GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Limerick 0-27 Kilkenny 1-22

Limerick defeated Kilkenny by 0-27 to 1-22 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 15th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Match Highlights



Team News

LIMERICK: Nicky Quaid; Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Richie English; Diarmuid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Darragh O’Donovan, Cian Lynch; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan, Graeme Mulcahy.

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Padraig Walsh, Paddy Deegan; Joey Holden, Cillian Buckley, Enda Morrissey; Conor Fogarty, James Maher; Martin Keoghan, TJ Reid, Richie Leahy; Billy Ryan, Colin Fennelly, Ger Aylward.

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final Group Stage Group 2 Phase 1 – Galway 1-13 Kerry 1-10

Galway defeated Kerry by 1-13 to 1-10 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final Group Stage Group 2 Phase 1 on Sunday July 15th at Croke Park.


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Team News

Kerry (v Galway): Shane Murphy; Jason Foley, Peter Crowley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich; Paul Murphy, Tadhg Morley, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Barry; Kevin McCarthy, Seán O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue.

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Clare 0-27 Wexford 1-17

Clare defeated Wexford by 0-27 to 1-17 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday July 14th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


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All Ireland SHC QF: Clare march on

CLARE 0-27 WEXFORD 1-17

Report By Denis Hurley for GAA.ie

Clare will face Galway in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final on July 28 after withstanding the challenge of Wexford in Saturday’s quarter-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The Banner County led by seven points, 0-16 to 0-9, at half-time and that was the gap at the end too but, in between, Wexford mounted a second-half revival, underpinned by a goal from Conor McDonald.

That strike came in the 58th minute as he pounced on a knockdown from Harry Kehoe to fire past Donal Tuohy, reducing the gap to five points, 0-22 to 1-14. While Shane O’Donnell had a point for Clare in response, Wexford almost struck again as Lee Chin set up Liam Óg McGovern but his shot was saved by Tuohy and Damien Reck’s attempted follow-up was blocked by Jack Browne.

Even so, two Rory O’Connor frees had Wexford back to within three points but some poor wides proved costly and though a long-range O’Connor free left three in it, that was as close as they came.

O’Donnell’s fourth point for Clare was followed by one from sub Ian Galvin to give them breathing space again. At the other end, Patrick O’Connor did well to intercept a Chin ball for Willie Devereux and Clare pushed on again after that, with John Conlon and Conor McGrath getting the clinching points, with Rory O’Connor sent off at the end.

Reck had the opening score for Wexford and they led 0-2 to 0-1 when Rory O’Connor got the first of his ten points but Clare hit the front through Séadna Morey, Peter Duggan and Shane O’Donnell and never trailed after that.

While Wexford had Shaun Murphy operating as a sweeper, Clare played around him and by half-time all of their forwards had scored, five of them from play, as they dominated the puckouts and David McInerney impressed as a spare man in defence.

Goal chances were at a premium but, while Conor McDonald had three points to his name by half-time, he was the only Wexford forward to have scored from play. On the resumption, Diarmuid O’Keeffe and Lee Chin had points for Wexford, but O’Donnell and Duggan answered them and that was the case until the goal.

Having let a big lead slip against Cork in the Munster final, Clare might been nervy when Wexford came back at them, but they kept a strong resolve and pushed on strongly.

Scorers for Clare: Peter Duggan 0-7 (5fs), Tony Kelly 0-5, Shane O’Donnell 0-4, John Conlon 0-3, Pádraic Collins, David Reidy 0-2 each, Séadna Morey, Cathal Malone, Conor McGrath, Ian Galvin 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wexford: Rory O’Connor 0-10 (9fs), Conor McDonald 1-3, Damien Reck, Shaun Murphy, Diarmuid O’Keeffe, Lee Chin 0-1 each.

CLARE: Donal Tuohy; Jack Browne, David McInerney, Patrick O’Connor; Séadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Pádraic Collins, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell.
Subs: Conor McGrath for Collins (27-29, blood), David Fitzgerald for Galvin (58), Ian Galvin for Reidy (61), Conor McGrath for Duggan (67), Michael O’Malley for Malone (70), Rory Hayes for Browne (70).

WEXFORD: Mark Fanning; Damien Reck, Liam Ryan, Conor Firman; Shaun Murphy; Diarmuid O’Keeffe, Paudie Foley, Matthew O’Hanlon; Kevin Foley, Aidan Nolan; Rory O’Connor, Lee Chin, Conor McDonald; David Dunne, Liam Óg McGovern.
Subs: Jack O’Connor for Nolan (49), Harry Kehoe for Kevin Foley (57), Harry Kehoe for Kevin Foley (57), Simon Donohoe for Paudie Foley (61), Willie Devereux for O’Keeffe (66).

REFEREE: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).

EirGrid GAA Football All-Ireland U20 Championship Semi-Final – Kildare 1-14 Kerry 1-13

Kildare defeated Kerry by 1-14 to 1-13 in the EirGrid GAA Football All-Ireland U20 Championship Semi-Final on Saturday July 14th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


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GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 4 – Tyrone 3-20 Cork 0-13

Tyrone defeated Cork by 3-20 to 0-13 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 4 on Saturday July 7th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.


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Team News

The Cork team to play Tyrone in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 4 Qualifier next Saturday 7th July in O’Moore Park @ 5pm has been announced as follows.

CORK: Mark White; James Loughrey, Jamie O’Sullivan, Kevin Crowley; Kevin Flahive, Stephen Cronin, Cian Kiely; Ian Maguire, Brian O’Driscoll; Sean White, Mark Collins, Ruairi Deane; Luke Connolly, Brian Hurley, Michael Hurley.

TYRONE: Niall Morgan; Padraig Hampsey, Ronan McNamee, Michael McKernan; Tiernan McCann, Frank Burns, Peter Harte; Colm Cavanagh, Declan McClure; Mattie Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Conor Meyler; Cathal McShane, Richie Donnelly, Connor McAliskey.


CORK v TYRONE

This will be only the third championship clash between the counties, with Cork having won the previous two. They beat Tyrone by 5-10 to 2-4 in the 1973 All-Ireland semi-final and by 1-13 to 0-11 in the 2009 All-Ireland semi-final.


2018 CHAMPIONSHIP

TYRONE
Monaghan 1-18 Tyrone 1-16
Tyrone 2-14 Meath 0-19 (aet)
Tyrone 3-14 Carlow 1-10
Tyrone 0-18 Cavan 1-12

CORK
Cork 1-17 Tipperary 0-9
Kerry 3-18 Cork 2-4

Munster Under 21 Hurling Final – Cork 2-23 Tipperary 1-13

Cork defeated Tipperary by 2-23 to 1-13 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 21 Championship Final on Wednesday July 4th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


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Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21 Hurling Final

CORK 2-23 TIPPERARY 1-13

Report By John Harrington for GAA.ie

Cork made short work of Tipperary in this evening’s Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21 Hurling Final. The highly impressive Rebels were just too strong, fast, skilful, and clinical for their opponents with senior stars Mark Coleman, Shane Kingston, and Robbie O’Flynn looking like men amongst boys.

Most of these Tipperary players won an All-Ireland minor title just two years ago and so aren’t quite up to the age-grade. It showed. They simply couldn’t cope with a Cork team that had a significant size and strength advantage all over the pitch.

That made it very difficult for Tipperary to win possession both in general play and from restarts, and it was striking how often a man in a red jersey muscled past one in a blue and gold one. Cork had a surfeit of possession and front-foot ball, and their extremely dangerous forward made the most of it.

Tipperary actually had an opportunity to land the first decisive blow of the match when they won an early penalty. But Darragh Woods’ shot was brilliantly saved by Ger Collins and Cork never looked back thereafter.

Between the fifth and 14th minutes they scored an unanswered 1-5, with the goal a brilliant finish from O’Flynn after being put through by a clever Tim O’Mahony pass.


Robbie O’Flynn goal for Cork


The Tipperary defence was struggling to cope with the range of threats posed by the Cork attack. Half-forwards O’Flynn, Liam Healy, and Kingston had the power to break the line almost at will, while the pace and clinical finishing of corner-forwards Liam Healy and Jack O’Connor was just as devastating.

Two brilliant points in quick succession from that pair had put Cork 1-10 to 0-3 ahead by the 31st minute, and already it was looking like curtains for Tipp.

Things went from bad to worse in the second-half as they conceded a second goal shortly after the restart when O’Connor sliced through again and blasted an unstoppable shot to the back of the net.


Jack O’Connor goal for Cork


From then on it was simply a question of how much Cork would score. Their accuracy let them down at times – they hit 14 wides over the course of the game – but they still racked up the points at a steady pace.

Tipp midfielder Ger Browne was doing his utmost to stem the tide and finished the match with four points to his name, but not enough of his team-mates reached anything like the same level of performance.

They did manage to score a goal near the end when substitute Shane Neville bundled the ball home from close-range, but by then it wasn’t much of a consolation.

Cork finished the match on a fitting exclamation mark when Coleman fired over a massive point from long distance to bring the curtain down on a brilliant individual performance from him and the team as a whole.



With a Munster U-21 title following quick on the heels of a senior one this really is a boom time for Cork hurling, and you get the feeling there are even better days to come for them.



Scorers for Cork: Declan Dalton 0-7 (4f, 1 sideline), Jack O’Connor 1-2, Robbie O’Flynn 1-1, Shane Kingston 0-4, Mark Coleman 0-3 (1f 1 sideline), Liam Healy 0-2, Daire Connery 0-1, Aaron Myers 0-1, Eoghan Murphy 0-1, Tim O’Mahony 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: Lyndon Fairbrother 0-5 (4f 1’65), Ger Browne 0-4, Shane Neville 1-0, Darragh Woods 0-2, Jerome Cahill 0-1, Jake Morris 0-1.

CORK: Ger Collins; David Lowney, David Griffin, Niall O’Leary; Eoghan Murphy, Mark Coleman, Billy Hennessy; Seadnaidh Smyth, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Robbie O’Flynn, Declan Dalton, Shane Kingston; Liam Healy, Tim O’Mahony, Jack O’Connor
Subs: Conor Cahalane for Darragh Fitzgibbon (22 mins), Daire Connery for Seadnaid Smyth (45 mins), Aaron Myers for Robbie O’Flynn (55), Micheal O’Halloran for Liam Healy (57), Chris O’Leary for Declan Dalton (57)

TIPPERARY: Ciaran Barrett, Podge Campion, Brian McGrath, Killian O’Dwyer; Cian Flanagan, Paddy Cadell, Dillon Quirke; Ger Browne, Colin English; Jerome Cahill, Paudie Feehan, Mark Kehoe; David Gleeson, Jake Morris, Daragh Woods
Subs: Craig Morgan for Podge Campion (22), Lyndon Fairbrother for Darragh Woods (ht), Cian Darcy for David Gleeson (ht), Shane Neville for Colin English (44), Conor Stakelum for Mark Kehoe (54)

Referee: Johnny Murphy (Limerick)


Ticket Information

Unreserved Seating Stand Specific
Adult: €15.00
U-16’s: €5.00
Students/Seniors will receive €5 concession on Full Price Adult tickets at the designated stile with valid ID Prior to entry.

Supporters are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to avoid delays outside the Stadium on the night.

Tickets available via gaa.ie/tickets and participating Centra and Supervalu Outlets (Ticketing Store Locator)


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Munster Senior Hurling Final – Cork 2-24 Clare 3-19

Cork defeated Clare by 2-24 to 3-19 in the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final on Sunday July 1st at Semple Stadium Thurles.



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Second half revival puts Clare to the sword as Cork retain Munster title

Report By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner

Clare 3-19 – 2-24 Cork

A composed second-half display from Cork saw them retain their Munster SHC title as they put Clare to the sword for the second year in a row and the second time this summer.

The Banner were brilliant for a lot of the first half but folded after the break where John Conlon’s influence was drowned out by a more effective Cork defensive display.

Watched by a 45,364 crowd in Semple Stadium, Cork were on level terms in the 45th minute and by the time Clare scored again in the 52nd they had gone two ahead. Their second goal came in the 59th minute when the dynamic Darragh Fitzgibbon and Bill Cooper linked up to give Seamus Harnedy the platform to strike past Donal Tuohy.

Clare’s shooting into the Town End left a lot to be desire and they hit seven wides in the second half, Peter Duggan contributing four of them. He also had a free blocked as Shane O’Donnell struck poorly when Anthony Nash hit the ball directly to him.

A late goal by Ian Galvin gave Clare a flicker of hope but Cork were able to see out the remaining seconds and deservedly so following some beautiful hurling from Fitzgibbon, Patrick Horgan and Harnedy.

The first half was literally spilling over with a multitude of sidelines in the opening exchanges. Conlon’s blistering form was evident early on as he sent over his third point in the 13th minute to give Clare a 0-5 to 0-3 lead.

Cork were unlucky not to pick up a couple of frees but there was little doubt Clare were the better team and while Horgan brought the sides level in the 16th minute Anthony Nash was picking the ball out of his net seconds later when David Reidy finished off an attack produced by Tony Kelly’s lengthy solo run.


David Reidy goal for Clare


Another Conlon point followed, Damien Cahalane was relieved of marking duties on him, and Clare’s advantage grew to five points when Duggan fired over a brace of frees.

Clare’s second goal also came from a free, a launcher from Tuohy which was coming down at the edge of the square when Duggan touched it to the net. Again, Conlon followed it up with a point.

Luke Meade’s goal on the cusp of the break after Seamus Harnedy had fielded strongly and Mark Coleman’s sideline cut gave Cork some solace going into the break despite being 2-11 to 1-10 down.

Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (0-11, 6 frees, 1 65); S. Harnedy (1-4); L. Meade (1-1); D. Fitzgibbon, D. Kearney, M. Coleman (1 sideline) (0-2 each); C. Lehane , B. Cooper (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: P. Duggan (1-7, 0-6 frees); J. Conlon (0-5); D. Reidy (1-2); I. Galvin (1-0); P. Collins (0-2); C. Galvin, C. McGrath, T. Kelly (0-1 each).

CORK: A. Nash; C. Spillane, D. Cahalane, C. Spillane; C. Joyce, E. Cadogan, M. Coleman; D. Fitzgibbon, B. Cooper; L. Meade, P. Horgan, D. Kearney; S. Kingston, C. Lehane, S. Harnedy (c).
Subs for Cork: R. O’Flynn for S. Kingston (59); M. Cahalane for L. Meade (64); L. McLoughlin for D. Kearney (66); D. Brosnan for B. Cooper (blood 70+2 to f-t).

CLARE: D. Tuohy; P. O’Connor (c), D. McInerney, J. Browne; S. Morey, C. Cleary, J. Shanahan; C. Galvin, C. Malone; P. Duggan, T. Kelly, D. Reidy; P. Collins, J. Conlon, S. O’Donnell.
Subs for Clare: J. McCarthy for C. Malone (50); C. McGrath for S. O’Donnell (55); D. Corry for D. Reidy (63); I. Galvin for C. Cleary (68).

Referee: J. McGrath (Westmeath).


Munster GAA Press Release – Flares / Smoke Bombs warning

Thursday June 28th 2018

Munster GAA and the Thurles Gardai are warning supporters attending Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Final in Thurles that those who bring flares, smoke bombs and any other pyrotechnic devices in to the ground will be ejected and may face arrest.

John Brennan, Munster GAA Operations Manager (today) said “these devices are extremely dangerous, particularly when used in a confined space, such as a terrace with thousands of fellow supporters present. Flares can burn at a very high temperature and present a serious safety risk to those holding them and to those in the general vicinity, especially young children. Smoke bombs also burn at high temperatures and can be dangerous for those with asthma or breathing difficulties. These items are not designed for use in confined spaces and it is against ground regulations to enter the stadium and set them off.

He added “We want all supporters to enjoy the occasion in Thurles on Sunday and we ask the very small number of supporters who bring these items to games to refrain from doing so.


Ticket Information

Adult Stand Pre Purchase: €35.00
Adult Terrace Pre Purchase: €25.00
Juvenile Stand & Terrace: €5.00
Student/Senior’s will receive €10.00 concession with valid ID at the designated stile prior to entry.
Adult prices increase by €5.00 at midnight 30th of June.

Ticket Update – Munster Senior & Minor Hurling Finals
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Team News

Clare: Donal Tuohy; Patrick O’Connor (captain), David McInerney, Jack Browne, Seadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan,Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Podge Collins, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell.


Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Final – Tipperary 1-20 Limerick 1-12

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 1-20 to 1-12 in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Final on Sunday July 1st at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Match Highlights


Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship

TIPPERARY 1-20 LIMERICK 1-12

Report By John Fallon for GAA.ie

Tipperary captured their 40th Munster minor hurling championship with a polished display against a Limerick side who had defeated them earlier in the competition.

Tipperary led by 0-12 to 0-7 at the interval and never looked in danger in the second-half as they pulled away to win their third provincial minor title in four years.

Limerick opened brightly with points from Bob Purcell and Cathal O’Neill but Tipperary took charge and hit three in just over minutes with James Devaney getting them off the mark before Sean Hayes landed two in rapid succession.

O’Neill tied the sides at 0-3 each after 12 minutes before Tipperary surged ahead with six points in a row, four of them coming from Devaney, a grandson of former Tipperary All-Ireland winner Liam Devaney.

Ryan Renehan also chipped in with a sideline and Sean Phelan scored from half-back before Cormac Ryan got Limerick’s first score in eleven minutes to make it 0-9 to 0-4 after 23 minutes.

Hayes got his third point of the half before Patrick Kirby pointed and O’Neill added a couple of frees for Limerick.

Devaney got his sixth point of the half and after O’Neill got his fourth free for Limerick, Tipperary went in leading by 0-12 o 0-7 at the interval after Cian O’Farrell scored just before the break.

Limerick, backed by the breeze, shot three wides after the restart, before O’Farrell extended Tipperary’s lead at the other end.

Ryan responded for Limerick and then Tipp goalkeeper Aaron Browne, who produced a superb save to deny Ryan in the opening half, did well to block a shot from full-forward Bob Purcell after 37 minutes.

Tipperary extended their lead to double scores with points from Kian O’Kelly, Devaney and Max Hackett to lead by 0-16 to 0-8 going into the final quarter.

Limerick responded with four points from O’Neill (2), Barry O’Connor and Cormac Ryan but Tipperary substitute Mikey O’Shea sealed the win with a goal seven minutes from time.

Limerick never gave up and Bryan Nix found the net in the closing stages when O’Neill did enough to distract Tipperary goalkeeper Browne as he tried to get a flick.



Scorers for Tipperary: James Devaney 0-8 (4f, 1 65), Mikey O’Shea 1-1, Sean Hayes 0-3, Sean Phelan 0-2, Cian O’Farrell 0-2, Kian O’Kelly 0-1, Max Hackett 0-1, Ryan Renehan 0-1 (sideline), Conor Whelan 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: Cathal O’Neill 0-6 (5f), Bryan Nix 1-0, Cormac Ryan 0-3, Patrick Kirby 0-1, Barry O’Connor 0-1, Bob Purcell 0-1.

TIPPERARY: Aaron Browne; Kevin Hayes, Conor Whelan, Conor O’Dwyer; Sean Phelan, Fintan Purcell, Johnny Ryan; Max Hackett, John Campion; Ryan Renehan, Cian O’Farrell, Kian O’Kelly; Sean Hayes, Devon Ryan, James Devaney
Subs: Mikey O’Shea for Renehan (46), Jack Morrissey for Campion (49), Kevin Maher for Hackett (56), Billy O’Connor for D Ryan (60), Frank Hanafin for Phelan (60).

LIMERICK: Bryan Heavey; Padraig Harnett, Ben Herlihy, Michael Keane; Eoin O’Mahony, Emmet McEvoy, Jack Nicholas; Patrick Kirby;
Cathal O’Neill, Cormac Ryan, Bob Purcell; Colin Coughlan, Diarmuid Hegarty, Danny O’Leary
Subs: Bryan Nix for O’Leary (25), David Hickey for Hegarty (49), Micheal Martin for Coughlan (54), Andrew Shanahan for Nicholas (60), Cian Casey for Kirby (60).

Referee: Thomas Walsh (Waterford)


Team News


EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Final – Kerry 3-11 Cork 0-14

Kerry defeated Cork by 3-11 to 0-14 in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Final on Friday June 29th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


EirGrid Munster Under 20 Football Championship Final

KERRY 3-11 CORK 0-14

Report by Paul Brennan for GAA.ie

Six days after retaining their senior and minor titles, and 48 hours after the Juniors made it five provincials in a row, Kerry claimed the inaugural Munster U-20 title to complete the set and put their preeminent position in Munster football in italics, in bold and underlined.

It was a comfortable win in the end for Kerry but it took a timely substitution and a penalty goal in the second half for the Kingdom to shake off a gutsy Cork side that competed gamely, but left themselves down with some poor shot selection and execution.

That timely substitution was the 41st minute introduction of Eddie Horan who, with his first touch of the ball, scored a goal to put Kerry 2-6 to 0-10 in front, and 12 minutes later Donal O’Sullivan was tripped in the square with Mark Ryan sliding his low penalty kick past Ian Giltinan to make it 3-9 to 0-12.

A brisk first 30 minutes failed to separate the teams with both having periods of dominance but in the end neither could get their nose in front at the interval.

It took Cork just 15 seconds to open the scoring, Mark Keane tapping down the throw-in to midfield partner Colm O’Callaghan who did the rest. Damien Gore and Colm Barrett added points to put Cork three up in as many minutes, but Kerry settled into the game and were back on terms with scores from Cormac Linnane, Fiachra Clifford and Donal O’Sullivan as the game took on the ebb and flow of a decent Munster Final.

Mark Keane’s 11th minute point nudged Cork back in the lead but then the hosts hit the front when David Shaw fielded high over Liam O’Donovan, turned and placed a low shot beyond Giltinan to make it 1-3 to 0-4.

Bloodied, but unbowed Cork responded with the next four points, three from Chris Og Jones, to put them back in front, 0-8 to 1-3, and it was matters even, 1-6 to 0-9, at the interval.

An early Jones free put the Rebels in front again and Kerry struggled in that opening period of the second half, but when their first score of the half arrived in the 41st minute it was a game changer. Clifford did the approach work to set up Horan for his goal, and the home side were in the ascendancy thereafter.

Clifford and O’Sullivan were the pick of the Kerry forwards but the defence stood firm too, Stefan Okunbor putting in a man of the match performance at full back, and the half back line finding a winning balance between defence and offence.

Cork will rue some needless turnovers and poor accuracy in a game they were comfortable in for 40 or so minutes, but the old adage of goals winning games rang true. So, the quartet of minor, U-20, junior and senior titles will winter in the Kingdom, with this U-20 team now set to face the Leinster champions in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Scorers for Kerry: D O’Sullivan 0-4 (2fs), M Ryan 1-0 (pen), D Shaw 1-0, E Horan 1-0, F Clifford 0-2 (1f), C Linnane 0-2, Sean O’Leary 0-2, G O’Sullivan 0-1

Scorers for Cork: C Og Jones 0-7 (3fs), C O’Callaghan 0-2, M Keane 0-2, T Corkery 0-1, C Barrett 0-1, D Gore 0-1.

KERRY: Brian Lonergan, David Naughton, Stefan Okunbor, Micheál Reidy, Mike Breen, Graham O’Sullivan, Daniel O’Brien, Mark Ryan, Diarmuid O’Connor, Fiachra Clifford, Cormac Linnane, Dara Moynihan, Donal O’Sullivan, Bryan Sweeney, David Shaw.
Subs: Brian Friel for C Linnane (37), Eddie Horan for D Shaw (41), Sean O’Leary for D Moynihan (42, b/c), Michael Potts for F Clifford (51), Micheal Foley for D O’Connor (57), Cian Gammell for D Naughton (62)

CORK: Ian Giltinan, Nathan Walsh, Sean Walsh, Kevin O’Donovan, Liam O’Donovan, Aidan Browne, Tom Linehan, Colm O’Callaghan, Mark Keane, Maurice Shanley, Tadhg Corkery, Cathal Maguire, Colm Barrett, Chris Óg Jones, Damien Gore.
Subs: Sean O Sullivan for C Maguire (ht), Killian Myers Murray for M Shanley (37), Matthew Bradley for C Barrett (50), Mark Cronin for D Gore (50), Liam Wall for S Walsh (50), Alan McCarthy for K O’Donovan (54, b/c).

Referee: Sean Lonergan (Tipperary)


Trophy Presentation


Man of the Match Stefan Okunbor (Kerry)


Match Highlights


Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €15.00
Students/Seniors will receive €5.00 concession at the designated stile prior to entry with valid id.
U-16’s Free

Tickets are available for purchase via gaa.ie/tickets
and participating Centra and Supervalu Outlets (Ticketing Store Locator)


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Match Programme

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Munster Senior Football Final – Kerry 3-18 Cork 2-4

Kerry defeated Cork by 3-18 to 2-4 in the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final on Saturday June 23rd at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


Match Highlights

Munster Senior Football Championship Final

KERRY 3-18 CORK 2-4

Report By John Harrington for GAA.ie

Kerry’s young gun-slingers shot Cork full of holes in this evening’s one-sided Munster SFC Final at Páirc Ui Chaoimh. With an average age of just 24 this Kerry team is going to be around for a while, but they’re clearly determined to make their mark now and won’t be content this year with just a Munster Championship.

They toyed with Cork at times this evening. Some of their attacking thrusts were a joy to behold, and they turned over opposition ball carriers time and again with aggressive and co-ordinated tackling. But as comfortable as the win was, it’s clear too that this Kerry side is still a work in progress.

Some of their defending would have made Dublin manager Jim Gavin’s video analysts smile, and if Kerry have serious ambitions about knocking Dublin from their pedestal this year they’ll need to tighten up that aspect of their play.

And as slick as they looked this evening, it’s hard to know yet just how good this young Kerry team is until they’re faced with serious adversity and have to dig deep.

That never happened in this match, because apart from a quick start, Cork were well off the pace. Time and again men in red jersies were left in the wake of jet-heeled Kerry players, and with what limited possession they had they struggled to put together cohesive attacking moves with any real consistency.

Cork’s challenge petered out fairly meekly in the end, but for the first ten minutes of the contest they at least gave their supporters something to really shout about.

The match couldn’t really have gotten off to a more dramatic start, with the Rebels scoring a goal in the second minute and Kerry replying in kind not long afterwards.

Cork’s goal was a product of their own opportunism and some slack Kerry defending as Ruairi Deane collected a pass from Sean White and soloed towards goal.

He muscled his way in along the end-line and when he hand-passed a ball across the face of the Kerry goal there was the unexpected figure of Cork full-back Jamie O’Sullivan to palm it to the net. The Cork defender collided with the post in the process of scoring which forced him off the field for a few minutes, and his absence was costly.


Jamie O’Sullivan goal for Cork


You’d imagine if he had been on the field he would have had the defensive instincts to intercept Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien when he picked the ball up on the Cork ’45 and made a bee-line towards goal. He was allowed bring the ball all the way as far as the ’14 yard line and then blasted it emphatically to the back of the Cork net.


Stephen O’Brien goal for Kerry


When Paul Geaney then kicked a point to put Kerry 1-2 to 1-0 ahead it looked like they were beginning to settle into a comfortable rhythm, but they sustained another sharp shock on nine minutes when they conceded a second goal.

It was pretty much a carbon copy of the first as once again Ruairi Deane was allowed to solo towards goal, come in along the end-line, and hand-pass it across the face of the goal, and this time Mark Collins was on hand to palm it to the net. It was poor defending by Kerry, and you can be sure both goals will be mentioned in training next week by manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.


Mark Collins goal for Cork


When Luke Connolly followed up the Collins goal with a brilliant point from play it drew a crescendo of cheers from the home supporters, but they’d have nothing else to shout about for the remaining 25 minutes of the half.

Kerry took complete control of the match, and that was largely thanks to the manner in which they pushed up successfully on the Cork kick-out.

With no targets to kick short to, Cork goalkeeper Mark White was forced to go long and his outfielders were cleaned out in the middle third by Kerry’s ball winners.

Kerry kicked nine unanswered points from the 10th minute to the half-time whistle to storm into a 1-10 to 2-1 lead, with the inside forward line of Geaney, David Clifford, and James O’Donoghue doing most of the damage.

Clifford was poetry in motion whenever he ran with the ball, and the two points he scored in the first half were typically classy efforts. As good as Clifford is, at this point in his career he’s still very much the apprentice in the Kerry attack to master magician Geaney.

The Dingle man kicked three brilliant first-half points, and then effectively killed the game stone dead when he hammered home Kerry’s secondd at the start of the second-half. From that moment on it was only a question of just how handsome a margin Kerry would win the match by.



Quite handsome, as it turned out. The introduction of substitutes like Kieran Donaghy, Darran O’Sullivan, and Barry John Keane meant Kerry never let up, and even if they were sloppy at times the scores kept mounting steadily.

Geaney had already kicked two more nice points when he capped a man of the match display with his second goal in the final minute of normal time.




In the end it was a stroll in the sun for this talented Kerry team, but it’ll be very interesting to see how they cope with the tougher tests ahead that await them in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final series, like the impending showdown with Connacht champions Galway.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 2-5, Sean O’Shea 0-4 (2 ’45, 1f), James O’Donoghue 0-3 (1f), Stephen O’Brien 1-0, David Clifford 0-2, Paul Murphy 0-2, Gavin White 0-1, Barry John Keane 0-1

Scorers for Cork: Mark Collins 1-1, Jamie O’Sullian 1-0, Luke Connolly 0-2, Peter Kelleher 0-1

KERRY: Shane Murphy; Jason Foley, Peter Crowley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich; Paul Murphy, Tadhg Morley, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Berry; Micheál Burns, Seán O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Kevin McCarthy for Stephen O’Brien (23 black card), Darran O’Sullivan for Micheal Burns (ht), Mark Griffin for Jason Foley (53), Kieran Donaghy for David Clifford (55), Barry John Keane for James O’Donoghue (58), Killian Young for Tadhg Morley (64)

CORK: Mark White; Kevin Crowley, Jamie O’Sullivan, Sam Ryan; Stephen Cronin, Kevin Flahivev, Tomas Clancy; Aidan Walsh, Ian Maguire; Kevin O’Driscoll, Sean White, John O’Rourke; Mark Collins, Ruairi Deane, Luke Connolly
Subs: James Loughrey for Sam Ryan (20, black card), Paul Kerrigan for Ruairi Deane (33, black card), Brian Hurley for John O’Rourke, Peter Kelleher for Kevin O’Driscoll (both half-time), Brian O’Driscoll for Stephen Cronin (58), Colm O’Neill for Aidan Walsh (59)

Ref: Ciarán Branagan (Down)






Garda Message for Supporters

We are expecting a substantial attendance at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sat 23rd June 2018.

Cork City Traffic will be busy generally & we wish to advise that they will be some traffic delays / congestion.

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Bus Eireann Shuttle bus to venue from Lapps Quay 16:00 to 19:00

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THE RTE ORCHESTRA & JENNY GREEN


Team News

CORK (SFC v Kerry): M White (Clonakilty); S Ryan (St Finbarr’s), J O’Sullivan (Bishopstown), K Flahive (Douglas); K Crowley (Millstreet), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers), T Clancy (Fermoy); A Walsh (Kanturk), I Maguire (St Finbarr’s); K O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), S White (Clonakilty), R Deane (Bantry Blues); J O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), M Collins (Castlehaven), L Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
Subs: R Price (O’Donovan Rossa), J Loughrey (Mallow), M Taylor (Mallow), C Kiely (Ballincollig), B O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), R O’Toole (Éire Óg), P Kelleher (Kilmichael), P Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), M Hurley (Castlehaven), B Hurley (Castlehaven), C O’Neill (Ballyclough).

Kerry: Shane Murphy; Jason Foley, Peter Crowley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich; Paul Murphy, Tadhg Morley, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Barry; Michael Burns, Seán O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue.


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