TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Semi Final – Clare 3-14 Tipperary 2-16

Clare defeated Tipperary by 3-14 to 2-16 in the TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Semi Final on Saturday September 3rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football championship semi-final

Clare 3-14 Tipperary 2-16

By Jackie Cahill

NIAMH O’Dea’s super-show steered Clare into a first TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football final since 2009.
The Banner County avenged their Munster final defeat against Tipp to book a Croke Park slot with Kildare on September 25.

And O’Dea bagged 2-5, all but one score from play, as Clare emerged by just a single point against their provincial rivals at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. In a thrilling finish, Tipp had chances to level but Clare, with suspended manager Neil Moynihan watching from the stands, held out.

By half-time, Tipp had got themselves to within a point, trailing by 1-9 to 2-7, after Clare established a six-point advantage. A stunning scoring blitz saw Clare hit 2-2 without reply in a three-minute spell – O’Dea scoring both goals. The Banner star had her first in the 23rd minute with an unstoppable left foot shot and she was on target again a minute later with another clinical finish.

O’Dea collected Ailish Considine’s lengthy delivery and after completing a brilliant catch, fired a low shot past Patricia Hickey. Clare were now 2-7 to 0-7 clear but Tipp, crucially responded with points from Aisling McCarthy (free) and Eimear Myles.

Clare then went close to another goal when Gráinne Nolan fired inches wide before Tipp found the net in the final minute of the half. McCarthy and Orla O’Dwyer did well in the build-up work before Cathríona Walsh pounced from close range. It was a cracking final ten minutes to a half that had been level three times.

Clare did create the better goal chances but Tipp, with Mairead Morrissey orchestrating matters from centre forward, hung in and were within striking distance at the break. Clare came close to the game’s opening goal when Ciara Hickey fired a shot at Hickey but O’Dea took her chances when they arrived.

Shortly after half-time, Clare were six points clear again – 3-9 to 1-9. Gráinne Nolan got Clare off to a flier with the opening point of the second half before Niamh Keane fired home a sensational goal that rattled the back stanchion.

A run of four points without reply brought Tipp right back into contention and sub Róisín Howard netted a sensational solo goal with 16 minutes left – an effort that put Tipp a point clear. Crucially, Emma O’Driscoll made a brilliant point blank save to keep out Orla O’Dwyer shortly after and Clare hit back at the other with an equalising point from O’Dea, tying the scores at 3-11 to 2-14.

In a frantic finish, Clare hit the front twice more but were reeled in by Tipp on both occasions. After O’Dea knocked over the late point that would prove to be the winner, Tipp had chances to draw level but couldn’t find a leveller.

Scorers for Clare: N O’Dea 2-5 (0-1f), N Keane 1-1, G Nolan 0-4 (3f), C Hickey 0-2, L Henchy & A Considine (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: A McCarthy 0-8 (4f), C Walsh 1-1, R Howard 1-0, M Morrissey & E Myles 0-2 each, J Grant, L O’Shea & O O’Dwyer 0-1 each.

CLARE: E O’Driscoll; E O’Dea, L Ryan, L Egan; R Considine, E O’Gorman, G Harvey; L Henchy, K McCormack; S Bohannon, A Considine, N Keane; C Hickey, N O’Dea, G Nolan
Subs: C Harvey for E O’Dea (inj. 13), B Mahon for Egan (h.t.), A Keane for Bohannon (46), C Hester for R Considine (59).

TIPPERARY: P Hickey; L Morrissey, B Condon, S Lambert; C O’Dwyer, A O’Dwyer, J Grant; L O’Shea, S Carew; E Carroll, M Morrissey, E Myles; O O’Dwyer, A McCarthy, C Walsh
Subs: E Buckley for L Morrissey (35), R Howard for Carroll (36), K Davey for Walsh (53), C Mullins for Myles (57).

Referee: G McMahon (Mayo)

Team News

TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Semi Final – Cork 2-10 Monaghan 1-10

Cork defeated Monaghan by 2-10 to 1-10 in the TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Semi Final on Saturday September 3rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship semi-final

Cork 2-10 Monaghan 1-10

By Jackie Cahill at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

IN his first season at the helm, Ephie Fitzgerald has guided holders Cork through to another TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship final.

Cork will contest their 11th final in 12 seasons when they take on Dublin for the Brendan Martin Cup on September 25 – the third successive season that the counties will meet for the silverware. Cork’s six-in-a-row hopes remain on course but they were given a stern test by Ulster champions Monaghan at the Gaelic Grounds this evening (SAT).

Monaghan registered 14 wides during the game – seven in each half – and paid the price for that. They also had a strong wind at their backs in the second half but Cork, superbly marshalled by player of the match and dual star Briege Corkery, held firm. Monaghan also suffered a blow 12 minutes from time when corner back Lianne Ward was sin-binned but in the time she was off the pitch, the Farney girls outscored their opponents.

Monaghan had a spell of four points without reply, including two from Rosemary Courtney, and that brought them to within three points, trailing by 1-8 to 2-8. Corkery steadied the ship with a superb score for the Rebelettes and they had the answers down the home straight as Monaghan could never get closer than three points – despite outscoring Cork 4-2 with Ward off the pitch.

At half-time, Cork had a 2-4 to 1-2 lead but Monaghan’s decision-making and use of the ball let them down on numerous occasions, while they also struggled on their own kick-outs. Cork went 11 minutes without a score in the opening half but Monaghan weren’t clinical enough to punish them at the other end of the field.

Cork, who had 11 wides of their own, were off to flier when Orla Finn, one of their big stars this season, found the net in the third minute. And when Ciara O’Sullivan finished an excellent move from close range in the 14th minute, Cork had a seven-point lead, 2-2 to 0-1, and looked on course for a big win.

But as they went scoreless from there until the 25th minute and in that time, Monaghan roared back into contention.
Cora Courtney’s shot was half-blocked midway through the half and when the ball went loose, midfielder partner Eimear McAnespie netted for Monaghan. A Courtney free had Monaghan back to within a goal but Cork had the final two points of the half from Finn (free) and Corkery.

Finn and Caoimhe Mohan traded points early but Cork managed to grab a stranglehold on the game again, going close to a third goal on a couple of occasions but doing enough to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Cork were seven points clear – 2-8 to 1-4 – but Monaghan showed resilience to make a game of it.

Cork, however, have been down this road so many times before and when the dust settled, they were back in familiar territory. Monaghan, who contested finals with Cork in 2008, 2011 and 2013, had that sinking feeling again but their progress has been remarkable under manager Paula Cunningham this year, winning Ulster despite losing six of their seven outings in Division 1 of the Lidl National League.

Scorers for Cork: O Finn 1-3 (0-3f), B Corkery 0-4, C O’Sullivan 1-0, V Foley, A Walsh & E Scally 0-1 each.

Scorers for Monaghan: E McAnespie 1-0, R Courtney 0-3, E McCarron & C Courtney (2f) 0-2 each, L McEnaney, C McAnespie & C Mohan 0-1 each.

CORK: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, B Stack, R Phelan; V Foley, D O’Reilly, S Kelly; R Buckley, B Corkery; A Walsh, C O’Sullivan, O Farmer; L Coppinger, D O’Sullivan, O Finn
Subs: H Looney for Farmer (h.t.), R Ní Bhuachalla for Coppinger (h.t.), E Scally for D O’Sullivan (53), J O’Shea for Looney (57).

MONAGHAN: C McKenna; R McKenna, J Fitzpatrick, L Ward; A McAnespie, S Courtney, G McNally; C Courtney, E McAnespie; L McEnaney, E McCarron, T Scott; C McAnespie, C Mohan, R Courtney
Subs: L Jones for Scott (45), M Atkinson for Mohan (56).

Referee: G Carmody (Mayo)

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Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Final – Kerry 4-17 Meath 3-11

Kerry defeated Meath by 4-17 to 3-11 in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Final on Saturday September 3rd at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Conway leads Kerry’s blistering late blitz

Kerry 4-17 Meath 3-11

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Kerry continued their dominance of this grade as a devastating late salvo saw off a determined Meath side at Semple Stadium on Saturday.

The sides were deadlocked on 2-14 to 3-11 with five minutes to go before the Kingdom fired 2-3 to wrap up a fifth straight title.
Kerry led by 2-6 to 1-8 at the break thanks to an Eric Leen goal on the stroke of half-time. Shane Conway had scored a stunning early goal.

Three points by Conway, two from Barry O’Mahony and one each from Leen and Padraig O’Mahony eased the Kingdom five points clear midway through the second half, but Meath captain Will Flynn got two goals to level the contest. Kerry responded as champions do with a scrambled goal from O’Mahony and superb points from Conway, Colin Sheehy and O’Mahony before an injury time goal by Gearoid O’Mahony sealed victory.

Scorers – Kerry: S Conway 1-8 ( 0-4fs), E Leen, P O’Mahony 1-2 each, G O’Mahony 1-0, B O’Mahony 0-3, C Sheehy 0-2. Meath: W Flynn 2-0, P Farrell 0-5fs), M Mullin (-1, J Leavy, J McNally 0-2 each, S Coffey 0-1 s-l.

Kerry – A O’Sullivan; B McAuliffe, L Mullins, P Maunsell; E Murphy, C O’Keeffe, G Fennessy; T O’Connor, E Leen; C Sheehy, B O’Mahony, N O’Mahony; M O’Connor, S Conway, P O’Mahony
Subs: G O’Mahony for Fennessy (44), M McCarthy for O’Connor (49), T Quinlan for Sheehy (60), D Goulding for O’Mahony (60), C Galway for Leen (60)

Meath: C Ennis; S Coffey, C McNally, B Kelly; J Ryan, B McGowan, J McNally; R Byrne, S Martin; W Flynn, J Leavy, M Mullin; M Cullen, P Farrell, D Gilmartin
Subs: B Dowling for Byrne (13), D Murtagh for Gilmartin (37), B Reilly for McNally (41), C O Farrell for Cullen (56).

Ref – P Burke (Kilkenny)

Fixture Details

03.09.2016 (Sat)
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 14:00
An Mhí v Ciarraí
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Kerry Minor Hurling Team to play Meath in the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling B Championship Final in Semple Stadium Thurles on Saturday at 2:00pm is as follows:

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

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