Munster Senior Football Quarter-Final – Clare 1-13 Limerick 1-12

Clare defeated Limerick by 1-13 to 1-12 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 28th at Cusack Park Ennis.


Munster SFC: Clare edge out Limerick

CLARE 1-13 LIMERICK 1-12

Report By Peter O’Connell for GAA.ie

Clare scraped into a second successive Munster semi-final meeting with Kerry when they held on for a one point win over Limerick in Cusack Park.

Clare were four points ahead in the second minute of injury time when Limerick’s Seán O’Dea intercepted a Joe Hayes kick out. O’Dea placed substitute Josh Ryan and his goal reduced the deficit to a single point. Limerick had a chance to fashion an equaliser but Seán McSweeney’s shot went high and wide, when a bit more patience might have been the better option.

Twelve minutes from time Clare led by six points, 1-11 to 0-8 and a Limerick comeback looked very unlikely. However that Ryan goal left Clare clinging on in in injury time.

In a game which was played in front of an attendance of 2,968, the home team led 1-8 to 0-6 at half-time. Eoin Cleary put away their goal in the ninth minute. He held off Limerick corner-back Daniel Daly, collected a Jamie Malone long delivery and applied a right footed finish.

Keelan Sexton pointed two quality points for Clare in that half, while Pearse Lillis also pointed, raiding from wing back. A feature of the first half was the fact that while Limerick gave the ball away sixteen times, Clare were much more efficient in this respect, turning over just five first half possessions.

However Limerick could have goaled twice in that half, with David Ward shooting low and wide in the 22nd minute, while in first half injury time Seamus O’Carroll had a shot saved by Joe Hayes, who diverted it around for a 45. Eoin Cleary kicked Clare six points ahead immediately after half-time but the home county then dropped the tempo and the following 15 minutes were scoreless, until Danny Neville kicked a Limerick point.

Clare had two goalscoring chances with Jamie Malone and Keelan Sexton not taking full advantage of good opportunities. Sexton produced a good save from Limerick goalkeeper Donal O’Sullivan, nine minutes from time. A goal at that juncture would have finished Limerick but instead they stayed in the game and Ryan’s late goal almost helped them to rescue at least a replay.

Both teams went short with most of their kick outs and the game featured just one mark. In fact both struggled to retain their own kick outs, on the rare occasions that they went long.

Clare will have to improve radically if they are to compete with Kerry on Sunday week, while Limerick will have to wait until the weekend of June 24 before they return to championship action in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Scorers for Clare: Eoin Cleary 1-4 (2f), David Tubridy 0-4 (2f), Keelan Sexton 0-3 (1 ’45), Sean Collins 0-1, Pearse Lillis 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: Josh Ryan 1-1, Seamus O’Carroll 0-3 (1 sideline), Danny Neville 0-2, Ger Collins 0-2 (1f), Darragh Treacy 0-1, James Naughton 0-1, Sean O’Dea 0-1, Iain Corbett 0-1.

CLARE: Joe Hayes; Dean Ryan, Kevin Harnett, Martin McMahon; Pearse Lillis, Gordon Kelly, John Hayes; Gary Brennan (C), Cathal O’Connor; Shane Brennan, Seán Collins, Jamie Malone; Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy, Keelan Sexton
Subs: Liam Markham for O’Connor (60), Gearóid O’Brien for Collins (65), Seanie Malone for Tubridy (69).

LIMERICK: Donal O’ Sullivan, Daniel Daly, Johnny McCarthy, Seán O’Dea, Paul White, Iain Corbett (C), Brian Fanning; Darragh Treacy, David Ward; Peter Nash, James Naughton, Garrett Noonan; Seamus O’Carroll, Danny Neville, Ger Collins
Subs: Josh Ryan for Ward (42), Seán McSweeney for Nash (46), Jamie Lee for Naughton (57), Tony McCarthy for Daniel Daly (60), Padraig Scanlon for Collins (62), Padraig Quinn for O’Carroll (67).

Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath)






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Fixture Details

28.05.2017 (Sun)
Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final
Cusack Park, Ennis 15:30
An Clár v Luimneach
Referee: Cormac Reilly (An Mhí)




Team News

Limerick senior football manager Billy Lee and his selectors has released their starting fifteen and match panel for this Sundays clash with Clare for the Munster senior football championship quarter final. Billy Lee and his selectors Paudie Kissane, Brian Begley and Ricky Ronayne has released the following team and match panel game for the Cusack Park Ennis clash at 3.30pm.

1. Donal O Sullivan (Monaleen), 2. Daniel Daly (Fr Caseys), 3. Johnny McCarthy (St Kierans), 4. Sean O Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 5. Paul White (Rathkeale), 6. Iain Corbett (Newcastle West) (Captain), 7. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 8. Darragh Treacy (St Kierans), 9. David Ward (Fr Caseys), 10. Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskernry), 11. James Naughton (St. Senans), 12. Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 13. Seamus O Carroll (Castleknock), 14. Danny Neville (Ballysteen), 15. Ger Collins (Monaleen).
Subs: 16. Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffin’s), 17. Tony McCarthy (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 18. Padraig Quinn (Monaleen), 19. Jamie Lee (Newcastle West), 20. Padraig Scanlon (Glin), 21. Josh Ryan (Oola), 22. Sean McSweeney (St Kierans), 23. Padraig De Brún (Firies), 24. Sean Sheehan (Rathkeale), 25. Bill Creamer (Cappamore), 26. Jamie McGarry (Claughaun).



CLARE v LIMERICK

They meet for a second successive year in the Munster championship, with Clare having won by three points in the Gaelic Grounds last May. It was their third successive championship win by the Bannermen, leaving Limerick seeking their first win over their neighbours since 2009.

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2016: Clare 0-16 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
2015: Clare 0-15 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
2012: Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15 (Munster semi-final)
2009: Limerick 1-13 Clare 1-9 (Munster semi-final)
2006: Limerick 2-5 Clare 0-8 (Munster quarter-final)

Clare finished fifth (2 wins, 1 draw, 4 defeats) in Division 2 of this year’s Allianz League. Limerick finished fourth in Division 4 (4 wins, 3 defeats).

  • The winners play Kerry in the Munster semi-final on June 10/11.
  • Colm Collins is in his fourth season as Clare manager; Billy Lee lads Limerick into the championship for the first time.

  • DID YOU KNOW?
    It’s 21-10 in Clare’s favour with five draws from the previous 36 championship games between the counties


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    Munster Senior Football Q-Final – Cork 1-12 Waterford 1-11

    Cork defeated Waterford by 1-12 to 1-11 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday May 27th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.



    Munster SFC: Cork survive scare
    Saturday, May 27, 2017

    Munster SFC Quarter-Final

    CORK 1-12 WATERFORD 1-11

    Report By John Fallon for GAA.ie

    A brave Waterford effort came up just short at Fraher Field in Dungarvan.

    Cork were forced to dig deep to prevent a shock, loss but the Rebels came good in the closing minutes to set up a semi-final date with Tipperary. Cork played against the wind in the opening half and while they struggled to deal with Waterford’s crowded defence, they were well on their way to victory when they led by 1-4 to 0-4 at the interval.

    Waterford packed out their defence, regularly keeping two sweepers in position and, inevitably, Cork struggled to find the space to kick scores. Waterford were dependent on breaking from deep and trying to exploit the open spaces up front, but scores were hard to come by at either end.

    Waterford shot six wides in the opening half with the wind while Cork kicked seven at the other end, constantly having to shoot under pressure in a crowded sector. Waterford suffered a huge blow after 18 minutes when a lapse saw Mark Collins solo through before crossing for Paul Kerrigan to fist to the net.

    That put the Rebels 1-1 to 0-2 in front and took the wind out of the Waterford challenge, having twice led prior to that with the breeze behind them. Donie Breathnach got them off the mark with a fifth minute free which John O’Rourke cancelled with the first of his three excellent points from play in the opening half.

    Tommy Prendergast went forward to edge the Deise back in front after eight minutes before 10 scoreless minutes were ended when Kerrigan fisted home from close range, Waterford responded well with Michael Curry pointing before O’Rourke got another good effort from the right.

    Aidan Trihy cut the gap to a point a minute from the break, but Cork finished the half strongly and efforts in stoppage time from O’Rourke and Kerrigan saw the Rebels lead by 1-4 to 0-4 at the interval. Waterford goalkeeper Stephen Enright produced a superb save to deny Colm O’Neill just 17 seconds after the restart.

    And then Waterford responded by finding the net to tie the match when Gavin Crotty shot low to the right corner after goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran failed to hold a free from distance by Joey Veale.

    Captain Paul Whyte then edged Waterford in front after 43 minutes with a point from the right to make it 1-5 to 1-4. Donie Breathnach doubled that lead after 50 minutes before Cork hit back with points from Donncha O’Connor and James Loughrey.

    The sides then exchanged points twice before Cork, who lost Alan O’Connor to a red card after 65 minutes, went two in front from Paul Kerrigan and Donncha O’Connor. Waterford hit back in a frenetic finish and levelled through Paul Whyte and the excellent Breathnach to tie them heading into seven minutes of stoppage time.

    Colm O’Neill and Kerrigan saved Cork with points before they endured a nervous finish when Breathnach cut the gap to the minimum, but Waterford ran out of time after a brave effort.

    Cork: K O’Halloran; J Loughrey (0-01), J O Sullivan, S Cronin; T Clancy, M Shields, K Crowley; A Walsh, R Deane; K O Driscoll, M Collins (0-01), J O Rourke (0-03); C O Neill (0-01, 0-01f), P Kelleher, P Kerrigan (1-03).
    Subs: A O Connor for Walsh (11), D O Connor (0-03, 0-01f) for K O’Driscoll (46), I Maguire for Deane (49), S Powter for Cronin (53), G Murphy for Kelleher (63), B O Driscoll for O’Rourke (65).

    Waterford: S Enright; B Looby, T O’Gorman, T Ó hUallacháin; J McGrath, S Prendergast, R O’Ceallaigh; T Prendergast (0-01), M Curry (0-01); F O Cuirrin, P Whyte (0-02), A Trihy (0-01); D Breathnach (0-06, 0-05f), J Veale, G Crotty (1-00).
    Subs: C Murray for O Cuirrin (44), M O’Halloran for Veale (49), L O Corraoin for Looby (65), D Guiry for Trihy (69).

    Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare).




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    Fixture Details

    27.05.2017 (Sat)
    Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final
    Fraher Field, Dungarvan
    19:00 Port Láirge v Corcaigh
    Referee: Rory Hickey (An Clár)



    Team News

    The Cork team to play Waterford in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final next Saturday 27th May in Fraher Field, Dungarvan @ 7pm has been announced as follows.

    1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
    2. James Loughrey (Mallow)
    3. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
    4. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
    5. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
    6. Michael Shields (St Finbarrs)
    7. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
    8. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
    9. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
    10. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
    11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
    12. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
    13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
    14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
    15. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers) – Captain

    Subs:

    16. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)
    17. Alan O Connor (St Colums)
    18. Barry O Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)
    19. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
    20. Donncha O Connor (Ballydesmond)
    21. Gary Murphy (Castletownbere)
    22. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)
    23. John McLoughlin (Kanturk)
    24. Kevin Conlon (Douglas)
    25. Sean Powter (Douglas)
    26. Sean White (Clonakilty)

    The Waterford Senior Football Team to face Cork on Saturday’s Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final has been announced.

    1. Stephen Enright (Ballinacourty)
    2. Brian Looby (Ballinacourty)
    3. Thomas O’Gorman (The Nire)
    4. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin (An Rinn)
    5. James McGrath (The Nire)
    6. Stephen Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
    7. Ray O’Ceallaigh (An Rinn)
    8. Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
    9. Michael Curry (Rathgormack)
    10. Michael O’Halloran (Ballinacourty)
    11. Paul Whyte (Kilrossanty) – Capt
    12. Conor Murray (Rathgormack)
    13. Donie Breathnach (An Rinn)
    14. Joey Veale (Kilrossanty)
    15. Gavin Crotty (Dungarvan)



    WATERFORD v CORK
    They meet in the championship for the first time since 2011 when Cork easily won a Munster semi-final clash.

    LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
    2011: Cork 5-17 Waterford 2-8 (Munster semi-final)
    2009: Cork 2-18 Waterford 1-7 (Munster quarter-final)
    2001: Cork 3-16 Waterford 1-7 (Munster quarter-final)
    1999: Cork 3-23 Waterford 0-4 (Munster quarter-final)
    1995: Cork 0-23 Waterford 0-9 (Munster quarter-final)


    Cork finished fourth in Division 2 of this year’s Allianz League (two wins, three draws, two defeats); Waterford finished sixth in Division 4 (two wins, five defeats)

  • Waterford last won a game in the Munster championship in 2010, beating Clare in the quarter-final.
  • Peadar Healy is in his second season as Cork manager; Tom McGlinchey is in his third year as Waterford boss
  • The winners will play Tipperary in the Munster semi-final on June 10

    DID YOU KNOW?
    Waterford’s last championship win over Cork was in 1960 when they won a Munster semi-final by 1-9 to 0-11.


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  • Munster Senior Hurling Quarter-Final – Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26

    Cork defeated Tipperary by 2-27 to 1-26 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 21st at Semple Stadium Thurles.



    Munster SHC: Rebels ambush Tipperary

    CORK 2-27 TIPPERARY 1-26

    Report By John Harrington at Semple Stadium for GAA.ie

    After the final whistle blew on this epic game of hurling, the Semple Stadium pitch quickly turned red. You don’t normally associate Munster quarter-finals with pitch invasions, but the explosion of joy that greeted their team’s win under-scored just how big a result this was for Cork hurling and their supporters.

    The Rebels have been down for longer than they’re used to, but this win, and nature of it, felt like a rebirth of sorts. They didn’t just beat the All-Ireland champions on their own patch, they did so with the sort of flair and grit that was long the hallmark of successful Cork hurling teams.

    Tipperary were torn apart at times by the fluency, speed, and ruthless finishing of his Cork team. All of Cork’s forwards were superb, but Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston, and Patrick Horgan in particular took a wrecking ball to the Tipperary defence.

    It wasn’t just Cork’s pace and power in attack that caught the eye, there was also a steely approach in defence that has been marked absent for too long. Colm Spillane and Mark Coleman were particularly heroic throughout, but it was the collective effort that proved most critical in the final 20 minutes of the game.

    From the very start, this match took on a very different aspect to the Munster Quarter-Final the two teams contested last year. Back then it was a grey, wet day, and Cork’s decision to play with an extra man in defence leached even more of the colour out of the occasion.

    This time around things were very different. Cork backed themselves to go toe for toe, man to man with Tipperary, and with both teams committed to attack it was an open, free-flowing game from the off.

    One of the variables coming into the game was just how Cork’s young guns would cope with the heat of a high-stakes Championship match against the reigning All-Ireland Champions.

    The entire left-flank of the Cork team as it was named – Corner-back Colm Spillane, wing-back Mark Coleman, midfielder Darragh Fitzgibbon, wing-forward Shane Kingston, and corner-forward Luke Meade – were making their first championship starts.

    So the extent to which all five of them all played with such confidence from the very start was a huge boon for Cork and really laid down a marker.

    Spillane caught some great ball in the full-back line, Coleman’s deliveries from the half-back line were excellent, Fitzgibbon was busy in midfield, Kingston’s athleticism was hugely impressive, and Meade’s movement and finishing was top-class.

    One of the stand-out features of the game throughout was the manner in which the Tipp half-back line was being dragged out of position which left acres of space in front of their full-back line.

    That’s never an ideal scenario against a Cork inside forward line blessed with real pace and finishing power in the shape of Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, and Seamus Harnedy, and by the eight minute both Tipperary full-back James Barry and corner-back John O’Keeffe were on yellow cards as they were forced to tackle desperately.

    By that stage in the game we already had a shoot-out on our hands with the teams level on five points apiece, and the action didn’t let up from there. As much as the Tipp defence was struggling to contain the Cork attack, at the other end of the field they looked extremely dangerous themselves.

    Centre-forward Michael Breen was winning his battle against Mark Ellis, and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer was looking sharper than at any time since last year’s All-Ireland Final. Much of his work was self-less too, as he assisted four first-half Tipperary points with some slick passing. As the half progressed, the action never let up as it swung from one end of the pitch to the other and blow was met by counter-blow.

    When the half-time whistle blew the teams were level at 0-15 apiece, but it was the Cork supporters who rose to their feet to applaud their team off. This wasn’t just an acclamation of how well their young team were hurling against the All-Ireland champions, it verbalised the growing sense in the ground that Cork were more up for this battle than Tipperary were.

    The All-Ireland champions were somehow keeping pace despite being half a yard behind their men to the majority of balls, but in the second-half Cork’s greater appetite and athleticism ultimately told. The first big breakthrough came on 43 minutes when Shane Kingston scored a goal that Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson will have a few sleepless nights about next week.

    Kingston’s initial shot was hooked/blocked by a trio of Tipp tacklers, but he collected the ball again and somehow got off a shot that bounced over Gleeson’s hurley and into the back of the net.

    Tipperary’s initial response was positive as they scored the next two points of the match, but Cork just never let up as Conor Lehane in particular came roaring into the game at centre-forward.

    Tipp were staying in touch thanks mainly to the heroism of Michael Breen who would finish the day with six points form play, and then it looked like they’d seized the initiative when John McGrath blasted a goal after a brilliant pass from Seamus Callanan.

    But Cork simply refused to be denied and immediately struck back with two points from the by now on-fire duo of Kingston and Lehane.

    Tipperary were struck a sickening blow when their best defender Cathal Barrett was forced off after 62 minutes with what looked like a bad knee injury, and slowly the self-belief seemed to drain from Tipp whereas Cork struck for home confidently.

    Two more points from Lehane had the one ahead before they struck what was ultimately the decisive blow of the game when substitute Michael Lehane raced onto a Darragh Fitzgibbon delivery and finished with aplomb.

    Tipp fought to the death, but it was Cork who delivered the final fatal cuts with points from Luke O’Farrell and Seamus Harnedy that drew great, triumphant roars from their support.

    The summer has just begun and it will be interesting to see where the Rebels go from here, but this game really felt like an important milestone for their developing, young team. As for Tipperary, they have a lot of soul-searching to do, but it would be very premature to write them off just yet.

    Scorers for Cork: Conor Lehane 0-10 (4f, 1 ’65), Shane Kingston 1-4, Patrick Horgan 0-4, Michael Cahalane 1-0, Luke Meade 0-3, Alan Cadogan 0-3, Seamus Harnedy 0-2, Luke O’Farrell 0-1

    Scorers for Tipperary: Michael Breen 0-6, Seamus Callanan 0-6 (2f), John McGrath 1-1, Noel McGrath 0-3, Dan McCormack 0-3, John O’Dwyer 0-2 (1 sideline), Brendan Maher 0-2, Padraic Maher 0-1, Niall O’Meara 0-1, Sean Curran 0-1

    CORK: Anthony Nash; Stephen Mcdonnell, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Mark Coleman; Bill Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Seamus Harnedy, Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, Luke Meade
    Subs: Luke O’Farrell for Alan Cadogan (57), Michael Cahalane for Luke Meade (66), Lorcan McLoughlin for Darragh Fitzgibbon (70)

    TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, John O’Keeffe; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Michael Breen; Dan McCormack, Sean Curran, Noel McGrath; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath
    Subs: Niall O’Meara for Sean Curran (50), Joe O’Dwyer for Seamus Kennedy (57), Alan Flynn for Cathal Barrett (64)

    Ref: James Owens




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    Team News

    The Tipperary senior hurlers open their campaign in defence of their Munster SH Championship crown with a Quarter-Final fixture against Cork in Semple Stadium on Sunday next; May 21st at 4pm.

    In naming his side manager Mick Ryan has made one change in personnel from the team that won the corresponding fixture last year, with John O’Keeffe coming in at left-corner back for the injured Michael Cahill.

    The starting XV lines out as follows –

    1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
    2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
    3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
    4. John O’Keeffe – Clonoulty-Rossmore
    5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s
    6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
    7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
    8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh
    9. Michael Breen – Ballina
    10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
    11. Sean Curran – Mullinahone
    12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
    13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
    14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
    15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney

    CORK (SH v Tipperary): A Nash (Kanturk); S McDonnell (Glen Rovers), D Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), C Spillane (Castlelyons); C Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), M Ellis (Millstreet), M Coleman (Blarney); B Cooper (Youghal), D Fitzgibbon (Charleville); S Harnedy (St Ita’s), C Lehane (Midleton), S Kingston (Douglas); A Cadogan (Douglas), P Horgan (Glen Rovers), L Meade (Newcestown)
    Subs: P Collins (Ballinhassig), C O’Sullivan (Sarsfields), K Burke (Midleton), L McLoughlin (Kanturk), C O’Leary (Valley Rovers), B Lawton (Castlemartyr), D Brosnan (Glen Rovers), L O’Farrell (Midleton), M Cahalane (Bandon), M O’Halloran (Blackrock), C Murphy (Mallow).



    LAST SIX CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
    2016: Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
    2014: Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    2012: Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24 (Munster semi-final)
    2011: Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23 (Munster quarter-final)
    2010: Cork 3-15 Tipperary 0-14 (Munster quarter-final)
    2009: Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19 (Munster quarter-final)

    MOST RECENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
    Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13 (2016 Munster quarter-final, Semple
    Stadium).
    Tipperary led by 0-14 to 0-5 at half-time; Cork cut the deficit to seven
    points in the second half but the home side finished strongly to run
    out nine-point winners in front of a 29,114 crowd.

    MOST RECENT CLASH
    Cork 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 (Allianz HL 26 March 2017, Pairc Ui Rinn)
    Cork led by 0-14 to 2-6 at half-time; it was level in stoppage time in
    the second half before Patrick Horgan scored the winning point for
    the Leesiders, taking his total to 0-15 (0-10 frees, 0-1 sideline)



    2017 ALLIANZ LEAGUE
    Tipperary: 1st 1A; Reached final, losing to Galway. Played 8, Won 5,
    Drew 1, Lost 2.
    Cork: 2nd 1A: lost quarter-final to Limerick. Played 6; Won 3, Lost 3

    CORK IN SEMPLE STADIUM
    Cork’s last championship win over Tipperary in Semple Stadium was
    in 2006 when then won the Munster final by 2-14 to 1-14.

    THE ROAD AHEAD
    The winners play Waterford in the Munster semi-final on June 18; the
    losers head for the qualifiers on July 1.

    MANAGEMENT
    Michael Ryan (Tipperary) and Kieran Kingston (Cork) are in their
    second seasons.

    DID YOU KNOW?
    Tipperary scoring ace, Seamus Callanan (28) is heading into his 10th
    championship season, having made his debut against Cork in the 2008
    Munster championship.



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  • Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay – Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

    Tipperary defeated Wexford by 0-15 to 1-10 in the Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay on Sunday May 14th at St. Brendan’s Park Birr.



    Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 final replay

    Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

    By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

    AISHLING Moloney and Aisling McCarthy contributed 0-11 between them as Tipperary were crowned Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 champions on Sunday.

    Despite losing three players to second half sin-binnings, and finishing the game with 13 players, Tipp held out in an enthralling replay against Wexford at St Brendan’s Park, Birr.

    Beaten finalists after a replay with Waterford last year, Tipp got over the line this time to secure promotion to Division 2. And they had to do it the hard way, coming from six points down in the first half to hold on with two to spare.

    Ultimately, it was a strong second half display from Tipp that ensured silverware for the Premier County. Behind by 0-5 to 1-8 approaching the break, McCarthy’s point kept Tipp in touch at the interval, trailing by five.

    They’d played against the wind in the opening half but opened the second half with seven unanswered points, as Wexford lost former Kerry star Bernie Breen to the sin-bin. Tipp went from six points down to two points up with eight points in a row either side of the break, and they won the second half by 0-9 to 0-2.

    After half-time, McCarthy knocked over two frees before Moloney hit three on the trot from play. Gillian O’Brien put over a 41st minute point and when Moloney was on target again, Tipp moved 0-13 to 1-8 in front.

    O’Brien was sent to the sin-bin in the 44th minute and when Maria Curley and Moloney followed, Tipp were down to 12 players. Wexford’s long run without a score had finally ended in the 47th minute when Ellen O’Brien pointed and Catriona Murray’s levelled the game at 1-10 to 0-13.

    Wexford were lucky not to concede a goal seven minutes from the end when McCarthy’s free dropped short before Roisin Howard forced a brilliant save from Mary Rose Kelly, who tipped the ball onto the post. Wexford were reduced to 14 players late on when Sarah Harding-Kenny was sin-binned before O’Brien’s return brought Tipp back to 13. And Tipp managed to find the crucial late scores to secure victory, McCarthy taking her tally to 0-5 with a brace of frees.

    In the first half, it had looked positive for Wexford, playing with that strong breeze and frustrating Tipp with a packed defence, while breaking at pace. Clara Donnelly was particularly dangerous for the Slaneysiders, with probing runs from deep, and captain Fiona Rochford showed up well again, after her last-gasp free ensured a replay.

    With less than 19 minutes on the watch, a tight game was level at 0-4 each, after Wexford had led by three.
    Orla O’Dwyer’s leveller for Tipp had forced a brilliant tip-over save from goalkeeper Kelly and Rochford’s goal in the 25th minute was another major fillip.

    Rochford’s speculative effort from distance deceived Tipp goalkeeper Lauren Fitzpatrick and dipped into the net, putting Wexford 1-5 to 0-4 clear. That goal helped Wexford to lead at the break but Tipp began the second half firing on all cylinders, and would eventually prevail following an incident-packed game.

    Scorers – Tipperary: A Moloney 0-6 (1f), A McCarthy 0-5 (4f), O O’Dwyer 0-2, J Grant & G O’Brien 0-1 each.

    Wexford – F Rochford 1-3 (0-1f), E O’Brien & A Murphy 0-2 each, B Breen, K Kearney & C Murray (f) 0-1 each.

    Wexford – M.R. Kelly; M Doyle, M Cullen, S Harding-Kenny; N Mernagh, R Murphy, G Hearne; B Breen, K Kearney; C Donnelly, C Murray, N Butler; A Murphy, F Rochford, E O’Brien
    Subs: S Cloake for Hearne (46), F Rowe for Butler (57).

    Tipperary – L Fitzpatrick; E Buckley, S Condon, C Condon; B Condon, S Lambert, M Curley; J Grant, A Moloney; E Fitzpatrick, A McCarthy, N Lonergan; G O’Brien, O O’Dwyer, M Morrissey
    Subs: R Howard for Lonergan (46), E Kelly for Morrissey (52).

    Referee: S McNulty (Wicklow)

    Munster GAA Senior Championships 2017 Launched

    The 2017 Munster GAA Senior Hurling and Senior Football Championships were launched on Monday May 8th in Muckross House Killarney.

    Players, Managers and Officials from the six Munster counties attended the launch with former Kerry Footballer Dara Ó Cinnéide the guest speaker on the night.


    The Munster Championships get underway on Sunday May 21st with the meeting of old rivals Tipperary and Cork in Semple Stadium Thurles – Click here for more details.




    Padraic Maher, Tipperary, Pat O’Connor, Clare, Stephen McDonnell, Cork, Jamie Barron, James Ryan, Limerick at the launch of the Munster Senior Hurling & Football championships at Muckross House, Killarney on Monday.

    Lidl National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final – Cork 2-15 Donegal 2-14

    Cork defeated Donegal by 2-15 to 2-14 in the Lidl National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final on Sunday May 7th at Parnell Park Dublin.



    Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 final

    Cork 2-15 Donegal 2-14

    Report By Jackie Cahill at Parnell Park, Dublin

    ORLA Finn collected 1-10 as Cork were crowned Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 champions for a fifth successive year. The Rebelettes made it nine League titles in ten seasons with a nervy one-point victory over Donegal at Parnell Park.

    In a fixture that was level six times, Ephie Fitzgerald’s Cork had the nous and know-how to deny the first-time Division 1 finalists. And Donegal would finish the game with 13 players when Yvonne McMonagle was sin-binned in the 59th minute, before Katy Herron was shown a red card for a high challenge on Jess O’Shea.

    Ultimately, the attacking class of All-Star Finn proved the difference, as she scored 1-4 in the first half before adding six second half points. Donegal’s lethal inside pairing of McMonagle and Geraldine McLaughlin had blazed a trail to the final, registering 12-36 between them in their previous four games, but they were held scoreless in the second half.

    In the first half, McLaughlin scored 1-4 and McMonagle 0-3 but they drew a blank after the break as Cork pulled down the shutters. With ten minutes of normal time remaining, the sides were level at 2-13 apiece before two Finn frees put daylight between the sides. Karen Guthrie reduced the deficit to just a point again but Cork held out as Donegal lost two players in the closing minutes.

    Considering that Cork were without travelling captain Ciara O’Sullivan and Player of the Year Brid Stack, ruled out through injury, this was a notable victory for the Rebelettes. It’s been a campaign of transition for Cork, who lost Deirdre O’Reilly to retirement while doubts surround the futures of Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley, and yet silverware was still secured. Donegal beat Cork in Mallow during the group stages and their odds tumbled in the days approaching the game.

    At half-time, they were very much in the hunt, trailing by 1-9 to 2-8 but caught by two sucker-punch Cork goals.
    Within 19 seconds, Cork had the ball in the net as Finn profited from the throw-in with a smashing finish. And yet Donegal, who lost Kate Keeney to an early injury, rallied to level at 1-1 to 0-4 by the tenth minute, with McLaughlin looking particularly dangerous.

    McLaughlin fired home an unstoppable goal in the 16th minute to level matters again at 1-5 each and when Guthrie converted a free ten minutes before half-time, Donegal were ahead for the first time in the game. Smelling danger, Cork responded with an Eimear Scally levelling point before the Éire Óg star netted in the 23rd minute, rewarding the approach work of Shauna Kelly, Bríd O’Sullivan and captain for the day, Doireann O’Sullivan.

    Donegal remained competitive approaching the break and an impressive opening to the second half saw Micheál Naughton’s charges back in front. Niamh Hegarty goaled in the 37th minute, knifing through the Cork cover after taking a pass from Herron.

    Two points clear, 2-10 to 2-8, Donegal had a platform but Cork have been in worse situations before and were quickly level. Both sides traded blows down the home straight, with Donegal missing several good chances while their fans expressed annoyance with referee Colm McManus, but Cork had the wherewithal to get the job done and retain the silverware.

    Scorers for Cork – O Finn 1-10 (0-9f), E Scally 1-1, B O’Sullivan 0-2, N Cotter & L Coppinger 0-1 each.

    Scorers for Donegal – G McLaughlin 1-4 (0-1f), N Hegarty 1-1, K Guthrie 0-4 (3f), Y McMonagle 0-3, K Herron & E Ward 0-1.

    Cork – M O’Brien, M Ambrose, R Phelan, E Spillane; M Duggan, E Meaney, S Kelly; N Cotter, J O’Shea; L Coppinger, B O’Sullivan, O Farmer; E Scally, D O’Sullivan, O Finn.
    Subs: A Hutchings for Coppinger (53), Á O’Sullivan for Farmer (56).

    Donegal – A McColgan; T Doherty, E Gallagher, N McLaughlin; T McClafferty, C Hegarty, K Keeney; K Herron, K Guthrie; G Houston, N Hegarty, S McGruddy; R Friel, G McLaughlin, Y McMonagle.
    Subs: D Foley for Keeney (inj., 7), P McGrory for Friel (h.t.), E Ward for McGruddy (46).

    Referee: C McManus (Meath)


    Team News

    CORK: M O’Brien (Clonakilty); M Ambrose (St. Val’s), R Phelan (Aghada), E Spillane (Bantry Blues); M Duggan (Doheny’s), B Stack (St. Mary’s), S Kelly (Araglen Desmonds Buí), N Cotter (Beara), J O’Shea (Inch Rovers); L Coppinger (St. Colum’s), B O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey), O Farmer (Midleton); E Scally (Éire Óg), D O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey), O Finn (Kinsale).

    DONEGAL: A McColgan (Malin); T Doherty (Carndonagh), E Gallagher (Termon), N McLaughlin (Termon); T McClafferty (Termon), C Hegarty (Moville), K Keeney (Four Masters); K Herron (Glenfin), K Guthrie (Glenfin); G Houston (Glenfin), N Hegarty (Moville), S McGruddy (Termon); R Friel (Termon), G McLaughlin (Termon), Y McMonagle (Glenfin).


    Munster Super 10’s Fe15

    The Munster Super 10’s is a competition run by Munster Coaching & Games for clubs throughout the Province. It is played at 10 a side with a panel of 12 players and is open to all clubs with a choice to play football or hurling. The games are fast, action packed and competitive. The novelty of playing 10 a side has proven a big hit with the players as it is a refreshing change to the 15 a side game.


    To get a flavour of the action, please see the video below to give you a glimpse of what its all about


    When is it happening?
    The competition with a blitz day on the 27th May involving 4 teams at a central location. Clubs have to be open to travel but the venues and groups will be devised to limit travel where possible while giving clubs the opportunity to play against unfamiliar opposition.

    What Format is used?
    Each club plays 3 games on the day and the group winners will advance to the finals in Mallow on the 10th June. Games are played at 10 a side and the games are played 21 to 21 using u12 size portable goal posts.The games are approximately 12 minutes per half but after playing 3 games this is more than adequate. Clubs are asked to guarantee all players a minimum of 30 minutes playing time.

    All group winners will receive a specially commissioned training top while the outright winning teams in both codes will receive gear bags for all 12 squad members and a set of goal posts for their club.

    How to Enter?
    Clubs should contact their local GDA if they have any questions on this event.

    If happy to enter, then just complete the form below.! However, before you enter, please check that all your players will be available on the day and that you are prepared to travel. In previous years, clubs pulled out at the last minute which is very unfair on the host clubs and other teams in the group. Therefore it is important to have your homework done before completing the form – CLICK HERE TO ENTER

    THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS THE 5th May.
    No entries can be accepted after this point


    Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Final – Galway 3-21 Tipperary 0-14

    Galway defeated Tipperary by 3-21 to 0-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Final on Sunday April 23rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.




    Allianz Hurling League Final: Flynn stars in Galway triumph

    GALWAY 3-21 TIPPERARY 0-14

    Report By John Harrington for GAA.ie

    Galway blew Tipperary to smithereens with an explosive shock and awe performance in today’s Allianz Hurling League Final at the Gaelic Grounds.

    A match that was expected to be an evenly balanced affair was anything but as Galway both out-hurled and out-fought a strangely listless looking Tipperary team. The Galway backs held the much vaunted Tipperary attack to just five points from play, and their forwards tore apart the normally self-assured Premier County defence.

    The winning margin of 16 points in no way flattered the Tribesmen, who could have piled further misery on the reigning All-Ireland champions had their finishing been more clinical. Both teams were guilty of hitting some poor wides in the first half particularly, and with the sliotar constantly going out of play the game struggled to burst into any sort of life early on.

    But as the progressed a pattern started to emerge, and it was one of Galway dominance. Their half-backs won almost every ball that came down their throats, and on the few occasions that it was hit beyond them Daithi Burke was there to hoover it up. Tipperary’s star-studded attack was struggling to make any sort of impression, and they failed to score a point from play until the 15th minute through Noel McGrath.

    That tied the game up at three-points apiece, but thereafter Galway moved up through the gears and pulled away from Tipperary. David Burke was hurling a lot of ball, and Joe Canning and Conor Whelan were both looking sharp whenever they won possession. They both hit three points from play in that first half, and Tipperary would have been in serious trouble had Jason Flynn shown similar accuracy rather than hit three poor wides. He wasn’t the only Galway player who showed a lack of composure in front of the posts, and by half-time they had racked up 11 wides.

    They’d also scored 11 points, though, which was enough to give them a six point lead over an increasingly disjointed looking Tipperary by the half-time break.

    Things went from bad to worse for Tipperary after little over a minute of the second half when Jason Flynn finally zeroed his sights and fired home a superb goal for Galway. The Tipp management responded by making a number of positional switches to try to spark their team into life, but it amounted to little more than rearranging the deck-chairs on the Titanic.

    Galway’s dominance grew and grew, they were hungrier for the ball than Tipperary, and their physical dominance in all areas of the pitch was stark. Points from Whelan and Canning (2) kept the Galway score ticking over, and then Flynn struck his second-goal of the day to end the game as a contest once and for all.

    Just like for his first goal he burst past Michael Cahill and left the Tipperary corner-back for dead and then also rounded James Barry before finishing clinically. The rest of the game was a Galway procession with Tipperary unable to muster any sort of fight-back, and the men in maroon added further gloss to the score-board when Cathal Mannion raced through to score their third goal late on.

    In all aspects, this was a highly impressive performance from Galway that anoints them not just as League champions, but deadly serious contenders for the All-Ireland title. They have such a potent mixture of physicality and skill that on days like today when they pull it all together they’re a close to irresistible proposition.

    As for Tipperary, the temptation might be to write off this defeat as just one of those bad days at the office, but Michael Ryan is unlikely to take that approach. Some of his players will have a lot to prove in training between now and May 21 if they want a chance at redemption by starting the Munster Quarter-Final against Cork.

    Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-9 (3fs, 2 ’65), Jason Flynn 2-1, Conor Whelan 0-5, Cathal Mannion 1-1, Aidan Harte 0-2, Johnny Coen 0-1, David Burke 0-1, Thomas Monaghan 0-1

    Scorers for Tipperary: John McGrath 0-6 (5fs), Michael Breen 0-2, Noel McGrath 0-2, Ronan Maher 0-2 (2fs), Brendan Maher 0-1, John O’Dwyer 0-1 (f).

    GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohy, Daithi Burke, Paul Killeen; Pádraic Mannion, Gearóid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Jason Flynn, Joe Canning, Joseph Cooney; Conor Whelan, Cathal Mannion, Niall Burke
    Subs: Jonathan Glynn for Joe Canning (61), John Hanbury for Daithi Burke (65), Cyril Donnellan for Niall Burke (67), Thomas Monaghan for Jason Flynn (68), Sean Loftus for Paul Killeen (70).

    TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Pádraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Jason Forde; Dan McCormack, Michael Breen, Steven O’Brien; Noel McGrath, John O’Dwyer, John McGrath
    Subs: Niall O’Meara for Steven O’Brien (32), Patrick Maher for John O’Dwyer (45), Paul Flynn for Jason Forde (59), Tomás Hamill for Michael Cahill (60), Daire Quinn for Noel McGrath (66).

    REFEREE: Colm Lyons (Cork)






    Team News

    The Tipperary team to play Galway in the Allianz Hurling League Final on Sunday next, April 23rd, at 3.30pm in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick has been announced by manager Michael Ryan.

    With Seamus Callanan ruled out through injury, John O’Dwyer comes into the Tipperary attack, while Michael Breen also returns to the starting lineup.

    The Tipperary team therefore lines out as follows;

    1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
    2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
    3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
    4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
    5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Marys
    6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
    7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
    8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh
    9. Jason Forde – Silvermines
    10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
    11. Michael Breen – Ballina
    12. Steven O’Brien – Ballina
    13. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
    14. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
    15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney

    Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Final – Kerry 0-20 Dublin 1-16

    Kerry defeated Dublin by 0-20 to 1-16 in the Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Final on Sunday April 9th at Croke Park.







    Allianz FL D1 Final: Kerry end Dublin’s streak

    Allianz Football League Division 1 Final

    KERRY 0-20 DUBLIN 1-16

    Report By John Harrington for GAA.ie

    Kerry are the Allianz Football League Division 1 Champions and Dublin’s unbeaten run in the League and Championship has finally been ended after 37 matches.

    A simple sentence that covers the basics, but doesn’t come close to capturing the drama of another epic contest between these two great rivals. It all ended in a welter of excitement as Dublin very nearly pulled off another Houdini escape-act only to let the key for the final padlock slip from their grasp.

    Five points behind with 12 minutes remaining and still three in arrears as the game ticked into four minutes of injury-time, Jim Gavin’s never-say-die team somehow gave themselves a chance to take the game to extra-time with the last kick of the match. Dean Rock stood over a free around 48 yards out, kicked it cleanly, and as it sailed through the air it looked like it was going to make it.

    With everyone in the stadium holding their breath the ball the ball struck the post, the final whistle blew, Dublin’s long unbeaten run was over, and Kerry were Allianz Football League champions. It was always going to take a magical performance to break this Dublin team’s spell, and that’s exactly what Kerry produced.

    They played with huge conviction and ambition, and in the second-half pulled Dublin apart with the quality of some of their football. It was only Dublin’s blunt refusal to be beaten that dragged them back into the contest. Any other team would have been well-beaten by Kerry’s combination of graft and enterprise.

    You expected this to be a flammable sort of encounter from the very start, but instead it was more of a slow-burner. There were no big hits or tackles of note to in the opening quarter of the game, as both defences were content to screen their men rather than go full-blooded for every ball.

    There was a lot of lateral passing and precious few incisive attacking thrusts down the middle, so what scores there were tended to be landed from wide positions. Paul Flynn scored the first of those for Dublin, and it was a beauty, as he curled one over on the run from the right-hand side.

    Kerry immediately responded through Jack Savage who was a late addition to the team in place of Stephen O’Brien and then took the lead through the always dangerous Paul Geaney. As the game settled down though it was Dublin who were looking the slightly more convincing team.

    Cian O’Sullivan was sweeping to good effect in front of his back-line like he usually does, and their half-forward line of Flynn, Ciaran Kilkenny and Diarmuid Connolly were starting to find their rhythm. Kilkenny came off second-best against the tigerish Tadhg Morley when the teams clashed in Tralee a few weeks ago, and he looked determined to balance that ledger.

    He constantly made himself available for possession, and when he won the ball he looked very dangerous with it, creating opportunities for himself and others. Points from Kilkenny and Connolly had helped Dublin into a 0-7 t 0-4 lead by the 21st minute, and it seemed as though the reigning champions were starting to build up an irresistible head of steam.

    Kerry stuck to the task though, with Donnchadh Walsh, David Moran, and Jack Barry particularly visible in this period of the game as they fought hard to keep Dublin within arm’s reach. The black-carding of Jonathan Lyne for a foul on Diarmuid Connolly looked like a deficit for Kerry, but when Connolly himself was black-carded afterwards shortly afterwards for and off-the-ball pull-back, the ledger was balanced.

    The game really burst into life in the final ten minutes of the half as the action quickly moved from one end of the field to the other, and every point was returned with one in kind. The pick of the scores in this period was one by Kilkenny, as he played a series of one-twos to eke out a shooting position for himself before finishing clinically.

    Kerry had the last say of the half though, a point from Barry who was a late replacement for Anthony Maher, and at the break there was only a point between the teams, Dublin leading by 0-10 to 0-9. With the benefit of hindsight it’s now easy to say that Kerry were the growing force in the game, but you still wouldn’t have predicted the extent to which they seized the initiative in the second-half.

    They scored six points in a row without any reply between the 35th and 52nd minutes, and dominated Dublin in a way we just haven’t seen any team do for a very long time. David Moran and Jack Barry took complete charge of the midfield battle as Brian Fenton and Ciaran Reddin wilted out of the game.

    Morley also thundered into the contest to eclipse Kilkenny, while Kerry centre-forward Michael Geaney became one of the main conduits for the flow of the game. And at the tip of the spear was Paul Geaney, who was a very effective target-man throughout and accurate with his free-taking, apart from one notable example.

    Two classy points from play from the Geaney cousins had Kerry 0-15 to 0-10 ahead after 52 minutes, and as much as you always expect Dublin to find a way back into the contest, they looked in real trouble. Jim Gavin emptied his bench as he tried to spark his side into life, and Paul Mannion certainly made a massive impact after his introduction.

    He kicked a fine point to finally rouse a second-half cheer from the Dublin supporters, but it was his 61st minute goal that really brought the house down. Great work by Ciaran Kilkenny and substitute Michael Darragh MacAuley put him through on goal, and Mannion coolly rounded Brendan Kealy before getting off his shot.

    Kerry had gotten men back on the line, but Peter Crowley was unable to get his hand to Mannion’s shot. It was a one-point game now and you presumed that Dublin would find another gear like they usually do in these situations and leave Kerry choking on their exhaust fumes.

    But Kerry successfully slowed the game down in the vital minutes that followed Mannion’s goal, and then crucially got the next score of the game through another Paul Geaney free. The hugely inspirational Moran then drove forward to kick another brilliant point, and with a three-point lead established again, some of the blood may have briefly returned to the knuckles of Kerry supporters.

    Not for long. Dean Rock gave Dublin hope with two points, before Kerry sub Bryan Sheehan lifted the siege with a brilliant score after a driving run. But still Dublin refused to die. Mannion left the minimum between the teams again with another inspirational point, and the scene was set for that final dramatic act.

    Only time will tell what this result means in the bigger championship picture. Some of Dublin’s longest serving players looked a little jaded today, but the likelihood is that the sour taste of defeat will make them doubly determined to come back stronger than ever.

    As for Kerry, the experience of beating their great rivals in this fashion can only accelerate the development of their new-look team. You get the feeling these two will go heads up again before the year is out, and for much higher stakes.

    Scorers for Dublin: Dean Rock 0-6 (4f), Paul Mannion 1-2, Ciaran Kilkenny 0-2, Ciaran Reddin 0-2, Paul Flynn 0-1, Diarmuid Connolly 0-1, Philip McMahon 0-1, James McCarthy 0-1.

    Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 0-8 (5f), David Moran 0-3 (1 ’45), Donnchadh Walsh 0-2, Michael Geaney 0-2, Paul Murphy 0-1, Anthony Maher 0-1, Kevin McCarthy 0-1, Jack Savage 0-1, Bryan Sheehan 0-1.

    DUBLIN: Stephen Cluxton; Philip McMahon, Michael Fitzsimons, Darren Daly; James McCarthy, Cian O’Sullivan, Eric Lowndes; Brian Fenton, Ciaran Reddin; Paul Flynn, Ciaran Kilkenny, Diarmuid Connolly; Dean Rock, Paddy Andrews, Bernard Brogan
    Subs: Niall Scully for Diarmuid Connolly (black-card) (30), Paul Mannion for Paddy Andrews (41), Kevin McManamon for Cian O’Sullivan (48), Michael Darragh MacAuley for Ciaran Reddin (48), David Byrne for Eric Lowndes (60), Eoghan O’Gara for Paul Flynn (67)

    KERRY: Brendan Kealy; Fionn Fitzgerald, Mark Griffin, Ronan Shanahan; Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy; David Moran, Jack Barry; Jonathan Lyne, Michael Geaney, Donnchadh Walsh, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Geaney, Jack Savage
    Subs: Gavin Crowley for Jonathan Lyne (black-card) (23), Darran O’Sullivan for Jack Savage (59), Barry John Keane for Kevin McCarthy (63), Bryan Sheehan for Donnchadh Walsh (67), Anthony Maher for Jack Barry (69), Adrian Spillane for Michael Geaney (71).

    Ref: Paddy Neilan (Roscommon)




    Fixture Details

    09.04.2017 (Sun)
    Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Final
    Páirc an Chrócaigh 16:00
    Áth Cliath v Ciarraí
    Referee: Paddy Neilan (Ros Comáin)
    (E.T. if Necessary)


    Team News

    KERRY (SF v Dublin) – B Kealy; F Fitzgerald, M Griffin, R Shanahan; P Crowley, T Morley, P Murphy; D Moran, A Maher; J Lyne, M Geaney, D Walsh; K McCarthy, P Geaney, S O’Brien.


    Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Final – Tipperary 3-19 Louth 0-19

    Tipperary defeated Louth by 3-19 to 0-19 in the Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Final on Saturday April 8th at Croke Park.




    Tipperary crowned Allianz FL D3 Champions

    Allianz Football League Division 3 Final

    TIPPERARY 3-19 LOUTH 0-19

    Report By William Dunne for GAA.ie

    Vital goals helped Tipperary see off Louth in some style as they were crowned Allianz Football League Division 3 champions at Croke Park this evening.

    Already promoted to Division 2, the victory and the silverware that came with it franks the Premier County’s status as one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the country. Last year’s All-Ireland Semi-Final appearance was clearly no fluke, Tipperary are very much a footballing force now.

    They came into the game as favourites however it was the Wee County that started the brighter in the sloppy opening minutes that saw Louth go three points up after five minutes with help of a beautiful score from Declan Byrne. Louth then went 11 minutes without a score but despite Tipperary’s superior possession in that period they didn’t take much advantage and by the 16th minute they had registered six wides.

    Frees from Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney kept Tipperary in touch as Andy McDonnell extended Louth’s lead to three points once more. It took till the 26th minute for Tipperary to secure just their second point from play through Sweeney that began a purple patch for the premier county in which they scored 1-05 without reply.

    The crucial first half goal came from Cahir midfielder Liam Casey after a fisted ball by Sweeney found him behind Louth’s full-back line and he rifled his shot into the roof of the net to make it 1-08 to 0-07. Corner-back Alan Campbell soared up the field and added to Tipperary’s lead with a neat execution from the right before Derek Maguire finished the first half scoring from a tricky angle to make it 1-11 to 0-09 at half-time.

    Louth got off to the better start in the second half and with the help of scores from Declan Byrne and Tommy Durnin brought the deficit back to just two points. With the experienced Paddy Codd and Robbie Kiely dominating in Tipperary’s defence, Louth struggled to present any clear goal chances. They did threaten on 45 minutes however, midfielder Tommy Durnin kicking a point after some tough battling on the 21 metre line.

    There were four points between the sides when the game’s telling moment arrived after 47 minutes when O’Halloran found himself bearing down on goal only for his shot to be blocked by Louth’s Bevan Duffy. But as Duffy tried to carry the ball to safety he was dispossessed by O’Halloran who moved the ball to Connor Sweeney who banged it to the back of the net to make it 2-15 to 0-14.

    Both sides emptied the bench as the game died down with substitute Jim McEneaney successfully taking over free taking duties for Louth. Tipperary’s resilient defence again preventing any goal chances materialising for their opponents as substitutes Liam Boland and Liam McGrath kept the scoreboard ticking.

    Louth’s pushed forward in numbers for one last attack but Tipperary turned the ball over and when McGrath fed Sweeney he rounded Louth goalkeeper Lynch to score his second goal and finish the match with a flourish for Tipperary.

    Scorers for Tipperary: Conor Sweeney 2-05 (3f), Liam Casey 1-01, Michael Quinlivan 0-03 (2f), Kevin O’Halloran 0-03 (2f), Jack Kennedy 0-02, Alan Campbell, Robbie Kiely, Liam Boland, Liam McGrath, Josh Keane 0-01 each

    Scorers for Louth: Ryan Burns 0-05 (4f), Declan Byrne (1f), Tommy Durnin, Jim McEneaney (2f) 0-03 each, Pauric Smith 0-02, Derek Maguire, Andy McDonnell, Eoin O’Connor 0-01 each.

    TIPPERARY: Evan Comerford; Alan Campbell, Paddy Codd, Willie Connors; Bill Maher, Robbie Kiely, Shane O’Connell; Liam Casey, Jack Kennedy; Josh Keane, Kevin O’Halloran, Brian Fox; Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan, Emmet Moloney
    Subs: George Hannigan for Moloney 52, Liam Boland for O’Halloran 61, Colm O’Shaugnessy for Connors 64, Alan Moloney for Kennedy 67, Liam McGrath for Keane 71, Joseph Hennessy for Quinlivan, 76.

    LOUTH: Craig Lynch; Padraigh McGarth, Patrick Kelly, Anthony Williams; Derek Maguire, John Bingham, James Stewart; Tommy Durnin, Andy McDonnell; Declan Byrne, Pauric Smith, Bevan Duffy; Adrian Reid, Eoin O’Connor, Ryan Burns
    Subs: Kurt Murphy for Reid HT, Ruairi Moore for Reid 45, Jim McEneaney for O’Connor 48, Gerard McSorley for Burns 57, Conall McKeever for Durnin 64, James Califf for Byrne 70.

    REFEREE: Anthony Nolan


    Fixture Details

    08.04.2017 (Sat)
    Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Final
    Páirc an Chrócaigh 17:00
    An Lú v Tiobraid Árann
    Referee: Anthony Nolan (Cill Mhantáin)
    (E.T. if Necessary)



    Team News

    The Tipperary team to play Louth in the Allianz Football League Division 3 Final in Croke Park tomorrow evening, Saturday April 8th at 5pm, has been announced by manager Liam Kearns and lines out as follows;

    1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
    2. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
    3. Paddy Codd – Killenaule
    4. Willie Connors – Kiladangan
    5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
    6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
    7. Shane O’Connell – Golden-Kilfeacle
    8. Liam Casey – Cahir
    9. Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
    10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
    11. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
    12. Brian Fox (Capt.) – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
    13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
    14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
    15. Emmet Moloney – Drom & Inch

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