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TG4 Munster Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final – Tipperary 4-9 Clare 1-14

Tipperary defeated Clare by 4-9 to 1-14 in the TG4 Munster Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final on Saturday July 8th at Mallow.

TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship Final – Kerry 1-14 Waterford 3-6

Kerry defeated Waterford by 1-14 to 3-6 in the TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship Final on Saturday July 8th at Mallow.

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GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 – Tipperary 6-26 Dublin 1-19

Tipperary defeated Dublin by 6-26 to 1-19 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 on Saturday July 8th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Fixture Details

08.07.2017 (Sat)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2
Semple Stadium, Thurles 17:00
Áth Cliath v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: TBC
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Looking forward to the weekend action, Tipperary manager Michael Ryan has announced his side to face Dublin in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 2 fixture in Semple Stadium this Saturday, July 8th at 5pm.

There are two changes in attack from the last day with Jason Forde and John McGrath both holding their places having been introduced in that Round 1 victory.

The team lines out as follows as follows:
1. Daragh Mooney – Eire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
2. Donagh Maher – Burgess
3. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy
4. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
5. Joe O’Dwyer – Killenaule
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh
9. Michael Breen – Ballina
10. Jason Forde – Silvermines
11. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
12. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2B – Tipperary 2-15 Cavan 0-18

Tipperary defeated Cavan by 2-15 to 0-18 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2B on Saturday July 8th at Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan.

Cavan relinquish six-point lead to lose to Tipperary

Cavan 0-18 Tipperary 2-15

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary flicked the switch at half-time and threw everything into attack, and the rewards were rich and bountiful as they came from six points behind to beat Cavan in a Round 2B Qualifier at Kingspan Breffni.

Defensively, they looked nervous, uncertain and sometimes naïve, but once they moved to a more natural offensive strategy, the smiles returned to Premier faces and they played with a free-spirited joy.

Soon they had made it a 12 points swing, turning a six points deficit into a six points lead, and won somewhat comfortably by three in the end to go into Monday’s draw for round 3.

Second-half goals from Conor Sweeney and Robbie Kiely rewarded the spirit of adventure and positivity embraced by Liam Kearns’s side as they ran fearlessly at the Ulster men.

Tipperary started strongly with a couple of early scores from Sweeney and Jack Kennedy, but it was soon evident that their attacking strategy was one-dimensional.

Sweeney was isolated up front, and struggling to make inroads against a couple of markers, while their transition from defence lacked pace and urgency.

Cavan were soon in the ascendancy, bringing width to their game and stretching their opponents with pace along the flanks.

Gearoid McKiernan, impressive newcomer caoimhin O’Reilly and Niall McDermott all found the target as the Breffni men found their confidence.

Martin Reilly gave them the lead for the first time in the 14th minute, and after Robbie Kiely had pulled back a Tipp point, Cavan struck five on the spin, two of them from midfielder Tomas Corr, to go six clear at 0-10 to 0-4.

Sweeney was keeping Tipp in it with frees, and they trailed by 0-12 to 0-6 at the break after Caoimhin O’Reilly had slotted over his second score.

Tipp pushed everything into attack on the restart and Jack Kennedy and Kevin O’Halloran, along with Sweeney, got the scoreboard ticking.

Cian Mackey burst through from deep to win the free that McDermott knocked over, but nothing could revive a flagging Breffni side.

Tipperary’s evolving attacking threat was further strengthened by the introduction of All-Star Michael Quinlivan on 47 minutes, while Philip Austin’s power was another positive factor as Kearns dipped into his talented squad of substitutes.

O’Halloran’s 50 metre free cut the deficit to two point s the game slipped into its final quarter, and the Premier men were a team transformed.

They showed no fear as the committed men forward without inhibition, and Austin made a vital intervention, bringing them leve before winning the penalty that Sweeney sweetly stroked home in the 56th minute.

Austin and Sweeney were involved again in the move that ended with Kiely smashing home their second goal in the 62nd minute, and Quinlivan’s point had them six clear.

Cavan did pull back points thrugh Seanie Johnston, Thomas Galligan and Padraig Faulkner, but their season was beyond rescue, and Tipp marched on to the third round, with another exciting summer calling.

Cavan: R Galligan; P Faulkner (0-1), K Clarke, J McLoughlin; J McEnroe, N Murray, C Moynagh (0-1); G McKiernan (0-3, 1f), T Corr (0-2); C Mackey (0-1), M Reilly (0-2), C Brady; C O’Reilly (0-2), L Buchanan, D McVeety (0-1)
Subs: N McDermott (0-2, 2f) for Brady (12), R Connolly for Buchanana (h-t), T Galligan (0-1) for Corr (47), J Dillon for McDermott (56), S Johnston (0-2, 1f) for O’Reilly (59), N Clerkin for McVeety (BC 60)

Tipperary: C Kenrick; C O’Shaughnessy, A Campbell, E Moloney; B Maher, R Kiely (1-1), J Feehan; L Casey, G Hannigan; J Keane, K O’Halloran (0-2, 1f), B Fox (0-1); J Kennedy (0-3, 2f), C Sweeney (1-5, 1-0 pen, 5f), L Boland
Subs: D Foley (0-1) for Boland (0-2), P Austin (0-01) for O’Shaughnessy (h-t), M Quinlivan (0-1) for Hannigan (47), L McGrath for O’Halloran (67), K Bergin for Maher (73)

Referee: F Kelly (Longford)

Fixture Details

08.07.2017 (Sat)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2B
Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan 14:00
An Cabhán v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: TBC
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Cavan in Round 2B of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in Kingspan Breffni Park, tomorrow afternoon, July 8th, has been announced by manager Liam Kearns.
With a panel curtailed by injury, Liam has handed Championship debuts to Emmett Moloney (Drom & Inch) and Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials) among four changes to the side which lost narrowly to Cork in their recent Munster Semi-Final. Colm O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan) and Kevin O’Halloran (Portroe) are the other players also drafted in.

The Tipperary starting XV lines out as follows;
1. Ciarán Kenrick – Moyle Rovers
2. Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
3. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
4. Emmet Moloney – Drom & Inch
5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
8. Liam Casey – Cahir
9. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Liam Boland – Moyle Rovers
12. Brian Fox (Capt.) – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
15. Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials

Cavan (All-Ireland SFC v Tipperary): Raymond Galligan; Padraig Faulkner, Killian Clarke, Jason McLoughlin; James McEnroe, Niall Murray, Conor Moynagh; Liam Buchanan, Tomas Corr; Cian Mackey, Martin Reilly, Ciaran Brady; Caoimhin O’Reilly, Gearoid McKiernan, Dara McVeety.

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 – Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22

Waterford defeated Kilkenny by 4-23 to 2-22 after extra time in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 on Saturday July 8th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Waterford claim first SHC win over Kilkenny since 1959

Report By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22 after extra-time

A Maurice Shanahan goal in the second half of additional time set Waterford on their way to a historic and captivating championship victory over Kilkenny in Thurles.

Despite hauling back an eight-point deficit in the latter stages of normal time, the Cats lost to the Déise for the first time in the SHC since 1959, the 11th time of asking and were duly knocked out of the championship after the teams were tied at the end of regulation play for a second season in a row.

Three minutes into the second extra period, Shanahan was quickest in reacting to a ball Kilkenny’s backs failed to negotiate and ran clear before finishing to the delight of the Waterford contingent in the 33,181 crowd.

The sides exchanged the lead twice in the first additional 10-minute period and Waterford led by one when Jamie Barron took receipt of an Austin Gleeson ball, ran at a vacant Kilkenny cover and his shot, although not struck clinically, was too good for Eoin Murphy. It was enough to see the Déise go 3-19 to 2-18 ahead going into the turnaround.

Waterford had led 1-10 to 1-5 at half-time and while they saw the advantage narrowed to two points by the 43rd minute they ended a 12-minute spell without a score in the 47th minute via Jamie Barron and the next couple came courtesy of Austin Gleeson.

Shane Bennett’s thunderbolt goal in the 43th minute, after some fine Michael Walsh work, sent Waterford seven clear. It became eight when Kevin Moran flew over his second point but only after substitute Lester Ryan sent a fierce ground shot wide.

Waterford still led by eight going into the last minutes of regulation time but Kilkenny didn’t know they were beaten. A Ryan point was followed by a Reid free and then came their second goal, Colin Fennelly fortunate not to be whistled for charging but Reid on the end of it to put the ball over the goal-line.

A Ger Aylward point came next to cut the gap to two and then substitute Richie Leahy delivered a mighty score from close to the Ryan Stand sideline. Kilkenny’s tails were well and truly up and Colin Fennelly sent over the equaliser.

Having only come on for Pauric Mahony, Maurice Shanahan had a long-range free to win it, awarded to Stephen Bennett quite fortuitously, but sent it wide and extra-time beckoned.

Kilkenny’s forward line managed just two points from play in the first half of normal time, a poor return consistent with what they had offered up against Limerick and Wexford. Their ball retention was lacking too and Pauric Mahony’s five first half frees were as much the Cats’ attack’s fault given the amount of ball they were allowing come the direction of their backs.

Waterford led from the outset, going 0-2 to 0-0 after five minutes, and doubled that lead with three Mahony placed balls 13 minutes later. Jake Dillon was causing major problems for Pádraic Walsh and had won three frees, converted by Mahony, by half-time.

Austin Gleeson looked to be back to himself with two fine points while Shane Bennett was just as difficult to get a hold of as Dillon. It was his tenacity just before the break in the wake of a Paul Murphy foul that set up Michael Walsh for his first goal for Waterford in 11 years.

Kilkenny had threatened to fire into the game when Reid fired a goal from a 33rd minute penalty after Richie Hogan was upended. His shot was too good for Stephen O’Keeffe who managed to get a touch on it. The score brought Kilkenny to within two points, 0-9 to 1-4, but the next score was a beauty from Gleeson despite Robert Lennon’s foul.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony (0-6, 5 frees, 1 65); J. Barron, M. Shanahan (0-2 frees) (1-3 each); A. Gleeson (0-5); M. Walsh, Shane Bennett (1-0 each); K. Moran, T. Ryan (0-2 each); J. Dillon, P. Curran (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kilkenny: T.J. Reid (2-12, 1-0 pen, 0-10 frees, 0-1 65); L. Ryan (0-3); R. Leahy (0-2); R. Hogan, E. Murphy (free), K. Kelly, G. Aylward, C. Fennelly (0-1 each).

WATERFORD: S. O’Keeffe; B. Coughlan, C. Gleeson; T. de Burca; N. Connors, Philip Mahony, S. Fives; J. Barron, K. Moran (c); Pauric Mahony, M. Walsh, A. Gleeson; J. Dillon, Shane Bennett
Subs for Waterford: S. McNulty for N. Connors (blood, 44-49); P. Curran for J. Dillon (48); Stephen Bennett for Shane Bennett (61); M. Shanahan for M. Walsh (69), B. O’Halloran for Pauric Mahony (70+4); T. Ryan for Stephen Bennett (79); C. Dunford for P. Curran (85); S. McNulty for N. Connors (86).

KILKENNY: E. Murphy; P. Murphy, P. Walsh; C. Buckley; R. Lennon, J. Lyng, C. Fogarty; M. Fennelly, P. Deegan (c), W. Walsh; C. Fennelly, T.J. Reid, K. Kelly; R. Hogan, J.J. Farrell
Subs for Kilkenny: L. Ryan for P. Deegan, G. Aylward for J.J. Farrell (both h-t); C. Bolger for K. Kelly (49); R. Leahy for R. Hogan (63); L. Blanchfield for M. Fennelly (inj, 74); R. Hogan for G. Aylward (85).

Referee: J. Owens (Wexford).

Fixture Details

08.07.2017 (Sat)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2
Semple Stadium, Thurles 19:00
Cill Chainnigh v Port Láirge
Referee: James Owens (Wexford)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; T de Búrca, A Gleeson, Philip Mahony; J Barron, C Gleeson; K Moran, Pauric Mahony, J Dillon; Shane Bennett, M Walsh, D Fives.

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3A – Mayo 2-14 Clare 0-13

Mayo defeated Clare by 2-14 to 0-13 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3A on Saturday July 8th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Round 3A Qualifier: O’Connor brothers bag crucial goals

MAYO 2-14 CLARE 0-13

Report By Peter O’Connell for

Two early second half goals from the O’Connor brothers, Cillian and Diarmuid, helped Mayo to an ultimately comfortable win over Clare in Ennis on Saturday evening in round three of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Playing in front of an attendance of 11,576 in Cusack Park, Clare led 0-8 to 0-6 at half-time. The Colm Collins managed Clare made an electric start and led 0-6 to 0-1 after 19 minutes. Andy Moran, who put over 0-3 from play in the first half, kicked the opening score in the first minute, but Clare racked up 0-6 in a pulsating spell. Mayo were also dealt a very early setback when Donal Vaughan was black carded for a tackle on Gary Brennan in the fourth minute.

Brennan was one of Clare’s point scores in that period, while Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy, Keelan Sexton, and Jamie Malone also raised white flags. Malone could have goaled in the 15th minute when he picked up a break off Brennan and cut through the Mayo back line, but David Clarke made a decisive stop and diverted the shot for a ’45.

In the final 15 minutes of that half, Moran kicked the remaining 0-2 of his tally, while Lee Keegan, raiding from the half-back line, added a nice point, while Diarmuid O’Connor and Kevin McLoughlin did likewise. While Mayo were not especially impressive in that half, they did retain 90% of their own kick outs and won 10 turnovers.

Three minutes into the second half, Clare goalkeeper Joe Hayes made an excellent save from Kevin McLoughlin but he could do nothing four minutes later, when Cillian O’Connor picked up an under hit Martin McMahon free and planted a decisive goal.

Two minutes later Diarmuid O’Connor raised a second Mayo green flag and the 2016 All-Ireland finalists led 2-7 to 0-8. Clare could not sustain the energy levels they had shown in the opening half in what was their 10th Championship fixture between this and last season. They lost key midfielder Cathal O’Connor to a leg injury, while Ciarán Russell was black carded.

Just two of their 11 substitutes had started a league or championship game, which underlined the inexperience on their bench. In contrast Mayo were able to introduce the proven quality of Tom Parsons and Jason Doherty

Mayo looked somewhat ropey early in the first half, but once the goals helped them to carve out a decisive advantage, they were never in danger of losing a qualifier game for the first time since they lost to Longford in 2010.

Scorers for Mayo: Cillian O’Connor 1-5 (5fs), Diarmuid O’Connor 1-1, Andy Moran 0-3, Kevin McLoughlin 0-2, Lee Keegan, Keith Higgins, and Aidan O’Shea 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: David Tubridy 0-4 (4fs), Eoin Cleary 0-3 (2fs), Keelan Sexton 0-2 (1 45), Jamie Malone, Sean Collins, Gary Brennan, and Gearoid O’Brien 0-1 each.

MAYO: David Clarke; Brendan Harrison, Ger Cafferkey, Chris Barrett; Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Keith Higgins; Séamus O’Shea, Aidan O’Shea; Diarmuid O’Connor; Donal Vaughan, Kevin McLoughlin, Andy Moran, Cillian O’Connor, Conor Loftus
Subs: Stephen Coen for Donal Vaughan (4, BC), Evan Regan for Conor Loftus (48), Jason Doherty for Andy Moran (55), Tom Parsons for Seamus O’Shea (58), Fergal Boland for Diarmuid O’Connor (64), Alan Dillon for Aidan O’Shea (67).

CLARE: Joe Hayes; Dean Ryan, Kevin Harnett, Gordon Kelly; Martin McMahon; Jamie Malone (, Cian O’Dea; Gary Brennan, Cathal O’Connor; Ciarán Russell, Eoin Cleary, Pearse Lillis; Seán Collins, David Tubridy, Keelan Sexton
Subs: John Hayes for Cathal O’Connor (49 inj), Eoghan Collins for Ciáran Russell (40, BC), Gearóid O’Brien for Cian O’Dea (53), Seanie Malone for Pearse Lillis (64), Darren Nagle for Keelan Sexton (70, BC).

REFEREE: Sean Hurson (Tyrone).

Fixture Details

08.07.2017 (Sat)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3A
Cusack Park, Ennis 17:00
An Clár v Maigh Eo
Referee: TBC
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News