TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final – Cork 6-19 Galway 1-10

Cork defeated Galway by 6-19 to 1-10 in the TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final on Saturday August 19th at Cusack Park Mullingar.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final

Cork 6-19 Galway 1-10

Report By Jackie Cahill at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar

EPHIE Fitzgerald’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football champions Cork blasted out an ominous statement of intent as they demolished Galway by 24 points to book a place in the last four.

The Rebelettes, even without injured 2016 Player of the Year Bríd Stack, were hugely impressive as they notched six goals at TEG Cusack Park in Mullingar to set up a clash with Donegal or Mayo on September 2.

A devastating scoring blitz approaching half-time put paid to the challenge of the Connacht champions in this All-Ireland quarter-final – as Cork went from three points behind midway through the first half to 12 clear at the break.

Fitzgerald’s in-form charges produced arguably their best display under his stewardship, scoring 3-11 without reply in a scintillating spell before and after the break.

Cork were 1-1 to 0-7 adrift before they opened up with both barrels to crush the challenge of Galway, who were without a competitive fixture since beating Mayo on July 2.

Cork had roared into an early 1-1 to 0-1 lead, Áine O’Sullivan on target with the early goal after Orla Finn’s free dropped short, but Galway responded well and landed six points without reply, Mairéad Seoighe landing a couple of impressive long-range efforts in that run.

Cork, playing against the breeze, were sitting deep and pulling plenty of bodies behind the ball but Galway’s long-range shooting was impressive. The floodgates would soon open, however, as Cork an unanswered 2-9 approaching half-time to lead by 3-10 to 0-7 at the break.

Galway suffered a blow when midfielder Catriona Cormican went off injured in the 19th minute and that seemed to affect the Tribeswomen, who were attempting to manage a seven-week layoff. Cormican was the scorer of Galway’s seventh point but they sunk without trace as Cork, who improved significantly on their qualifier victory over Monaghan, upped the ante.

Three quick points brought them level at 1-4 to 0-7 before Cork bagged their second goal in the 23rd minute. Emma Spillane and brilliant player of the match Finn created the opening, before midfielder Niamh Cotter found the net with a classy finish.

Three minutes later, Finn’s quick free found Eimear Scally and she turned inside Galway captain Emer Flaherty before slotting home brilliantly. With the O’Sullivan sisters, captain Ciara and Doireann, pulling the strings, Cork added four more points before the break and another 1-2 early in the second half to move 17 points clear, 4-12 to 1-7.

Cork’s fourth goal, from Doireann O’Sullivan, was an avoidable concession from a Galway perspective. Dearbhla Gower’s kick-out was pounced on by O’Sullivan, who sent it back over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net with a precise lob. Galway’s long wait for a score, which dated back to the 16th minute, finally ended in the 38th minute when Mairéad Seoighe popped over a free.

Tracey Leonard added another free but it was brief respite as Bríd O’Sullivan came off the bench to make a big impact. Deirdre Brennan registered a consolation goal for Galway in the 41st minute but O’Sullivan netted twice before the finish to add further gloss to the scoreboard from a Cork perspective.

Galway suffered another massive blow with nine minutes left when Flaherty was yellow-carded, leaving the Westerners to finish the game with 14 players. Bríd O’Sullivan was on target with goals in the 45th and 54th minutes – and Cork’s quest for the seven-in-a-row remains very much course.

Scorers for Cork – O Finn 0-10 (4f), B O’Sullivan 2-1, E Scally 1-3, Á O’Sullivan & D O’Sullivan (0-1f) 1-2 each, N Cotter 1-0, C O’Sullivan 0-1.

Scorers for Galway – D Brennan 1-0, M Seoighe (1f) & T Leonard (2f) 0-3 each, S Hynes, C Cormican, O Divilly & M Glynn 0-1 each.

Cork – M O’Brien; E Meaney, R Phelan, E Spillane; M Duggan, A Hutchings, S Kelly; N Cotter, O Farmer; C O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, A Walsh; E Scally, Á O’Sullivan, O Finn
Subs – B O’Sullivan for Á O’Sullivan (40), J O’Shea for Farmer (40), M O’Callaghan for Walsh (40), L Colohan for Scally (47), Á Hayes for C O’Sullivan (52).

Galway – D Gower; F Cooney, E Flaherty, S Hynes; Á Seoighe, B Hannon, S Burke; L Gannon, C Cormican; O Divilly, M Seoighe, Á McDonagh; T Leonard, S Conneally, M Glynn
Subs – D Brennan for Cormican (inj., 19), S Molloy for Á Seoighe (h.t.), D Gorman for Cooney (37), A Davoren for Conneally (47), N Duggan for T Leonard (54).

Ref – N McCormack (Laois).

Fixture Details

Saturday, August 19th
TG4 Senior All Ireland Quarter Final
Cork v Galway, Cusack Park, Mullingar 12:30pm
Refere – N. McCormack
***Televised Live on TG4***

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 B Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Semi-Final – Kerry 1-23 Meath 1-9

Kerry defeated Meath by 1-23 to 1-9 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 B Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Semi-Final on Saturday August 19th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 Championship Semi-Final – Limerick 2-23 Galway 2-19

Limerick defeated Galway by 2-23 to 2-19 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 19th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 Semi-Final – Limerick edge thriller


Report By Declan Rooney for

Limerick will meet Kilkenny in the Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under 21 final next month after holding off the challenge of a battling Galway outfit in a gripping contest at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

It seemed that extra-time would be required when Galway’s Evan Niland levelled the teams for the 10th time in the 59th minute. But Limerick, having the benefit of a tough Munster campaign under their belt, finished strongly and after Aaron Gillane edged them in front. Limerick sealed the win with points in stoppage time from Thomas Grimes, Robbie Hanley and Gillane.

It was tough luck on Galway, who were playing their first match in the competition, but they were in contention throughout. The teams were level at the break at 1-9 to 0-12. Limerick, playing against the breeze, got a great start when Peter Casey notched 1-2 in the opening 10 minutes after Brian Concannon and Thomas Monaghan had got Galway off the mark.

Galway drew level going into the second quarter thanks to efforts from Dan Nevin, Monaghan and Sean Linnane after Barry Murphy had soloed through for a good Limerick point.

Galway goalkeeper Darragh Gilligan produced some good saves, denying Barry Nash approaching the interval, with Gillane’s resultant 65 making it 1-8 to 0-9.

Galway, hoping to join their seniors and minors in All-Ireland finals in September, responded with a point from Conor Whelan and another from Nevin, with Nash and Whelan exchanging points just before the break.

Limerick enjoyed a great start to the second-half and looked set to pull away when Nash found the net and Barry Murphy pointed to open up a 2-13 to 0-14 lead after 36 minutes.

But the Tribesmen hit back and a goal from Jack Coyne after a great run from senior player Whelan. Galway subsequently drew level at 1-16 to 2-13 after 43 minutes thanks to scores from Whelan and Grealish. Gillane and Monaghan exchanged points before Cian Lynch edged Limerick in front.

But then Whelan struck for a superb goal to put Galway two points ahead with 12 minutes remaining. Impressive Limerick substitute Andrew La Touche Cosgrave and Kyle Hayes pointed to level for the eighth time. Points were exchanged twice in the closing stages before Limerick finished well.

Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 0-8 (4fs, 2 ’65s); Peter Casey and Barry Murphy 1-2 each, Barry Nash 0-4, Thomas Grimes 0-2, Robbie Hanley, Cian Lynch, Andrew La Touche Cosgrave, Kyle Hayes, and Conor Boylan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Conor Whelan 1-3 (2fs), Jack Coyne 1-1, Thomas Monaghan and Brian Concannon 0-4 each, Dan Nevin 0-2 (1f), Kevin McHugo, Sean Linnane, Sean Loftus (f), Jack Grealish, and Evan Niland (f) 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara; Sean Finn; Darragh Fanning; Dan Joy; Ronan Lynch, Kyle Hayes, Thomas Grimes; Colin Ryan, Robbie Hanley; Aaron Gillane, Barry Murphy, Cian Lynch; Peter Casey, Tom Morrissey, Barry Nash
Subs: Andrew La Touche Cosgrave for Cian Lynch (30-31, blood) and for Tom Morrissey (44), Conor Boylan for Colin Ryan (44), Jack O’Grady for Sean Finn (52), Seamus Flanagan for Barry Murphy (59), Mike Mackey for Barry Nash (65).

GALWAY: Darragh Gilligan; Declan Cronin, Conor Cosgrove, Ian Fox; Jack Grealish, Joseph Mooney, Sean Loftus; Kevin McHugo, Dan Nevin; Brian Concannon, Sean Linnane, Thomas Monaghan; Conor Whelan, Cian Burke, Jack Coyne
Subs: Ciaran O’Connor for Ian Fox (21), Evan Niland for Cian Burke (37), Gearoid Loughnane for Concannon (42-43, blood) and for Jack Coyne (57), Fintan Burke for Joseph Mooney (52), Ronan Elwood for Kevin McHugo (58).

REFEREE: John Keenan (Wicklow).

Fixture Details

19.08.2017 (Sat)
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Semi-Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 18:00
Gaillimh v Luimneach
Referee: John Keenan (Cill Mhantáin)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Limerick U21 management team of Pat Donnelly manager (South Liberties), Maurice O’Brien (Coach/Selector)(Garryspillane), Mike Kiely (Coach/Selector)(Ballybrown) and Brian Foley (Coach/Selector)(Adare), has released their match team and panel for this Saturdays evening’s All Ireland U21 hurling championship semi final clash with Galway. Pat Donnelly side travel to Semple Stadium Thurles and with the throw in at 6pm supporters are asked to come early to the ground. The following is the team and match panel released this evening

1 Eoghan McNamara (Doon), 2 Sean Finn (Bruff), 3 Darragh Fanning (Pallasgreen), 4 Dan Joy (Kilmallock), 5 Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), 6 Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 7 Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), 8 Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), 9 Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), 10 Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), 11 Barry Murphy (Doon), 12 Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 13 Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 14 Tom Morrissey (Ahane)(Captain), 15 Barry Nash (South Liberties)
16 Cian Hedderman (Ballybrown), 17 Paudie Ahern (Killeedy), 18 Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 19 Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), 20 Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh), 21 Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 22 Mike Mackey (Adare), 23 Conor McSweeney (South Liberties), 24 Jack O Grady (Knockainey).

Galway U21H v Limerick

1. Darragh Gilligan (Craughwell)
2. Declan Cronin (Cappataggle – joint captain)
3. Conor Cosgrove (Ardrahan)
4. Ian Fox (Sarsfields)
5. Jack Grealish (Gort)
6. Joe Mooney (Loughrea)
7. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore)
8. Kevin McHugo (Tommie Larkins)
9. Dan Nevin (Cappataggle)
10. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)
11. Sean Linnane (Turloughmore)
12. Thomas Monaghan (Craughwell)
13. Conor Whelan (Kinvara)
14. Cian Burke (Athenry)
15. Jack Coyne (Castlegar)

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final – Cork 2-9 Galway 1-9

Cork defeated Galway by 2-9 to 1-9 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 19th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Cork withstand Galway rally to set up Kilkenny rematch

Report By Daragh Ó Conchúir

Cork 2-9 Galway 1-9

CORK withstood a frantic last-quarter rally from Galway to return to the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final for the fourth consecutive season. Last year’s runners-up looked to be cruising when points from Katrina Mackey and Hannah Looney within two minutes of the resumption pushed them eight clear.

Astonishingly however, they went 28 minutes without a score and only managed one further point as Galway, driven forward by Aoife Donohue, edged back into proceedings. Cork lost Gemma O’Connor to an ankle injury in the 46th minute and three minutes later, Galway’s powerful sub Niamh Hanniffy goaled to reduce the margin to three.

Donohue slotted a free nine minutes from the end of regulation time and Galway were making all of the running but Cork defended magnificently, Rena Buckley, Chloe Sigerson and Ashling Thompson ensuring that the Tribeswomen would not find another goal. Katrina Mackey finally ended the Rebels’ drought right on the hour and despite five minutes of injury time, they held out for a dramatic victory.

Galway’s management pulled a rabbit out of the hat when opting to move their leading scorer Ailish O’Reilly on Gemma O’Connor to prevent the St Finbarr’s talisman from exerting her normal influence. Orla Cotter appeared to be the chief beneficiary as she got on a lot of ball, while displaying customary accuracy from placed balls.

Cork would have only had themselves to blame had they lost as they wasted four gilt-edged goal chances, including two early in the second half. In the end though, they did breach the Galway defences twice and that proved the difference between the sides. The first came as Aoife Murray sent a bullet from a penalty straight and high in the 11th minute, after Niamh McCarthy was dragged down by Rebecca Hennelly.

Cork were well on top for much of that opening period and struck a significant blow just before the change of ends when Cotter scored a splendid solo goal. The rangy St Catherine’s player reached high above Róisín Black to fetch Murray’s long delivery on the 40m line and cut inside.

She got a sliver of luck when the sliotar rebounded to her after her attempted pass to Hannah Looney was mis-hit and poked to the net to make and though O’Reilly pointed straight after, it was 2-6 to 0-6 at half time. Galway had the wind in the second half but Looney and Mackey stretched the gap to eight and seemed bound for a comfortable passage to the final. That was to reckon without the courage of the Galway players but they had left themselves too much to do.

SCORERS FOR CORK: O Cotter 1-3(0-fs); A Murray 1-0 (pen); K Mackey 0-2; O Cronin, N McCarthy, A O’Connor, H Looney 0-1 each

SCORERS FOR GALWAY: A Donohue 0-4(3fs); N Hanniffy 1-0; A O’Reilly (1f), O McGrath 0-2 each; N McGrath 0-1

CORK: A Murray, P Mackey, R Buckley, L Treacy, M Cahalane, G O’Connor, C Sigerson, L Coppinger, A Thompson, A O’Connor, O Cronin, O Cotter, H Looney, N McCarthy, K Mackey
Sub: E O’Sullivan for G O’Connor inj (46), J White for A O’Connor (48), L Homan for K Mackey (60+1)

GALWAY: Sarah Healy, S Dervan, R Black, T Kenny, L Ryan, R Hennelly, H Cooney, A Starr, O McGrath, N McGrath, A O’Reilly, N Kilkenny, S McGrath, M Cooney, A Donohue
Sub: N Hanniffy for M Cooney (40)

REFEREE: E Cassidy (Derry)

Fixture Details

The throw-in times for the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Finals have been confirmed as follows:

Saturday August 19th
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

Dublin v Kilkenny
Throw-in: 5.15pm
Referee: Ray Kelly (Kildare)

Cork v Galway
Throw-in: 7pm
Referee: Eamon Cassidy (Derry)

*Extra-time to be played in the event of a draw in either game.

Ticket Information

Admission Prices
Adults: €15
Students/OAPs: €8
12-18 year olds: €3
Under 12s: Free


Match Preview

Cork v Galway, Gaelic Grounds, 7pm

This is a mouth-watering prospect, with the teams meeting for the first time since the 2015 decider when Cork upset the odds, having been beaten by Galway twice prior to that in the National League Final and the group stages of the Championship.

Cork returned to the All-Ireland Final last year but found Kilkenny too strong and it is worth recording that Galway only fell to the Stripeywomen after injury time in the Semi-Final.
They are on their third manager in as many seasons, Mark Dunne taking over from Ollie Bergin, who had in turn succeeded Tony Ward. Dunne, who has included his sister Molly in his backroom staff after her retirement, as well as former Galway and Dublin hurler Niall Corcoran, is moving closer to his strongest side, although he might have preferred a sterner test from Tipperary in the Quarter-Final.

They were extremely professional in navigating the group phase but were unable to break down Kilkenny. However, having finally given long-touted Minor star Siobhán McGrath her head, they have even more speed in attack and will look to cash in on the offensive threat that is also provided by McGrath’s sisters Orlaith and Niamh, Maria Cooney and the competition’s leading scorer Ailish O’Reilly.

Cork, of course, are renowned for their ability to smother opposition attacks, the likes of Pamela Mackey, Laura Treacy and captain Rena Buckley among the stickiest of defenders in the game. In addition, All-Ireland-winning skipper Ashling Thompson has been a central figure in the game-plan with her athleticism enabling her to sweep up deep in her own half while also forcing turnovers around the field and getting forward for a score or two. Gemma O’Connor, Aoife Murray and Orla Cotter are just some other who provide plenty of experience while Niamh McCarthy represents the new breed.

Galway have a similar profile in that regard, as apart from Siobhán McGrath, Róisín Black is a newcomer who has appeared to the manor born in defence. At the other end of the experience spectrum, Sarah Dervan’s return from injury adds steel to that division, Lorraine Ryan was captain when they won the All-Ireland in 2013 and Niamh Kilkenny remains an absolute joy to watch and a pain to marshal with her runs from deep and ability to finish off either side.

If both teams turn up, this could be a game for the ages.