually in his memory.

The eagerly anticipated competition will be a one day event and will take place on August 6th in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale. The tournament will pit the very best of Limerick footballers together, with top class competitive football guaranteed by the 20+ teams who have already signed up for this fantastic football feast, sponsored by Downes Eurospar, Rathkeale.

Teams will compete on a league basis from 10.00am, with each team guaranteed at least 3 action packed games, with the very best progressing to the last 16 knock out stages. This will lead onto the quarter-finals, semi-finals and obviously the grand finale, when one of Limerick’s finest will be crowned Limerick Big Ball Club 7’s Champions 2016.

With fantastic prizes on offer to the winning team, Limerick Big Ball Club 7’s promises to be a colourful family day with shop facilities, food, sandwiches, teas & coffees all on offer to mark this wonderful occasion. So please come out and support a great event and an even better Limerick Gael in the memory of Shane Hourigan.

So save the date, August 6th from 10:00am, Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale. Bring the family, or even better, hire a bus and bring the parish and we’ll see you there on the day! Limerick Big Ball Club 7’s – Keep the Spirit.

Updates, Fixtures and Group scheduling to follow in the coming weeks or check out the latest updates on Rathkeale’s Facebook page on www.facebook.com/#!/Rathkealegaa or Twitter @RathkealeGAA

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All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final – Kerry 2-18 Mayo 2-11

Kerry defeated Mayo by 2-18 to 2-11 in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final on Saturday August 6th at Croke Park.



Kerry are All-Ireland junior football champions again as they see off Mayo

Kerry 2-18 Mayo 2-11

Fintan O’Toole reports from Croke Park for the42.ie

JUST LIKE LAST year Kerry hit 2-18 in an All-Ireland junior final this afternoon, just like last year they were crowned champions and just like last year Mayo were the side they put to the sword.

This was a trickier game than the 2015 decider – Mayo hit 2-4 without reply early in the second-half to trim Kerry’s advantage to three points – but ultimately Kerry were deserved victors with a devastating display of attacking play in the opening period paving the way for success. Kerry overcame a tentative start to the game as they trailed 0-3 to 0-1 after the opening quarter and they didn’t bag a point from play until the 22nd minute.

But they cut loose before the interval, striking a stunning haul of 2-8 without reply to leave Mayo reeling. Two goals from Dromid Pearses club player Niall O’Shea gave Kerry a commanding platform. The opening strike arrived in the 20th minute when his marker Eoin O’Donoghue slipped in the left corner, allowing O’Shea to race inside and billow the net in front of Hill 16.

O’Shea’s second goal in the 28th minute came from an equally emphatic finish yet it owed much to a surging run forward by wing-forward Brian Ó Seanacháin as he cut apart the Mayo defence. Kerry’s forward excelled in that time frame. An Ghaeltacht’s Sean Micheál Ó Conchúir picked off 0-4 in the first-half with some brilliant shooting and caused huge problems for the Mayo rearguard. Centre-forward and captain Paul O’Donoghue’s place kicking was superb while Kieran Hurley made a big impact as the half progressed.

At the break Kerry were cruising as they possessed a 2-10 to 0-4 advantage with Hurley then chipping over the first point of the second-half to stretch their lead. But Mayo mounted an excellent recovery. Their dangerous forward duo Darren Coen and Conor Keane hit a brace of points apiece.

Those scores sandwiched two Mayo goals – the first from Michael Forde as fortunate as the ball spilled from goalkeeper Darragh O’Shea’s hands to the net and then substitute Robert Holian drilled a shot in for their second goal. Mayo were back in contention as they trailed 2-11 to 2-8 with 40 minutes on the clock but then Kerry steadied themselves. David Foran (2), Andrew Barry, O’Donoghue and Dara Roche ensured they added five points without reply and they were in a comfortable position heading down the home straight, in front 2-16 to 2-8.

Kerry could have grabbed a couple of more goals but Mayo’s Mattie Flanagan denied Foran and O’Shea with point-blank saves.
Mayo tried their best to make inroads into Kerry’s lead late on but they couldn’t find the net and Ó Conchúir floated over a lovely late point off his left to seal Kerry’s success.

Scorers for Kerry: Niall O’Shea 2-0, Sean Micheál Ó Conchúir 0-5 (0-2f), Paul O’Donoghue (0-1f, 0-1 ’45), Kieran Hurley, David Foran 0-3 each, Jason Foley, Andrew Barry, Adrian Spillane, Dara Roche 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mayo: Darren Coen 0-5 (0-4f), Conor Keane 0-4, Michael Forde 1-1, Robert Holian 1-0, James Kelly 0-1.

Kerry

1. Darragh O’Shea (Ballydonoghue)
2. Fionán Clifford (Waterville)
3. Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue)
4. Cathal Ó Lúing (An Ghaeltacht)
5. Patrick Clifford (Templenoe)
6. Andrew Barry (Na Gaeil)
7. Robert Wharton (Renard)
8. Adrian Spillane (Templenoe)
9. John C. O’Connor (Kerins O’Rahilly’s)
10. Brian Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue)
11. Paul O’Donoghue (St Mary’s – captain)
12. David Foran (St Senan’s)
13. Niall O’Shea (Dromid Pearses)
14. Kieran Hurley (St Pat’s)
15. Sean Michéal Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht)
Subs
17. Kevin O’Sullivan (Kenmare) for Clifford (39)
22. Dara Roche (Glenflesk) for Hurley (47)
19. Laurence Bastible (John Mitchels) for Foley (49)
18. Dara O’Shea (Kenmare) for Ó Seanacháin (54)
21. Michael O’Donnell (Austin Stacks) for Spillane (57)
23. Adam Barry (Brosna) for Foran (62)

Mayo

1. Mattie Flanagan (Balla)
7. Jason Forkan (Kiltimagh)
3. Niall Freeman (Aghamore)
4. Eoin O’Donoghue (Belmullet)
5. Barry Duffy (Balla)
6. James Kelly (Belmullet)
24. Padraig Feerick (Hollymount-Carramore)
8. Michael Togher (Belmullet)
9. Peter Collins (Islandeady)
10. Brian Reape (Moy Davitts)
11. Michael Forde (Ballycastle)
12. Kevin Gibbons (Louisburgh)
13. Darren Coen (Hollymount/Carramore)
14. Andrew Farrell (Killala, Captain)
15. Conor Keane (Hollymount/Carramore)
Subs
17. Sean Gaughan (Belmullet) for Collins (inj) (15)
18. Ronan Mallee (Kiltimagh) for Farrell (half-time)
20. Robert Holian (The Neale) for Reape (half-time)
23. Shairoze Akram (Ballaghaderreen) for O’Donoghue (black card) (35)
21. Ronan Doherty (Ardnaree) for Feerick (48)

Referee: Shaun McLaughlin (Donegal)



The Kerry Junior team to play Mayo in the All Ireland Junior Football Final in Croke Park on Saturday (2pm) shows 3 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Lancashire in the Semi final.

Patrick Clifford, who was introduced in the semi final, comes into the half back line in place of Laurence Bastable; John C. O’Connor, who was also introduced in the semi final, starts in midfield in place of Michael O’Donnell and team Captain, Paul O’Donoghue, is recovered from injury and regains his place at centre forward in place of Kevin O’Sullivan who deputised for him against Lancashire.

The team lines out as follows:

1 Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
2 Fionán Clifford Waterville
3 Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
4 Cathal Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
5 Patrick Clifford Templenoe
6 Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
7 Robert Wharton Renard
8 Adrian Spillane Templenoe
9 John C. O’Connor Kerins O’Rahillys
10 Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
11 Paul O’Donoghue (C) St Marys
12 David Foran St Senans
13 Niall O’Shea Dromid Pearses
14 Kieran Hurley St Pats
15 Sean Michéal Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht
Fir Ionaid:
16 Kieran Fitzgibbon Kenmare
17 Kevin O’Sullivan Kenmare
18 Dara O’Shea Kenmare
19 Laurence Bastible John Mitchels
20 Sean T Dillon St Senans
21 Michael O’Donnell Austin Stacks
22 Dara Roche Glenflesk
23 Adam Barry Brosna
24 Lee O’Donoghue Glenflesk

Bainistíocht
Bainisteóir: Stephen Wallace (Ardfert)
Róghnóirí: Timmy O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys), Jimmy Keane (Brosna), Brian Hickey (Skellig Rangers).

Additional Players on the Kerry Junior Panel:
Daniel Daly (St Marys),
Conor O’Shea (St Marys), Shane Fitzmaurice (Brosna), Darren Brosnan (Gneeveguilla), Stephen O’Sullivan (Templenoe) and Ciarán Keating (Skellig Rangers) were not considered due to injury.

All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship Final – Kilkenny 5-16 Clare 1-16

Kilkenny defeated Clare by 5-16 to 1-16 in the All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship Final on Saturday August 6th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


All Ireland IHC Final: Kilkenny claim silverware

Kilkenny 5-16 Clare 1-16

By Eoin Brennan at Semple Stadium for GAA.ie

A physically dominant Kilkenny blitzed Clare with five goals to secure their first All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling title in six years in Semple Stadium this evening. In front of 1,401 the determined Cats banished previous final losses in 2011, ’12 and ’13 to reclaim the Michael Cusack Cup in style as they hit the Banner for four first half goals.

Clare had started well, moving 1-2 clear after 10 minutes thanks to a Ryan Taylor goal, but they would be sucker-punched for three goals inside six minutes, with Kilkenny’s full-forward line of Billy Ryan, Nicky Cleere and John Walsh all getting in on the goalscoring action before a fourth for Luke Scanlon ensured a 4-5 to 1-7 half-time advantage.

Clare fought back after the restart, mainly through captain Shane McGrath’s frees, but Kilkenny were always able to reply with Ryan and Walsh in particular causing the Banner huge problems.

Clare would get to within four points of their opponents, but despite being reduced to 14 men following a second yellow for Evan Cody in the 52nd minute, Kilkenny finished with aplomb, outscoring a flagging Banner by 1-6 to 0-1 including an injury-time goal for Walsh to garner the first adult hurling championship honours of the year.

Scorers for Kilkenny: J Walsh 2-2, B Ryan 1-4, N Cleere 1-4 (4fs), L Scanlon 1-2, A Murphy 0-2 (2fs), J Langton 0-1, S Morrissey 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: S McGrath 0-10 (8fs), K Hehir 0-3, R Taylor 1-0, J McCarthy 0-2, D Russell 0-1.

Kilkenny: A Duggan; E Cody, T Aylward, L Hickey; J Cleere, C Delaney, J Brennan; J Langton, L Scanlon; A Murphy, C Tobin, R Leahy; B Ryan, N Cleere, J Walsh
Subs: S Morrissey for Tobin (45), Jack McGrath for Leahy (54), S Donnelly for Murphy (60).Clare: D Vaughan; R Hayes, E Quirke, C Cooney; A McGuane, S Taylor, J McCarthy; D Conroy, K Hehir; O Donnellan, S McGrath, D Corry; D Russell, M O’Neill, R Taylor.

Clare: D Vaughan; R Hayes, E Quirke, C Cooney; A McGuane, S Taylor, J McCarthy; D Conroy, K Hehir; O Donnellan, S McGrath, D Corry; D Russell, M O’Neill, R Taylor
Subs: D Walsh for Taylor (2), E Enright for Hayes (HT), P O’Loughlin for Donnellan (40).

Referee: P O’Dwyer (Carlow)


Team News

Clare (IHC v Kilkenny): Daniel Vaughan; Rory Hayes, Eoin Quirke, Ciaran Cooney; Aidan McGuane, Shane Taylor, Jason McCarthy; David Conroy, Kevin Hehir; Oisin Donnellan, Shane McGrath, Daragh Corry; Danny Russell, Michael O’Neill, Ryan Taylor
Subs: Liam Doyle, Eoin Enright, Dara Walsh, Barry Fitzpatrick, Colin Burke, Pauric O’Loughlin, Colin Crehan, Micheal O’Shea, Cian Moloney

Kilkenny (IHC v Clare): Aaron Duggan; Evan Cody, Tom Aylward, Luke Hickey; Jason Cleere, Conor Delaney, Geoff Brennan; Jack Langton, Luke Scanlon; Alan Murphy, Conor Tobin, Richie Leahy; Billy Ryan, Nicky Cleere, John Walsh
Subs: Kevin Nolan, James Gannon, Enda Malone, Jack McGrath, Shane Murphy, Sean Morrissey, Shane Donnelly, Mark Aylward, Willie Brennan

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Limerick 1-18 Dublin 0-15

Limerick defeated Dublin by 1-18 to 0-15 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 7th at Croke Park.




Limerick defeat Dublin in MHC Semi-Final

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final

LIMERICK 1-18 DUBLIN 0-15

By Paul Keane in Croke Park for GAA.ie

Limerick are back in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor hurling final and they have Brian Ryan’s 10-point haul to thank for securing their passage to next month’s decider.

South Liberties man Ryan proved a reliable outlet from placed balls at Croke Park while Cian Magnier-Flynn’s 13th minute goal was crucial in a six-point point game. Limerick’s reward is a September 4 final clash with Tipperary or Galway and if it’s Tipp they meet then it will be a repeat of the Munster final which the Premier County won convincingly.

Pat Donnelly’s Shannonsiders will hope to go one better than their previous final appearance in 2014 when they lost out to Kilkenny. They led from gun to tape this time though had to withstand a strong second-half performance from Dublin who trailed by nine at half-time but reduced their arrears to just four after 53 minutes.

Dublin couldn’t get any closer than that though and the day finished in frustration for the Leinster champions who lost substitute Jack O’Neill to a 61st minute dismissal. Limerick scored the game’s first four points, two of those coming from Ryan, to put Dublin on the back foot immediately. Magnier-Flynn’s goal put them 1-4 to 0-1 up when he rose up high to Ryan’s long free in and redirected the ball to the Dublin net from close range.

It was all Limerick who tagged on points from Conor Boylan, Anthony Barrett and Ryan to open up a 10-point lead after 24 minutes. Dublin talked about pushing hard for an All-Ireland final place after beating Wexford in the Leinster decider.

But they found themselves 1-13 to 0-7 down at the break and had it all to do. Johnny McGuirk’s side at least finished strong and they outscored Limerick in the second-half by 0-8 to 0-5. They consistently drew frees off Limerick’s defence that Colin Currie converted and the Sky Blues got the gap down to just four at 1-16 to 0-15 late on.

But they couldn’t get any closer and were denied goals on a number of occasions while Limerick finished with back to back free conversions from Ryan to seal it, keeping alive their dream of a first title since 1984.

Scorers for Limerick: B Ryan 0-10 (0-8f), C Magnier-Flynn 1-1, K Hayes 0-2, C Boylan 0-2, M O’Kelly 0-1 (0-1f), A Barrett 0-1, F Hourigan 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: C Currie 0-8 (0-6f, 0-2 65), C Dowling 0-2, J McGuirk 0-2 (0-1f), E Foley 0-1, C Burke 0-1, D Gray 0-1.

Limerick: M O’Kelly; B Nash, R Connelly, C Nicholas; F Hourigan, J Boylan, J Adams; M O’Grady, D Carroll; C Boylan, A Barrett, B Ryan; C Magnier-Flynn, K Hayes, C O’Connor
Subs: J Flynn for Carroll (46), D Woulfe for Barrett (49), P O’Riordan for Magnier-Flynn (58), M Bourke for O’Grady (61).

Dublin: D de Poire; D Hawkshaw, P Smyth, D Ryan; J McVeigh, C O’Sullivan, E Foley; C Ryan, D Keogh; C Burke, C Dowling, D Burke; C Currie, J McGuirk, R Hayes
Subs: J Walsh for Hayes (h/t), D Gray for Keogh (h/t), J O’Neill for McVeigh (48), P Feeney for Currie (49), S Currie for McGuirk (54).

Referee: J Heffernan (Wexford)



The Limerick minor hurling team and panel is as follows –

Mark O Kelly (Croom), 2. Brian Nash (South Liberties), 3. Conor Nicholas (Monaleen), 4. Ronan Connelly Adare, 5. Josh Adams (Ballybrown), 6. Jerome Boylan Na Piarsaigh, 7. Finn Hourigan (Murroe/Boher), 8. Ciaran O Connor (Kilmallock), 9. Darragh Carroll (Newport), 10. Michael O Grady (Knockainey),11. Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock), 12. Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 13. Brian Ryan (South Liberties), 14. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry)(Captain), 15. Cian Magnier Flynn (Killeedy).

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 B Championship – Richie McElligott Cup Quarter-Final – Kerry 7-22 Donegal 1-4

Kerry defeated Donegal by 7-22 to 1-4 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 B Championship – Richie McElligott Cup Quarter-Final on Saturday August 6th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Seven-goal Kingdom cruise on

Kerry 7-22 Donegal 1-4

Kerry set up an All-Ireland U-21 ‘B’ hurling semi-final against Meath in two weeks’ time after a facile 7-22 to 1-4 victory over Donegal in Thurles on Saturday.

Backed by nine senior panellists, the seven-time champions had little trouble in dispatching the Ulster side who had recently secured the All-Ireland Under 21 ‘C’ honours for the second year in succession.

Despite the best efforts of Jack O’Loughlin, Paul Nelson and Aaron McCauley, Donegal had to concede they were second best to a sharper and more balanced Kerry side.

The youngsters from the Kingdom quickly gathered momentum with first-half goals through Michael O’Leary (2), Philip Lucid, Fionán O’Sullivan and Jordan Conway to ensure an unassailable 5-11 to 0-2 half-time advantage.

Indeed, the game petered out once Conway completed his hat-trick of goals by the end of the third quarter. And while McCauley did pull back a rather fortunate goal from distance, the Kingdom finished with the last seven points to complete a confident display in which all of their impressive tally of 7-22 came from play.

Scorers – Kerry: J Conway 3-1; P Lucid 1-6; M O’Leary 2-1; C Hussey 0-3; F O’Sullivan 1-0; F Horgan, J Buckley, J Wallace 0-2 each; J Brick, K Carmody, D Egan, M Flaherty, J Goulding 0-1 each. Donegal: A McCauley 1-2 (1-1f); J O’Loughlin, S Curran 0-1 each.

KERRY – S Murphy; F Horgan, D Shanahan, B Lyons; J Buckley, J Diggins, K Carmody; P Lucid, P O’Connor; J Goulding, M O’Leary, J Brick; C Hussey, F O’Sullivan, J Conway
Subs: D Egan for Hussey (36), M Flaherty for O’Connor (37), C Kearney for Diggins (40), J Wallace for Brick (42), D O’Carroll for O’Leary (43).

DONEGAL – D Laverty; C Griffin, D McLaughlin, C Rami; S Anderson, J O’Loughlin, E Lynch; S Doherty, J McBride; O Rooney, S Curran, C Grant; A McCauley, P Nelson, C O’Grady
Subs: D Wilson for Lynch (7), D McCarthy for Rami (38), T Clare for Doherty (43), M Diver for Griffin (50), T Doherty for McBride (60).

REF – P Burke (Kilkenny)


Kerry Under 21 Hurling Team V Donegal – All Ireland Under 21 B Championship
Saturday 6th Aug 2016 4PM in Semple Stadium, Thurles.

1 Stephen Murphy Causeway
2 Fionán Horgan St Brendans
3 Darragh Shanahan Lixnaw
4 Billy Lyons Causeway
5 John Buckley Lixnaw
6 Jason Diggins Causeway
7 Keith Carmody (C) Causeway
8 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue
9 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
10 Jack Goulding Ballyduff
11 Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney
12 Jordan Brick Kilmoyley
13 Cian Hussey St Brendans
14 Fionán O’Sullivan Kenmare
15 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills
Fir Ionaid:
16 David Silles Lixnaw
17 Jason Wallace Lixnaw
18 Daniel O’Carroll Ballyduff
19 Stevie O’Sullivan Abbeydorney
20 Matthew Flaherty Dingle
21 Adrian O’Mahony Crotta O’Neills
22 Cathal Kearney Ballyduff
23 Joe Diggins Causeway
24 Eoin Ross Ballyduff

Additional Members on the Kerry Panel: David Egan (Abbeydorney), Ronan O’Donovan (Abbeydorney), Brendan Dunne (Ballyheigue), Kieran McCarthy (Kilmoyley), Robert Collins (Kilmoyley), Willie O’Connor (Lixnaw), John Hussey (Ballyduff).

Bainistíocht
Bainisteoír: Ian Brick (Kilmoyley)
Roghnoirí: D.J. Leahy (Causeway), John Lucid (Ballyheigue), Aidan O’Mahony (St Brendans)
Physio: Trudy Ryan
Liason Officer : Ger McCarthy

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24

Kilkenny and Waterford finished level in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on scoreline of Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 on Sunday August 7th at Croke Park.









Close call for the cats who fought off first championship defeat with a draw

KILKENNY 1-21 WATERFORD 0-24

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kilkenny had to rely on a Walter Walsh goal to help them avoid a first championship defeat to Waterford since the 1959 All-Ireland final writes John Fogarty.

Propelled by remarkable displays by Pauric Mahony and Austin Gleeson, Waterford looked set for victory until Walsh and Colin Fennelly combined for a 69th minute goal to level the game. Although Mahony converted a free won by Jamie Barron, Conor Fogarty fired over from distance to draw the game for a 10th and final time.

Waterford were left to regret five straight wides in the closing stages when they had the initiative and beating Kilkenny almost everywhere on the field, especially in their own half when only Richie Hogan was truly performing.

Kilkenny led just once in the first half scorefest, the sides level on seven occasions. Waterford recovered quickly and were back in front within two minutes with a Pauric Mahony free and an Austin Gleeson point that came straight from a puck-out.

Shane Bennett’s running caused bother for the Kilkenny cover at times but the end product wasn’t sufficient. Jake Dillon struck wide in the 15th minute after a mazy sprint by Bennett. Richie Hogan, so elusively good in the first half, responded but the next three scores came at the other end as Waterford’s superior work-rate told its tale.

Kilkenny reacted with a hat-trick of points of their own yet Waterford cancelled that out with another purple spell, Gleeson finding the posts and the impeccable Mahony adding two frees from distance.

Kilkenny saw out the half with a trio of Reid frees and Waterford managed just one further point from another Mahony placed ball but Waterford deservedly remained ahead at the break, 0-13 to 0-12.

Scorers for Kilkenny: T.J. Reid (0-11, 10 frees, 1 65); R. Hogan (0-4); W. Walsh (1-1); C. Fogarty (0-2); C. Fennelly, M. Fennelly, E. Larkin (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony (0-12, 9 frees, 1 65); A. Gleeson (0-5); J. Dillon (0-2); K. Moran, M. Shanahan, P. Curran (0-1 each).

KILKENNY: E. Murphy; P. Murphy, J. Holden, S. Prendergast (c); P. Walsh, K. Joyce, C. Buckley; C. Fogarty, M. Fennelly; T.J. Reid, R. Hogan, W. Walsh; J.J. Farrell, J. Power, C . Fennelly
Subs for Kilkenny: E. Larkin for J.J. Farrell (46); L. Ryan for K. Joyce (52);

WATERFORD: S. O’Keeffe; S. Fives, B. Coughlan, N. Connors; C. Gleeson, T. de Burca, Philip Mahony; J Barron, K. Moran (c); M. Walsh, A. Gleeson, Pauric Mahony; C. Dunford, Shane Bennett, J. Dillon
Subs for Waterford: M. Shanahan for C. Dunford (h-t); P. Curran for Shane Bennett (53); B. O’Halloran for J. Dillon (66).

Referee: J. Owens (Wexford)



Team News

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Kilkenny this Sunday in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final has being named as below.

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Conners (Passage)
5. Tadgh de Burca (Clashmore Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
18. Darragh Fives (Tourin)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
20. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
14. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
15. Colin Dunford (Colligan)

Kilkenny: E Murphy; P Murphy, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, K Joyce, C Buckley; C Fogarty, M Fennelly; W Walsh, TJ Reid, J Power; J Farrell, C Fennelly, R Hogan.


Ticket Information

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KILKENNY AND WATERFORD RENEW SEMI-FINAL RIVALRY

They meet for a second successive year in the GAA hurling All-Ireland semi-final to decide who plays Galway or Tipperary in the final. Next Sunday’s throw-in at Croke Park will be at 3.30 and the game will be preceded by the Dublin-Limerick minor semi-final (1.30).
Kilkenny are bidding to reach the final for the 10th time in 11 years, having missed out in 2013. They are also seeking to reach the final for the 16th time in 19 seasons, having lost out in 2001-05-13 only. Their last All-Ireland semi-final defeat was in 2005 when they went down to Galway. Waterford are bidding to reach the final for the first time since 2008. They have since lost semi-finals in 2009-2010-2011-2015.

PATHS TO THE SEMI-FINAL
Kilkenny 1-25 Dublin 0-16 (Leinster semi-final)
Kilkenny 1-26 Galway 0-22 (Leinster final)

KILKENNY SCORERS
TJ Reid 0-20 (0-14 frees, 0-2 ’65)
JJ Farrell 2-9
Richie Hogan 0-5
Walter Walsh 0-4
Conor Fogarty 0-4
Michael Fennelly 0-3
Cillian Buckley 0-2
Colin Fennelly 0-1
Padraig Walsh 0-1
Lester Ryan 0-1
John Power 0-1
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Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13 (Munster final)
Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

WATERFORD SCORERS
Pauric Mahony 0-20 (0-15 frees)
Austin Gleeson 0-10 (0-3 l/b)
Maurice Shanahan 1-4
Patrick Curran 0-5 (0-3 frees)
Kevin Moran 0-3
Shane Bennett 0-3
Jamie Barron 0-2
Jake Dillon 0-2
Brian O’Halloran 0-2
Michael Walsh 0-2
Philip Mahony 0-1
Darragh Fives 0-1

HEAD-TO-HEAD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
This will be the 12th championship meeting between Kilkenny and Waterford. Kilkenny won nine of the previous eleven to Waterford’s one while there was one draw. Waterford’s sole success came in the 1959 All-Ireland final replay.
2015: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2013: Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16 after extra-time (Round 3 Qualifiers)
2011: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2009: Kilkenny 2-23 Waterford 3-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2008: Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13 (All-Ireland final)
2004: Kilkenny 3-12 Waterford 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1998: Kilkenny 1-11 Waterford 1-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1963: Kilkenny 4-17 Waterford 6-8 (All-Ireland final)
1959: Waterford 3-12 Kilkenny 1-10 (All-Ireland final replay)
1959: Waterford 1-17 Kilkenny 5-5 (All-Ireland final draw)
1957: Kilkenny 4-10 Waterford 3-12 (All-Ireland final)

LAST FIVE ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINALS
KILKENNY
2015: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18
2014: Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17
2012: Kilkenny 4-24 Tipperary 1-15
2011: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16
2010: Kilkenny 3-22 Cork 0-19
WATERFORD
2015: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18
2011: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16
2010: Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18
2009: Kilkenny 2-23 Waterford 3-15
2008: Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-18

LAST CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH
Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18 (2015 All-Ireland semi-final)
A goal by TJ Reid in the 17th minute set Kilkenny on their way to a 1-9 to 0-10 lead at half-time. They led by three points with 15 minutes remaining before adding another four points while Waterford could manage only one.

Kilkenny: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Joey Holden, Shane Prendergast; Padraig Walsh, Kieran Joyce, Cillian Buckley (0-1), Michael Fennelly (0-1), Conor Fogarty; Walter Walsh, Richie Hogan (0-5), TJ Reid (1-9, 0-7 frees); Ger Aylward (0-4), Colin Fennelly, Eoin Larkin (0-1).
Sub: J Power for W Walsh

Waterford: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Tadhg De Burca, Austin Gleeson (0-3, 0-1 line ball), Philip Mahony; Jamie
Barron, Darragh Fives; Kevin Moran (0-1), Shane Bennett (0-1), Jake Dillon; Maurice Shanahan 0-9 (0-6 frees, 0-1 ‘65’), Michael Walsh, Colin Dunford (0-4).
Subs: Patrick Curran for Dillon; Stephen Bennett for Shane Bennett.

LAST COMPETITIVE CLASH
Waterford 0-14 Kilkenny 0-10 (Allianz Hurling League, 14 February 2016, Walsh Park)
Waterford shot 18 wides but still managed to win in the opening round of the League on a cold, windy afternoon. Waterford led by 0-8 t0 0-6 at half-time.

Waterford: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Austin Gleeson, Darragh Five, Philip Mahony; Colin Dunford, Jamie Barron; Kevin Moran, Shane Bennett, Michael Walsh; Patrick Curran, Maurice Shanahan, Jake Dillon.
Sub: Brian O’Halloran for Curran.

Kilkenny: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Joey Holden, Shane Prendergast; Padraig Walsh, Kieran Joyce, Diarmuid Cody; Cillian Buckley, Conor Fogarty; Walter Walsh, Richie Hogan, TJ Reid; JJ Farrell, Colin Fennelly, Mark Kelly.
Sub: James Maher for Kelly.

* This will be the 17th time that Brian Cody has led Kilkenny into the All-Ireland semi-final since taking over as manager for the 1999 season. They have won 14 of the previous 16, with their only defeats coming against Galway in 2001 and 2005. 2013 was the only season they didn’t qualify for the semi-final under Cody.

*Waterford are seeking their first championship win over Kilkenny since the 1959 All-Ireland final replay.

*Kilkenny’s last defeat in an All-Ireland semi-final was against Galway in 2005. Since then they won in 2006-07-08-09-10-11-12-14-15. They missed out in 2013, having been beaten by Cork in the quarter-finals.

*Kilkenny’s 2016 League and Championship record is as follows: Played 9, Won 7, Lost 2.

*Waterford’s 2016 League and Championship record is as follows: Played 11; Won 6, Drew 2, Lost 3.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay – Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 2-17

Kilkenny defeated Waterford by 2-19 to 2-17 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay on Saturday August 13th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


All Ireland SHC Semi-Final replay

Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 2-17

By Ciaran Gallagher at Semple Stadium for GAA.ie

Champions Kilkenny remain on course for a three-in-a-row bid after claiming a narrow two-point All-Ireland semi-final replay win over Waterford in Semple Stadium.

Derek McGrath’s Waterford came inches away from sending the game to extra-time when a Pauric Mahony free fell into the hands of Kilkenny keeper Eoin Murphy in injury-time. But Waterford hearts were broken once again as Richie Hogan fired over an insurance point moments later before referee James McGrath blew the final whistle on a dramatic Thurles tie.

The game had started in a frantic fashion with both sides finding the net twice within the opening 20 minutes. Colin Fennelly raised two green flags inside 10 minutes for the Cats, with those scores bookended by goals from Waterford’s Austin Gleeson and Jake Dillon. Kilkenny led by three at half-time and retained their lead all the way through the second half, despite going 18 minutes without a score at one stage.

Waterford found themselves just one point down after 73 minutes after inspirational sub Maurice Shanahan nailed a score. And it looked as though the game could well finish level and head to extra-time. But just like last week when Walter Walsh and Conor Fogarty came to the rescue, Kilkenny found a way to survive – and this time claim victory.

Cody’s late call to start Liam Blanchfield instead of John Power made an immediate impact as he opened after just a minute. But Waterford soon hit back with Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh’s handpass putting Gleeson through to fire to the bottom right-hand corner of Eoin Murphy’s net after less than five minutes.

Gleeson fired over a quick point straight afterwards, but the Cats were quick to strike back. Colin Fennelly and Walter Walsh combined for both of Kilkenny’s goal, the first coming after seven minutes with Fennelly firing to the bottom left-hand corner of the Waterford goal. Walsh set up Fennelly again three minutes later to finish to the opposite corner past Stephen O’Keeffe.

The Déise goal was nearly breached for a third time after 23 minutes following a slaloming solo run from TJ Reid but O’Keeffe did well to deny the Ballyhale Shamrocks flyer. At this stage, with Kilkenny 2-2 to 1-2 up, it looked as though Kilkenny had absorbed Waterford’s early blows to steal all the momentum.

But Gleeson was a towering presence in the middle third, roving around the centre-forward position. Jamie Barron quickly followed that up before Waterford struck for their second goal in a fantastic team move just before the 20-minute mark. Kevin Moran played a through ball into the hands of Stephen Bennett, who quickly fed Jake Dillon to fire home.

Blanchfield continued to be a profitable introduction for Cody, hitting three first-half points, and a run of five points in seven minutes left them up at the break, 2-10 to 2-7, as Waterford had to rely on two Mahony points to keep them ticking over.

Shanahan and Gleeson dragged Waterford back into the game in the second half. Mahony’s frees kept them ticking over while Kilkenny misfired during their barren period. But just as it looked like they would drag the game into extra-time Mahony’s distance failed him as Murphy leapt to claim the sliotar. Hogan was on hand at the end of a next Cats move as Cody’s side booked their third All-Ireland final appearance on the bounce.

Scorers for Kilkenny: C Fennelly 2-1, TJ Reid 0-7 (6fs), R Hogan 0-4, L Blanchfield 0-3, P Walsh 0-2, E Larkin 0-1, W Walsh 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-9 (7fs), A Gleeson 1-2, J Dillon 1-0, Shane Bennett 0-2, J Barron 0-2, M Shanahan 0-2.

Kilkenny: E Murphy; P Murphy, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, M Bergin, C Buckley; C Fogarty, M Fennelly; W Walsh, TJ Reid, L Blanchfield; E Larkin, C Fennelly, R Hogan
Subs: L Ryan for M Fennelly (59), J Farrell for M Bergin (60), J Power for W Walsh (blood) (60-66), K Kelly for L Blanchfield (73).

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; T De Burca, A Gleeson, Philip Mahony; J Barrron, C Gleeson; K Moran, Shane Bennett, M Walsh; Pauric Mahony, J Dillon, Stephen Bennett
Subs: M Shanahan for Stephen Bennett (47), P Curran for Shane Bennett (54), T Devine for J Dillon (60).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)






Team News

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Kilkenny this Saturday in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final Replay has being named as below.

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Conners (Passage)
5. Tadgh de Burca (Clashmore Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
17. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
20. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
14. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
15. Colin Dunford (Colligan)

Kilkenny: Eoin Murphy, Paul Murphy, Joey Holden, Shane Prendergast (cpt),Padraig Walsh, Kieran Joyce, Cillian Buckley, Conor Fogarty, Michael Fennelly, Walter Walsh, TJ Reid, John Power, Jonjo Farrell, Colin Fennelly, Richie Hogan.
Substisutes: Richie Reid, Jackie Tyrrell, Robert Lennon, Conor O’Shea, Lester Ryan, Eoin Larkin, Conor Martin, Kevin Kelly, Mark Bergin, Liam Blanchfield, Michael Malone.


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They meet in a championship replay for the first time since 1959 when Waterford won the All-Ireland final by 3-12 to 1-10 in what remains their sole championship win over Kilkenny. The sides finished level in the 2013 qualifiers, before Kilkenny won in extra-time.
It’s the first All-Ireland semi-final replay since 2003 when Cork beat Wexford by 3-17 to 2-7 in Croke Park.

PATHS TO THE SEMI-FINAL REPLAY
Kilkenny 1-25 Dublin 0-16 (Leinster semi-final)
Kilkenny 1-26 Galway 0-22 (Leinster final)
Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 (All-Ireland semi-final)

KILKENNY SCORERS
TJ Reid 0-31 (0-24 frees, 0-3 ’65)
JJ Farrell 2-9
Richie Hogan 0-9
Walter Walsh 1-5
Conor Fogarty 0-6
Michael Fennelly 0-4
Cillian Buckley 0-2
Colin Fennelly 0-2
Padraig Walsh 0-1
Lester Ryan 0-1
John Power 0-1
Eoin Larkin 0-1
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WATERFORD
Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13 (Munster final)
Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Waterford 0-24 Kilkenny 1-21 (All-Ireland semi-final)

WATERFORD SCORERS
Pauric Mahony 0-34 (0-24 frees, 0-1 ‘65)
Austin Gleeson 0-15 (0-3 l/b)
Maurice Shanahan 1-5
Patrick Curran 0-6 (0-3 frees)
Kevin Moran 0-4
Shane Bennett 0-3
Jamie Barron 0-2
Jake Dillon 0-4
Brian O’Halloran 0-2
Michael Walsh 0-2
Philip Mahony 0-1
Darragh Fives 0-1

HEAD-TO-HEAD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
This will be the 13th championship meeting between Kilkenny and Waterford. Kilkenny won nine of the previous twelve to Waterford’s one while there were two draws. Waterford’s sole success came in the 1959 All-Ireland final replay.

2016: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2015: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2013: Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16 after extra-time (Round 3 Qualifiers)
2011: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2009: Kilkenny 2-23 Waterford 3-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2008: Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13 (All-Ireland final)
2004: Kilkenny 3-12 Waterford 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1998: Kilkenny 1-11 Waterford 1-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1963: Kilkenny 4-17 Waterford 6-8 (All-Ireland final)
1959: Waterford 3-12 Kilkenny 1-10 (All-Ireland final replay)
1959: Waterford 1-17 Kilkenny 5-5 (All-Ireland final draw)
1957: Kilkenny 4-10 Waterford 3-12 (All-Ireland final)

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP REPLAYS
KILKENNY
2014 All-Ireland final: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14
2014 Leinster semi-final: Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17
2013 Leinster semi-final: Dublin 1-16 Kilkenny 0-16
2012 All-Ireland final: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11
2004 All-Ireland quarter-final: Kilkenny 1-11 Clare 0-9

WATERFORD
2014 Munster quarter-final: Cork 0-28 Waterford 0-14
2010 Munster final: Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 (aet)
2009 Munster semi-final: Waterford 0-25 Limerick 0-17
2007 All-Ireland quarter-final: Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20
2003 Munster semi-final: Waterford 1-12 Limerick 0-13

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 7-12 Galway 2-12

Tipperary defeated Galway by 7-12 to 2-12 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 14th at Croke Park.


Electric Ireland MHC S-F: Terrific Tipp blitz Galway

Tipperary 7-12 Galway 2-12

By Paul Keane at Croke Park for GAA.ie

Cian Darcy hit a hat-trick of goals while Rian Doody netted twice as goal hungry Tipperary soared through to the Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor hurling final.

Revenge was sweet for Tipp who responded to last year’s final defeat to Galway, when they leaked four goals, with a remarkable seven-goal blast to set up a September 4 final clash with Limerick.

That’ll be a repeat of the Munster final which Tipp won by 17 points so they will be hot favourites for a 20th title and a first since 2012. Mark Kehoe and Ger Browne were also on the goal trail for rampant Tipp, who impressively scored all but 0-3 of their hour’s takings from open play.

Holders Galway did claw back two goals in the final quarter of the game through Cianan Fahy and Ronan Murphy but simply left themselves too much to do. Tipp came into the contest high on confidence after hammering Limerick while Galway felt they hadn’t been at their best in the quarter-final win over Antrim.

Lyndon Fairbrother helped himself to 0-29 in Tipp’s four-game provincial campaign and chalked up his 30th of the championship with Tipp’s opener early on. Galway actually scored more points than Tipp in the first-half, six to Tipp’s four, though a glut of goals put the Premier County in the ascendancy at the interval.

Those goals in the fourth, 18th and 27th minutes put them in a strong position and left Liam Cahill’s men with a 3-4 to 0-6 lead. Darcy slammed in the first and then turned provider with a clever palm down of a long ball in for the onrushing Kehoe who finished well from the left of goals.

Doody grabbed Tipp’s third approaching the break, keeping his head in a packed goalmouth to tap in from close range and he added a point in injury-time. Tipp’s fourth and fifth goals arrived early in the second-half from Doody and Darcy to effectively kill the contest off.

Doody played the final pass for Browne to hit their sixth goal in the 41st minute and Darcy wrapped up the spree with a 48th minute major after Kehoe’s shot was only parried by the ‘keeper into his path. Galway refused to wilt and clawed back those two late goals while Jack Canning, nephew of senior star Joe, was also on the mark with a point.

Scorers for Tipperary: C Darcy 3-2, R Doody 2-2 (1f), M Kehoe 1-4, G Browne 1-1, L Fairbrother 0-1 (f), S Neville 0-1, B McGrath 0-1 (f).

Scorers for Galway: E Niland 0-6 (4fs, 265s), C Fahy 1-1, R Murphy 1-0, L Forde 0-1, E Fahy 0-2, J Coyne 0-1, J Canning 0-1.

Tipperary: C Barrett; K O’Dwyer, M Whelan, J Cahill; C Flanagan, B McGrath, G Dunne; P Cadell, G Browne; R Doody, J Morris, C English; L Fairbrother, M Kehoe, C Darcy
Subs: D Walsh for English (h/t), S Neville for Morris (44), D Ryan for Dunne (50), C Stakelum for Fairbrother (53), J Kelly for Whelan (57).

Galway: J Forde; R Glennon, J Fitzpatrick, S Molloy; P Foley, C Fahy, R Maher; J Coyne, E Fahy; K Cooney, L Forde, J Canning; I O’Brien, E Niland, M Lynch
Subs: C Salmon for Lynch (33), R Malone for Foley (38), I O’Shea for Glennon (38), R Murphy for Cooney (44), R O’Neill for E Fahy (50).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork).




Team News

Tipperary minor team manager Liam Cahill has also named his side to face Galway in their All Ireland Semi-Final clash which throws in at 1.30pm. Liam has also kept faith with his side that started their Munster Final win as they face the current All Ireland Champions on Sunday. The Tipperary Minor team to take on Galway lines out as follows –

1. Ciarán Barrett – Clonmel Óg
2. Killian O’Dwyer – Killenaule
3. Michael Whelan – Carrick Davins
4. Tom Murphy – J.K. Brackens
5. Cian Flanagan – Newport
6. Brian McGrath (Capt.) – Loughmore-Castleiney
7. Jerome Cahill – Kilruane MacDonaghs
8. Paddy Cadell – J.K. Brackens
9. Ger Browne – Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
10. Rian Doody – Cappawhite
11. Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
12. Colin English – Fr. Sheehy’s
13. Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
14. Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
15. Lyndon Fairbrother – J.K. Brackens

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Semi-Final – Kerry 2-19 Down 1-15

Kerry defeated Down by 2-19 to 1-15 in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Semi-Final on Saturday August 13th at St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge.


Leen strike seals Kerry’s final date

All-Ireland MHC ‘B’ semi-final Kerry 2-19 Down 1-15

Kerry remain on course for a five-in-row of minor hurling ‘B’ titles after a hard-fought victory over a battling Down side at Newbridge on Saturday.

Kerry laid the foundations for victory with a solid first-half performance, in which they struck for a goal in the 15th minute when Shane Conway drove through and passed to Barry O’Mahony who drilled to the net.

This helped the Kingdom to a 1-12 to 0-7 half-time lead and Down were reduced to 14 players early in the second half when Callum Smyth received a second yellow. Despite this, they rallied strongly and a 40th-minute Conor McCrickard goal saw the reduced deficit to two points. However, Kerry regrouped and Eric Leen crowned a fine second-half display by side-footing home soccer style with five minutes left.

Scorers –
Kerry: B O’Mahony 1-5 (2fs); E Leen 1-3; S Conway 0-4 (2f, 1 ’65); C Sheehy 0-3; B McAuliffe, M O’Connor, M McCarthy, T O’Connor 0-1 each

Down: C McCrickard 1-5 (2f), R McCrickard 0-6 (5f), D Sands 0-3, D McCartney 0-1.

Kerry: A O’Sullivan, B McAuliffe, C O’Keeffe, E Murphy, G Fennessy, L Mullins, T Quinlan, C Galway, S Conway, C Sheehy, E Leen, D Goulding, P O’Mahony, B O’Mahony, M O’Connor
Subs: T O’Connor for Quinlan (34): M McCarthy for Goulding (46m): G Carey for Galway (51m)

Down: C McLornan, E Kelly, P Branagan, J Carlin, C Smyth, E Coulter, D Og Rooney, R McCrickard, T Murray, C McCrickard, D McCartney, P Miskimmon, D Sands, A Mee, S McKey
Subs: N Fitzsimmons for Miskimmon (48m): M Napier for Rooney (50m): C McPolin for Fitzsimmons (60m)

Ref: J Murphy (Limerick)


Team News

The Kerry Minor Hurling Team to play Down in the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling B Championship Semi Final in Newbridge on Saturday at 1:30pm is as follows:

Ciarraí
1 Adam O’Sullivan Crotta O’Neills
2 Philip Maunsell Kilmoyley
3 Conor O’Keeffe Lixnaw
4 Evan Murphy Causeway
5 Gearoíd Fennessy Kilgarvan
6 Liam Mullins Lixnaw
7 Thomas Quinlan Crotta O’Neills
8 Conor Galwey Ballyheigue
9 Shane Conway (C) Lixnaw
10 Coilin Sheehy Lixnaw
11 Eric Leen St Brendans
12 Micheál McCarthy Kenmare
13 Padraig O’Mahony St Brendans
14 Barry O’Mahony Crotta O’Neills
15 Maurice O’Connor Kilmoyley
Fir Ionaid:
16 Robert Silles Lixnaw
17 Darragh Behan Crotta O’Neills
18 Darragh Goulding Ballyduff
19 Gary Carey Causeway
20 Nial O’Mahony Abbeydorney
21 Tomás O’Connor Crotta O’Neills
22 Jeaic McKenna Crotta O’Neills
23 Bryan McAuliffe Lixnaw
24 Ciarán Breen Tralee Parnells

Additional Panel Members:
25 Adrian Nolan St Brendans
26 Shane O’Mahony St Brendans
27 Gerard Leen Causeway
28 Chris Creedon Kilgarvan
29 Brandon Conway Crotta O’Neills
30 Jack O’Sullivan Ballyduff
31 Sean O’Donoghue Crotta O’Neills
32 Geroid O’Mahony Causeway

Bainistíocht:
Bainisteoir: John Hennessy (Ballyduff)
Róghnoirí: Jerome O’Sullivan (Crotta O’Neills), Eamonn Fitzgearld (Causeway), John Healy (Ballyheigue).
Treánalaí: John Barry (St Senans)


Fixture Details

Saturday August 13
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Semi-Final
Down v Kerry, St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, 1.30pm
Referee: Johnny Murphy (Limerick)
(ET if necessary)

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Semi-Final – Cork 0-19 Wexford 0-15

Cork defeated Wexford by 0-19 to 0-15 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Semi-Final on Saturday August 13th at Semple Stadium Thurles.



Cork pull out all the stops to see off Wexford in extra time

Compiled by Daragh Ó Conchúir on behalf of the Camogie Association

Cork 0-19 Wexford 0-15
(after extra time)

CORK displayed all the traits that have won them the last two Liberty Insurance All-Ireland senior camogie titles to finally put a gritty Wexford away after extra time.

There had never been more than two points between the teams and they were deadlocked after 70 minutes on 0-14 apiece.
Kate Kelly lofted a mammoth score from a free in the middle of the field soon after the resumption and the 36-year-old’s eighth point pushed Wexford ahead.

They weren’t to score again though as Cork finally opened up and registered the last five points. Orla Cotter made it level for the 11th time from a free before Cork profited from the increasing space with points from Katrina Mackey, the magnificent Hannah Looney, Mackey and dual star Briege Corkery.

Aoife Murray made a late save from Chloe Foxe and Cork’s place in the decider on September 11 was assured. It was the only time there had been daylight between two well-matched outfits.

Cork skipper Ashling Thompson had another typically industrious performance and the Milford star had the ball over the bar after just 45 seconds, shortening the grip well and finishing off her left on the run after first blocking an attempted clearance by Sarah O’Connor on the 45.

Wexford attempted to leave space in front of the full-forward line and in particular goal machine Úna Leacy – who had Cork’s other dual hero Rena Buckley in close attendance at all times, while Laura Treacy was Kate Kelly’s escort. Cork were looking to adopt similar tactics and the result was a congested middle third.

When the sliotar did travel goalwards though, it was the defences that were on top but in the end, Wexford were heavily reliant on Kelly for scores from placed balls, while Cork scored 16 points from play. Gemma O’Connor and Thompson were very prominent as Cork went 3-1 ahead but the excellent newcomer, Emma Walsh scored from almost 65m as Wexford fought back.

Corkery, Thompson and Looney hit points for Cork, Linda Bolger, Úna Leacy – after a trademark catch from a Kelly delivery – and Kelly did the business at the other end. There were few goal opportunities but Wexford’s Mags D’Arcy was the busier of the custodians and she made one vital intervention to deny Amy O’Connor.

The teams went in at the break on 0-8 apiece but as tight as that opening period was, the second was cagier again, producing only six points in total. Corkery was denied a goal by D’Arcy while at the other end, Úna Leay struck the side-netting with a rare opportunity.
Pamela Mackey and Walsh were among the leading personalities but it looked like Cork had done enough when Cotter landed a couple of frees to put Paudie Murray’s outfit 0-11 to 0-9 clear.

Wexford threw everything at them in the closing moments though and after Kelly raised another white flag, Katrina Parrock arced over another equaliser, with just eight seconds of the three minutes of injury time remaining. The shackles finally came off in the added 20 minutes, although weariness undoubtedly contributed to the increased space.

The game provided three points in the opening three minutes, including a peach from Mary Leacy, while D’Arcy had to be alert to save from Amy O’Connor but once more, they ended a period of play on parity. Then Kelly shot her brilliant score and you wondered if that might inspire the Model County women, like has been the case so often.
Instead, it was Cork who found another level.

SCORERS FOR CORK: O Cotter 0-5 (2fs, 1 45); H Looney 0-4; K Mackey, B Corkery 0-3 each; A Thompson 0-2; E O’Sullivan, P Mackey 0-1 each

SCORERS FOR WEXFORD: K Kelly 0-8(7fs, 1 45), Ú Sinnott 0-1, E Walsh 0-2, Ú Leacy 0-1, K Parrock 0-2, M Leacy 0-1

CORK: A Murray, L O’Sullivan, R Buckley, L Treacy, M Cahalane, G O’Connor, P Mackey, O Cotter, A Thompson, H Looney, O Cronin, K Mackey, A O’Connor, B Corkery, E O’Sullivan.
Subs: J Hosford for Cronin (70)

WEXFORD: M D’Arcy, K Atkinson, S Nolan, C Storey, S O’Connor, M Leacy, D Codd, E Walsh, Shelly Kehoe, Ú Sinnott, K Parrock, Stacey Kehoe, K Kelly, Ú Leacy, L Bolger.
Subs: C Foxe for Sinnott (48), L O’Leary for Codd (70+1), Sinnott forBolger (79)

REFEREE: O Elliott (Antrim)



Team News

Cork Management have named their team for Saturdays clash with Wexford in the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Camogie Championship Semi Finals. Paudie Murray and Selector have named an unchanged starting fifteen from the side that began their final group game victory over Limerick at CIT.

The Cork team lines out as follows –

1. Aoife Murray
2. Pamela Mackey
3. Laura Treacy
4. Leanne O’Sullivan
5. Méabh Cahalane
6. Gemma O’Connor
7. Rena Buckley
8. Ashling Thompson
9. Orla Cotter
10. Hannah Looney
11. Orla Cronin
12. Eimear O’Sullivan
13. Amy O’Connor
14. Briege Corkery
15. Katrina Mackey


Ticket Information

Reserved Seating in Both Stands:
Adults: €30.00 / £26.00
Juveniles: €5.00 /£5.00

Terrace:
Adults: €20.00 / £17.00
Juveniles: €5.00 / £5.00

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