Tipperary Senior Football Final – Clonmel Commercials 2-9 Killenaule 0-8

Clonmel Commercials defeated Killenaule by 2-9 to 0-8 in the Tipperary Senior Football Final on Sunday October 15th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


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New Hurling Championship format between 2018 and 2020

There will be a new Senior Hurling Championship format between 2018 and 2020.

Following a lengthy debate at Croke Park on Saturday morning 62% of delegates voted for Motion 2. Initially it had been decided that Motions 2, 3, 4, and 5 would be discussed before one would go to the floor.

Ultimately it means there will be two Leinster and Munster Championship round robin groups involving five teams in each.

The top two in each group will contest the respective provincial deciders. The provincial final winners advance to the All Ireland semi-finals.

The beaten provincial finalists will contest the All Ireland quarter-finals.

Motion 6, an amendment to Motion 2, was also carried with an 87% vote ensuring the finalists in a new Tier 2 competition will play the third place teams in Munster and Leinster in a preliminary quarter-final.


All Ireland Under 21 Championship

The All Ireland Under 21 Championship will be organised initially on a provincial basis in Munster and Leinster with Galway and any Ulster team(s) as agreed by Ulster and Leinster Councils participating in the Leinster Championship between 2018 and 2020.

72% of delegates voted in favour of this proposal, but Motion 11 (an amendment to Motion 9) was also carried.

This ensures that the provincial winners of Munster will play the provincial runners-up of Leinster and the provincial winners of Leinster will play the provincial runners-up of Munster in the All Ireland semi-finals.


All Ireland Minor Championship

There will also be a restructured format for three years in the All Ireland Minor Championship.

It will initially be organised on a provincial basis in Munster and Leinster. Ulster teams, as agreed by the Ulster and Leinster Councils, will participate in the Leinster Championship.

The All Ireland series will now feature the Leinster and Munster winners advancing to the semi-final stage.

A ’round-robin’ series will be organised to produce two more All Ireland semi-finalists. The three participating teams will be Galway and the defeated Munster and Leinster finalists.

TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final – Tipperary 1-13 Tyrone 1-10

Tipperary defeated Tyrone by 1-13 to 1-10 in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final on Sunday September 24th at Croke Park.


Tipperary win Intermediate title

TG4 All Ireland Ladies Intermediate Championship Final

TIPPERARY 1-13 TYRONE 1-10

Report By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park for GAA.ie

Aisling McCarthy scored 1-4 and landed the player of the match award as Tipperary were crowned TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate football champions at Croke Park.

Shane Ronayne’s charges ground out a three-point victory over Tyrone – to seal Senior Championship football for themselves in 2018.

Victory caps a glorious season for the Premier County, who also won the Lidl Division 3 and Munster titles.

Gillian O’Brien chipped in with four points while Róisín Howard and Mairead Morrissey, a survivor from Tipp’s previous intermediate win in 2008, landed two points each.

Tipp, who survived some nervy moments before landing the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup, were extremely well-organised for the most part, with another 2008 winner, Jennifer Grant, operating in the sweeper role.

Tipp held on grimly at the finish and just before the hooter went, Aishling Moloney lashed the ball triumphantly into the Davin End.

Tyrone battled extremely hard, but they’ll operate in the intermediate ranks again next year – as Tipp join Kerry, Cork and Waterford to make a four-team Munster senior championship.

Tipp end the 2017 season unbeaten and with a glut of silverware to show for their efforts – and it was a vital run of 1-3 without reply in the first half that proved crucial to this win.

Tipp found themselves on the back foot right from the start, as Lauren Fitzpatrick denied Lycrecia Quinn with a brilliant save after 15 seconds.

Tipp settled, though, and were 0-3 to 0-1 clear before Gráinne Rafferty slotted home a classy 16th minute goal for Tyrone.

The response from Tipp was excellent as Howard and McCarthy (free) landed points before McCarthy netted in the 18th minute.

It was a moment of quick-thinking from the Cahir midfielder as she picked off Caoileann Conway’s handpass before lobbing stranded goalkeeper Shannon Lynch.

O’Brien was almost in for a second Tipp goal a minute later – but Lynch pulled off a brilliant save to keep Tyrone in it.

A point from O’Brien completed Tipp’s purple patch but at the other end, they were opened up in the 23rd minute by a slick Tyrone move, but Niamh O’Neill blazed wide.

Tipp were almost in for a second goal of their own before half-time, Moloney fouled in the process of shooting, but with play allowed to continue, Morrissey fisted the ball over for a point.

Gemma Begley, one of Tyrone’s 2010 senior finalists, completed the first half scoring but Tipp had a four-point interval lead to protect – and they managed to do so.

The lead was out to five points early in the second half and while Fitzpatrick saved from Begley in the 37th minute, Tipp were managing to keep Tyrone at bay.

Chloe McCaffrey’s magnificent point in the 47th minute brought Tyrone to within three, but a brace of McCarthy frees pushed the gap out to five again.

Tyrone weren’t finished as Maria Canavan (free) and Begley landed late points – but Tipp held out to atone for their 2013 final loss to Cavan.

Scorers for Tipperary: A McCarthy 1-4 (4fs), G O’Brien 0-4, M Morrissey and R Howard 0-2 each, A Moloney 0-1.

Scorers for Tyrone: G Begley 0-4 (3fs), G Rafferty 1-0, E.J. Gervin and M Canavan (2fs) 0-2 each, N O’Neill and C McCaffrey 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: L Fitzpatrick; S Condon, M Curley, E Buckley; B Condon, S Lambert, L Dillon; A McCarthy, J Grant; N Lonergan, M Morrissey, A Moloney; R Howard, G O’Brien, O O’Dwyer
Subs: C Condon for Lonergan (47), C Walsh for Howard (56).

TYRONE: S Lynch; E Brennan, E Mulgrew, C Conway; N Woods, S Cunningham, C Hunter; M Mallon, E.J. Gervin; N Hughes, L Quinn, Á Canavan; N O’Neill, G Begley, G Rafferty
Subs: N McGirr for Conway (20), M Canavan for Rafferty (37), E Hegarty for Á Canavan (37), C McCaffrey for Quinn (50).

REFEREE: G McMahon (Dublin).


Tipperary Press Pack for TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Final


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Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final – Kerry 6-17 Derry 1-8

Kerry defeated Derry by 6-17 to 1-8 in the Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final on Sunday September 17th at Croke Park.


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Kerry win fourth All-Ireland minor football title in a row

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Final

KERRY 6-17 DERRY 1-8

Report By John Harrington at Croke Park for GAA.ie

The irresistible David Clifford inspired Kerry to a comfortable win over Derry in today’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Final. Clifford scored an incredible 4-4 from play, and there was a touch of class to every score.

His ability to create space for himself with dummy solos before finishing clincially was a joy to watch, and totally befuddled a Derry defence that, try as they might, couldn’t really land a glove on the Fossa teenager. There can be no doubt Clifford will become a star in the senior game, he’s just too good not to make the grade.

It didn’t take him long to leave his stamp on this game, just 12 seconds to be precise. Right form the throw-in Kerry stormed downfield, and when the ball made its way to Clifford he jinked inside onto his left foot and guided a lovely finish to the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

Derry’s reaction to this early set-back was impressive as big midfielder Oisin McWilliams flighted over a fine-point. And when they hit three more points in a row from Mark McGrogan and Lorcan McWilliams (2), there was just a point between the teams, 1-2 to 0-4.

But with Clifford in the driving seat, Kerry then put their foot on the gas to zoom off into the distance leaving Derry choking in their dust. Clifford scored his second goal and then set up his name-sake, Fiachra Clifford, for Kerry’s third with an outrageous cross-field defence-splitting pass.

By the 25th minute Kerry had moved 3-7 to 0-4 ahead having scored an unanswered salvo of 2-5, and the match was effectively over as a contest. Derry kept plugging away and scored a goal of their own in the second-half when impressive substitute Callum Brown scored a penalty that Patrick Quigg converted, but it was still mainly one-way traffic.

Clifford struck for two more goals in the space of a couple of minutes to push Kerry 6-10 to 1-7 ahead, and from there they free-wheeled all the way to the final whistle. That’s four All-Ireland minor titles in a row now for the Kingdom, a serious achievement and a testament to the great work being done in the county at schools and underage level.

Scorers for Kerry: David Clifford 4-4, Fiachra Clifford 2-0, Brian Friel 0-5 (1f), Jack Griffin 0-2, Adam Donoghue 0-2, Donal O’Sullivan 0-2, Donnchadh O’Sullivan 0-1, Eddie Horan 0-1

Scorers for Derry: Patrick Quigg 1-1 (pen), Lorcan McWilliams 0-3 (1f), Oisin McWilliams 0-2, Richie Mullan 0-1, Mark McGrogan 0-1

KERRY: Deividas Uosis; Sean O’Leary, Chris O’Donogue, Cian Gammell; Patrick Warren, Michael Potts, Niall Donohue; Barry Mahony, Diarmuid O’Connor; Adam Donoghue, David Clifford, Donial O’Sullivan; Fiachra Clifford, Jack Griffin, Brian Friel
Subs: Eddie Horan for Jack Griffin (44), Donnchadh O’Sullivan for Donal O’Sullivan (49), Ciaran O’Reilly for Fiachra Clifford (53), Michael O’Leary for Cian Gammell (56), Ryan O’Neill for Niall Donohue (57), Michale Slatttery for Adam Donoghue (59)

DERRY: Oran Martin; Oran McGill, Conor McCluskey, Sean McKeever; Simon McErlain, Padraig McGrogan, Conleth McShane; Oisin McWilliams, Dara Rafferty; Patrick Quigg, Richie Mullan, Martin Bradley; Ben McCarron, Lorcan McWilliams, Mark McGrogan
Subs: Conor Quinn for Conor McCluskey, Callum Brown for Dara Rafferty, Declan Cassidy for Ben McCarron (all ht), Odhran Quinn for Conleth McShane (40), Tiarnan McHugh for Richie Mullan, John Paul Devlin for Mark McGrogan (both 42)

Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow)


Fixture Details

17.09.2017 (Sun)
Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 13:15
Ciarraí v Doire
Referee: Anthony Nolan (Cill Mhantáin)


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ALL-IRELAND MINOR FINAL: DERRY v KERRY

Kerry are bidding to win the title for the fourth successive year and for the 15th time overall while Derry, who are seeking their fifth title, were last successful in 2002.

PATHS TO THE FINAL
Derry 0-18 Tyrone 1-14 (Ulster quarter-final)
Derry 3-17 Antrim 0-10 (Ulster semi-final)
Derry 1-22 Derry 2-12 (Ulster final)
Derry 1-13 Sligo 0-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Derry 0-17 Dublin 0-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)
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Kerry 2-16 Clare 1-6 (Munster quarter-final)
Kerry 2-17 Cork 1-10 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 2-21 Clare 0-3 (Munster final)
Kerry 1-21 Louth 2-9 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Kerry 2-2 Cavan 2-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)

ALL IRELAND MINOR ROLL OF HONOUR
14 – KERRY (1931-32-33-46-50-62-63-75-80-88-94-2014-2015-2016)
11 – Dublin (1930-45-54-55-56-58-59-79-82-84-2012)
10 – Cork (1961-67-68-69-72-74-81-91-93-2000)
8 – Tyrone (1947-48-73-98-2001-2004-2008-2010)
7 – Mayo (1935-53-66-71-78-85-2013)
6 – Galway (1952-60-70-76-86-2007)
4 – DERRY (1965-83-89-2002)
4 – Down (1977-87-99-2005)
4 – Roscommon (1939-41-51-2006)
3 – Laois (1996-97-2003)
3 – Meath (1957-90-92)
2 – Cavan (1937-38)
2 – Louth (1936-40)
2 – Armagh (1949-2009)
2 – Tipperary (1934-2011)
1 – Clare (1929)
1 – Offaly (1964)
1 – Westmeath (1995)

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final – Cork 0-10 Kilkenny 0-9

Cork defeated Kilkenny by 0-10 to 0-9 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final on Sunday September 10th at Croke Park.


Revenge mission secured: All-Ireland senior camogie title heading Leeside

Cork … 0-10, Kilkenny … 0-9:

Report by Brendan O’Brien for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The first hour was nothing to write home about but it ended in a whirl of drama with Cork coming from behind to claim a record 27th All-Ireland senior camogie title thanks to an injury-time winner from substitute Julia White.


Julia White winning point

For the Munster side, this was about more than just securing their place atop the roll of honour ahead of Dublin: it was revenge for defeat to Kilkenny this time 12 months ago when the Cats had stalled their three-in-a-row bid here at Croke Park.

Both sides lined out with an onus on defence but, though everyone anticipated a low-scoring affair, few thought that the number of talking points would be at such a premium until the last seconds of normal time ebbed away.

The chat at the first whistle was the sight of Gemma O’Connor lining out at centre-back for Cork. The St Finbarr’s player had been all but ruled out, publicly at least, after picking up a knee injury against Galway in the semi-final. O’Connor would play a huge role, firing over a monster equaliser on the brink of 60 minutes and that on the back of a superb display further back the field where, along with Ashling Thompson, she had been a rock on which so many Kilkenny attacks were dashed.


Gemma O’Connor equaliser

Kilkenny were further hamstrung by the fact that Cork’s Orla Cronin was doing such an effective job on Anne Dalton whose role at the heart of the Leinster side’s defence was so central to preventing opposition attacks and setting up forays of their own.

If the tactical machinations were intriguing then that was about it. Cork took the half-time break with five points to their credit, Kilkenny with just two. The reigning champions would have been delighted with such a deficit given the way the game had panned out by then and they hit their stride in the third quarter, taking a 0-7 to 0-6 lead after 39 minutes.

Four times the pair drew level between the 38th and 60th minutes but it was White, a former captain who has endured two years of injury torment, who came off the bench to claim the winner with what was effectively her first touch.

A fairytale ending to a grim afternoon.

Not just for her but for Cork captain Rena Buckley who collected her 18th All-Ireland medal between camogie and football and who became the first person, male or female, to captain her county to senior honours in both codes.

Cork Scorers: A.O’Connor 0-02, O.Cronin 0-03, O.Cotter 0-02, K.Mackey 0-01, G.O’Connor 0-01, J.White 0-01

Kilkenny Scorers: M.Farrell 0-02, K.Power 0-01, D.Gaule 0-02, S.Farrell 0-01, M.Walsh 0-01, J.A.Malone 0-02

Cork: A Murray; R Buckley, L Treacy, L Coppinger; P Mackey, G O’Connor, C Sigerson; E O’Sullivan, A Thompson; A O’Connor, K Mackey, O Cotter; H Looney, O Cronin, N McCarthy.
Substitutes: L Homan for Looney (52); J White for Sigerson (62).

Kilkenny: E Kavanagh; C Foley, A Dalton, G Walsh; A Dunphy, C Dormer, D Tobin; M Farrell, A Farrell; JA Malone. D Gaule, K Power; D Morrissey, S Farrell, M Walsh.
Substitutes: M Quilty for Morrissey (HT); J Reddy for Malone (59).

Referee: O Elliott (Antrim).






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Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final

Cork v Kilkenny, Croke Park, 4pm

By Daragh Ó Conchúir

THIS is a repeat of last year’s decider in which Kilkenny put paid to Cork’s three-in-a-row bid with a four-point victory, and of the National League Division 1 Final, which went the Noresiders’ way too. There were just three points separating them at Semple Stadium but just as in September, the sense was that the victors were more comfortable than the margin suggested. Add the fact that they are now one step from a fourth consecutive national title, a ‘Double-Double’, and there is no doubt that Ann Downey’s side have established themselves firmly as the undisputed number one outfit of the game.

That will rankle with Cork, not least because they have failed to sparkle in those last two major clashes, due to a combination of Kilkenny’s quality and their own underperformance. Being accustomed to a place on the top step of the podium, they will want it back. Neither side pulled up trees in their Semi-Finals. A portion of this can be accredited to the longer lay-offs (five weeks for Cork, four for Kilkenny) compared to facing teams buoyed by Quarter-Final triumphs a fortnight previously but it would be wrong to minimise the efforts of the players and managements of both Dublin and Galway in terms of performance and tactical application.

Kilkenny did not have it all their own way in the group phase, needing a point from 2016 Player of the Year Denise Gaule to escape with a share of the spoils against Clare in Nowlan Park on July 1st. As has been customary under a management set-up that has always learned lessons from mild setbacks, and a roster that has applied them well, they came out the next week and were full value for a five-point win over Galway in Athenry that helped cement their direct progress to the last four. They got off to a perfect start against Dublin with a goal from a penalty by Gaule two minutes in, but were still only five points clear by the time substitute Jenny Clifford sent a rocket to the Dublin net in injury time, having struggled with the high intensity and physicality of the Metropolitans, and the direct running of the likes of Siobhán Kehoe. The Stripeywomen’s much vaunted attack spluttered and there were only glimpses of the counter-attacking game from deep that has yielded such dividends.

Once more though, one expects that there will be an improvement and that Downey will be happier that her charges were put through the ringer rather than enjoying the cakewalk many had predicted. The depth of the panel was advertised once more too with the continuing blossoming of newcomer Danielle Morrissey, and the impact off the bench of Clifford and Jenny Reddy. Kilkenny have serious operators in every line, from Emma Kavanagh in goal, right through Anne Dalton, who was magnificent against Dublin, captain Anna Farrell, Katie Power, Gaule and Shelly Farrell to name just a few. Many of those will be smarting from quiet outings last time out and it is reasonable to expect a response.

Whereas the Cats ground it out in the second half in their Semi-Final, Cork were hanging on against Galway but this was always expected to be a stern challenge given the talent at the westerners’ disposal. It said much therefore, that Cork were leading by eight points early in the second half and it could have been much more had they not spurned four goal chances.

What was notable too was that they found a way to win, as they have done so often over the years. Galway had all the momentum in the final quarter but Cork stemmed the tide, thanks to the likes of Chloe Sigerson, Rena Buckley and Ashling Thompson. Like Kilkenny, some stars did not enjoy their best of days but Hannah Looney and Niamh McCarthy stood up to the plate and Orla Cotter was exceptional in the first half in particular. Apart from the aforementioned, Aoife Murray and Katrina Mackey are key operators.

The message coming from the Cork camp all summer has been that they are playing catch-up on Kilkenny, even as they cruised through their group with a 100% record. Paudie Murray continued the theme after the Semi-Final but beating a team as strong as Galway after a five-week lay-off was no mean feat. Again, one can expect the engine to be running more smoothly on the biggest day of all. Kilkenny’s hunger remains insatiable despite their recent success while Cork’s appetite is ravenous after some of the recent reverses. The teams play similar styles, attempting to cut off space in their own halves and to create it in the opposition’s, harnessing the speed at their disposal to fashion scoring opportunities.

What measures might be taken to neutralise the opposition strengths will be intriguing. We cannot wait.

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 Championship Final – Limerick 0-17 Kilkenny 0-11

Limerick defeated Kilkenny by 0-17 to 0-11 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 Championship Final on Saturday September 9th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Victory for impressive Limerick in BGE U21 decider

Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Final

LIMERICK 0-17 KILKENNY 0-11

Report By Cian O’Connell at Semple Stadium, Thurles for GAA.ie

Limerick underage teams are becoming accustomed to dealing with high expectations and a second title at this grade in three years was met by a great green and white roar in Thurles.

A huge Limerick support made up the majority of the 15,485 crowd and they gleefully celebrated a deserved success. For much of the past decade Limerick’s Academy system has produced a raft of talented hurlers, who are beginning to acquire silverware on the national stage.


Match Highlights

Pat Donnelly’s charges governed vast chunks of the opening period with their self sufficient forward line causing Kilkenny plenty of bother.

By the time the interval rolled around Limerick led 0-11 to 0-4 which was an accurate reflection of their supremacy when backed by a significant breeze. There were streaks of Kilkenny defiance with Shane Walsh and Billy Ryan contributing good scores, but Limerick grated impressively.

It wasn’t all about hard work, though, because Aaron Gillane, Cian Lynch, and Barry Nash demonstrated some flashes of real class up front. Shane Walsh rifled over an early point for Kilkenny, but Limerick responded impressively reeling off seven points on the spin.

That was a seriously damaging spell for Kilkenny, who were battling bravely, but Limerick, prompted by Gillane’s precise shooting, were in the groove. Billy Ryan terminated an 18 minute search for a Kilkenny score, but Limerick struck four of the next six points to lead by seven at the turnaround.

Kyle Hayes was safe and sound anchoring the defence, while at centrefield Robbie Hanley buzzed about craving involvement. While Limerick weren’t as efficient converting opportunities after the restart they were still doing enough and were 0-14 to 0-6 ahead by the 47th minute.

Kilkenny struck five points in eight minutes with Alan Murphy sharp from frees, but Limerick were still four clear as Conor Boylan raised a white flag in that stint.

Just as Kilkenny were posing some questions Limerick had the resolve and resilience to locate the answers with Gillane and substitute Oisin O’Reilly decorating the triumph with late grace notes. Limerick weren’t going to be denied. All those weekend mornings at UL with the Academy had them prepared for days like these.

Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 0-7 (2fs), Peter Casey and Ronan Lynch (3fs) 0-3 each, Oisin O’Reilly, Cian Lynch, and Barry Nash 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: Alan Murphy 0-5 (4fs, 165), Shane Walsh 0-3 (2fs), Liam Blanchfield, John Donnelly, Billy Ryan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara; Sean Finn, Darragh Fanning, Dan Joy; Ronan Lynch, Kyle Hayes, Thomas Grimes; Colin Ryan, Robbie Hanley; Tom Morrissey, Barry Nash, Cian Lynch; Peter Casey, Barry Murphy, Aaron Gillane
Subs: Conor Boylan for Cian Lynch (40), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave for Tom Morrissey (47), Oisin O’Reilly for Barry Murphy (53), Lorcan Lyons for Barry Nash (60).

KILKENNY: Darren Brennan; Michael Cody, Conor Delaney, Niall McMahon; Huw Lawlor, Jason Cleere, Tommy Walsh; Luke Scanlon, Richie Leahy; Billy Ryan, Sean Morrissey, Liam Blanchfield; John Walsh, John Donnelly, Shane Walsh
Subs: Alan Murphy for Sean Morrissey (25), Pat Lyng for John Walsh (HT), Eoin Kenny for Shane Walsh (40), Martin Keoghan for Billy Ryan (41), Darren Mullen for Richie Leahy (45).

REFEREE: Paud O’Dywer (Carlow).



Fixture Details

09.09.2017 (Sat)
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 15:00
Cill Chainnigh v Luimneach
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Ceatharlach)
(E.T. if Necessary)


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LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara (Doon): Sean Finn (Bruff), Daragh Fanning (Pallasgreen), Dan Joy (Kilmallock): Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh): Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock): Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Barry Murphy (Doon), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell): Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Barry Nash (South Liberties)
Subs: Cian Hedderman (Ballybrown), Paudie Ahern (Killeedy), Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh), Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), Mike Mackey (Adare), Conor McSweeney (South Liberties), Jack O’Grady (Knockainey).

KILKENNY: Darren Brennan (St Lachtains); Michael Cody (Dunnamaggin), Conor Delaney (Erins Own), Niall McMahon (Erins Own); Huw Lawlor (O’Loughlin Gaels), Jason Cleere (Bennettsbridge), Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan); Luke Scanlon (James Stephens), Richie Leahy (Rower Inistioge): John Walsh (Mullinavat), John Donnelly (Thomastown), Sean Morrissey (Bennettsbridge): Shane Walsh (Tullaroan), Liam Blanchfield (Bennettsbridge), Billy Ryan (Graigue Ballycallan)
Subs: Alan Murphy (Glenmore), James Burke (Thomastown), Darren Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Aidan Nolan (Dicksboro), Pat Lyng (Rower Inistioge), Martin Keoghan (Tullaroan), Eoin Kenny (Slieverue), Conor O’Carroll (Lisdowney), James Bergin (Conahy Shamrocks).



2014 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final Highlights – Kilkenny v Limerick

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 B Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Final – Kerry 2-12 Wicklow 2-8

Kerry defeated Wicklow by 2-12 to 2-8 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 B Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Final on Saturday September 9th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Kerry claim BGE U21 B title

Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 B Hurling Final

KERRY 2-12 WICKLOW 2-8

By Cian O’Connell at Semple Stadium, Thurles for GAA.ie

Maurice O’Connor pounced for the decisive goal as Kerry produced a solid second period display to secure silverware in Thurles.

Inspired by the efficient Shane Conway, who finished with a 1-6 haul, Kerry just had too much attacking craft for a spirited Wicklow outfit. Michael Boland’s 24th minute goal was an important first half score for Wicklow, who departed at the break armed with a 1-5 to 0-6 lead.


Match Highlights

Kerry had started brightly with Shane Conway sharp from frees, while Ronan Donavan and Maurice O’Connor landed scores from play. Four Kerry points on the spin ensured they led by 0-5 to 0-3 by the 17th minute, but Wicklow responded as Boland mined an opportunistic goal following a Stephen Murphy save from a Seanie Germaine effort.

That major helped Wicklow into an interval advantage, but Kerry came thundering back in the third quarter to level courtesy of points from Jack Goulding (sideline cut) and Shane Conway.

It remained keenly contested as Enda Donohoe and Conway traded frees before both teams pocketed goals inside a minute. Boland concluded a sweeping and stylish move with a Wicklow goal, but Conway replied for Kerry to level matters, 1-9 to 2-6, at the three quarter mark.

But Kerry subsequently hit the front in the 48th minute when Maurice O’Connor flicked a goal for Ian Brick’s charges. Wicklow trimmed the gap down to the minimum again, but Kerry finished strongly with substitute Daniel O’Carroll and two Conway frees sealing the deal.

Scorers for Kerry: Shane Conway 1-6 (6fs), Maurice O’Connor 1-1, Jack Goulding 0-3 (1 sideline), Ronan Donovan and Daniel O’Carroll 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wicklow: Michael Boland 2-0, Enda Donohoe 0-3 (3fs), Jack Doyle and Seanie Germaine (2fs) 0-2 each, Shaun Hughes 0-1.

KERRY: Stephen Murphy; Stevie O’Sullivan, John Buckley, Billy Lyons; Eoin Ross, Jason Diggins, Jordan Brick; Barry O’Sullivan, Tomas O’Connor; Ronan Donovan, Michael O’Leary, Shane Conway; Maurice O’Connor, Brandon Barrett, Jack Goulding
Subs: Daniel O’Carroll for Ronan Donovan (46), Robert Collins for Brandon Barrett (51).

WICKLOW: Cian Staunton; Shaun Hughes, Oisin Furlong, Seanie Maloney; Matthew Traynor, Andrew Hughes, Terry Healy; Christy Moorehouse, Cormac Whitmore; Gary Hughes, Jack Doyle, Michael Boland; Enda Donohoe, Padraig Doyle, Seanie Germaine
Subs: Padraig O’Toole for Cormac Whitmore (32), Tiernan Mellon for Terry Healy (44), Aaron Kinsella for Jack Doyle (59).

REFEREE: Johnny Murphy (Limerick)


Fixture Details

09.09.2017 (Sat)
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21B Championship Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 13:00
Ciarraí v Cill Mhantáin
Referee: Johnny Murphy (Luimneach)
(E.T. if Necessary)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final – Galway 0-26 Waterford 2-17

Galway defeated Waterford by 0-26 to 2-17 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 3rd at Croke Park.


Match Highlights


Galway end 29-year wait for the Liam MacCarthy Cup

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final

GALWAY 0-26 WATERFORD 2-17

Report By John Harrington at Croke Park for GAA.ie

Tony Keady must have been smiling down from heaven as Galway ended their 29-year wait for the Liam MacCarthy Cup with a deserved victory over Waterford.

Keady’s death four weeks ago was a real body-blow for Galway hurling, and for every Tribesman and woman this win must have felt like the perfect way to honour his memory.

Keady was Man of the Match from centre-back when Galway last won the All-Ireland in 1988, and their centre-back today, Gearoid McInerney, will go close to earning the same distinction.

Gearoid’s father Gerry McInerney hurled alongside Keady in the Galway half-back line in ’88, so there’s a real sense of a circle being closed with this win.

That Galway team of the ‘80s were famed for their mental strength as well as skill and athleticism, and today this Galway side showed all of the same qualities.

Some of their attacking play was a joy to behold, they hit ferociously hard in the tackle, and they never lost faith in themselves despite the concession of two goals against the run of play in the first-half and a strong showing from Waterford in the third quarter.

They had key leaders in every line of the field. Daithi Burke took no prisoners in the full-back line, McInerney ate Austin Gleeson without salt, captain David Burke hit four points in a hugely influential display, while Joe Canning and Conor Cooney were the pick of a very sharp forward-unit.

Waterford deserve credit for ultimately making this match the contest it was, because a cold dread must have trickled down their spines when Galway fired over four points in the first four minutes.

It was starting to look like 2008 all over again with Waterford players looking bewildered by the power and pace of Galway’s attacking thrusts much like they did in the face of Kilkenny’s tsunami nine years ago.

Canning hit two of those first four Galway points and seemed to be on a one-man mission to fulfil his destiny and finally get his hand on that elusive All-Ireland medal.

Waterford couldn’t get their short-passing game into gear because as soon as one of their players got his hand on the ball he was coming under immediate pressure and had little time to strike never mind getting his head up before doing so.

They were gasping for air, but suddenly some life was breathed into their challenge when Kevin Moran scored a break-away goal against the run of play.

Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh was the creator, getting his hand on the sliotar and immediately off-loading to Moran who had run from deep like he so often does to great effect. He still had a lot to do as he raced towards goal, but struck his shot sweet and true to beat the slightly out of position Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan on his near post.

It was just what Waterford needed, but it didn’t seem to knock a beat out of Galway as they continued rolling forward in wave after maroon wave and hit the next two points of the game through Conor Cooney and David Burke.

But a three-point lead still didn’t seem reflective of their dominance, and now that Waterford had their bearings they started to inch their way more and more into the contest.

Tadhg de Búrca was now making his presence felt, firing a steady stream of deliveries into his forward line where ‘Brick’ Walsh was doing Trojan work to win it despite being so often outnumbered.

Successive points from Pauric Mahony and Kevin Moran gave further credence to the Waterford revival, but Galway’s forwards were still looking razor sharp and they hit the next three points of the game from Cathal Mannion, Joe Canning and Conor Cooney.

But, having hit nine points in the opening 14 minutes, Galway would score just five more over the course of the remaining 24 minutes of the half.

Points from Pauric Mahony and ‘Brick’ Walsh gave further impetus to Waterford and then, incredibly, they were level on 22 minutes when they scored a very fortuitous goal.

A long ball from Kieran Bennett landed on the edge of the Galway square and bounced to the net past Colm Callanan who seemed to momentarily lose his bearings while Shane Bennett and Adrian Tuohy contested the sliotar.

A penny for the thoughts of the Galway players at that moment. They’d done most of the hurling but now had no advantage on the scoreboard to show for it.

That would have a real blow for a mentally fragile team which Galway have been accused of being in the past, but this side is clearly made of sterner stuff.

By half-time they’d edged into the lead again – 0-14 to 2-7 – but their resolve would be tested again in the third quarter when Waterford enjoyed their best spell of the match.

That was largely thanks to the efforts of Pauric Mahony who scored five points in a row, two of them from play, to push his team a point ahead.

But the fourth quarter is always the most important, and Galway really came good in it thanks in no small part to the impact of their bench. Substitute Niall Burke showed his class with two points in a minute, while Jason Flynn would also hit a brace of points after his introduction.

Waterford had a couple of lively subs of their own in the shape of Brian O’Halloran and Tommy Ryan who hit a point each to reduce the gap to the minimum by the 59th minute, but that was as close as Derek McGrath’s team would get. In a crucial three-minute spell between the 60th and 63rd minutes Galway hit three points from Joe Canning, Conor Cooney and Jason Flynn to move four points ahead, and it proved to be a winning buffer.

There was one late scare in injury-time when Tommy Ryan wriggled into enough space to unloose a shot at the Galway goal, but David Burke blocked it and the ball was eventually cleared.

When Waterford’s last attack went out for a Galway side-line in the dying seconds of the fourth and final minute of injury-time, the result was sealed.

Galway supporters had the luxury of basking in the final few seconds of the match as Joe Canning took his time over the side-line, safe in the knowledge that their long famine for the Liam MacCarthy had ended. And when the Fergal Horgan finally sounded the final whistle, Croke Park lifted as 29 years of frustration were blown to smithereens by an explosion of pure joy.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-9 (6f, 1 sideline), David Burke 0-4, Conor Cooney 0-3, Cathal Mannion 0-2, Joseph Cooney 0-2, Niall Burke 0-2, Jason Flynn 0-2, Conor Whelan 0-1, Johnny Coen 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-11 (8f), Kevin Moran 1-1, Kieran Bennett 1-0, Jamie Barron 0-2, Michael Walsh 0-1, Brian O’Halloran 0-1, Tommy Ryan 0-1.

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Jonathan Glynn; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion
Subs: Niall Burke for Jonathan Glynn (43), Jason Flynn for Cathal Mannion (55), Shane Maloney for David Burke (68).

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Kieran Bennett, Tadhg de Búrca, Philip Mahony; Jamie Barron, Kevin Moran; Darragh Fives, Austin Gleeson, Pauric Mahony; Shane Bennett, Michael Walsh, Jake Dillon
Subs: Maurice Shanahan for Shane Bennett (22), Brian O’Halloran for Jake Dillon (48), Tommy Ryan for Michael Walsh (56), Colin Dunford for Jamie Barron (64), Patrick Curran for Kieran Bennett (64).

Ref: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)








Team News


NOVEL PAIRING DECORATES HURLING’S BIG DAY
It’s down to the last two in the race for the Liam MacCarthy Cup, with Galway and Waterford set to meet in the final for the first time in Croke Park next Sunday (3.30).

It promises to be quite an occasion at the end of what has been a fantastic season for hurling. The senior final will be preceded by the Electric Ireland minor decider between Cork and Galway (1.15).

GALWAY v WATERFORD
Waterford are bidding to win the title for the first time since 1959 while Galway’s last success was in 1988. Waterford played in two All-Ireland finals since their last win but were beaten by Kilkenny on both occasions (1963 and 2008).

Galway have been in seven finals (including one replay) since their last success but won none. They lost to Cork in 1990 and 2005, to Kilkenny in 1993, 2012 (replay) and 2015 and to Tipperary in 2001. They drew with Kilkenny in 2012.

PATH TO THE FINAL – GALWAY
Galway 2-28 Dublin 1-17 (Leinster quarter-final)
Galway 0-33 Offaly 1-11 (Leinster semi-final)
Galway 0-29 Wexford 1-17 (Leinster final)
Galway 0-22 Tipperary 1-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Average For: 0-30;
Average Against: 1-16

Galway’s Top Scorers
Joe Canning………..0-37 (0-25 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’, 0-2 s/l)
Conor Cooney……..1-14
Conor Whelan……..0-16
Niall Burke………… 0-09
Joseph Cooney…….0-08 (1f)

PATH TO THE FINAL – WATERFORD
Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
Waterford 1-35 Offaly 0-14 (Qualifiers – Round 1)
Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22 – after extra-time (Qualifiers – Round 2)
Waterford 1-23 Wexford 1-19 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Waterford 4-19 Cork 0-20 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Average For: 2-24;
Average Against: 1-19

Waterford’s Top Scorers
Pauric Mahony……………. 0-39 (0-27 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’)
Austin Gleeson……………. 1-18 (0-2 frees)
Jamie Barron………………..3-08
Maurice Shanahan……….. 2-09 (0-4 frees)
Kevin Moran………………..1-12

GALWAY v WATERFORD CHAMPIONSHIPS MEETINGS
Waterford have won all ten of their championships clashes with Galway. Three were in All-Ireland semi-finals, three quarter-finals, three Munster championship (Galway competed in Munster in 1959-69) and one All-Ireland
qualifier.
2011 – Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2009 – Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2006 – Waterford 1-25 Galway 2-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
1998 – Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
1966 – Waterford 2-16 Galway 1-9 (Munster championship)
1960 – Waterford 9-8 Galway 4-8 (Munster championship)
1959 – Waterford 7-11 Galway 0-8 (Munster championship)
1957 – Waterford 4-12 Galway 0-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1948 – Waterford 3-7 Galway 1-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1938 – Waterford 4-8 Galway 3-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)

LAST FIVE ALL-IRELAND FINAL APPEARANCES
Galway have lost four and drawn one of their last five All-Ireland final
appearances while Waterford have won one, drawn one and lost three of their
most recent five.

GALWAY
2015: Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 1-18
2012: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11 (Replay)
2012: Galway 0-19 Kilkenny 2-13 (Draw)
2005: Cork 1-21 Galway 1-16
2001: Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15

WATERFORD
2008: Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13
1963: Kilkenny 4-17 Waterford 6-8
1959: Waterford 3-12 Kilkenny 1-10 (Replay)
1959: Waterford 1-17 Kilkenny 5-5 (Draw)
1957: Kilkenny 4-10 Waterford 3-12

LAST COMPETITIVE CLASH…
Galway 2-22 Waterford 2-19
(Allianz Hurling League Q-Final, 2 April 2017)
Waterford led by 0-15 to 1-9 at half-time in Pearse Stadium and increased their lead to ten points in the third quarter before Galway staged a great rally and ended up winning by three points.
GALWAY: C Callanan; J Hanbury, Daithi Burke, A Harte (0-2); P Mannion (0-1), G McInerney, P Killeen; A Tuohy, J Coen; J Cooney, J Canning (1-10, 1-0 pen, 0-4 frees), David Burke (0-1); C Whelan (0-3), C Cooney (1-0), C
Mannion (0-2).
Subs: T Monaghan (0-1) for Hanbury; N Burke (0-2) for J Cooney; S Moloney for C Cooney.

WATERFORD: I O’Regan; K Bennett, S McNulty, S Fives; C Gleeson, T DeBurca, S Keating (0-1); K Moran (0-2), M O’Brien (0-1); Stephen Bennett (0-1), S Roche (0-3), DJ Foran (0-2);T Ryan (0-2), M Shanahan (0-6, 0-4 frees), T
Devine (2-1).
Subs: Shane Bennett for Foran; N Connors for Keating; M Walsh for O’Brien,; B O’Halloran for Ryan; P Mahony for Roche.

ALL-IRELAND FINAL SHORTS
– Galway’s only defeat in 12 Allianz League and championship games this year came in Round 2 of the Division 1B campaign when they were defeated by Wexford by 1-21 to 3-13 in Pearse Stadium last February.
– Waterford have won seven and lost four of their eleven Allianz League and championship games this year.
– Derek McGrath is in his fourth season as Waterford manager. Their championship record under him reads: Played 18, Won 9, Drew 2, Lost 7.
– Micheál Donoghue is in his second season as Galway manager, with his championship record reading: Played 9, Won 7, Lost 2.
– Waterford are bidding to become the sixth team to win the All-Ireland after losing in the provincial championships. The five who previously achieved it were: Clare 2013; Kilkenny 2012; Tipperary 2010; Cork 2004
and Offaly 1998.
– Referee, Fergal Horgan (Tipperary) will take charge of an All-Ireland senior final for the first time


All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 2-14 Mayo 2-14

Kerry drew with Mayo on a scoreline of 2-14 to 2-14 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 20th at Croke Park.


All Ireland SFC S-F: Epic encounter finishes level

KERRY 2-14 MAYO 2-14

Report By Cian O’Connell for GAA.ie

Talk swirled throughout the week about a couple of 2014 classics involving Kerry and Mayo so it was only appropriate that another gripping game went the distance.

Paddy Durcan, the splendid Castlebar Mitchels clubman, had the honour of landing a gorgeous last gasp point to ensure a replay will be required at Croke Park next Saturday. 66,195 spectators watched an enthralling match unfold.

Andy Moran mining 1-5 at one end; Aidan O’Shea battling with Kieran Donaghy at the other. Meanwhile in a clustered middle sector collisions and turnovers were forced. Both teams had pockets of supremacy, but parity eventually prevailed.

Unsurprisingly it commenced at a decent clip and when Andy Moran planted a fifth minute goal Mayo were very much in the groove. By the 13th minute Mayo led 1-2 to 0-2 when Kerry pounced for a major when Donaghy released Stephen O’Brien, who finished smartly.


Stephen O’Brien first half goal

Killian Young and James O’Donoghue subsequently added points, but then came a Mayo flurry which yielded 1-3 without reply. Moran, using all his guile and experience, was central, while Colm Boyle, one of the defensive warriors, thundered up the pitch to grab a goal.

Following that Mayo burst, Stephen Rochford’s charges were 2-5 to 1-4 ahead, but it sparked a Kerry rally. Four points on the spin from Paul Geaney (three frees) and Donaghy ensured the teams departed deadlocked at the break, 2-5 to 1-8.

Delicately poised it continued to ebb and flow. Moran, Donal Vaughan, Cillian O’Connor, and Tom Parsons all raised white flags as Mayo accumulated a 2-9 to 1-9 advantage.

Kerry hit a 46th minute goal when Johnny Buckley made the Mayo net dance following a David Clarke save from David Moran. Paul Geaney dashed about causing Mayo problems, while Moran’s enduring excellence remained a significant factor.

It stayed fast, frenetic, and furious. Kerry hit the front. Mayo levelled. That happened again before O’Connor guided Mayo 2-13 to 2-12 ahead with nine minutes left on the clock.

Substitute Barry John Keane scored. Deadlocked. Then Stephen Coen and Chris Barrett went close. Kerry survived the scares with Geaney’s skill enabling Paul Murphy, who had a dynamic duel with Lee Keegan, to guide over a 69th minute point.

Mayo, admirably defiant until the bitter end, summoned one last attack which culminated in Durcan’s delightful intervention. Kerry had one last gasp opportunity, but Bryan Sheehan’s long distance free was gathered by Aidan O’Shea. Ultimately it means Kerry and Mayo return to the Jones Road venue at 3pm next Saturday. The next instalment should be similarly fascinating.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 0-7 (3fs), Stephen O’Brien and Johnny Buckley 1-0 each, James O’Donoghue 0-3 (2fs), Kieran Donaghy, Killian Young, Paul Murphy, and Barry John Keane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mayo: Andy Moran 1-5, Cillian O’Connor 0-4 (1f), Tom Parsons 0-2, Donal Vaughan, Jason Doherty, and Paddy Durcan 0-1 each.

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Shane Enright, Mark Griffin, Killian Young; Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy; David Moran, Anthony Maher; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Stephen O’Brien; Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Jack Savage for Michael Geaney (22), Jonathan Lyne for Mark Griffin (HT), Jack Barry for Anthony Maher (HT), Darran O’Sullivan for Johnny Buckley (54), Barry John Keane for James O’Donoghue (62), Bryan Sheehan for Kieran Donaghy (70).

MAYO: David Clarke; Brendan Harrison, Aidan O’Shea, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Chris Barrett, Colm Boyle; Seamus O’Shea, Tom Parsons; Kevin McLoughlin, Donal Vaughan, Diarmuid O’Connor; Jason Doherty, Cillian O’Connor, Andy Moran
Subs: Paddy Durcan for Colm Boyle (42), Stephen Coen for Seamus O’Shea (59), David Drake for Diarmuid O’Connor (68), Conor Loftus for Jason Doherty (70).

REFEREE: Maurice Deegan (Laois).



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Fixture Details

20.08.2017 (Sun)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:30
Ciarraí v Maigh Eo
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)



Team News


KERRY OR MAYO TO FILL FIRST FOOTBALL FINAL SLOT?

The GAA hurling All-Ireland final pairing has been decided and now it’s the turn of the footballers, who stage their semi-finals over the next two Sundays.
It starts next Sunday when Kerry play Mayo (3.30), followed by Dublin v Tyrone on Sunday week.
Next Sunday’s game will be preceded by the Cavan v Kerry minor semi-final (1.30). Maurice Deegan (Laois) will referee the Kerry v Mayo game.


KERRY v MAYO

They meet in the championship for the first time since 2014 when it took extra-time in a replay to separate them in the All-Ireland semi-final. It finished 1-16 each in the drawn game in Croke Park before Kerry won the replay in extra time (3-16 to 3-13) in the Gaelic Grounds.

PATHS TO THE QUARTER-FINAL REPLAY
MAYO
Mayo 2-14 Sligo 0-11 (Connacht quarter-final)
Galway 0-15 Mayo 1-11 (Connacht semi-final)
Mayo 2-21 Derry 1-13 (aet) (Qualifiers – Round 2)
Mayo 2-14 Clare 0-13 (Qualifiers – Round 3)
Mayo 0-27 Cork 2-20 (aet) (Qualifiers Round 4)
Mayo 1-12 Roscommon 2-9 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Draw
Mayo 4-19 Roscommon 0-9 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Replay
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KERRY
Kerry 1-18 Clare 1-12 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 1-23 Cork 0-15 (Munster final)
Kerry 1-18 Galway 0-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

MAYO’S TOP SCORERS
Cillian O’Connor…….3-49 (0-35 frees, 0-1 ‘45’)
Andy Moran……………1-15
Diarmuid O’Connor…2-5
Kevin McLoughlin…. 2-5

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KERRY’S TOP SCORERS
James O’Donoghue…..0-18 (0-10 frees)
Paul Geaney ……………1-13 (0-4 frees)
Stephen O’Brien……….1-6
Kieran Donaghy…………1-2


PREVIOUS KERRY-MAYO CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
The All-Ireland final will be the 26th championship clash (1903-2014) between Mayo and Kerry with the score standing at 18-4 in the Kingdom’s favour with three draws from the previous 25 games.
2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 aet (All-Ireland semi-final) Replay
2014: Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16 All-Ireland semi-final) Draw
2011: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2006: Kerry 4-15 Mayo 3-5 (All-Ireland final)
2005: Kerry 2-15 Mayo 0-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2004: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 2-9 (All-Ireland final)
1997: Kerry 0-13 Mayo 1-7 (All-Ireland final)
1996: Mayo 2-13 Kerry 1-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1981: Kerry 2-19 Mayo 1-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1969: Kerry 0-14 Mayo 1-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1951: Mayo 2-4 Kerry 1-5 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)
1951: Mayo 1-5 Kerry 1-5 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1948: Mayo 0-13 Kerry 0-3 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1939: Kerry 3-8 Mayo 1-4 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)
1939: Kerry 0-4 Mayo 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1936: Mayo 1-5 Kerry 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1932: Kerry 2-7 Mayo 2-4 (All-Ireland final)
1931: Kerry 1-6 Mayo 1-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1930: Kerry 1-9 Mayo 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1929: Kerry 3-8 Mayo 1-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1924: Kerry 1-4 Mayo 0-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1910: Kerry 1-7 Mayo 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1909: Kerry 2-12 Mayo 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1908: Kerry 2-4 Mayo 0-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1903: Kerry 2-7 Mayo 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)


LAST TEN ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINALS – KERRY
2016: Dublin 0-22 Kerry 2-14
2015: Kerry 0-18 Tyrone 1-11
2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 aet (Replay)
2014: Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16 (Draw)
2013: Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11
2011: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11
2009: Kerry 2-8 Meath 1-7
2008: Kerry 3-14 Cork 2-13 (replay)
2008: Kerry 1-13 Cork 3-7 (draw)
2007: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16
Won 6, Lost 2, Drew 2

LAST TEN ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINALS – MAYO
2016: Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14
2015: Dublin 3-15 Dublin 1-14 (Replay)
2015: Mayo 1-15 Dublin 2-12 (Draw)
2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 aet (Replay)
2014: Mayo 1-16 Kerry 1-16 (Draw)
2013: Mayo 1-16 Tyrone 0-13
2012: Mayo 0-19 Dublin 0-16
2011: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11
2006: Mayo 1-16 Dublin 2-12
2004: Mayo 0-13 Fermanagh 1-8 (replay)
Wins 5, Lost 3, Drew 2.


LAST CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH
KERRY 3-16 MAYO 3-13 (aet) – 2014 ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL REPLAY, GAELIC GROUNDS
KERRY: Brian Kelly; Paul Murphy, Fionn Fitzgerald, Shane Enright; Aidan O’Mahony, Peter Crowley, Killian Young (0-1); Anthony Maher, David Moran; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney (0-4, 0-3 frees), Kieran Donaghy (1-0), James O’Donoghue (2-6, 2-0 pens, 0-2 frees)
Subs: Marc O Se (0-1) for Enright; Pa Kilkenny for Fitzgerald (black card); Barry John Keane (0-2, 0-2 frees) for Paul Geaney; Declan O’Sullivan for Buckley; Kieran O’Leary for Michael Geaney; Johnathon Lyne (0-2) for Walsh; Paul Geaney for O’Donoghue; Mark Griffin for Crowley; Bryan Sheehan for O’Mahony.
MAYO: Robert Hennelly; Keith Higgins, Ger Cafferkey, Tom Cunniffe; Colm Boyle, Donal Vaughan (0-1), Lee Keegan; Seamus O Shea, Barry Moran; Kevin McLoughlin (0-1), Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty (0-3); Cillian O’Connor (2-5, 1-0 pen, 0-3 frees), Andy Moran (1-1), Alan Dillon.
Subs: Tom Parsons for Aidan O’Shea (blood sub); Alan Freeman for O’Connor (blood sub), Michael Conroy (0-1) for Barry Moran; Aidan O’Shea for Conroy; Conroy for Dillon; Richie Feeney for Aidan O’Shea; Alan Freeman (0-1, free) for Andy Moran; Aidan O’Shea for Seamus O Shea; Brendan Harrison for Vaughan; Chris Barrett for Boyle.


  • Mayo last beat Kerry in the championship in 1996, winning an All-Ireland semi-final by 2-13 to 1-10. They have met on seven occasions in the championship since then, with Kerry winning six times while there was one draw.
  • Mayo beat Kerry by 0-15 to 1-10 in Tralee Round 2 of this year’s Allianz League (February 11). Kerry led by 1-7 to 0-4 after 30 minutes and by 1-7 to 0-6 at half-time. Mayo, for whom Cillian O’Connor scored 0-9 (all frees), won the second half by 0-9 to 0-3. Barry John Keane on 1-3 was Kerry’s top scorer.
  • Éamonn Fitzmaurice is in his fifth season as Kerry manager, leading them to Munster titles in 2013-2014-2015-16-17 and to the 2014 All-Ireland title. Kerry’s championship record under Fitzmaurice reads:
    Played 24; Won 19, Drew 2, Lost 3.
    All three defeats came against Dublin in the 2013 and 2016 semi-finals and the 2015 final.

  • Stephen Rochford is in his second season as Mayo manager. Their championship record under him is as follows:
    Played 15, Won 11, Drew 1, Lost 3.

  • Mayo are bidding to reach the All-Ireland final via the qualifiers for a second successive year.
  • Other than Dublin (2013 and 2016), the last county to beat Kerry in an All-Ireland semi-final was Tyrone in 2003.
  • Kerry are bidding to reach the All-Ireland final for the 11th time since the turn of Millennium and for the fourth time in seven seasons (2011-14-15). Mayo are trying to reach the final for the fourth time in six seasons (2012-13-16).
  • Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 2-22 Cavan 2-10

    Kerry defeated Cavan by 2-22 to 2-10 in the Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 20th at Croke Park.


    Match Highlights


    Electric Ireland MFC S-F: Kerry advance to decider

    KERRY 2-22 CAVAN 2-10

    Report By Paul Keane for GAA.ie

    David Clifford struck a brilliant 1-10 at Croke Park as Kerry secured a remarkable fourth consecutive Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor football final place.

    Clifford, one of four players who lined out in last year’s final win over Galway, oozed class and kicked 1-7 of his haul from open play. The Fossa teenager captained the side and set up a number of scores for his colleagues including the 63rd minute goal scored by substitute Jack Griffin.

    Kerry will bid to become the first county to win four All-Ireland minor titles in a row when they play Dublin or Derry in the final on September 17. Griffin finished with 1-1 for the Munster champions, while Friel was excellent overall and claimed four points with nine different players making the score-sheet.

    It was Cavan’s first semi-final at the grade since 1974 and they enjoyed a purple patch in the third quarter of the game when they kicked 1-5 without reply to reduce a 13-point deficit to just five. But Kerry finished strongly with that Griffin goal and were good value overall for the dozen point win.

    Beaten Ulster finalists Cavan turned their season around with a big quarter-final win over Galway. The Breffni County were on level terms twice inside the first 10 minutes here, but fell 0-4 to 0-2 behind following Kerry points from Clifford and Diarmuid O’Connor and never recovered.

    A burst of six Kerry points without reply between the 16th and 26th minutes moved the Munster champions 0-10 to 0-03 and hinted at a rout. By this stage, Clifford had claimed five points and won a free for Donal O’Sullivan to convert.

    Cavan, who had created some opportunities for points, but wasted them, were thrown a lifeline in the form of a fortunate 27th minute goal. Patrick Lynch’s long free in wasn’t dealt with by Kerry’s full-back line or goalkeeper and Oisin Pierson bundled the ball home from close range.

    Pierson then tapped over a free and suddenly Kerry led by just 0-11 to 1-4 at half-time when it should have been more. Kerry restarted with gusto though and closed out the game within minutes.

    Clifford twice went close with goals, hitting the side-netting and then drawing a fine save from Gary O’Rourke before eventually netting in the 35th minute. He caught a high ball on the edge of the square above Cavan defender Danny Cusack, spun away from his man and struck to the net. Friel and then Clifford again added points to put Kerry 1-14 to 1-4 clear.


    David Clifford goal

    Kerry scored 1-6 in total without reply before James Smith finally stemmed the green and gold tide with a 46th minute point for Cavan. There was that solid response from Cavan and Smith fired their second goal while Pierson took his tally to 1-5 for the day, but it was too little, too late and Kerry rallied in stoppage time.

    Scorers for Kerry: David Clifford 1-10 (245s, 1f), Jack Griffin 1-1, Brian Friel 0-4, Fiachra Clifford 0-2, Diarmuid O’Connor 0-1, Barry Mahony 0-1, Donnchadh O’Sullivan 0-1, Donal O’Sullivan 0-1 (1f), Eddie Horan 0-1.

    Scorers for Cavan: Oisin Pierson 1-5 (2fs), James Smith 1-2, Cian Madden 0-1, Ronan Patterson 0-1, Philip Rogers 0-1.

    KERRY: Deividas Uosis; Niall Donohue, Chris O’Donoghue, Sean O’Leary; Patrick Warren, Michael Potts, Cian Gammell; Barry Mahony, Diarmuid O’Connor; Adam Donoghue, Brian Friel, Fiachra Clifford; David Clifford, Donnchadh O’Sullivan, Donal O’Sullivan
    Subs: Jack Griffin for Donnchadh O’Sullivan (43), Eddie Horan for Warren (47), Cathal Ferriter for Donal O’Sullivan (51), Ciaran O’Reilly for F Clifford (58), Michael O’Leary for Mahony (61), Ryan O’Neill for Gammell (68).

    CAVAN: Gary O’Rourke; John Cooke, Evan Fortune, Cormac Timoney; Ryan Coyle, Philip Nulty, Danny Cusack; Ronan Patterson, Oisin Kiernan; Ruairi Curran, Cian Madden, Philip Rogers; James Smith, Oisin Pierson, Patrick Lynch
    Subs: Sean Keogan for Kiernan (h/t), Killian Brady for Coyle (37), Niall McCabe for Lynch (45), Tiarnan Reilly for Curran (51), Patrick Meade for Patterson (60), Ryan Madden for Timoney (68).

    REFEREE: Liam Devenney (Mayo).




    Fixture Details

    20.08.2017 (Sun)
    Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final
    Páirc an Chrócaigh 13:30
    An Cabhán v Ciarraí
    Referee: Liam Devenney (Maigh Eo)
    (E.T. if Necessary)