Munster Under 17 Football Semi-Final – Kerry 3-11 Tipperary 1-6

Kerry defeated Tipperary by 3-11 to 1-6 in the Munster Under 17 Football Competition Semi-Final on Tuesday May 2nd at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Munster GAA Under 17 Football Semi Final

Kerry 3-11 Tipperary 1-6

Kerry qualified for the final of the Munster GAA Under 17 football competition following an eleven points victory over Tipperary before an attendance of 862 people at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park this evening. Kerry thus set up a Munster final meeting with Cork, who had a facile win over Limerick in the other semi final at Páirc Uí Rinn. That final will be played at a Kerry venue on May 16th.

While Kerry never looked in trouble throughout, Tipperary will bemoan the fact that they passed up a number of good goal scoring chances that, had they been taken, would have made for a stiffer challenge for the homeside.
Kerry got the best possible start when Sean Keane set up his namesake, Barry, for a goal in the fourth minute and a minute later the goal scorer turned provider when he put Michael Slattery through for a second major. It could have been worse for the visitors when Slattery was through on goal again soon after but Cian Quinn did well in the Tipperary goal to deny him. Shane Doyle pointed two frees in quick succession in the 12th and 13th minutes to open Tipp’s account and Kerry had five wides to their discredit before Donal O’Sullivan had their first point in the 17th minute. Deividas Uosis saved well from Ian Holloway and then Adam McGrath was wide with a good goal chance in the 20th minute as Tipperary grew into the game. Kerry finished the half with two good points from Dara Casey and Donal O’Sullivan to add to Barry Keane’s pointed free and at the break the homeside led by 2-4 to 0-2.

Mark Stokes pointed for the visitors quickly on the restart and Eanna McBride had another soon after but Kerry were now finding their range and had five good points in the first twelve minutes of the new half, all from different players, to take a 2-9 to 0-4 lead by the 42nd minute. Shane Doyle with his third pointed free, and Donal O’Sullivan, swapped points before Aidan McGrath breathed life into the Tipp challenge when he finished a good Tipp move to the net in the 5oth minute. John Ryan’s shot was taken off the goal line by Gearóid Lyne as Tipp piled on the pressure but they had to be content with a Rian Quigley point as Michael Devlin set up Michael Slattery for his second goal of the game in the 58th minute and sub, Sean Doherty had the last say when he pointed for the homeside in the final minute.

Kerry: Deividas Uosis, Gearóid Lyne, Dylan Casey, Fergal Barry, Luka Brosnan, Edward Horan (0-1), Thomas Devane, Seán O’Connell (0-1), Franz Sauerland, Dara Casey (0-1), Donal O’Sullivan (0-4, 1f), Michael Kelliher (0-1), Barry Keane (1-1, 1f), Michael Slattery (2-0), Seán Keane (0-1)
Subs: Muiris Fitzgerald (for Dara Casey, 40 mins), Daire Cleary (for Barry Keane, 47 mins), Micheál Devlin (for Sean Keane, 50 mins), Seán Doherty 0-1 (for Michael Kelliher, 58 mins), Donagh McMahon (for Edward Horan, 59 mins), David Shanahan, 61 mins)

Tipperary: Cian Quinn, Manus McFadden, Stephen Grogan, Diarmuid Mulcahy (0-1), John Ryan, Paul Devlin, Eanna McBride, Mark Stokes (0-1), Darragh O’Leary, Shane Doyle (0-3, 3f), Rian Quigley (0-1), Ian Holloway, Adam McGrath (1-0), Cian O’Sullivan, Darragh Tynan
Subs: Conor Ryan (for Shane Holloway, half-time), Ben Owens (for Paul Devlin, 37 mins), Sean Murphy (for Darragh Tynan, 45 mins), Jack Connolly (for Shane Doyle, 52 mins), Michael Egan (for John Ryan, 59 mins), Aidan Keane (for Manus McFadden, 61 mins).

Referee: Alan Long (Cork)

Team News

Munster Under 17 Football Semi-Final – Cork 5-18 Limerick 1-6

Cork defeated Limerick by 5-18 to 1-6 in the Munster Under 17 Football Competition Semi-Final on Tuesday May 2nd at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Cronin goal spree sends the Rebels on their way to U17 football final

Report by Mark Woods for the Evening Echo Newspaper

Cork 5-18 Limerick 1-6

A hat-trick of Mark Cronin goals decorated Cork’s comfortable Munster U17 football semi-final victory over Limerick at sunny Pairc Ui Rinn last evening.

The young Nemo Rangers star scored twice from the penalty spot with unstoppable shots to either corner and captain Ben Murphy also showed how with a couple of crackers of his own. Cork followed up their 6-24 to 0-1 first-round victory over Waterford in Dungarvan with a 24-point victory here to progress to the inaugural final in a fortnight. They set out their stall from the start with towering midfielder Mark Keane catching the throw-in and soloing through to land the opening point after just 10 seconds.

By the 10th minute the lead had stretched to 1-4 without reply after Cronin expertly tucked away a penalty with a cool, left-footed shot to the right of keeper Cian Walsh after he was fouled himself. Limerick eventually broke their duck with a pointed free from Rory O’Brien moments later but it didn’t disrupt the trend as Cork surged further in front.

Murphy grabbed the second goal after 16 minutes with a neat finish to the far corner after Keane again showed his aerial expertise with another majestic take. And when Jack Murphy extended the advantage to 2-6 to 0-1 with a point three minutes later, it ensured all six starting Cork forwards had managed to get their names on the score sheet. Limerick kept trying, despite facing the inevitable conclusion, with midfielder Barry Coleman landing their fourth point after a fine catch around the middle and subsequent strong run.

But, just when they had thought they had weathered the first-half storm, Cork pounced for a third goal a minute from the interval. Midfielder Neil O’Sullivan dropped a dangerous ball in around the square, where the alert Cronin sensed his opportunity by out-jumping his marker to punch home, leaving Cork well on their way to the final, holding a 3-8 to 0-4 interval advantage.

There was little respite for the visitors on the resumption either with Cork claiming their fourth goal after 34 minutes. Ronan Dalton picked out McMahon with a super pass only for the corner-forward to be fouled by Liam Kennedy and Cronin picked the left corner of Walsh’s net on this occasion.

Despite O’Brien landing Limerick’s sixth point, Cork went on another scoring spree, including a smashing fifth goal from Murphy, whose bullet-like drive nestled in the top corner of the net, 5-12 to 0-6 after 43 minutes. Limerick substitute Liam Wilson found a way through to score a consolation goal, the first Cork conceded, though it was never going to impact on the outcome.

As both sides emptied their benches, Cork finished by claiming the last six points via five different scorers, a Dalton free beginning the sequence, which ended with Murphy’s second point of the evening.

SCORERS: Limerick: Rory O’Brien 0-4, Liam Wilson 1-0, James Cummins and Barry Coleman 0-1 each. Cork: Mark Cronin 3-2 (2-0pen, 0-1 free), Blake Murphy 2-3 (0-1free), Ronan Dalton 0-3 (1free), Mark Keane, Conor McMahon and Jack Murphy 0-2 each, Fionn Herlihy, Killian Murphy, Neil O’Sullivan and Liam Twohig 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Cian Walsh (St Senans); Michael Murphy (St Kierans), Eoin Burke (St Kierans), James Garvey (Mungret St Pauls); Mark Quinlan (Galbally), Michael Ryan (Dromcollogher-Broadford), James Cummins (Galbally); Barry Coleman (Rathkeale), Liam Kennedy (St Kierans); Adam Lacey (Knockaderry), Rory O’Brien (Fr Caseys), Michael Togher Clancy (Claughaun); Aaron Kelly (St Patricks), Matthew Lucey (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Josh O’Connor (Rathkeale). Subs: Oisin Brennan (Newcastle West) for Michael Murphy, inj (15mins), David Aherne (Mungret St Pauls) for James Garvey (h-t), Sean Clancy (Galtee Gaels) for Josh O’Connor (38mins), Liam Wilson (Kildimo-Pallaskenry) for Aaron Kelly (43mins), John Leahy (Na Piarsaigh) for Mathew Lucey (52mins).

CORK: Cian Lankford; John Corcoran, Daniel O’Mahony, Eoin Murray; David Lardner, Greg Lardner, Adam Coleman; Mark Keane, Neil O’Sullivan; Fionn Herlihy, Blake Murphy, Jack Murphy; Mark Cronin, Conor McMahon, Ronan Dalton. Subs: Killian Murphy for Adam Coleman (34mins), Conor Crowley for Mark Keane (45mins), Adam Hennessy for Mark Cronin (45mins), Sean Desmond for Daniel O’Mahony (50mins), John Kelleher for David Lardner (53mins), Liam Twohig for Conor McMahon (54mins).

REFEREE: Eamonn Moran (Kerry).

Team News

The Cork team to play Limerick in the Munster U17 Football Championship Semi-Final on tomorrow Tuesday 2nd May has been announced as follows –

Cian Lankford – (Kilavullen)
John Corcoran – (Nemo Rangers)
Daniel O Mahony – (Knocknagree)
Eoin Murray – (Dohenys)
David Lardner – (Fermoy)
Greg Lardner (Fermoy)
Adam Coleman – (Nemo Rangers)
Mark Keane – (Mitchelstown)
Neil O Sullivan – (Adrigole)
Fionn Herlihy – (Dohenys)
Blake Murphy – (Na Piarsaigh) – Captain
Jack Murphy – (Eire Óg)
Mark Cronin – (Nemo Rangers)
Conor McMahon – (Kilshannig)
Ronan Dalton – (Nemo Rangers)
Shane Masterson – (Glanworth)
John Kelleher – (Glanmire)
Killian Murphy – (Glanmire)
Adam Hennessy – (St Michaels)
Liam Twohig – Aghinagh
Conor Crowley – (Glanmire)
Conor Russell – (Douglas)
Eoghan Lehane – (Canovee)
Sean Desmond – (Clondrohid)

Manager: James McCarthy (Castlehaven) – Selectors: Brian Lotty (Glanmire), Ben Flahive (Douglas), Michael Beston (Mitchelstown)

LIMERICK: Cian Walsh (St Senans); Michael Murphy (St Kierans), Eoin Burke (St Kierans), James Garvey (Mungret St Pauls); Mark Quinlan (Galbally), Alan Kiely (Claughaun), James Cummins (Galbally); Barry Coleman (Rathkeale), Liam Kennedy (St Kierans); Adam Lacey (Knockaderry), Rory O’Brien (Fr Caseys), Michael Togher Clancy (Claughaun); Aaron Kelly (St Patricks), Matthew Lucey (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Josh O’Connor (Rathkeale). Subs: Mark White (Rathkeale), Jack Kenny (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Michael Ryan (Dromcollogher-Broadford), Oisín Brennan (Newcastle West), Sean Clancy (Galtee Gaels), Liam Wilson (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), John Leahy (Na Piarsaigh), David Ahearne (Mungret St Pauls).

All-Ireland Scór Sinsir Finals

Scór supporters will be making their way to the The Waterfront Hall in Belfast for the All-Ireland Scór Sinsir Finals on 6 May, 2017.

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-Off 1 – Cork 1-24 Waterford 0-8

Cork defeated Waterford by 1-24 to 0-8 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-Off 1 on Wednesday May 3rd at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Rebels rout Déise to secure semi-final spot

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 1-24 – Waterford 0-08

A job well done by the home outfit, but it’s unlikely that any member of the Cork set-up will be losing the run of themselves after this 19-point rout of Waterford.

Whereas Cork came in cold to this fixture, their opponents had already been through the wringer above in Ennis four weeks ago. The 18-point beating handed down by Clare on that occasion suggested this Waterford team wasn’t up to a huge amount and that rang true yesterday evening as Cork inflicted on them a second successive double-digit hammering to secure their place in the semi-finals.

That the visitors managed only one point from play over the hour perfectly captures the one-sided nature of proceedings. The Déise were aided by a slight breeze in the opening period and yet found themselves seven in arrears at the break, 0-11 to 0-4. They were rendered scoreless between the ninth and 22nd minute and also failed to raise a flag of any description between the 32st and 59th minute.

These barren spells, mind, had more to do with Cork’s solidity at the back than attacking inertia on the part of Waterford. Sean O’Leary Hayes was a commanding presence at full-back, as was James Keating in front of him.

The star of the show, however, was to be found at the other end of the field. Corner-forward Brian Turnbull had five points to his name come the call for half-time and he doubled his tally in the second period, routinely rounding his opposite number who, somewhat unfathomably, was left shadowing the young Douglas hurler for most of the hour.

Two apiece from midfielder Daire Connery, Craig Hanifin and Liam O’Shea, along with Turnbull’s first-half contribution, had Denis Ring’s charges almost home and hosed at the break. And when Brian Roche got onto the end of a James Keating free six minutes into the second-half to register the sole goal of the evening, it was game over.

The floodgates opened thereafter, with Turnbull, Hanifin, Connery and O’Shea swelling their personal tallies during a run of 1-12 without reply. Evan Sheehan, corner-back Conor O’Callaghan and subs Barry Murphy and John Geary also wrote their names onto the scoresheet.

“It was a great win, from the point of view of our performance,” said Denis Ring. “It ended up being a comprehensive display and a comprehensive performance. Our blocking and hooking was very good. How we dealt with the opposition sweeper was very good. Our use of the ball was good. Our shooting from distance was good. Tactically, we got a lot right. We did our business well and that is all you can do on a night like tonight. We’ve put in a savage amount of work since last September. The bar is raised and it will be much tougher come the semi-final.”

Should Limerick do as their expected and see off Waterford at home next Thursday, then Cork will be left with a semi-final trip to Thurles to face the All-Ireland champions.

Scorers for Cork: B Turnbull (0-10, 0-3 frees); B Roche (1-0); D Connery (0-3, 0-3 frees), C Hanifin, L O’Shea (0-3 each); E Sheehan (0-2); C O’Callaghan, B Murphy, J Geary (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: B Power (0-5, 0-5 frees); T Douglas (0-1 free), I Daly (0-1 free) T Looby (0-1 each).

CORK: G Collins (Ballinhassig); S O’Leary-Hayes (Midleton), C O’Callaghan (Dromtarriffe), E Roche (Bride Rovers); R Howell (Douglas), J Keating (Kildorrery), G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s); D Connery (Na Piarsaigh), D Lenihan (Ballyhooly); C Hanifin (Na Piarsaigh), L O’Shea (Lisgoold), B Roche (Bride Rovers); E Sheehan (Na Piarsaigh), R Downey (Glen Rovers), B Turnbull (Douglas).
Subs: B Murphy (Castlelyons) for Lenihan (48); J Geary (Newtownshandrum) for O’Shea (48); B Buckley (Dromina) for B Roche (51); A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill) for Howell (52); J O’Callaghan (Charleville) for E Roche (52).

WATERFORD: E Browne (Mount Sion); C Giles-Doran (De La Salle), J Flavin (Ardmore), M Noonan (Cappoquin); M Power (Clonea), L O’Brien (Mount Sion), D Booth (Colligan); I Daly (Lismore), S Whelan-Barrett (Abbeyside); C Whelan (Brickey Rangers), B Power (Clonea), H Ruddle (Ballygunner); G Dalton (Modeligo), T Looby (Abbeyside), T Douglas (De La Salle).
Subs: I Beecher (Tallow) for Booth, C Power (Clonea) for Dalton, K Bennett (Lismore) for Ruddle (all half-time); E Cullen (Mount Sion) for Whelan-Barrett (42); R Dunphy (Ballyduff Lower) for Douglas (55).

Referee: P Kelly (Tipperary).

Team News

The Cork minor Hurling team to play Waterford next Wednesday 3rd May in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Playoff 1 in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 7pm has been announced as follows.

1- Ger Collins, Ballinhassig
2- Conor O’Callaghan, Dromtarriffe
3- Sean O’Leary Hayes, Midleton, Captain
4- Eoin Roche, Bride Rovers
5- Ross Howell, Douglas
6- James Keating, Kildorrery, Vice Captain
7- Ger Millerick, Fr. O’Neill’s
8- Daire Connery, Na Piarsaigh
9- Diarmuid Lenihan, Ballyhooly
10- Craig Hanifin, Na Piarsaigh
11- Liam O’Shea, Lisgoold
12- Brian Roche, Bride Rovers
13- Evan Sheehan, Na Piarsaigh
14- Robert Downey, Glen Rovers
15- Brian Turnbull, Douglas
16- Ian Butler, Kildorrery
17- Jack O Callaghan, Charleville
18- Ronan Sheehan, Mallow
19- Aaron Walsh Barry, Carrigtwohill
20- Conor Desmond, Ballinhassig
21- Barry Murphy, Castlelyons
22- Brian Buckley, Dromina
23- John Geary, Newtownshandrum
24- Declan Hanlon, Blarney

The Waterford Minor Hurling Team to face Cork tomorrow night in Pairc Uí Rinn has been named, best of luck to all involved.

1. Eoghan Browne (Mount Sion)
2. Conor Giles-Doran (De La Salle)
3. James Flavin (Ardmore)
4. Dan Booth (Colligan)
5. Mairtín Power (Clonea)
6. Luke O’Brien (Mount Sion)
17. Matt Noonan (Cappoquin)
8. Iarlaith Daly (Lismore)
9. Sean Whelan-Barrett (Abbeyside)
10. Tom Looby (Abbeyside)
11. Billy Power (Clonea)
12. Harry Ruddle (Ballygunner)
13. Conor Whelan (Brickey Rangers)
14. Thomas Douglas (De La Salle)
15. Gavin Dalton (Modeligo)

Munster Senior Camogie Championship Semi Final – Cork 2-20 Clare 1-10

Cork defeated Clare by 2-20 to 1-10 in the Munster Senior Camogie Championship Semi Final on Sunday May 7th at the Cork Camogie Grounds.

Fixture Details

Munster Senior Championship Semi Final
Cork Camogie Grounds: Cork v Clare, 3pm
Referee Kevin O’Brien, Limerick

Munster Junior Championship Semi Final
Cork Camogie Grounds: Cork v Clare, 1pm
Referee Philip Dee Limerick, Limerick

Munster Senior Camogie Championship Semi Final – Limerick 1-14 Tipperary 0-14

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 1-14 to 0-14 in the Munster Senior Camogie Championship Semi Final on Sunday May 7th at the Tipperary Camogie Grounds, The Ragg.

Fixture Details

Sun 07th May
Munster Senior Championship Semi Finals
The Ragg: Tipperary v Limerick, 2.30pm,
Referee Cathal Egan

Lidl National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final – Cork 2-15 Donegal 2-14

Cork defeated Donegal by 2-15 to 2-14 in the Lidl National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final on Sunday May 7th at Parnell Park Dublin.

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 final

Cork 2-15 Donegal 2-14

Report By Jackie Cahill at Parnell Park, Dublin

ORLA Finn collected 1-10 as Cork were crowned Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 champions for a fifth successive year. The Rebelettes made it nine League titles in ten seasons with a nervy one-point victory over Donegal at Parnell Park.

In a fixture that was level six times, Ephie Fitzgerald’s Cork had the nous and know-how to deny the first-time Division 1 finalists. And Donegal would finish the game with 13 players when Yvonne McMonagle was sin-binned in the 59th minute, before Katy Herron was shown a red card for a high challenge on Jess O’Shea.

Ultimately, the attacking class of All-Star Finn proved the difference, as she scored 1-4 in the first half before adding six second half points. Donegal’s lethal inside pairing of McMonagle and Geraldine McLaughlin had blazed a trail to the final, registering 12-36 between them in their previous four games, but they were held scoreless in the second half.

In the first half, McLaughlin scored 1-4 and McMonagle 0-3 but they drew a blank after the break as Cork pulled down the shutters. With ten minutes of normal time remaining, the sides were level at 2-13 apiece before two Finn frees put daylight between the sides. Karen Guthrie reduced the deficit to just a point again but Cork held out as Donegal lost two players in the closing minutes.

Considering that Cork were without travelling captain Ciara O’Sullivan and Player of the Year Brid Stack, ruled out through injury, this was a notable victory for the Rebelettes. It’s been a campaign of transition for Cork, who lost Deirdre O’Reilly to retirement while doubts surround the futures of Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley, and yet silverware was still secured. Donegal beat Cork in Mallow during the group stages and their odds tumbled in the days approaching the game.

At half-time, they were very much in the hunt, trailing by 1-9 to 2-8 but caught by two sucker-punch Cork goals.
Within 19 seconds, Cork had the ball in the net as Finn profited from the throw-in with a smashing finish. And yet Donegal, who lost Kate Keeney to an early injury, rallied to level at 1-1 to 0-4 by the tenth minute, with McLaughlin looking particularly dangerous.

McLaughlin fired home an unstoppable goal in the 16th minute to level matters again at 1-5 each and when Guthrie converted a free ten minutes before half-time, Donegal were ahead for the first time in the game. Smelling danger, Cork responded with an Eimear Scally levelling point before the Éire Óg star netted in the 23rd minute, rewarding the approach work of Shauna Kelly, Bríd O’Sullivan and captain for the day, Doireann O’Sullivan.

Donegal remained competitive approaching the break and an impressive opening to the second half saw Micheál Naughton’s charges back in front. Niamh Hegarty goaled in the 37th minute, knifing through the Cork cover after taking a pass from Herron.

Two points clear, 2-10 to 2-8, Donegal had a platform but Cork have been in worse situations before and were quickly level. Both sides traded blows down the home straight, with Donegal missing several good chances while their fans expressed annoyance with referee Colm McManus, but Cork had the wherewithal to get the job done and retain the silverware.

Scorers for Cork – O Finn 1-10 (0-9f), E Scally 1-1, B O’Sullivan 0-2, N Cotter & L Coppinger 0-1 each.

Scorers for Donegal – G McLaughlin 1-4 (0-1f), N Hegarty 1-1, K Guthrie 0-4 (3f), Y McMonagle 0-3, K Herron & E Ward 0-1.

Cork – M O’Brien, M Ambrose, R Phelan, E Spillane; M Duggan, E Meaney, S Kelly; N Cotter, J O’Shea; L Coppinger, B O’Sullivan, O Farmer; E Scally, D O’Sullivan, O Finn.
Subs: A Hutchings for Coppinger (53), Á O’Sullivan for Farmer (56).

Donegal – A McColgan; T Doherty, E Gallagher, N McLaughlin; T McClafferty, C Hegarty, K Keeney; K Herron, K Guthrie; G Houston, N Hegarty, S McGruddy; R Friel, G McLaughlin, Y McMonagle.
Subs: D Foley for Keeney (inj., 7), P McGrory for Friel (h.t.), E Ward for McGruddy (46).

Referee: C McManus (Meath)

Team News

CORK: M O’Brien (Clonakilty); M Ambrose (St. Val’s), R Phelan (Aghada), E Spillane (Bantry Blues); M Duggan (Doheny’s), B Stack (St. Mary’s), S Kelly (Araglen Desmonds Buí), N Cotter (Beara), J O’Shea (Inch Rovers); L Coppinger (St. Colum’s), B O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey), O Farmer (Midleton); E Scally (Éire Óg), D O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey), O Finn (Kinsale).

DONEGAL: A McColgan (Malin); T Doherty (Carndonagh), E Gallagher (Termon), N McLaughlin (Termon); T McClafferty (Termon), C Hegarty (Moville), K Keeney (Four Masters); K Herron (Glenfin), K Guthrie (Glenfin); G Houston (Glenfin), N Hegarty (Moville), S McGruddy (Termon); R Friel (Termon), G McLaughlin (Termon), Y McMonagle (Glenfin).

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 2-17 Cork 1-10

Kerry defeated Cork by 2-17 to 1-10 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday May 10th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Kerry run rule over Cork to claim impressive win in Páirc Uí Rinn

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 2-17 Cork 1-10

For the second time in as many months, a Kerry team travelled to Páirc Uí Rinn and all but obliterated the home outfit. There was 16-points between the two counties at the end of the Munster U21 final in late April and while this Munster minor semi-final win wasn’t as comprehensive, it was every bit as impressive.

David Clifford proved the headline act, the Firies full-forward terrorising the Cork defence during an hour’s fare where he helped himself to 2-8, just 0-3 of that total arriving via the dead ball. The travelling defence also played a significant role in advancing the reigning All-Ireland champions into the Munster decider, routinely hunting down Cork forwards in packs of three and four.

That said, Cork engineered the dream start for themselves when Evan Murphy put the ball in the back of the Kerry net 10 seconds after the throw-in. It was to prove a false dawn, however, as the home side failed to add to their tally during the subsequent quarter of an hour.

The visitors, during this period, kicked 1-6 on the bounce as David Clifford and Donal O’Sullivan led the Cork defence on a merry dance. This pair landed the three points which cancelled out Murphy’s early rocket and it was Clifford who propelled Kerry in front on seven minutes, holding off full-back William Ronan and slipping the ball past ‘keeper Kevin McMahon.

The full-forward would also provide their second goal on 26 minutes, finishing a sweeping move involving Brian Friel and Fiachra Clifford. The gap was seven come the break and it might have been a tad more manageable from a Cork perspective had two scoreable chances on the stroke of half-time not been kicked wide.

Two from David Clifford and Donnchadh O’Sullivan’s first increased the difference between the sides upon the restart. Cork’s day was done when Kerry ‘keeper Deividas Uosis kept out a Damien Gore penalty on 42 minutes. He made a second superb save later on, this time denying Mark Keane. Two more from Clifford and a Jack Griffin point completed the 10-point rout for the Kingdom.

Scorers for Kerry: D Clifford (2-8, 0-3 frees); Donal O’Sullivan (0-1 free), Donnchadh O’Sullivan (0-2 each); A Donoghue, F Clifford, C Gammell, J Griffin (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: E Murphy (1-2, 0-1 ’45); D Gore (0-4, 0-2 frees); C Myers Murray (0-3); M Keane (0-1).

Kerry: D Uisis (Dingle); R O’Neill (Na Gaeil), C O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), M Potts (Dr Crokes); C Gammell (Legion), E Horan (Scartaglen), N Donohue (Firies); B Mahony (St Senan’s), D O’Connor (Na Gaeil); A Donoghue (Castleisland Desmonds), B Friel (Rathmore), F Clifford (Laune Rangers); Donnchadh O’Sullivan (Firies), D Clifford (Fossa), Donal O’Sullivan (Kilgarvan)
Subs: J Griffin (Dr Crokes) for Friel (38); M Slattery (Austin Stacks) for Donnchadh O’Sullivan (47); C O’Reilly (Austin Stacks) for F Clifford (48); P Warren (Gneeveguilla) for Donal O’Sullivan (55); S O’Leary (Kilcummin) for O’Neill (59); M O’Leary (Renard) for Gammell (60).

Cork: K McMahon (Kilshannig); L Finn (Mitchelstown), W Ronan (Kilmurry), D Ward (Douglas); J Harrington (Adrigole), P O’Driscoll (Ilen Rovers), J McCarthy (Carrigaline); M Keane (Mitchelstown), R Walsh (Kanturk); E Murphy (Dromtariffe), C O’Callaghan (Éire Óg), J Murphy (Éire Óg); M Cronin (Nemo Rangers), D Gore (Kilmacabea), C O’Mahony (Mitchelstown)
Subs: C Myers Murray (St Finbarr’s) for O’Mahony (22 mins, inj); C Barrett (St Finbarr’s) for Murphy (HT); D O’Mahony (Knocknagree) for Ronan (39); S Hickey (Millstreet) for Walsh, S Meehan (Kiskeam) for McCarthy (both 42); R O’Driscoll (Garnish) for Harrington (45, bc);

Referee: A Kissane (Waterford).

Admission Prices
Adult: €10.00
Student/Senior’s receive €5 concession on a full price ticket at the designated stile prior to entry with valid id.
U-16’s: Free

Tickets available to purchase in participating Centra and Supervalu outlets.

Team News

The Cork football team for tomorrow night’s Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final v Kerry in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 7pm has been announced as follows.

1) Kevin McMahon – Kilshannig

2) Lorcan Finn – Mitchelstown

3) William Ronan – Kilmurry

4) Dylan Ward – Douglas

5) Jason Harrington – Adrigole

6) Peter O Driscoll – Ilen Rovers

7) Jack McCarthy – Carrigaline

8) Mark Keane – Mitchelstown

9) Ryan Walsh – Kanturk

10) Evan Murphy – Dromtariffe

11) Colm O Callaghan – Eire Og (Captain)

12) Jack Murphy – Eire Og

13) Mark Cronin – Nemo Rangers

14) Damien Gore – Kilmacabea

15) Cathail O Mahony – Mitchelstown


16) Ian Giltinan – Carrigaline

17) Daniel O Mahony – Knocknagree

18) Rory O Driscoll – Garnish

19) Sean Meehan – Kiskeam

20) Shane Hickey – Millstreet

21) Colm Barrett – St Finbarrs

22) Cillian Myers Murray – St Finbarrs

23) Daragh Moynihan – Ballydesmond

24) Mark Hodnett – Carbery Rangers

Selectors : Brian Herlihy (Dohenys), Bernie Collins (Castlehaven), Donal McCarthy (Valley Rovers), Jim O Donoghue (St. Finbarrs), Noel O Leary, (Cill na Martra)

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Cork in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Semi -Final at Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday evening shows 2 personnel and a number of positional changes from the side that defeated Clare in the Quarter Final.

Cian Gammell and Niall Donohue, both members of last year’s panel, come into the defence in place of Sean O’Leary and Patrick Warren both of whom picked up injuries in the quarter final tie and who are included among the substitutes.

The team contains just four of the side who played in the All Ireland Minor Final last year – Michael Potts, Diarmuid O’Connor, Brian Friel and David Clifford.

Potts, together with Chris O’Donoghue, Cian Gammell, Niall Donohue and Donnchadh O’Sullivan, were members of the St Brendans College Hogan Cup winning side this year.

The team, captained by David Clifford of Fossa is as follows:

Deividas Uosis Dingle

Ryan O’Neill Na Gaeil

Chris O’Donoghue Glenflesk

Cian Gammell Killarney Legion

Michael Potts Dr Crokes

Eddie Horan Scartaglen

Niall Donohue Firies

Barry Mahony St Senans

Diarmuid O’Connor Na Gaeil

Adam Donoghue Castleisland Desmonds

David Clifford (C) Fossa

Donal O’Sullivan Kilgarvan

Fiáchra Clifford Laune Rangers

Donchadh O’Sullivan Firies

Brian Friel Rathmore

Fir Ionaid:

Nelu O’Doherty Dr Crokes

Ciarán O’Reilly Austin Stacks

Sean O’Leary Kilcummin

Michael Slattery Austin Stacks

Patrick Warren Gneeveguilla

Jack Griffin Dr Crokes

Michael O’Leary Renard

Dylan Casey Austin Stacks

Cathal Ferriter Annascaul


Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)

Treanalaí: Chris Flannery (Killarney Legion) and Padraig Murphy (Laune Rangers)

Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin)

Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel

Ciaran Kennedy (Beaufort), Sean O’Connell (Cordal), Eddie Browne (Listowel Emmets), Cian O’Callaghan (Firies), Mark Ashe (Dingle).

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final – Clare 3-13 Limerick 0-12

Clare defeated Limerick by 3-13 to 0-12 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday May 10th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Goal blitz seals victory for Clare

Report by Stephen Gleeson for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 0-12 Clare 3-13

A early goal in either half propelled the minor footballers of Clare into their first Munster MFC final since 1994.

Paudie Kelly struck after four minutes, while 90 seconds into the second half Gavin Cooney found the net for a Clare side managed by 1992 All Star Seamus Clancy.

Limerick led 0-10 to 1-5 at half-time and that was after Clare had a blitz of 1-2 inside five minutes. The fourth minute Kelly goal had Clare in the driving seat but they then went 10 minutes without a score. Six different Limerick players were on the mark as they led 0-6 to 1-2 by the 11th minute with captain Karl Moloney, Barry Coleman and Adam Costelloe scoring points.

Gavin Cooney interrupted the Limerick run but two each for Sean Ryan and Rory O’Brien ensured the interval lead for Limerick. Limerick remarkably scored just twice in the second half and had to wait until injury time for an O’Brien point from play. Clare wrapped up a first Munster final spot in 23 years with a late Ross O’Doherty goal.

Scorers for Limerick: R O’Brien 0-6 (2f), S Ryan 0-2, P Power, K Moloney, B Coleman, A Costelloe 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: G Cooney 1-5 (0-2f), P Kelly 1-2 (0-1 ‘45), R O’Doherty 1-0, D Ryan 0-3, G Cahill 0-2, D Coughlan 0-1.

LIMERICK: C Walsh; M Quinlan, E Burke, C Ferris; P Power, J Fitzgerald, J Cummins; K Moloney, L Kennedy; B Coleman, N Callanan, R O’Brien; A Costelloe, C Moran, S Ryan
Subs: D Burke for Callanan (46), C Moran for Ryan (50).

CLARE: M Lillis; J Sheedy, J O’Sullivan, J Miniter; D Ryan, F Donnellan, K White; C McMahon, D Griffith; P Kelly, S Rouine, D Coughlan; G Cooney, C O’Sullivan, G Cahill
Subs: C Dillon for McMahon (h-t), R O’Doherty for O’Donoghue (40), R Considine for Cahill (55), A O’Brien for Griffin (58), B Clancy for Coughlan (61).

Referee: D Murnane (Cork).

Team News

Limerick minor football team and match panel is released by the management team of John Ryan manager, coach/selector Brian Nolan and selectors Cathal Minihane and David O’Connor this evening. Limerick will take on Clare in the Munster minor football championship semi final this Wednesday evening at the Gaelic Grounds with a starting time of 7pm.

The Limerick minor football team is as follows 1. Cian Walsh (St. Senans), 2. Mark Quinlan (Galbally), 3. Eoin Burke (St. Kierans), 4. Cillian Ferris (Ballysteen), 5. Padraig Power, (Rathkeale), 6. Jack Fitzgerald (Adare), 7. James Cummins (Galbally), 8. Karl Moloney (Crecora/Manister) (Captain), 9. Liam Kennedy (St. Kierans), 10. Barry Coleman (Rathkeale), 11. Noel Callanan (St. Kierans), 12. Rory O Brien (Fr. Caseys), 13. Adam Costelloe (Banogue), 14. Colm Moran (Mungret/St.Pauls) (V.Captain) 15. Sean Ryan (Athea).
Subs: 16. Michael Uwatse (Mungret/St.Pauls), 17. Paul Collins (Crecora/Manister), 18. David Burke (Mungret/St.Pauls) 19. Niall McAuliffe (Newcastle West), 20. Adam Shier (Ballybricken/Bohermore), 21. Diarmuid Mulcahy (St. Kierans), 22. Alan Kelly (Athea), 23. Calvin Moran (St. Patricks), 24. Eoghan Killian (Mungret/St.Pauls).

Clare MF team v Limerick

1. Mark Lillis (Cooraclare)
2. Jack Sheedy (St Breckan’s)
3. Jayme O’Sullivan (Wolfe Tones)
4. Joe Miniter (Kilrush)
5. Diarmuid Ryan (Cratloe)
6. Fergal Donnellan (Cooraclare)
7. Keith Whyte (Inagh-Kilnamona)
8. Conor McMahon (Cratloe)
9. Danny Griffin (Éire Óg)
10. Paudie Kelly (St Breckan’s)
11. Sean Rouine (Ennistymon)
12. Dermot Coughlan (Corofin)
13. Gavin Cooney (Kilmurry-Ibrickane)
14. Ciaran O’Donoghue (Cooraclare)
15. Gearoid Cahill (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield)

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-Off 2 – Limerick 0-19 Waterford 1-7

Limerick defeated Waterford by 0-19 to 1-7 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-Off 2 on Thursday May 11th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Perfect 10 for O’Brien as Limerick advance to Munster semi-final

Limerick 0-19 Waterford 1-7

Tomás McCarthy reports from the Gaelic Grounds for

PAUL O’BRIEN DELIVERED 10 points (nine from dead balls) as the Limerick minors shrugged off a sticky Waterford challenge in the final quarter at the Gaelic Grounds.

The lethal marksman from Mungret St Pauls didn’t shoot a wide all evening with Dylan O’Shea (0-3) and Ronan Connolly (0-2) providing support in attack. Conor Nicholas and Jerome Boylan starred in defence as the Shannonsiders advanced to the provincial semi-finals next month.

Waterford closed to within a point early in the second half mainly through the endeavours of Billy Power. But James Lacey’s charges hit 11 wides and Thomas Douglas pinged the ball off the crossbar at a crucial stage. Five of the six starting forwards were replaced before the full-time whistle. Waterford were dealt a blow prior to throw-in as full-back James Flavin missed out through injury.

Limerick midfielder Rory Duff snapped the sliotar immediately and split the posts after just seven seconds and O’Brien, Ronan Connolly and Dylan O’Shea quickly developed a four-point gap.
The visitors recovered though as Ian Beecher and Billy Power raised white flags. Seven minutes before the break, Iarlaith Daly was sandwiched by Nicholas and Mikey O’Brien and referee John McCormack signalled for a penalty. Captain Thomas Douglas billowed the roof of the net with an absolute stinger to level matters (0-5 to 1-2).

The Treaty men claimed the last four points of the half, however. Paul O’Brien knocked over two frees and a ’65 while O’Shea registered his second single to make it 0-9 to 1-2 in favour of John Mulqueen’s side. On the change of ends, Power narrowed the gap to two with an early brace before Douglas cracked a shot off the metalwork five minutes into the second half. Another Power double from frees then left only a point between them (0-10 to 1-6).

But the team in green eased the pressure through three unanswered points. Iarlaith Daly got the Déise back within striking distance heading into the last quarter but it proved to be their final score of the evening. Jerome Boylan took charge at centre-back and late points by David Woulfe, Connolly and Paul O’Brien wrapped up a home victory.
Limerick face an away trip to Clare in the last four on 28 June.

Scorers for Limerick: Paul O’Brien 0-10 (8fs, 1 65’), Dylan O’Shea 0-3, David Woulfe, Ronan Connolly 0-2 each, Dan Minehan, Rory Duff 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Billy Power 0-5 (4fs), Thomas Douglas 1-0 (1-0 pen), Iarlaith Daly, Ian Beecher 0-1 each.


1. Daithi Heffernan (Mallow)
2. Conor Flahive (Mungret St Pauls)
3. Conor Nicholas (Monaleen)
4. Ciaran Barry (Ahane)
5. Mikey O’Brien (Doon)
6. Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh)
7. Dan Minehan (Ahane)
8. Michael O’Grady (Knockainey)
9. Rory Duff (Mungret St Pauls)
10. Paul O’Riordan (Bruff)
11. Paul O’Brien (Mungret St Pauls)
12. David Woulfe (Kilmallock)
13. Dylan O’Shea (Garryspillane)
14. Ronan Connolly (Adare)
15. Ryan Tobin (Garryspillane)
22. Brian O’Grady (Kilteely/Dromkeen) for Mikey O’Brien (13)
24. Eoin Sheehan (Garryspillane) for O’Riordan (41)
23. Jack Ryan (Doon) for Duff (41)
19. Calvin Carroll (Patrickswell) for Tobin (48)


1. Eoghan Browne (Mount Sion)
18. Dan Booth (Colligan)
17. Matt Noonan (Cappoquin)
4. Tadhg Foley (Ballygunner)
5. Mairtín Power (Clonea)
6. Tom Barron (Fourmilewater)
7. Luke O’Brien (Mount Sion)
8. Sean Whelan-Barrett (Abbeyside)
9. Edward Cullen (Mount Sion)
10. Conor Whelan (Brickey Rangers)
11. Iarlaith Daly (Lismore)
12. Ian Beecher (Tallow)
13. Tom Looby (Abbeyside)
14. Thomas Douglas (De La Salle)
15. Billy Power (Clonea)
22. Niall O’Keeffe (Passage) for Looby (h-t)
24. John Devine (Dungarvan) for Whelan (h-t)
19. Sean Carton (De La Salle) for Douglas (49)
23. Kyle Bennett (Lismore) for Beecher (56)
21. Evan McGrath (Mount Sion) for Power (56)

Referee: John McCormack (Tipperary)

Team News

Manager John Mulqueen and his selectors has released their minor hurling team and match panel for this Thursday evenings Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship semi final meeting with Waterford in the Gaelic Grounds at 7pm. The Limerick Team and match panel is as follows
1. Daithi Heffernan (Mallow), 2. Conor Flahive (Mungret St. Pauls),
3. Conor Nicholas (Monaleen) (Captain), 4. Ciaran Barry (Ahane),
5. Mikey O’Brien (Doon), 6. Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 7. Dan Minehan (Ahane), 8. Michael O’Grady (Knockainey), 9. Rory Duff (Mungret St. Pauls), 10. Paul O’Riordan (Bruff), 11. Paul O’Brien (Mungret/St. Pauls), 12. David Woulfe (Kilmallock), 13. Dylan O’Shea (Garryspillane), 14. Ronan Connolly (Adare), 15. Ryan Tobin (Garryspillane).
Subs: 16. Gearoid Barry (Kilmallock), 17. Kevin Bonar (Bruff), 18. Ken Byrnes (Old Christians), 19. Calvin Carroll (Patrickswell), 20. Jason Fitzgibbon (Cappamore), 21. David Moloney (Monaleen), 22. Brian O’Grady (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 23. Jack Ryan (Doon), 24. Eoin Sheehan (Garryspillane).