Limerick v Waterford

Limerick and Waterford play off for the right to play Clare in the Munster Minor Hurling Semi-Final on Wednesday evening, May 6th. Throw-in at the Gaelic Grounds is at 6.30pm.

Admission is by payment at the turnstiles and prices are €10 for Adults, €5 for Students and Senior Citizens in possession of current valid photographic ID. Juveniles (U16) will be permitted entry free of charge.

Official launch of Munster GAA’s programme of events

Leading GAA figures will gather today in the salubrious surroundings of
Lismore Castle for the official launch of Munster GAA’s programme of events,
activities and initiatives for the 2009 season.

In attendance will be Munster GAA Chairman Jimmy O’Gorman, GAA President
Criostóir Ó Cuana, representatives from GAA Hurling Championship sponsors
Guinness, Etihad Airways and RTE Sport, representatives from GAA Football
Championship sponsors Toyota, Ulster Bank and Vodafone, as well as
inter-county players and managers along with county and provincial
officials.

Kerry v Clare | Cork v Tipperary

Reigning ESB Munster Minor Football Champions Kerry take on Clare (Austin Stack Park, Tralee) while defeated finalists from 2008 Tipperary take on Cork on Wednesday, May 13th. Throw in time is 7.00pm.

Admission to these games will be by payment at the turnstiles. Adults will be charged €10 while Students and Senior Citizens will gain admission for €5 on production of current, valid, photographic ID. Juveniles (U16) are free of charge.

Team News

TIPPERARY (MF v Cork): A Wall (Cahir); P Dalton (Arravale Rovers), J Ryan (Ardfinnan), G Quinn (Clonmel Óg); L Murphy (Ballylooby/Castlegrace), G Mulhair (Arravale Rovers), D Dwyer (Moyle Rovers); E Kendrick (Cahir), J Lonergan (Moyle Rovers); T Hill (Moyle Rovers), R McGrath (Newport), R Peters (Cahir); M Ivors (Ballingarry), L Treacy (Loughmore/Castleiney), B Hewitt (Ardfinnan).

Subs: P Nolan (Clonmel Commercials), S Foley (Moyle Rovers), J Fennelly (Ballingarry), E Fitzpatrick (J. K. Brackens), S O’Meara (Arravale Rovers), E Kent (Ballina, A Matassa (Clonmel Commercials), J McMahon (Inane Rovers), S Power (Clonmel Commercials).

CORK (MF v Tipperary): S Mellett (Carrigaline); D O’Donovan (Ilen Rovers), D Rodgers (Brian Dillons), D Cahalane (Castlehaven); A Cronin (Nemo Rangers), R O’Sullivan (Argideen Rangers), W O’Mahony (Clann na nGael); E Healy (Aghada), P Wiley (St Finbarr’s); D Nation (Nemo Rangers), J O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), D Drake (Carrigaline); D Fitzgerald (Kiskeam), J Dineen (Éire Óg), B Hurley (Castlehaven).

Subs: A O’Donoghue (Aghada), S O’Shea (Adrigole), D Brosnan (St Nicholas), S Finn (Glanworth), G Minihane (O’Donovan Rossa), S Down (Kilmurry), R Deane (Bantry Blues), D Murphy (Castletownbere), M Russell (Aghada).

KERRY (MF v Clare): P O’Sullivan (Churchill); M Galvin (Ballymacelligott), P Galvin (Ballymacelligott), N Fitzgerald (Waterville); M Finnegan (Spa), J Hoare (Glenbeigh/Glencar), D Wrenn (Tarbert); S Carroll (Austin Stacks), D Doody (Na Gaeil); I Galvin (Derrynane), J Sherwood (Firies), M Brennan (Churchill); N O’Shea (c) (Dromid Pearses), E O’Connor (St Michael’s/Foilmore), D O’Sullivan (Rathmore).

Subs: P McCarthy (Rathmore), P O’Connor (Gneeveguilla), M Griffin (St Michael’s/Foilmore), K Hurley (St Pat’s), M Thiemann (St Michael’s/Foilmore), J O’Sullivan (Kilcummin), M Reen (Rathmore), K Doona (Laune Rangers), D Culhane (Ballylongford).

CLARE (MF v Kerry): W Deloughrey (Cratloe); M O’Connor (Kilmaley), Sean Brennan (Wolfe Tones), G Johnson (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); S Collins (Doora-Barefield), E Malone (Corofin), S Malone (Miltown Malbay); K O’Connor (Kildysart), Shane Brennan (Clondegad); D Sexton (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), C Ryan (Cratloe), S Tierney (St Breckan’s); C McInerney (Cratloe), E Finnucane (Lissycasey), C Nolan (Doora-Barefield).

Christy Ring Cup – Kerry vs. Down – Report

The Kerry Senior Hurling team lost to Down in Round 2 of the Christy Ring Cup on a scoreline of 3-11 to 2-10 on Saturday evening at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


Christy Ring Cup Round 2A

Kerry 2-10 Down 3-11

Report from the GAA.ie web site

A late Down rally at Austin Stack Park in Tralee ensured the Mourne men came away with the spoils on a 3-11 to 2-10 scoreline. The home side held a narrow advantage at the break with full-forward James McCarthy getting the crucial goal after 30 minutes. Outside of McCarthy, Shane Brick scored all of Kerry’s points in the opening 35 minutes. Brick continued his good form for the Kingdom in the second-half but Down’s Simon Wilson was more than his equal from placed balls and in general play. Gareth Johnson goaled for Down after 11 minutes of the second-half but Kerry’s John Mike Dooley pushed the home side 2-9 to 2-8 ahead with a poachers goal.2 However, Down finished the better and Johnson’s second goal put the final nail in Kerry’s coffin. 


 Kerry Hurling Team V Down in Austin Stack Park1 John Healy  (Ballyheigue)2. Padraig O’Grady (Ballyduff) 3. Aidan Healy (O’Dorney) 4.James Godley  (Kilmoyley) 5 Colm Harris( Kilmoyley) 6.Tom Mournane( Kilmoyley )  (Capt) 7. John Griffin (Lixnaw) 8. Jason Casey (Ballyheigue) 9.John Fitzgerald( Causeway) 10. Evan Sweeney (Loughmore Castleiney) 11.Shane Brick (Kilmoyley) 12.  Billy Brick( Kilmoyley) 13. Sean Young (Kilmoyley) 14. James McCarthy  (Kilmoyley )15. John Mike Dooley (Causeway)

 Subs:16. John Brendan O’Halloran  (Kilmoyley) 17.  Eamon Fitzgerald (Causeway) 18. Mike Hanifin (O’Dorney) 19.  Eoin Sheehy ( Kilmoyley) 20.  Padraig Maunson (Causeway) 21.  Paudie Moriarty (Ballyheigue) 22. Gary O’Brien (Ballyduff) 23. Liam Boyle( Ballyduff) 24.Sean Maunsell (Kilmoyley) 25.  Brian O’Leary (O’Dorney) 26.  Adrain Ryle (Kilmoyley) 27 Niall Young (Kilmoyley)

ESB Minor Football Semi-Final Play-Off

Waterford recorded their first minor football victory since 2004 last night when they defeated Limerick in Fraher Field, Dungarvan. They now advance to play Tipperary in a second play-off to decide who advances to play Cork in this years ESB Minor Football semi-final.

The Waterford v Tipperary play-off will take place on this Friday, April 24th at 6.30pm in Semple Stadium, Thurles.

ESB Munster Minor Football Semi-Final Playoff

Waterford v Limerick 

Throw-in: 6.30pm

Venue: Fraher Field, Dungarvan

Referees: D. Cahill (Tipperary)

Munster JFC Q-Finals

The Munster Junior Football Championship is underway with victories for Limerick over Tipperary and Cork over Waterford.

Results

Tipperary 1-8 Limerick 0-15 (Result)

LIMERICK: Mike Jones; David Finnerty, Ronan Kirby, Eddie Mulcahy; Stephen Fox, Ray Hayes (capt), Jason O’Brien (0-2); Mike McMahon, John O’Connell (0-3, 0-2 frees); Derry McCarthy (0-3), Pat Donnelly (0-1), Trevor Cosgrave (0-1); Michael Quilligan (0-1), Muiris Gavin, Pa Mullins (0-2, 0-1 free)
Subs: Colm Hickey (0-1) for Muiris Gavin (11 minutes, injured), Luke Kavanagh (0-1) for Ronan Kirby (half-time), Finbar Nash for Stephen Fox (47th minute), Conor Ryan for Keith Hartnett (59th minute)

TIPPERARY: James Farrelly (J. K. Brackens); Gerald Hally (Cahir), Richard Power (Moyle Rovers),  Donal Lynch (Commercials); Louis Everard (Moyne/Templetuohy), Pat Marnane (Galtee Rovers), Pa Morrissey (Galtee Rovers); Patrick Halley (Rockwell Rovers), Paul Brennan (Loughmore/Castleiney); Aidan Savage (Ardfinnan), Colin Morrissey (Galtee Rovers), Diarmuid Foley (Moyle Rovers, 0-1); Tony Doyle (Killenaule, 0-2 frees), Benny Hickey (Cahir, 1-5, 0-2 frees), Barry Shortall (Rockwell Rovers)
Subs: Kevin Halley for Barry Shortall (35th minute), Mark Cahill for Aidan Savage (43rd minute)

Limerick staged a good comeback in the second half to defeat Tipperary by four points at Semple Stadium on Sunday. Limerick led by 0-3 to 0-2 early on before a Benny Hickey goal put Tipperary in front and by the interval, Tipperary led by 1-6 to 0-4. Limerick had the aid of the wind in the second half and were helped by a straight red card for Tipperary wing-back Pa Morrissey in the 32nd minute. Limerick proceeded to dominate the second half and drew level with 15 minutes to go. Tipperary went in front again thanks to a Benny Hickey point but Limerick scored the last five points of the game to secure a deserved victory.

Cork 1-14 Waterford 1-4 (Result)

CORK (JF v Waterford): P O’Shea (St Vincent’s); P Gayer (Castlemagner), E Wiseman (Castletownbere), M Prout (Shamrocks); R O’Sullivan (Kinsale), A Fenton (St Vincent’s), M Fehily (D O’Mathuna’s); A O’Sullivan (Castletownbere), C O’Donovan (Valley Rovers); D O’Donovan (Kilmacabea), N O’Riordan (Glenville), C O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaighs); M Sheehan (Glanworth), Fiachra Lynch (Valley Rovers, 1-0), JP Murphy (St Vincent’s).

WATERFORD (JFC v Cork) E Cunningham; J Moore , G Dunphy, M Crotty; J McGrath, E Walsh(Cpt), J Hayden; D Casey, M Hennessy; S Fleming, A North, J Power; M Walsh, T Prendergast, M Ferncombe.

Cork rebounded from a slot start to earn a comprehensive victory over Waterford in the Munster Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday at Fraher Field Dungarvan. Waterford scored an early goal to take the lead but Cork responded by raising a green flag of their own courtesy of Fiachra Lynch. By the interval, Cork led by 1-6 to 1-1 before going on to win by 10 points in the end.


Fixture details

SUNDAY MAY 24th 2009
Munster GAA Junior Football Championship
Port Láirge v Corcaigh at 1.15p.m. – Note change of start time
AT FRAHER FIELD DUNGARVAN
Note: Extra Time in the event of a Draw.
Reiteoir: Keith O’Brien (Tiobraid Arann)

Munster GAA Junior Football Championship
Tiobraid Arann v Luimneach at 1.15p.m. – Note change of start time
AT SEMPLE STADIUM
Note: Extra Time in the event of a Draw.
Reiteoir: Michael McGann (An Clár)

Tipperary vs. Limerick – Match Information

Team News

LIMERICK (JF vs. Tipperary) – Mike Jones; David Finnerty, Ronan Kirby, Eddie Mulcahy; Stephen Fox, Ray Hayes (capt), Jason O’Brien; Mike McMahon, John O’Connell; Derry McCarthy, Pat Donnelly, Trevor Cosgrave; Michael Quilligan, Muiris Gavin, Pa Mullins.

TIPPERARY (JF vs. Limerick) – James Farrelly (J. K. Brackens); Gerald Hally (Cahir), Richard Power (Moyle Rovers), Aaron Kelly (Moyne/Templetuohy)l; Louis Everard (Moyne/Templetuohy), Donal Lynch (Commercials), Pa Morrissey (Galtee Rovers); Patrick Halley (Rockwell Rovers), Paul Brennan (Loughmore/Castleiney); Pat Marnane (Galtee Rovers), Colin Morrissey (Galtee Rovers), Diarmuid Foley (Moyle Rovers); Tony Doyle (Killenaule), Benny Hickey (Cahir), Barry Shortall (Rockwell Rovers)

Last Meeting

Limerick defeated Tipperary in this grade last year on a scoreline of 0-13 to 0-11 at Fermoy.

SCORES –Limerick: JB Murphy 0-4 (0-2f); T Cosgrove, J Murphy (0-2f) 0-3 each; J O’Connell 0-2; S Garvey 0-1. Tipperary: T Doyle 0-7 (0-6f); O Lloyd, A Fitzgerald 0-2 each.
LIMERICK — D O’Connor; C Cody, F Nash, L Martin; K Nolan, S Garvey (J Mullane 56), S Fox; M McMahon, J O’Connell; E Hogan, J Murphy, T Cosgrove (B Hayes h/t); JB Murphy, A Costello, P Mullins.
TIPPERARY — I Browne; K Halley, A Kelly, P O’Flaherty; K Fox (J Coghlan 42), L Everard, P Blake; L England, P Halley; J Williams (C O’Hara 37), A Fitzgerald, B Shortall; T Doyle, B Enright (D Peters 56), O Lloyd (M Cahill 52).

Cork vs. Waterford – Match Information

Team News

CORK (JF v Waterford): P O’Shea (St Vincent’s); P Gayer (Castlemagner), E Wiseman (Castletownbere), M Prout (Shamrocks); R O’Sullivan (Kinsale), A Fenton (St Vincent’s), M Fehily (D O’Mathuna’s); A O’Sullivan (Castletownbere), C O’Donovan (Valley Rovers); D O’Donovan (Kilmacabea), N O’Riordan (Glenville), C O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaighs); M Sheehan (Glanworth), F Lynch (Valley Rovers), JP Murphy (St Vincent’s).
Subs: P White (Newcestown), S McLoughlin (Kanturk), J Healy (Ballydesmond), C O’Connell (Killavullen), D O’Connell (Glanmire), V Hurley (Courcey Rovers), M Murphy (Ballinora), P Cahill (Glenville), K O’Brien (Ballinacurra).

WATERFORD (JFC v Cork) E Cunningham; J Moore , G Dunphy, M Crotty; J McGrath, E Walsh(Cpt), J Hayden; D Casey, M Hennessy; S Fleming, A North, J Power; M Walsh, T Prendergast, M Ferncombe.
Subs: G Kelly, A Kiely, R Power, D Wall, P Casey, N Ahearne, K Power, R Hennessy, S Prendergast .

Last Meeting

The last meeting of Cork and Waterford in the Munster Junior Football Championship was in the 2004 final when Waterford won on a scoreline of 1-7 to 0-9 at Dungarvan before going on to win the All-Ireland title later that summer.

Scorers:
Waterford; J. Power (1-1); K. Whelan, P. Foley (0-2 each); E. Doherty, R. Hennessy (0-1 each).
Cork; J. Hayes (0-5); W. Morgan, C. Brosnan, P. O’Connell, B. O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

CORK; J. Honohan; M. Prout, A. Quirke, D. Wiseman; G. Spillane, G. Wiseman, J. Sheehy; F. Collins, A. O’Shea; M. Kearney, W. Morgan, J. Hayes; C. Brosnan, K. Daly, P. Dunlea.
Subs: P. O’Connell for Kearney; N. O’Riordan for O’Shea; B. O’Sullivan for Morgan; F. Murphy for Daly.

WATERFORD; A. Kirwan; N. Barry, R. Power, M. Byrne; D. Ryan, L. Hurney, M. Kiely; M. O’Brien, S. Dempsey; K. Whelan, D. Kirwan, R. Hennessy; E. Doherty, P. Foley, J. Power.
Subs: A. Aherne for Kirwan; T. Kirwan for Whelan; S. McGrath for Doherty.

Christy Ring Cup Q-Final – Kerry v Derry

Kerry moved into the semi-finals of the Christy Ring Cup for the first time ever on Saturday.

Kerry 4-21 Derry 2-12

From the GAA.ie web site

Kerry produced a brilliant second-half performance to brush aside the challenge of Derry in the Christy Ring Cup quarter-final in Mullingar on Saturday afternoon.

Shane Brick [pictured] scored 0-15 to lift the Kingdom to their first-ever Christy Ring Cup semi-final, where they will meet champions Carlow on Saturday, June 6.

John Mike Dooley scored three vital second-half goals – giving him four in total after his first-half effort – as Kerry took advantage of the strong breeze at their backs after the break.

Evan Sweeney had put Kerry ahead with a point from play after a pass from Shane Brick to give Kerry a 1-6 to 0-8 lead at the break.

However, Derry nudged ahead after the interval when Ruairi Convery emerged from a thicket of players to force the ball to the back of the net.

Kerry goalkeeper John Healy was injured in the incident and was forced off the field. Corner-forward Sean Young took over between the posts and Gary O’Brien came in to fill the void in the attack.

Derry then moved ahead when Malachy Scullion pulled on the ball one-handed for a fine goal that saw the Oak Leafers move into a 2-9 to 1-9 lead.

However, Shane Brick’s accuracy from frees and the re-introduction of James Godley swung the game back in Kerry’s favour before Dooley struck two trademark goals in as many minutes to put his side ahead.

Brick then fired an inspirational free from 100 metres out and followed it up with a ’65 to leave Kerry 3-14 to 2-11 ahead.

Jason Casey and Shane Brick added further scores as Kerry streaked ahead in the closing minutes.

Dooley then grabbed his fourth goal of the game when he booted the ball to the net at the death.


Dooley and Brick inspire Kingdom comeback

By Kerry 4-21 Derry 2-12

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday May 25 2009

Kerry reached their first Christy Ring Cup semi-final after blowing Derry’s challenge out of the water, with a final-quarter scoring blitz from their twin destroyers, Shane Brick and John Mike Dooley, in this quarter-final played at Mullingar on Saturday.

The scoreline does not tell the full story of this contest, however, because when Derry corner-forward Ruairi Convery sent a sideline cut over the bar in the 51st minute, Derry led 2-11 to 1-12 and looked the more likely side to progress.

Kerry began well and opened the scoring with a goal in the opening minute through Dooley. However, Derry gained the upper hand in midfield thanks to Kevin Hinphey and Oisin McCloskey and Kerry’s front men were heavily restricted for a spell.

Kerry went in 1-6 to 0-8 in front at the break and had a breeze at their backs for the second half, but got off to a terrible start when Convery netted from a rebound off John Healy’s fine save. Derry then pounced again when Michael Scullion flicked a McCloskey free to the net. Brick, though, kept Kerry in touch with some superb points as Derry led by two with 20 minutes left.

Then the introduction of James Godley for the Kingdom into the midfield with John Griffin seemed to ignite Kerry’s challenge and Dooley struck two goals in a minute, which stunned Derry.

Kerry were now rampant, with Brick on fire and scoring at will before Dooley scored his fourth goal late on to send a shocked Derry crashing out.

Scorers — Kerry: S Brick 0-15 (6f, 1 ’65), J M Dooley 4-0, E Sweeney 0-4, J Fitzgerald and J Casey 0-1 each Derry: R Convery 1-7 (5f), O McCloskey 0-5 (3 ’65, 2f), M Scullion 1-0.

Kerry — J Healy, P O’Grady, A Healy, J Godley, C Harris, T Murnane, J Griffin, E Sheehy, J Fitzgerald, E Sweeney, S Brick, J Casey, S Young, J McCarthy, J M Dooley Subs: M Hanafin for J Godley (inj) (34), G O’Brien for J Healy (inj) (38), J Godley for J Fitzgerald (50), S Maunsell for J McCarthy (66), P Monson for C Harris (70)

Derry — A McGill, R McCloskey, C Quinn, S McNicholl, P O’Kane, S McCullagh, M Craig, K Hinphey, O McCloskey, C Murphy, D Leahy, B Dodds, A Kelly, P McCloskey, R Convery Subs: M Scullion for P McCloskey (14), G O’Kane for M Scullion (45), P McCloskey for C Murphy (55), E McGukin for S McCullagh (65)

Ref — S Whelan (Wexford)

Munster SFC Q Final – Tipperary v Limerick

Limerick hold off Tipp challenge

Sunday, 24 May

From the GAA.ie web site

Limerick shrugged off a spirited second-half rally by Tipperary to advance in Sunday’s Munster SFC quarter-final tie at Semple Stadium in Thurles.

Munster SFC Quarter-Final:
Tipperary 1-9 Limerick 1-11

Limerick got a massive boost in the second minute when after Padraig Browne dispossessed Tipperary defender Brian Fox, key attacker Ian Ryan was on hand to find the back of the net. Limerick powered on from that score, with midfielders John Galvin and Jim O’Donovan establishing complete control in the centre.

Ryan and Ger Collins tapped over a free apiece, and then Collins wriggled free to land two fine points to leave Limerick 1-4 to 0-0 ahead by the 10th minute.

Tipperary were struggling in several sectors, with their attack making little impression against a Limerick defence that featured Shane Gallagher and Johnny McCarthy in outstanding form. Limerick kept piling forward and only for some faulty shooting – they struck eight wides during the first-half – would have been further ahead.

Still pointed frees by Collins and Ryan sent them 1-6 to 0-0 in front, before Tipperary finally got off the mark when corner-forward Barry Grogan converted a 32nd minute free. Limerick served notice of their intentions with a strong response, wing-back Patrick Ranahan confidently striding forward to score a lovely point and Cormac Joyce-Power registering a similar effort.

The signs were looking ominous for Tipperary but on the stroke of half-time they got a badly needed boost. Grogan collected a long ball from Hugh Coghlan before turning his man and passing inside to full-forward Brian Coen who palmed to the net.

They may have trailed 1-8 to 1-1 at the interval, but Tipperary mounted a fantastic comeback in the second-half. Coen started to shine in attack and landed two points, with Grogan kicking another from a free.

With Paddy Codd, Hugh Coghlan and Kevin Mulryan all driving them on, Tipperary laid siege to the Limerick goal. Coghlan scored a brilliant point in the 47th minute and another by substitute Aidan Fitzgerald three minutes later left just two between them.

Limerick eventually managed to steady themselves with Stephen Lucey scoring a crucial point in the 55th minute that got them off the mark for the second-half. Grogan scored another free, but a great shot from youngster Joyce-Power restored Limerick’s three-point advantage with just four minutes left.

Tipperary came with a late rally, points by Grogan and Brian Mulvihill leaving just the minimum between them. But an injury-time pointed ’45 by Limerick substitute Kieran O’Callaghan sealed their victory.

SCORERS:

LIMERICK: I Ryan 1-2 (0-2f), G Collins 0-4 (0-2f), C Joyce-Power 0-2, P Ranahan, S Lucey, K O’Callaghan (0-1 ’45) 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: B Coen 1-2, B Grogan 0-4 (0-4f), H Coghlan, A Fitzgerald, B Mulvihill 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: S Kiely; J McCarthy, M O’Riordan, S Gallagher; S Lavin, S Lucey, P Ranahan; J O’Donovan, J Galvin; P Browne, I Ryan, S Buckley; C Joyce-Power, J Stokes, G Collins.
SUBS: K O’Callaghan for Stokes (42), D Phelan for Buckley (49), L O’Dwyer for Ranahan (60), B O’Brien for O’Donovan (60), T Cahill for Joyce-Power (70).

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; C Morrissey, R Costigan, P Codd; C Aylward, H Coghlan, B Fox; G Hannigan, B Jones; S Carey, P Austin, B Mulvihill; J Tierney, B Coen, B Grogan.
SUBS: C Higgins for Morrissey (20), K Mulryan for Jones (31), A Fitzgerald for Tierney (41), D O’Brien for Austin (51), A Moloney for Coen (blood) (55), Coen for Moloney (57).

REFEREE: Gearóid Ó’Conámha (Galway)


Limerick 1-11 Tipperary 1-09

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Sunday, 24 May 2009 19:27

Limerick withstood a ferocious second half fightback from Tipperary this afternoon to book their place in the semi-finals of the Munster senior football championship.

The Shannonsiders held on for a narrow two-point victory as Tipp’s brave effort fell just short in front of 4,673 spectators at Semple Stadium in Thurles.

A blistering start provided the platform for this Limerick win as Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s men booked a provincial last four showdown with Clare in Ennis on 7 June.

With 30 minutes on the watch, Limerick had stormed into a 1-06 to 0-00 lead and fully 32 minutes of the game had elapsed before Tipp landed their very first point, a free from captain Barry Grogan.

On the stroke of half-time, Grogan set up Brian Coen for a Tipperary goal and that fisted effort from close range was a major fillip for the Premier County as they trailed by 1-08 to 1-01 at the break.

Coen’s goal provided just a glimmer of hope but few could have predicted just how close Tipp would come to snatching victory from the jaws of a demoralising defeat.

Tipp reduced the deficit to just the bare minimum in stoppage time at the end of the game but Limerick hung on to avenge the Division 3 NFL defeat against the same opposition at Kilmallock earlier this year.

Tipp had secured a glorious promotion to Division 2 under the stewardship of John Evans and hopes were high of a first SFC victory since 2003.

But Limerick are battle-hardened championship campaigners and they shrugged off the disappointment of relegation to Division 4 with this priceless win as O’Sullivan outfoxed his fellow Kerry native Evans.

Limerick also won when the two sides met in last year’s forgettable championship encounter at Fermoy but this was a far superior game.

Right from the start, Limerick launched a blitzkrieg assault on Tipperary and it paid rich dividends after just two minutes when Ian Ryan pounced on a Brian Fox mistake before finding the net.

That goal knocked the stuffing out of a nervous-looking Tipp who could not cope with the sheer power of the Limerick onslaught in sweltering conditions.

Jim O’Donovan and John Galvin lorded the midfield battle for the Treaty men while Padraig Browne’s switch from defence to the half-forward line also worked a treat.

Limerick: S Kiely; S Gallagher, J McCarthy, M O’Riordan; P Browne, S Lavin, P Ranahan (0-01); J O’Donovan, J Galvin; S Lucey (0-01), I Ryan (1-02, 0-02f), S Buckley (c); C Joyce-Power (0-02), J Stokes, G Collins (0-04, 2f).
Subs: K O’Callaghan (0-01, 45) for Stokes (42), D Phelan for Buckley (49), L O’Dwyer for Ranahan (60), B O’Brien for O’Donovan (60), T Cahill for Joyce-Power (70).

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; C Morrissey, R Costigan, P Codd; C Aylward, H Coghlan (0-01), B Fox; G Hannigan, B Jones; S Carey, P Austin, B Mulvihill (0-01); J Tierney, B Coen (1-02), B Grogan (c) (0-04f).
Subs: C Higgins for Morrissey (21), K Mulryan for Jones (32), A Fitzgerald (0-01) for Tierney (41), D O’Brien for Austin (51).

Referee: G Ó’Conámha (Galway).


Limerick teach Tipp in summer school

Limerick 1-11 Tipperary 1-9

By Fintan O’Toole of the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, May 25, 2009

THE deceptiveness of league form was painted vividly yesterday afternoon in Semple Stadium.

Tipperary and Limerick approached this Munster SFC quarter-final from opposite ends of the spectrum, Tipp with the boon of promotion and Limerick with the calamity of relegation.

But in the intense heat of a championship battle, springtime form proved illusory. Limerick’s players have stored up plenty experience of summer football and that proved of immeasurable value in enabling them to stave off Tipperary’s burgeoning side, whose late charge failed to alter the result.

Limerick embarked on a white-knuckle ride to success, which tested the nerves of their supporters in the crowd of 4,673. For the opening half hour they could do no wrong. They totted up 1-6 on the scoreboard, kept Tipperary’s digits at nought and held a singular dominance all over the pitch. And yet when it came to the business of handing out the winning garlands, they were a rickety force, clinging to a 1-10 to 1-9 advantage deep in injury-time and exhaling a huge gale of relief when substitute Kieran O’Callaghan nailed a ‘45 in the 73rd minute that sealed success. The Tipperary camp were an anguished group at the final whistle. They were full of hope and optimism entering this match after league heroics, yet stumbled their way through the opening stages. Within two minutes Limerick registered a goal that was messy in its concession and execution. Pádraig Browne dispossessed Brian Fox near the Tipperary goal and the ball fell to Ian Ryan whose scuffed shot still squirmed into the net. Limerick drove on from there in a determined mood with Ryan kicking a free and impressive corner-forward Ger Collins banged over three points inside the first 10 minutes.

An ample seven-point lead was in Limerick’s possession, but what was more informative was how they were thriving in all critical sectors. They shuffled their cards from the start, Stephen Lucey going to centre-back, Stephen Lavin switching to the wing and Pádraig Browne moving up to wing-forward. All those moves paid off and they were complemented by the serious foothold Limerick gained in the middle of the pitch. John Galvin and Jim O’Donovan lorded the kickouts, and anytime the ball broke Limerick ate up the breaks.

Tipperary’s handling was sloppy and they could not find clear passages against a Limerick defence for whom Shane Gallagher and Mark O’Riordan played with authority.

Barry Grogan did finally get Tipperary off the mark with a 32nd minute free, but a run of points by Collins, Ryan, Pa Ranahan and Cormac Joyce-Power left Limerick 10 points clear. Before half-time Tipperary got a glimmer of hope, Grogan staying calm to wriggle past Johnny McCarthy and when he played it across, Brian Coen was there to palm to the net.

Integral to Tipp’s second-half recovery was sending Kevin Mulryan into action, as the JK Brackens man used his height to disrupt Limerick’s midfield dominance. They received a vital early scoring boost through points from Coen (2) and Grogan, and with the margin down to four, the home support grew.

Paddy Codd and Robbie Costigan attacked the ball at will in defence, while Hugh Coghlan gave a rousing display from centre-back. In attack Sean Carey and Brian Mulvihill began to feed on the scraps from the midfield battle and the play started to flow in one direction. Coghlan struck a beautiful point in the 47th minute and then substitute Aidan Fitzgerald scored to leave them 1-8 to 1-6 adrift.

Limerick were listing but were bailed out in the 55th minute when Stephen Lucey strode upfield to point. That failed to deter Tipperary but a lack of thrust in front of goal and some dubious calls by referee Gearóid O Conámha inhibited their challenge.

Grogan clipped over free, but an outstanding score by Joyce-Power left Limerick 1-10 to 1-7 ahead with time dwindling on the clock. Tipperary came with one last surge, a Grogan free and a Mulvihill point sustaining their visions of victory. But parity proved beyond them and O’Callaghan’s late point dashed their hopes.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 1-2 (0-2f), G Collins 0-4 (0-2f), C Joyce-Power 0-2, P Ranahan, S Lucey, K O’Callaghan (0-1 ‘45) 0-1 each.

Tipperary: B Coen 1-2, B Grogan 0-4 (0-4f), H Coghlan, A Fitzgerald, B Mulvihill 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: S Kiely; J McCarthy, M O’Riordan, S Gallagher; S Lavin, S Lucey, P Ranahan; J O’Donovan, J Galvin; P Browne, I Ryan, S Buckley; C Joyce-Power, J Stokes, G Collins.

Subs: K O’Callaghan for Stokes (42), D Phelan for Buckley (49), L O’Dwyer for Ranahan (60), B O’Brien for O’Donovan (60), T Cahill for Joyce-Power (70).

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; C Morrissey, R Costigan, P Codd; C Aylward, H Coghlan, B Fox; G Hannigan, B Jones; S Carey, P Austin, B Mulvihill; J Tierney, B Coen, B Grogan.

Subs: C Higgins for Morrissey (20), K Mulryan for Jones (31), A Fitzgerald for Tierney (41), D O’Brien for Austin (51), A Moloney for Coen (blood) (55), Coen for Moloney (57).

Referee: Gearóid O’Conámha (Galway)


O’Sullivan: pain of drop fired us up

By Fintan O’Toole of the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, May 25, 2009

MICKEY NED O’SULLIVAN emerged wearing a look of broad satisfaction.

There was an anxious build-up to this game with his Limerick team having been squeezed into Division 4 during the league and their opponents Tipperary flying high in comparison.

Yet his side managed to tap into a winning groove and suddenly their season has taken on a whole different complexion.

“You win matches on the pitch, not in the papers,” he was eager to point out. “It was very disappointing to be demoted to Division 4. We were a bit unfortunate but it was a great motivating factor for us. The lads knew they weren’t that bad and they knew they could put it up to Tipperary. They stuck to the game plan and it was an outstanding first half.”

After the splendour of their first-half showing, Limerick were forced into retreat in the second-half.

“At half time, the big danger is you go in with a big lead and it’s very difficult to get their heads right. Perhaps we were too far ahead at half time. The intensity began to drop, Tipperary gathered momentum and it was hard to break. Stephen Lucey’s point was a crucial point.”

On a day of bright spots, the debut of youngster Cormac Joyce-Power in Limerick senior football colours was a notable one.

“Cormac Joyce-Power is just 18 years of age. I was just delighted that we got him over from rugby. He was in the sights of Munster but we cajoled him, held onto him and hopefully we’ll keep him.”

On the opposite side John Evans was forced to reflect on a stirring second-half recovery from his side that came up just short. Tipperary were all at sea in the opening half, yet their manager maintained faith in his players.

“Fair dues to Limerick. They came out of the blocks and literally blew us away in the first 20 minutes. I could see that the team had lost their composure.

“I watched them almost fold but these guys are made of good stuff. In the second half this young team gave value for money. Yes, they were sitting ducks but they dug themselves out of a deep, deep hole and put in a great second half performance.”


Limerick backlash

By Liam Kelly of the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday May 25 2009

TIPPERARY manager John Evans should set up in business as a psychic — because he foretold accurately the response of Limerick to relegation from Division 3 of the National Football League.

Unfortunately for Evans, knowing their poor form in the early part of the year would spur Limerick on, it didn’t prepare him for the onslaught Tipp suffered in this thriller at Semple Stadium.

“We were afraid of Limerick’s backlash and we certainly got it full blown in the first half. They came out from the blocks and they literally blew us away in the first 20 minutes,” he said.

And what an onslaught. The ball was hardly thrown in when Limerick players were swarming around the midfield like bees after honey and when they got the ball it was one-way traffic from the start.

Mickey Ned O’Sullivan said part of his team’s pre-match plan was to target the Tipperary full-back line and his tactics worked brilliantly. Limerick pulled most of the forwards back to the midfield area and left room for the pace of Padraig Browne, named at right-half-back but playing much further forward, and corner-forward Ger Collins to exploit.

PRESSURE

Within two minutes, Evans’ side were under pressure and when lively Browne robbed an intended hand-pass to Tipp’s Brian Fox, he cleared the way for Ian Ryan to open the scoring with a goal for Limerick.

But by the 10th minute, Ryan had tacked on a point from a free and Collins was firing on all cylinders, scoring three points, one from a free.

Tipp were reeling and rocking and could have been further behind as Limerick hit the upright and missed with three wides in that time. The wonder of it was that Limerick scored only four more points in the next 25 minutes, and that was due to a combination of Tipperary gradually finding a foothold and some errant shooting.

Tipp managed to break their duck with a 32nd-minute point by Barry Grogan from a free, and then came a minor sensation — a Tipp goal in the last minute of the first half. Grogan cleverly skipped inside a couple of tackles close to goal and crossed for Brian Coen to palm the ball into the Limerick net.

Amazing! Now it was Limerick 1-8, Tipp 1-1 — a difficult, but far more encouraging scenario for the home team facing into the second half.

But Mickey Ned was aware of the danger. “You go in with a lead like that at half-time and it’s very difficult to get the lads’ heads right coming out for the second half,” he said. “We went in with a similar lead in Kilmallock in the league and within 20 minutes Tipperary had it whetted down, so we were very conscious of that today.”

And Tipp did exactly what he feared and scored five points without reply in the first within 15 minutes of the half to reduce the gap to just two points.

Tipp might have been further ahead by then had Limerick’s Patrick Ranahan not brilliantly won possession from Sean Carey when the latter was ready to fire point-blank at goal a few minutes before Coghlan’s point.

Tipp just couldn’t get that extra point or two and when Stephen Lucey broke away for a well-taken score on 55 minutes, Limerick once again held a three-point lead.

“That was a crucial point. Tipp then had to look for a goal and psychologically that put them on the back foot for a while, but all credit to them, they never gave up,” said Mickey Ned.

Grogan got a point for Tipp in the 64th minute, but that was answered by Cormac Joyce-Power (18) and once again the margin was three points.

As the intensity grew, Grogan pointed a 68th minute free but try as they might, Tipp could not get the goal.

Finally they were killed off in injury- time by a ’45’ cleverly won by Collins and scored by Kieran O’Callaghan.

Scorers — Limerick: I Ryan 1-2 (0-2f), G Collins 0-4 (0-2f) C Joyce-Power 0-2, P Ranahan, S Lucey, K O’Callaghan (0-1 ’45’) 0-1 each. Tipperary: B Coen 1-2, B Grogan 0-4 (0-1f); B Mulvihill, A Fitzgerald, H Coghlan 0-1 each.

Limerick — S Kiely; S Gallagher, J McCarthy, M O’Riordan; P Browne, S Lavin, P Ranahan; J O’Donovan, J Galvin; S Lucey, I Ryan, S Buckley; C Joyce-Power, J Stokes, G Collins.Subs: K O’Callaghan for J Stokes (42), D Phelan for S Buckley (49), L O’Dwyer for P Ranahan (60), B O’Brien for J O’Donovan (60), T Cahill for C Joyce-Power (70).

Tipperary — P Fitzgerald; C Morrissey, R Costigan, P Codd; C Aylward, H Coghlan, B Fox; G Hannigan, B Jones; S Carey, P Austin, B Mulvihill; J Tierney, B Coen, B Grogan. Subs: C Higgins for C Morrissey (20), K Mulryan for B Jones (31), A Fitzgerald for J Tierney (41), DO’Brien for P Austin (51).

Ref — G O’Conamha (Galway).


Limerick’s momentum pulls them over line

IAN O’RIORDAN of the Irish Times newspaper at Semple Stadium

MUNSTER SFC FIRST ROUND LImerick 1-11 Tipperary 1-9 : THIS MAY not make the Book of Great Championship Comebacks, but it was an incredible contest nonetheless. Thoroughly roasted in the first half, which had nothing to do with the hot sunshine at Semple Stadium, Tipperary suddenly came alive and turned all the heat on to their opponents.

So they still died of thirst just a few steps short of the well, but at least they died with pride. With all the hype around Tipperary after their rise through the league ranks, there was always the danger of it imploding when they got to the championship stage, which it more or less did for the opening half. Limerick could hardly believe it themselves.

The prize on offer was effectively a place in the Munster final, not that anyone would admit it beforehand. Limerick must still play Clare in Ennis on June 7th, but they can take that as a small step before the leap of playing either Kerry or Cork in the final showdown.

For Tipperary, that prospect, defined by a definite case of stage fright, seemed too much to bear, at least for the opening half hour. Limerick tore into them as if they weren’t even there – and soon established a nine-point advantage which could have been a lot more.

A goal from Ian Ryan after three minutes set them on their way, and from there it went Bang! Bang! Bang! – Ger Collins, Patrick Ranahan and the teenage Cormac Joyce-Power adding points as if for fun.

Tipp made two substitutes and had three bookings before they managed their first score on exactly 32 minutes; a free from Barry Grogan. Yet, they left the field with a hint of things to come when Hugh Coghlan delivered a sweet ball to Grogan, whose short pass to Brian Coen was deftly palmed into the Limerick net.

Seven points in arrears is far from unattainable in championship fervour, but no one was expecting Tipp to hit off five points without reply in the next 15 minutes – closing the gap to two. Limerick were visibly crumbling under the pressure, but Tipp’s gameplan was simple: get more men forward, play in quick ball, and run at goal.

“After the first half we knew we’d have to produce something special,” commented Tipp boss John Evans, “and in fairness we did that. Maybe after the league we were in a comfort area. Whereas Limerick were in this to save their bloody lives, to be quite honest. But at least we showed we could play some football.”

Limerick rallied, however, with John Galvin regaining his decisive grip at midfield. After 20 minutes of the half they finally hit back with a superb point from Stephen Lucey, who’d moved up to the forward ranks. It turned the momentum, if only briefly.

So, with 10 minutes remaining it was a three-point game and everything was in the melting pot. Tipp could have had a penalty when Coen was dragged down close to the area, but instead they exchanged points before the tension mounted yet again.Another Grogan free was followed by a superb move from Brian Fox to Aidan Fitzgerald, and finished off by Brian Mulvihill – and that made it a one-point game just as the clock spilled into added time.

Limerick just about held their nerve, held up possession, and when Kieran O’Callaghan coolly struck a 45 on 72 minutes it was as good as over. When Tipp’s last-gasp effort for a goal was blocked down it was over.

“All credit to Tipp, they’re an exceptionally good team,” declared a relieved Limerick manager Mickey Ned O’Sullivan. “Our lads were very determined coming here and showed that in the first half. But we were so far ahead I think the intensity dropped. That’s the big danger. Tipp gathered momentum and it was hard to break that.”

LIMERICK : 1 S Kiely; 3 J McCarthy; 4 M O’Riordan; 2 S Gallagher; 10 S Lucey (0-1) , 6 S Lavin, 7 P Ranahan (0-1) ; 8 J O’Donovan, 9 J Galvin; 5 P Browne, 11 I Ryan (1-2, two frees) , 12 S Buckley; 13 C Joyce-Power (0-2) , 14 J Stokes, 15 G Collins (0-4, two frees). Subs: 20 K O’Callaghan (0-1, 45) for Stokes (42 mins), 23 D Phelan for Buckley (49 mins), 21 B O’Brien for O’Donovan (60 mins), 18 L O’Dwyer for Ranahan (both 60 mins), 19 T Cahill for Joyce-Power (69 mins).

TIPPERARY : 1 P Fitzgerald; 2 C Morrissey, 3 R Costigan, 4 P Codd; 5 C Aylward, 6 H Coghlan (0-1) , 7 B Fox; 8 G Hannigan, 9 B Jones; 10 S Carey, 11 P Austin, 12 B Mulvihill (0-1) ; 13 J Tierney, 14 B Coen (1-2), 15 B Grogan (0-4, all frees). Subs : 18 C Higgins for Morrissey (20 mins), 19 K Mulryan for Jones (31 mins), 24 A Fitzgerald (0-1) for Tierney (41 mins), 21 D O’Brien for Austin (51 mins).

Referee: G Ó Conamha (Galway).


Munster Senior Football Championship- Match Tracker

Limerick 1-11 Tipperary 1-9

Match Tracker compiled by Ed Donnelly – e-mail comments to ed.donnelly@gaa.ie


Round-up – Limerick are through to a semi-final meeting with Clare after a hard earned two point victory over Tipperary. This game was won by Limerick in the first half as they raced in to a 9 point lead after 29 minutes. By the interval, the lead was 7 points and though Tipperary played very well after the break to reduce the deficit to just one point, Limerick had enough experience to get a couple of important points late in the game to keep their noses in front and ensure they progressed to the semi-final.

LIMERICK: S Kiely; S Gallagher, J McCarthy, M O’Riordan; P Browne, S Lavin, P Ranahan (0-1); J O’Donovan, J Galvin; S Lucey (0-1), I Ryan (1-2, 0-2f), S Buckley (c); C Joyce-Power (0-2), J Stokes, G Collins (0-4, 2f).
SUBS: K O’Callaghan (0-1, 45) for Stokes (42), D Phelan for Buckley (49), L O’Dwyer for Ranahan (60), B O’Brien for O’Donovan (60), T Cahill for Joyce-Power (70).

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; C Morrissey, R Costigan, P Codd; C Aylward, H Coghlan (0-1), B Fox; G Hannigan, B Jones; S Carey, P Austin, B Mulvihill (0-1); J Tierney, B Coen (1-2), B Grogan (c) (0-4f).
SUBS: C Higgins for Morrissey (21), K Mulryan for Jones (32), A Fitzgerald (0-1) for Tierney (41), D O’Brien for Austin (51).

Referee: G Ó’Conámha (Galway)


FULL-TIME – Tipperary 1-9 Limerick 1-11

72nd minute – Tipperary need a goal to win. 3 minutes of injury time. Barry Grogan has a 14 metre free in front of goal but his shot is blocked. Game over.

71st minute – Limerick earn a 45 metre free which is pointed by Kieran O’Callaghan – Tipperary 1-9 Limerick 1-11

70th minute – POINT – Brian Mulvihill scores a point from play to leave just a point in it – will we see extra time today? Tipperary 1-9 Limerick 1-10

69th minute – SUBSTITUTE – Thomas Cahill replaces Cormac Joyce-Power on the Limerick team as Barry Grogan hits the post with a 25 metre free from in front of the goal.

67th minute – POINT – Barry Grogan points a free from 20 metres  -Tipperary 1-8 Limerick 1-10

65th minute – POINT – Cormac Joyce-Power scores a good point from play for Limerick to put his side in front again by 3 points – Tipperary 1-7 Limerick 1-10

63rd minute – POINT – Barry Grogan points a 13 metre free after Aidan Fitzgerald is fouled – Tipperary 1-7 Limerick 1-9

60th minute – SUBSTITUTES – double substitution for Limerick – Bobby O’Brien and Lorcan O’Dwyer replace Jim O’Donovan and Patrick Ranahan

57th minute – Tipperary have kicked 3 wides since their last score. Have Limerick done enough to stem the tide. It’s a warm day in Thurles as both sides begin to tire.

56th minute – Tipperary have made a good comeback but are still 3 points in arrears – can they sustain the momentum to complete the comeback or will Limerick now steady the ship?  All to play for.

55th minute – POINT – Stephen Lucey gets Limerick off the mark in the second half with a good point from play – Tipperary 1-6 Limerick 1-9

50th minute – SUBSTITUTE – Damien O’Brien replaces the injured Philip Austin on the Tipperary team

49th minute – POINT – Aidan Fitzgerald scores a good point for Tipperary – just 2 points in it now – Tipperary 1-6 Limerick 1-8

48th minute – SUBSTITUTE – Dermot Phelan replaces Seanie Buckley on the Limerick team.

46th minute – POINT – Hugh Coghlan makes a good run up field and from under the New Stand he kicks a great point to put just 3 points between the teams – Tipperary 1-5 Limerick 1-8

44th minute – Ger Collins hits a wide for Limerick who are now under pressure to add to their half-time tally of 1-8. They need a score to settle their team and stem the Tipperary comeback.

43rd minute – Tipperary have come out in the second half with a much better attitude and game plan and are now just 4 points down. Sean Carey looked like he would have a goal chance a moment ago but he lost possession at the vital time when under pressure.

42nd minute – POINT – Brian Coen scores a good point for Tipperary after a long run by Christopher Aylward – Tipperary 1-4 Limerick 1-8

41st minute – SUBSTITUTE – Kieran O’Callaghan replaces Jason Stokes on the Limerick team.

40th minute – SUBSTITUTE – Aidan Fitzgerald replaces James Tierney on the Tipperary team

39th minute – POINT – Barry Grogan points a 20 metre free after Brian Mulvihill was fouled. Tipperary 1-3 Limerick 1-8

38th minute – POINT – Brian Coen takes a pass from Barry Grogan and puts the ball over the bar. Tipperary 1-2 Limerick 1-8

36th minute – Tipperary engineer an early chance but Kevin Mulryan’s shot for a point goes wide.

Second half throw-in – the second half is underway and Limerick win the throw-in.

Half-Time analysis – Limerick are 7 points up at the interval and deservedly so. From the throw-in, the Shannonsiders have been the more aggressive team, winning all the 50-50 battles and putting Tipperary under serious pressure in defence. Limerick are a bigger team and they are making this count, especially around midfield. Tipperary’s late goal from Brian Coen gives them some hope but Tipperary will need a massive improvement in the second half if they are to make a comeback.

Attendance – the attendance in Semple Stadium today is 4,673

HALF-TIME – Tipperary 1-1 Limerick 1-8

34th minute – GOAL – a lifeline for Tipperary? Hugh Coghlan sends in a long ball to Brian Grogan who showed good composure to beat his man before setting up Brian Coen who hit the ball in to the net with his hands from close range. Tipperary 1-1 Limerick 1-8

33rd minute – POINT – Limerick’s Cormac Joyce Power scores a good point from play – Tipperary 0-1 Limerick 1-8

33rd minute – POINT – Limerick respond immediately with a point from play by Patrick Ranahan – Tipperary 0-1 Limerick 1-7

32nd minute – POINT – Tipperary are off the mark at last – Barry Grogan points a free to reduce the lead to 8 points. Tipperary 0-1 Limerick 1-6

31st minute – SUBSTITUTE – Kevin Mulryan replaces Brian Jones on the Tipperary team.

29th minute – POINT – Ian Ryan points a 13 metre free for Limerick – Tipperary 0-0 Limerick 1-6

28th minute – YELLOW CARD – Brian Fox is booked after conceding a free which could very easily have been a penalty.

27th minute – Sean Carey kicks Tipperary’s fourth wide – still no sign of a score but Limerick’s possession has dried up somewhat up front.

24th minute – a good chance for Tipperary to open their account but Barry Grogan’s shot drops in to the goalie’s hands.

22nd minute – POINT – Ger Collins points a free for Limerick – 8 points up now – can Tipperary respond? Tipperary 0-0 Limerick 1-5

22nd minute – YELLOW CARD – Hugh Coghlan is booked for Tipperary as he concedes a free.

21st minute – YELLOW CARD – Philip Austin is booked for Tipperary

18th minute – SUBSTITUTE – Christopher Higgins replaces Conor Morrissey on the Tipperary team.

17th minute – Limerick engineer a good goal chance but Padraig Browne’s shot goes badly wide. Should have done better. 7 wides for Limerick – they are totally dominating the opening quarter of the game – can Tipperary get off the mark before it is too late?

16th minute – Tipperary have settled a bit better but still don’t have a score to show for their efforts.

12th minute – Tipperary win a free in a scoreable position but James Tierney puts it wide.

11th minute – goal chance for Tipperary – their first surge up field in the game. Christopher Aylward sets up Philip Austin and his first time shot goes narrowly wide. Tipperary need a score to settle.

10th minute – POINT – Ger Collins scores another point for Limerick – Tipperary 0-0 Limerick 1-4

9th minute –
Limerick are really up for this game, Tipperary look nervous. Limerick is totally dominant at half-back and midfield so far.

8th minute – POINT – Ger Collins scores a good point from play for Limerick – very one-sided at present as Limerick are winning all the key battles – Tipperary 0-0 Limerick 1-3

6th minute
– POINT – Ian Ryan points a 14 metre free after Padraig Browne is fouled – Tipperary 0-0 Limerick 1-2

5th minute – POINT – Ian Ryan points a free for Limerick from about 40 metres out – Tipperary 0-0 Limerick 1-1

4th minute
– goal chance for Limerick – a long ball in to the Tipperary square is mis-judged and Padraig Browne’s punch hit the side net. It’s all Limerick thus far.

2nd minute – GOAL – Limerick get off to an excellent start with a goal from Ian Ryan after Brian Fox loses possession in defence. Tipperary 0-0 Limerick 1-0

1st minute – Seanie Buckley kicks an early wide for Limerick.

Throw-in – the game is on and is won by Tipperary before Hugh Coghlan wins an early free.

3:24pm – Tipperary win the toss and Tipperary captain Barry Grogan elects to play in to the Killinan End of the ground, against the breeze in the first half. Both teams are warming up – all to play for now as a good crowd has descended on Thurles this afternoon in anticipation of a good match.

3:20pm – no changes on either team

LIMERICK (SF vs. Tipperary) –  Sean Kiely; Shane Gallagher, Johnny McCarthy, Mark O’Riordan; Padraig Browne, Stephen Lavin, Pa Ranahan; Jim O’Donovan, John Galvin; Stephen Lucey, Ian Ryan, Seanie Buckley (capt); Cormac Joyce-Power, Jason Stokes, Ger Collins.

TIPPERARY (SF vs. Limerick) – Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); Conor Morrissey (Clonmel Óg), Robbie Costigan (Cahir), Paddy Codd (Killenaule); Christopher Aylward (Clonmel Óg), Hugh Coghlan (St. Vincents), Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty); George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Brian Jones (Arravale Rovers); Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers), Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Brian Mulvihill (Moyle Rovers); James Tierney (Golden/Kilfeacle), Brian Coen (Fethard), Barry Grogan (Aherlow – Captain)


3:16pm –
Tipperary players take the field

3:09pm – Limerick players take the field

3:05pm – both sets of primary game players line up to form a guard of honour for the Senior teams. A warm day in Thurles – fitness could be a factor as well as the good use of substitutes last in the game.

3:00pm – It’s just 30 minutes to go now before the throw-in as both teams make their final preparations before taking the field. The Junior game was a lively affair with Limerick coming from 5 points down to defeat 14 man Tipperary by 4 points – 0-15 to 1-8.
Click for more details of the Junior game

1:00pm – the calm before the storm. Semple Stadium is looking resplendent in the warm sunshine after a week of wet weather. A small group of die-hards is in the Stadium at present as the Junior teams warm-up ahead of their match at 1:15pm. We look forward to a good Senior game here today as Tipperary hope to build on an impressive League campaign while Limerick seek to continue their recent dominance over the Premier County in the Championship. Team news to follow in advance of the game.


Match Tracker

A new feature of the Munster GAA web site will be the inclusion of a Match Tracker for a number of the upcoming Munster Championship matches starting on Sunday next with the clash of Tipperary and Limerick in the Munster Senior Football Championship. Log on to the web site from 3:00pm onwards for up to the minute updates of every score and incident from Sunday’s match.


The Munster Senior Football Championship commences on May 24th with the meeting of National League Division 3 champions Tipperary welcome Limerick to Semple Stadium, Thurles at 3:30pm in a repeat of last years fixture. This game will be preceded at 1.00pm by the meetings of the same counties in Junior Football.

Limerick vs Tipperary

Team News

LIMERICK (SF vs. Tipperary) –  Sean Kiely; Shane Gallagher, Johnny McCarthy, Mark O’Riordan; Padraig Browne, Stephen Lavin, Pa Ranahan; Jim O’Donovan, John Galvin; Stephen Lucey, Ian Ryan, Seanie Buckley (capt); Cormac Joyce-Power, Jason Stokes, Ger Collins.
Subs: Conor Ranahan, Mike Crowley, Lorcan O’Dwyer, Thomas Cahill, Kieran O’Callaghan, Bobby O’Brien, Andrew Lane, Dermot Phelan, Eoin Hogan, Gary Egan, Diarmuid Carroll, Maurice Carrig, Conor Mullane, Jimmy Barry Murphy, John Mullane.

TIPPERARY (SF vs. Limerick) – Conor Morrissey and Brian Fox in defence and James Tierney in attack will make their championship debuts for the Tipperary Senior Footballers against Limerick in Semple Stadium on Sunday, May 24th:

1 Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard)
2 Conor Morrissey (Clonmel Óg)
3 Robbie Costigan (Cahir)
4 Paddy Codd (Killenaule)
5 Christopher Aylward (Clonmel Óg)
6 Hugh Coghlan (St. Vincents)
7 Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty)
8 George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)
9 Brian Jones (Arravale Rovers)
10 Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers)
11 Philip Austin (Borrisokane)
12 Brian Mulvihill (Moyle Rovers)
13 James Tierney (Golden/Kilfeacle)
14 Brian Coen (Fethard)
15 Barry Grogan (Aherlow) Captain

Admission Details
Admission is by payment at the turnstiles. Adult price is €20, Students and Senior Citizens will be admitted for €10 on production of current valid photographic ID while Juveniles (U16) will be admitted free of charge. Munster GAA will be issuing free flags to all juveniles attending the games.

Fixture details
SUNDAY MAY 24th, 2009
Munster GAA Senior Football Championship
Tiobraid Arann v Luimneach at 3.30p.m.
At SEMPLE STADIUM, THURLES
Reiteoir: Gearóid O Conamha (An Gaillimh)

Snippets
Tipperary will take on Limerick in the first round of the Munster Senior Football championship at Semple Stadium next Sunday. The meeting comes twelve months after the sides met at Fermoy when we lost narrowly, 1-8 to 1-5.

This will be the 32nd meeting between the teams with Tipperary winning 20, Limerick 9 and there were two draws. The last time Tipp defeated Limerick in the Munster championship was in 1998. The final score read 1-13 to 1-12. Next Sunday’s venue will bring a sixteen year wait since the sides last met in the famous arena. The outcome resulted in another victory for Tipp, 3-18 to 3-12.

Match Preview
Semple Stadium: Limerick v Tipperary, 15.30

From the GAA.ie web site

Tipperary have rarely been in better shape going into a Munster Senior Football championship campaign. Their second promotion in a row in the Allianz National Football league means they will play Division Two football in 2010 while their win in the Division Three final over Down was the icing on the cake.

However, the Mourne Men failed to frank John Evans’ teams form in the first round of the Ulster Senior Football, fading badly in the closing stages against a very limited Fermanagh side.

If you add the fact Tipperary, who have failed to win a provincial match since 2003 and only beat Limerick by a point in the league in March then the clash with Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s men, who were surprisingly relegated from Division Three, takes on a whole new life.

The question is can Tipperary carry league form into the championship? It is a notoriously difficult thing to do. Wexford did it last year, winning Division Three before going on to contest an All-Ireland semi-final.

Tipperary are unlikely to scale the same heights the men from the land of strawberries and new potatoes did but if they get past Limerick they only have to overcome Clare if they are to contest the Munster decider against either Cork or Kerry.

Stephen Kelly’s loss to Limerick is a huge one while John Evans’ coming side are at full strength after Ciaran McDonald (shoulder), Brian Fox (wrist) and Sean Carey (hand) all shook off recent injuries.

However, Limerick seem to hold the aces in terms of physical strength in the forward division with Jason Stokes named at full-forward, a line ahead of Ian Ryan who will operate on the ’40.

If Tipperary can shackle these two and negate the impact the impact of dual players Stephen Lucey and Mark O’Riordan then their wait for a Munster championship win could be over.

The Premier County are at home and are sure of some decent support at Semple Stadium given their recent heroics but it may not be enough to bring them over the line.

Limerick: Limerick: S Kiely; S Gallagher, J McCarthy, M O’Riordan; P Browne, S Lavin, P Ranahan; J O’Donovan, J Galvin; S Lucey, Ian Ryan, S Buckley (Capt); C Joyce-Power, J Stokes, G Collins.

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; C Morrissey, R Costigan, P Codd; C Aylward, H Coghlan, B Fox; G Hannigan, B Jones; S Carey, P Austin, B Mulvihill; J Tierney, B Coen, B Grogan (Capt).

Verdict: Draw

More information

Tipperary Senior Football Press Pack

Limerick GAA web site

Munster SFC Q-Final – Waterford v Cork

Classy Cork in total control

From the Irish Times newspaper

MUNSTER SFC FIRST ROUND

Cork 2-18 Waterford 1-7 : THERE WAS never even a doubt about the outcome at Dungarvan yesterday with Cork the undisputed masters as they cruised to victory over outclassed Waterford in a disappointingly one-sided game in front of an attendance of 3,504.

Except for a brief spell early on, Waterford were always playing catch-up and, when Cork’s top forward Donncha O’Connor fisted Paul O’Flynn’s pinpoint pass to the net in the sixth minute, there was an inevitability about the outcome.

That goal eased Cork into a four -point lead, 1-2 to 0-1 and, with Nicholas Murphy dominating at midfield, and behind him attacking wing back John Miskella also playing superbly, Cork were forcing virtually all of the pace.

Waterford opened the scoring through a Brian Wall free after three minutes, but Cork steadily eased clear with magnificent points from Miskella, James Masters (two), and O’Connor and they led 1-10 to 0-3 at the interval.

Waterford restarted with Gary Hurney at full forward, but Cork’s defence remained rock-solid.

Within 10 minutes of the restart, Cork had extended their lead to an unassailable 15 points.

O’Connor (a free) and Miskella tacked on further points before their second goal on 40 minutes killed the game. A score of real quality it was too, Masters’ deft cross being met beautifully on the volley by Paul Kerrigan who gave goalkeeper Tom Wall no chance.

Waterford’s goal came from a quickly taken free by Shane Walsh after 55 minutes.

CORK : A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields (0-1) , A Lynch; J Miskella (0-3) , G Canty, G Spillane; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P O’Flynn (0-1) , P O’Neill, P Kerrigan (1-2); D Goulding (0-2), J Masters (0-2), D O’Connor (1-5). Subs : F Gould for A O’Connor, K OConnor for Lynch, N O’Leary for Spillane, J Hayes for O’Connor C O’Neill (0-2) for Masters.

WATERFORD : T Wall; S Briggs, T O’Gorman, E Rockett; W Hennessy (0-1), M O’Gorman (0-1) , T Grey; S O’Hare (0-1), S Walsh (1-0), B Wall (0-2, two frees), G Hurney (0-1) , G Power; L Lawlor, L O’Lionain, P Hurney. Subs: S Cunningham (0-1) for Power, P Ogle for Grey, Maurice O’Gorman for P Hurney.

Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare).


Clinical Rebels power past Déise

Waterford 1-7 Cork 2-18

By Michael Moynihan of the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, May 25, 2009

NO SURPRISES in the sunshine of Fraher Field yesterday, with Cork running out comfortable winners over Waterford in this Munster SFC clash to set up their expected clash with Kerry in the Munster semi-final.

The 3,504 supporters – many from Cork – who were in Dungarvan enjoyed the summer sun but a strong breeze blew towards the scoreboard end of the ground, helping Cork in the first half, and Waterford opted to withdraw players when they faced the wind. It didn’t work as a tactic – Déise scoring forward Liam O Lionnain and his marker Ray Carey tussled behind the Waterford 45-metre line more than once, and Cork had time and space in which to build attacks, enjoying the luxury of several short kick-outs to unmarked defenders.

After an initial burst from Waterford in which they notched a point from a Brian Wall free and two wides, Cork settled down to dominate the middle third of the field with Nicholas Murphy very prominent. They were on the scoreboard through Paul O’Flynn and Donncha O’Connor (free) before the critical event of the first half.

In the 10th minute, Daniel Goulding found Paul O’Flynn with a neat pass, and Donncha O’Connor’s crossfield run, opening up the space, gave O’Flynn plenty of open ground ahead of him. The Ballyclough man made ground before timing his handpass across the square, where O’Connor rose to flick home, but Waterford full-back Thomas O’Gorman got the final touch, turning the ball into his own net as he tried to put it wide.

The Leesiders weren’t long pressing home their advantage, going on a streak of eight unanswered points as Waterford struggled to break out of their own half; Cork wrapped up their scoring spree with a long-distance point from full-back Michael Shields, which underlined the freedom the defenders in red enjoyed.

Waterford had to rely on the odd individual flash for consolation, and good work by Gary Hurney forced an opening, but his strong shot was saved well by Alan Quirke. By contrast, any time Cork sallied upfield they looked likely to score, and Kerry boss Jack O’Connor, sitting in the stand, will have noted the Cork penchant playing diagonal balls into the left corner for Donncha O’Connor to feast upon.

Sean O’Hare’s point for Waterford on the half-time whistle left the score 1-10 to 0-3, but the game swiftly deteriorated as a competitive spectacle. Having established a match-winning double-digit lead, Cork seemed happy to keep Waterford contained, adding a Miskella point on 49 minutes. It was immediately followed by a long Masters delivery which was nudged over the line by Paul Kerrigan for an untidy goal: Cork 15 ahead.

Waterford didn’t die – quick thinking by Shane Walsh produced a goal from a free reducing the difference to 12 points with quarter of an hour left, and Alan Quirke had to look lively soon after to save from O Lionnain.

Cork finished the game 14 points ahead, and apart from a couple of injury worries, manager Conor Counihan’s main headache will selecting a team to face Kerry.

His defence looks settled, but Colm O’Neill looked classy when introduced in the second half, and Michael Cussen may also come into the reckoning.

However, Alan O’Connor left before half-time with an injury, and O’Neill also took a knock and left the action before full-time: Counihan admitted after the game that with only two weeks to go until his side face Kerry, they have little enough time to get everyone fit. For Waterford it’s back to the drawing board, though manager John Kiely remains optimistic ahead of Waterford’s next outing is on July 4.

Scorers for Waterford: S. Walsh 1-0 (f), B. Wall 0-2 (fs), W. Hennessy, S. Cunningham, M. O’Gorman, G. Hurney and S. O’Hare o-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: D. O’Connor 0-5 (03 fs), P. Kerrigan 1-2, T. O’Gorman 1-0 (OG), J. Miskella 0-3, D. Goulding, C. O’Neill and J. Masters 0-2 each; P. O’Flynn and M. Shields 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: T. Wall, S. Briggs, T. O’Gorman, E. Rockett, W. Hennessy, M. O’Gorman (c), T. Grey, S. O’Hare, G. Hurney, B. Wall, S. Walsh, G. Power, L. Lawlor, L O Lionnain, P. Hurney.

Subs: P. Ogle for Grey, S. Cunningham for Power (50); M. O’Gorman for P. Hurney (61).

CORK: A. Quirke, R. Carey, M. Shields, A. Lynch, J. Miskella, G. Canty (c), G. Spillane, A. O’Connor, N. Murphy, P. O’Flynn, P. O’Neill, P. Kerrigan, D. Goulding, J. Masters, D. O’Connor.

Subs: F. Goold for A. O’Connor (34); K O’Connor for Lynch (49); N. O’Leary for Spillane and J. Hayes for D. O’Connor (52); C. O’Neill for Masters (60).

Referee: R. Hickey (Clare).

* A minute’s silence was observed before the game in memory of Michael Curran, former chairman of Dungarvan GAA club.


Cork 2-18 Waterford 1-7

Rebels start well against Waterford

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, 24 May

Cork enjoyed a solid if not spectacular start to their championship campaign as they had 14 points to spare over Waterford at Fraher Field on Sunday afternoon.

Conor Counihan’s side led from start to finish, but will know that things will be far more difficult when they travel to Killarney to play Kerry in two weeks’ time.

Nonetheless, they did what was required of them, and showed no signs of complacency, with Paul Kerrigan, John Miskella and Nicholas Murphy very impressive.

Playing with the wind in the opening period, Cork found things to be going mainly their own way as they had built up a 1-10 to 0-3 lead by the break.

They were totally dominant as they won all of their own kick-outs and pressured Waterford well when the Déise were in possession, while up front they proved far sharper than their hosts, Donncha O’Connor the star man as he had 1-4 next to his name by the interval.

The goal came in the 12th minute, by which stage Cork led 0-2 to 0-1, Paul O’Flynn put through on goal after a very good passing move and having the presence of mind to handpass across to O’Connor, who flung himself at the ball and directed it low past Tom Wall.

A feature of Cork’s scoring was how many assists for points were coming from accurate kicked passes, Kerrigan the best exponent of this as he was involved in countless scores. His Nemo Rangers club-mate James Masters proved to be a beneficiary of this as well as O’Connor as he picked off two great scores in quick succession.

The Rebels’ dogged defending ensured that Waterford scoring chances were at a premium and, when the defence was breached, Alan Quirke was in fine form, as he showed when he saved well from Gary Hurney in the 26th minute.

It was a similar story upon the resumption, though the tempo had dropped somewhat. Kerrigan was on hand to get Cork’s second goal on 50 minutes when he finished soccer-style after a Masters point attempt fell short. And though this was quickly cancelled out when Waterford’s Shane Walsh beat Quirke with a quickly-taken free from the 20-metre line, it did not prompt a Waterford fightback.

The game became scrappier as Cork emptied their bench, though one of the subs, Colm O’Neill, who captained the county’s U21 side to All-Ireland victory recently, did score two points, and the final margin of 14 did not flatter them.

SCORERS:

CORK: D O’Connor 1-5 (0-2f), P Kerrigan 1-2, J Miskella 0-3, J Masters, D Goulding, C O’Neill 0-2 each, M Shields, P O’Flynn 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S Walsh 1-0 (f), B Wall 0-2f, S O’Hare, W Hennessy, S Cunningham, M O’Gorman, G Hurney 0-1 each.

CORK: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, A Lynch; J Miskella, G Canty, G Spillane; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P O’Flynn, P O’Neill, P Kerrigan; D Goulding, J Masters, D O’Connor.
SUBS: F Goold for A O’Connor (35, inj).

WATERFORD: T Wall; S Briggs, T O’Gorman, E Rockett; W Hennessy, M O’Gorman, T Grey; S O’Hare, S Walsh; G Power, G Hurney, B Wall; L Lawlor, L Ó Lionáin, P Hurney.

REFEREE: R Hickey (Clare).


Cork 2-18 Waterford 1-07

From the RTE.ie web site

Sunday, 24 May 2009 19:20
Cork set up a Munster SFC semi-final showdown with arch rivals Kerry as Donnacha O’Connor shot 1-05 in Dungarvan this afternoon.

The reigning Munster and NFL Division 2 champions had too much power for a gallant Waterford side that netted through a close range free from Shane Walsh.

Wind-backed Cork led by 1-10 to 0-03 at half-time, with O’Connor
linking with debutant Paul O’Flynn for his 11th minute goal.

Paul Kerrigan crowned his first SFC start with a ‘soccer style’ goal,
sending the Rebel fans in the 3,504 attendance home happy.

Cork were very heavy favourites to progress from this quarter-final encounter – rated 1/500 to win by some bookmakers – and while they took a while to warm to the task, Conor Counihan’s men were soon in the ascendancy.

Waterford had dual players Shane Walsh and Gary Hurney back in their starting line-up and they ensured there was little between the sides in the opening exchanges.

But once the Rebels adjusted to the conditions, which were sunny but with a strong wind behind them, the scores began to follow.

Brian Wall knocked over a free to put the Deise in front but O’Connor was quick to reply and Championship newcomer O’Flynn then pointed from play.

A slick passing move ended with O’Flynn flinging the ball across for the inrishing O’Connor to direct it beyond the reach of goalkeeper Tom Wall and Cork were beginning to simmer.

Wall and O’Connor exchanged frees, with the Corkman using the wind to good effect. Still, by the midpoint of the half, the pre-match favourites were only ahead by 1-03 to 0-02.

They put on a spurt in the ensuing minutes with two long range points from James Masters, another from Daniel Goulding and two well-executed efforts from defenders John Miskella and Michael Shields.

The Cork defence was rock solid, with goalkeeper Alan Quirke doing well to deny Hurney before the break.

Waterford added two more points to their tally before the half-time whistle. Wall and Sean O’Hare were both on target, but O’Connor was the man grabbing the headlines with 1-04 of Cork’s 1-10 first half total.

The intensity dropped on the resumption courtesy of 13 scoreless
minutes, save for a fifth point of the day for Ballydesmond clubman O’Connor.

Cork registered their second goal on 50 minutes when Kerrigan
sidefooted the ball to the net after Masters had played a high ball
in. Wayne Hennessy, a tireless worker in defence for Waterford and arguably their best player, raided forward for a well-deserved point.

And Waterford had more joy when Walsh planted a 20-metre free past Quirke and into the back of the Cork net for the hosts’ only goal.

A Deise comeback never looked on the cards and two late points from substitute Colm O’Neill, the captain of Cork’s 2009
All-Ireland-winning side and recently-announced Cadbury Hero of the Future, pushed the winning margin out to 14 points.

So a satisfying first day out in the 2009 Championship for Cork, but Counihan and his players know full well that improvements will be needed if they are to retain their Munster title and make it a summer to remember.

Scorers: Cork: D O’Connor 1-05 (0-02f), P Kerrigan 1-02, J Miskella
0-03, J Masters, D Goulding, C O’Neill 0-02 each, M Shields, P O’Flynn 0-01 each
Waterford: S Walsh 1-00 (1-00f), B Wall 0-02 (0-02f), S O’Hare, W
Hennessy, S Cunningham, M O’Gorman, G Hurney 0-01 each.

CORK: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, A Lynch; J Miskella, G Canty, G Spillane; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P O’Flynn, P O’Neill, P Kerrigan; D Goulding, J Masters, D O’Connor.

Subs used: F Gould for A O’Connor (35 mins)

WATERFORD: T Wall; S Briggs, T O’Gorman, E Rockett; W Hennessy, M O’Gorman, T Grey; S O’Hare, S Walsh; G Power, G Hurney, B Wall; L Lawlor, L Ó Lionnáin, P Hurney.


O’Connor leads Cork slaughter of Decies

By Cliona Foley of the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday May 25 2009

THREE words here: lambs, ritual and slaughter.

In the opening 10 minutes, Waterford actually looked intent on defeating the naysayers, scoring first, kicking three wides and dropping another chance short.

Shane Hurney and Liam O’Lionnain both forced excellent saves out of Alan Quirke in either half and, for a side whose preparations were apparently undermined by local hurling fixtures, they were as game as ever.

Yet, while they beat the pessimistic spread-betting forecast by a point, whatever way you look at it, a 14-point defeat still tells a story. And it says something about Cork’s superiority that they actually played the last five minutes a man down, taking the precaution of hauling off injured players even though they had already used up all their substitutes.

Their first injured to be called ashore despite the absence of cover was Paul Kerrigan and they actually put him back in when Colm O’Neill got a knock, proving Cork manager Conor Counihan already had their semi-final with Kerry in a fortnight’s time in his sights.

Kingdom boss Jack O’Connor was among yesterday’s 3,504 crowd at sunny Dungarvan but, like Counihan, it’s hard to know exactly what he’ll have learned.

Cork’s own ‘twin towers’ of Nicholas Murphy and Alan O’Connor completely dominated midfield before O’Connor was lost to injury.

Their full-forward line, who scored 1-7 from play, mixed brilliance with some skittishness.

Donnacha O’Connor looked particularly lethal, scoring 1-4 (1f) by half-time before Maurice O’Gorman came back to contain him and Cork could actually afford to call both himself and James Masters ashore before the final quarter.

Players of the calibre of U-21 star Colm O’Neill proved able replacements and while Wayne Hennessy kept Paul Kerrigan scoreless until a flukey second-half goal, the flying Nemo half-forward caused all kinds of trouble with some sublime foot-passing of a quality which is far too rare in the modern game.

Defensively, Cork got caught on the counter-attack too often in the second-half but by then their focus had waned and they had already lost Anthony Lynch to injury.

Selfless

But their victory never looked in doubt after a Nicholas Murphy hand-pass split the defence after 11 minutes and Paul O’Flynn selflessly off-loaded for O’Connor to punch a goal, though a defender may have got the last touch.

They led 1-10 to 0-3 by half-time and if there could be any talking point in such a one-sided first-half it was whether Waterford’s decision to sacrifice an attacker (Liam Lawlor) to defence had backfired badly.

Full-forward O’Lionnain also played very deep and thrived more when thrown forward later. Lawlor’s direct marker, wing-back John Miskella, scored three points from play and Cork full-back Michael Shields also contributed a point as Cork’s unfettered defenders roamed forward at will.

Decies boss John ‘Jackson’ Kiely reasoned that he played Lawlor as a sweeper because “he’s so composed between the two lines of defence,” but it definitely left them too short of options in attack.

Kiely admitted his side had little preparation “because they had to give three weeks to club hurling” but their greatest disgust was the uncharacteristic concession of two sloppy goals.

The second came 15 minutes into the second half when Masters’ attempt at a point fell just short and Kerrigan side-footed it into the netting.

Waterford actually replied with a swift 1-1 of their own; a point from Hennessy promptly followed by quick-thinking Shane Walsh who goaled brilliantly with a quick free while Cork were still arguing over its concession.

Within minutes, O’Lionnain picked up a breaking ball to burst through the defence with only the ‘keeper to beat but, for the second-time, Alan Quirke was not found wanting and was very solid all day.

Only being outscored by four points in the second half demonstrates that Waterford kept plugging on, with dual star Gary Hurney their attacking fulcrum and their bench providing some late scores.

But Cork were simply never rattled.

Scorers — Cork: D O’Connor 1-5 (2f), P Kerrigan 1-2, J Miskella 0-3, D Goulding, J Masters, C O’Neill 0-2 each, M Shields, P O’Flynn 0-1 each. Waterford: S Walsh 1-0, B Wall 0-2 (2f), W Hennessy, S O’Hare, G Hurney, S Cunningham, M O’Gorman 0-1 each.

Cork — A Quirke 9; R Carey 8, M Shields 8, A Lynch 9; J Miskella 9, G Canty (Capt) 8, G Spillane 8; A O’Connor 8, N Murphy 9; P O’Flynn 8, P O’Neill 7, P Kerrigan 8; D Goulding 7, J Masters 8, D O’Connor 9. Subs: F Goold 7 for A O’Connor (inj, 36 mins), K O’Connor 6 for Lynch (inj 47), N O’Leary 8 for Spillane (52), J Hayes 6 for D O’Connor ( (52), C O’Neill 8 for Masters (58).

Waterford — T Wall 6; S Briggs 6, T O’Gorman 8, E Rockett 7; W Hennessy 7, M O’Gorman 7 (Capt), T Grey 6; S O’Hare 7, S Walsh 7; G Power 6, G Hurney 7, B Wall 6; L Lawlor 6, L O’Lionnain 7, P Hurney 7. Subs: P Ogle 6 for Grey (51), S Cunningham 7 for Power (51), M O’Gorman 7 for P Hurney (60).

Ref — R Hickey (Clare).


Hurling

Senior Football Championship

Admission Details
Admission is by payment at the turnstiles. Adult price is €20, Students and Senior Citizens will be admitted for €10 on production of current valid photographic ID while Juveniles (U16) will be admitted free of charge. Munster GAA will be issuing free flags to all juveniles attending the games.

Fixture details
SUNDAY MAY 24th, 2009
Munster GAA Senior Football Championship
Port Láirge v Corcaigh at 3.30p.m.
At FRAHER FIELD, DUNGARVAN
Reiteoir: Rory Hickey (An Clár)

Team News
Two debutants in Rebels

From the GAA web site

Cork boss Conor Counihan has named two SFC debutants in his side for their Munster opener against Waterford on Sunday in Dungarvan. Corner back Ray Carey and wing forward Paul O’Flynn both are included for The Rebels, who are piping hot favourites to beat John Kiely’s men.

CORK  (SF v Waterford): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, N O’Donovan; J Miskella, G Canty, G Spillane; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P O’Flynn, P O’Neill, P Kerrigan; D Goulding, J Masters, D O’Connor.

WATERFORD (SF v Cork) – TBC

Match Preview
Munster SFC Quarter-final

Dungarvan: Cork v Waterford, 15.30

From the GAA.ie web site

Cork are many people’s sly bet for Sam Maguire glory in 2009 and they begin their road to justifying that support with a clash with Waterford in Dungarvan on Sunday.

The new National Football League Division Two champions are monumental favourites against John Kiely’s unfancied troops and will set up a by now annual (in fact much more than that) meeting with Kerry in the Munster semi-final with victory.

Ten times Cork have played Kerry in the Championship in the last four seasons, their last win being in last year’s Munster final and defending that provincial crown is the first step on the road to possible glory this year. Their two subsequent meetings with Kerry – the All-Ireland semi-final and subsequent replay – showed that, even in eventual defeat, the Croke Park hoodoo the Kingdom have over them is waning and if such a fixture arises this summer then the men in red will be full of confidence.

All that talk is for another day, however. For now, Waterford provide the opposition for Conor Counihan’s men. The Rebels chief did superbly with his team last year and they look an even stronger bet this year. A towering collective of colossuses, Cork should outmuscle most opposition this year and they still have players with the necessary speed and skill to embrace with that power – just ask beaten Division Two finalists Monaghan.

One such fast and skilful player is Paul Kerrigan. The Nemo Rangers man, son of All-Ireland winner Jimmy, makes his first Championship start at left wing forward on Sunday and he can be expected to be one of the stars of the show in Dungarvan.

There are debuts for corner back Ray Carey and Paul O’Flynn, who come into an otherwise experienced fifteen, with quality shining through the side in the form of John Miskella, Graham Canty, Nicholas Murphy, Pearse O’Neill and competent attacking pair Daniel Goulding and Donncha O’Connor, who is likely to swap places with James Masters who has been named at full forward.

Anthony Lynch is missing but capable Bishopstown man Noel O’Donovan is an able replacement for him at left corner back and in midfield Alan O’Connor has had a more than solid season in the NFL. All in all, the Cork team is well equipped to dish out a lesson to their opponents on Sunday.

But no game is ever just about one team. Waterford will be on the field as well on Sunday and would love to bring the Rebels back down to earth after their league success. A mixed season in Division Two saw them win more games than they lost but given the level of opposition they faced it has done little to offer too much promise to anyone backing the Deise cause. Still, canny Kiely can always be expected to encourage a side to make it as difficult as possible for the opposition.

The bearded chief does at least have dual players Gary Hurney and Shane Walsh available and they will be handed key roles. But Mick Ahearn, Jason Seaward and Justin Walsh are all ruled out, while doubts remain over Sean O’Hare, Tom Wall, Ger Power, Shane Briggs and tasty forward Eddie Rockett.

Waterford stayed with Kerry for a while a couple of years ago, but were well beaten by the end and Sunday is likely to see just such a result again. Cork will want to start in style and start in style they should.

Verdict: Cork

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