Munster Senior Football Final – Kerry 1-23 Cork 0-15

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-23 to 0-15 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday July 2nd at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.



Munster SFC Final: Kerry outclass Cork

KERRY 1-23 CORK 0-15

Report By Paul Brennan for GAA.ie

At least the Cork crowd got seasonal weather in Killarney. That’s about as much as they can take from their near annual pilgrimage to Kerry’s tourism capital, but just what their footballers will take from the visit is quite another matter. The search for answers on Leeside continues.

In Kerry they have all the answers. At least with respect to the Munster Championship as the Kingdom hoovered up a fifth successive provincial title, wiping the floor with Cork in the process.

If Kerry felt they needed to put down a performance to match Dublin’s annihilation of Westmeath a week earlier then they came close. And that’s granting that Cork are marginally better than Westmeath.

Just what Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his players will have gleaned from another thumping of Cork is anyone’s guess but one thing is certain: the age-old Kerry-Cork rivalry is dead and gone for now. Just under 32,000 spectators came more in hope than expectation of a contest but got nothing close to that.

It took 12 seconds for Paul Geaney to get Kerry off the mark, David Moran doing the approach work from the throw-in. A minute later Geaney turned provider for his cousin Mikey, and a minute on again full back Mark Griffin raided forward to tee up James O’Donoghue for his first of the day. A long afternoon beckoned for Cork.

Cork were 0-6 to 0-1 down by the tenth minute there was little evidence of a insurgency by the Rebels. In the 12th minute Ian Maguire broke the Kerry cover and bore in on goal but missed the sort of chance no Cork team can afford in Killarney.

Cork were six adrift, 0-8 to 0-2, after 18 minutes but points from Maguire, Niall Coakley (two frees) and Luke Connolly (free) kept them in contention, even if Kerry carried the greater threat, with Paul Geaney drawing a smart save from Ken O’Halloran from close range.

Tomas Clancy’s 36th minute point made it 0-10 to 0-7 but then a little sequence that summed up the day. Connolly tried a Hail Mary point from over 50 metres that was way off line, but there was just enough time left in the half for Kerry to work the ball upfield and find Paul Geaney who coolly worked the space and angle to score. Cork individualism versus the Kerry collective. Cork hit and hope against Kerry precision.

The first minutes of the second half would, understandably, be crucial for a Cork team still in contention on the scoreboard but just about hanging on everywhere else. Within three minutes Kerry had scored four points, through substitute Stephen O’Brien (2), David Moran and O’Donoghue, who tidied up after James Loughrey had initially blocked his goal-bound shot.

Cork had one chance to drag themselves back into the contest but after a surging run, Clancy smacked his shot into the side-netting and the Rebels were beaten.

Donncha O’Connor carried the late fight for Cork, scoring six points in the closing quarter, but Kerry underlined their dominance when Paul Geaney bundled the ball past O’Halloran for the game’s only goal, seconds after Cork defender Jamie O’Sullivan was dismissed for a black card foul.

A fifth Munster title for Kerry, then, and four weeks to prepare for an All-Ireland quarter-final where no one will fancy them. The same won’t be said for Cork who go into the Qualifier draw where everyone might fancy them.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 1-5 (0-1f), James O’Donoghue 0-7 (4f), Stephen O’Brien 0-3, Mikey Geaney 0-2 (1 ’45’), Shane Enright 0-1, Paul Murphy 0-1, David Moran 0-1, Anthony Maher 0-1, Kieran Donaghy 0-1, Barry John Keane 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: Donncha O’Connor 0-6 (4f), Mark Collins 0-2 (1f), Luke Connolly 0-2 (1f), Niall Coakley 0-2 (2f) Tomas Clancy 0-1, Ian Maguire 0-1, Paul Kerrigan 0-1

KERRY: Brian Kelly, Fionn Fitzgerald, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright, Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy, David Moran, Anthony Maher, Michael Geaney, Kevin McCarthy, Donnchadh Walsh, Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Stephen O’Brien for D Walsh (ht), Johnny Buckley for K McCarthy (41 mins), Killian Young for F Fitzgerald (blood, 50 mins), Jack Barry for A Maher (59 mins), Barry John Keane for J O’Donoghue (63 mins), Darran O’Sullivan for K Donaghy (64 mins), Jonathan Lyne for M Geaney (65 mins).

CORK: Ken O’Halloran, James Loughrey, Jamie O’Sullivan, Sean Powter, Tomas Clancy, Michael Shields, Kevin Crowley, Aidan Walsh, Ian Maguire, Ruairi Deane, Mark Collins, Kevin O’Driscoll, Niall Coakley, Luke Connolly, Paul Kerrigan
Subs: Donncha O’Connor for N Coakley (ht), Alan O’Connor for R Deane (38 mins), Colm O’Driscoll for M Shields (41 mins), Michael Hurley for K O’Driscoll (45 mins), Eoin Cadogan for J O’Sullivan (b/c, 63 mins), Stephen Cronin for J Loughrey (inj, 63 mins).

Referee: Paddy Neilan (Roscommon)






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GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 – Kilkenny 0-20 Limerick 0-17

Kilkenny defeated Limerick by 0-20 to 0-17 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 on Saturday July 1st at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.



All Ireland SHC Qualifier: Kilkenny triumph at Nowlan Park

KILKENNY 0-20 LIMERICK 0-17

They had a real battle, but Kilkenny held off a strong challenge from Limerick to advance to Round Two.

Brian Cody’s Cats worked hard over the 70 minutes to shake off a dogged Limerick at a sunny Nowlan Park on Saturday evening.

The opening half was a slow-burner, as both sides found it hard to find their rhythm in a stop-start affair. Limerick started with the wind, but couldn’t make it work in their favour – they shot 13 wides in the first half alone.

Kilkenny made a bright start, a Paddy Deegan point coming in between two T.J. Reid frees, but Limerick weren’t about to let them get far ahead. By the 18th minute there was just a point between the sides, Gearoid Hegarty finishing a good move involving Kyle Hayes and Peter Casey to leave the Treaty County breathing down Kilkenny’s necks (0-4 to 0-3).

Goal chances were few and far between in the opening half, but Reid almost went close to nabbing one when a low Michael Fennelly pass broke his way.

The roles were reversed on 23 minutes, when Fennelly tried a one-handed shot after dashing on to Reid’s defence-splitting pass, but his shot was straight at goalkeeper Nickie Quaid who stopped the shot, then reacted well to prevent the sliotar from spilling back over the line.

The Cats grew in confidence as the half wore on, helped in no small way by the hard work of Fennelly, Deegan, and Walter Walsh. The Tullogher man enjoyed a purple patch in the second quarter, scoring three good points as Kilkenny stretched into a three-point lead (0-8 to 0-5) by the 33rd minute.

However, they couldn’t shake off Limerick for long. With Hayes and Shane Dowling in good form, the Treaty men got to within two points at the break (0-10 to 0-8).

Limerick were quicker out of the traps in the second half, and with Peter Casey leading the way they took the game to Kilkenny. They were on level terms by the 44th minute, but found themselves chasing the game again when Kevin Kelly (two), Lester Ryan and Walter Walsh fired the Cats into a five-point lead by the 64th minute.

Shane Dowling (free), Barry Nash and Pat Ryan helped to close the gap to two points with time almost up, but injury-time scores from T.J. Reid and Lester Ryan sealed Kilkenny’s place in Monday morning’s draw.

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 0-8 (6fs), Walter Walsh 0-4, Paddy Deegan 0-3, Kevin Kelly, Lester Ryan 0-2 each, Chris Bolger 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-8 (6fs), Peter Casey 0-3, Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes 0-2 each, Pat Ryan, Barry Nash 0-1 each.

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Padraig Walsh, Joey Holden; Conor Fogarty, Cillian Buckley, Joe Lyng; Michael Fennelly, Paddy Deegan; Chris Bolger, Walter Walsh, T.J. Reid; Richie Hogan, Colin Fennelly, Ger Aylward
Subs: Kevin Kelly for Aylward (44), Liam Blanchfield for Hogan (52), Lester Ryan for Deegan (55), Mark Bergin for Bolger (64).

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Richard McCarthy, Michael Casey; Dan Morrissey, Declan Hannon, Seamus Hickey; Darragh O’Donovan, Paul Browne; David Dempsey, Cian Lynch, Geraoid Hegarty; Peter Casey, Shane Dowling, Kyle Hayes
Subs: Barry Nash for Hegarty (46), James Ryan for O’Donovan (50), Tom Morrissey for Dempsey (54), Pat Ryan for Browne (59), Graeme Mulcahy for Lynch (68).

REFEREE: Brian Gavin (Offaly)


Munster U21 Hurling Q-Final – Limerick 2-24 Tipperary 0-19

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 2-24 to 0-19 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Thursday June 22nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.



BGE Munster U-21 Hurling: Limerick too good for Tipp

Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 hurling championship quarter-final

Limerick 2-24 Tipperary 0-19

Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

Pat Donnelly’s Limerick produced a powerful performance against an inexperienced Tipperary side to book a place in the semi-finals of the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 hurling championship.

In front of 3,076 spectators at the Gaelic Grounds, the Shannonsiders avenged last year’s defeat against their neighbours to justify a heavy pre-match favourites tag.

Limerick, littered with senior panellists, are favourites to win the provincial title and on this evidence, they’ll prove stiff opposition for Clare on July 12, and with home advantage.

All six of Limerick’s starting forwards were on target from play as Limerick marched on to the last four, seeing off a mini-Tipperary revival in the second half to win by 11 points.

Playing with the breeze in the first half, and with senior star Kyle Hayes excelling in a sweeper role, the supply of ball into the Limerick forwards was plentiful and of high quality.

Man-of-the-match Tom Morrissey was close to an early goal but he did find the back of the net in the sixth minute, bundling the ball home from close range at the second attempt after Tipp goalkeeper Brian Hogan performed heroics to keep out first Barry Nash and then Morrissey.

That goal helped Limerick to lead by 1-4 to 0-0, as Tipp, with some of their 2016 minor All-Ireland winners making their U21 debuts, struggled to settle into the game.

Mark Kehoe, one of Tipp’s bright sparks on the night, got them off the mark with an eleventh minute point before Billy McCarthy, one of just two senior panellists on the starting U21 team, cut the gap back to five.

But Limerick were just too good and kept the scoreboard ticking over, before senior ace Nash struck the second goal in the 16th minute, bursting clear of Kevin Hassett before beating Hogan from close range.

By half-time, Limerick were 2-12 to 0-8 clear but Tipp, with Ger Browne impressive, opened the second half with clear intent.

Eleven minutes in, Tipp had cut a ten-point half-time deficit back to just six but Limerick responded with six unanswered points to stretch the lead out to 12.

Aaron Gillane, another senior panellist with Limerick and leading scorer on the night, struck four points in a row during that purple patch to hand Donnelly’s young guns breathing space again.

From there until the finish, it was a procession for Limerick, as both managers emptied the bench. Tipp had excellent contributions from Browne, Kehoe and Brian McGrath, while Willie Connors started well, but Limerick had too much class and physicality on the night.

In many people’s eyes, this Limerick team could emulate the class of 2015 by going all the way to an All-Ireland title – and this was a good way to start.

Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 0-9 (7f), Tom Morrissey 1-4, Barry Nash 1-0, Peter Casey 0-3, Ronan Lynch, Colin Ryan & Barry Murphy 0-2 each, Cian Lynch & Paudie Ahern 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Ger Browne & Lyndon Fairbrother (4f) 0-5 each, Mark Kehoe 0-3, Cian Darcy 0-2f, Billy McCarthy, Willie Connors, Gavin O’Halloran & Tommy Nolan 0-1 each.

Limerick: Eoghan McNamara; Sean Finn, Darragh Fanning, Dan Joy; Ronan Lynch, Kyle Hayes, Josh Adams; Robbie Hanley, Colin Ryan; Aaron Gillane, Cian Lynch, Tom Morrissey; Peter Casey, Barry Nash, Barry Murphy
Subs: Conor Boylan for Hanley (40), Thomas Grimes for Adams (41), Oisin O’Reilly for Murphy (48), Lorcan Lyons for Ryan (53), Paudie Ahern for Gillane (59).

Tipperary: Brian Hogan; Paul Maher, Emmett Moloney, Kevin Hassett; Robert Byrne; Brian McGrath, Enda Heffernan; Billy McCarthy, Ger Browne; Andrew Coffey, Stephen Quirke, Mark Kehoe; Lyndon Fairbrother, David Gleeson, Willie Connors
Subs: Michael Whelan for Maher (blood 37-39), Ronan Teehan for Gleeson (42), Tommy Nolan for Connors (47), Cian Darcy for Fairbrother (47), Paul Ryan for McCarthy (47), Gavin O’Halloran for Heffernan (59).

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)



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Team News

The Limerick U21 management team of Pat Donnelly Manager (South Liberties), Mike Kiely (Coach/Selector)(Ballybrown), Brian Foley (Coach/Selector)(Adare), Maurice O’Brien (Coach/Selector)(Garryspillane) has released their match team and panel for their Thursday evening’s Munster U21 hurling championship quarter final clash with Tipperary. Pat Donnelly side are home in the Gaelic Grounds and with the throw in at 7.30pm supporters are asked to came early to the grounds. The following is the team and match panel.

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

The Tipperary team to play Limerick in the Bord Gais Energy Munster U21 Championship Quarter-Final in the Gaelic Grounds tomorrow evening, Thursday June 22nd at 7:30pm has been announced by manager William Maher.

It includes 6 of the side that started last years U21 Munster Final with one of those Andrew Coffey captaining the side, while 4 of the 2016 All-Ireland Minor winning team – Brian McGrath, Ger Browne, Mark Kehoe and Lyndon Fairbrother make their U21 championship debut.

The team lines out as follows;

1 Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha
2 Paul Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
3 Emmett Moloney – Drom & Inch
4 Kevin Hassett – Drom & Inch
5 Robert Byrne – Portroe
6 Brian McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
7 Enda Heffernan – Clonoulty-Rossmore
8 Billy McCarthy – Thurles Sarsfields
9 Ger Browne – Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
10 Andrew Coffey (Capt.) – Nenagh Éire Óg
11 Stephen Quirke – Moyle Rovers
12 Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
13 Lyndon Fairbrother – JK Brackens
14 David Gleeson – Ballinahinch
15 Willie Connors – Kiladangan

Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Final – Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15

Cork defeated Waterford by 0-23 to 1-15 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 18th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


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Munster SHC: Classy Cork register another victory

Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15

Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

Patrick Horgan scored 10 points as Cork booked their place in a first Munster senior hurling final since 2014.

The Rebels came good again to defeat Waterford at Semple Stadium – four weeks after defeating last year’s provincial and All-Ireland winners Tipperary at the same venue.

Cork lost corner back Colm Spillane to a second yellow card in the 62nd minute, but held out in front of 33,163 spectators to send Waterford heading for the qualifiers. Conor Lehane was deemed fit enough to start, and scored four points, but he limped off late on with a recurrence of the ankle problem that had threatened his participation.

Cork will now face Clare in the decider – the first Munster senior final between the counties since 1999. It was a generally forgettable afternoon for Waterford, who had hoped to book a third successive Munster final appearance. Hurler of the Year Austin Gleeson produced a couple of classy cameo moments, but didn’t have the impact he or manager Derek McGrath would have wished for – and he was replaced in the second half.

The sides went in level at 0-10 apiece at the end of a rip-roaring first half. They were level three times inside the opening 13 minutes, but Cork held the lead from the 15th minute until Kevin Moran’s equalising point for Waterford just before the interval.

There were some brilliant individual moments to savour, chief among them a wonderful pick-up and Waterford point from an initially grounded Gleeson in the 10th minute.

Cork’s leading scorer Horgan was inches wide with a goal effort minutes later as the game ebbed and flowed.

With both sides adopting a ‘man on man’ approach, it was bubbling up into an absorbing fixture. By the 19th minute, Cork had managed to get three points clear, 0-8 to 0-5, but Waterford continued to battle. Cork’s fifth point was another eye-catching score, Conor Lehane fetching Mark Coleman’s pass brilliantly before racing away and firing over from the Old Stand side of the field.

The respective puck-out strategies were working well – Cork favouring the superb Coleman on the left touchline on more than one occasion, while Waterford were hitting the flanks and trying to keep the ball away from Mark Ellis. The Cork man was effective in the opening half, but his direct opponent, Pauric Mahony, still managed to get away for three points from play.

Content to hold his position, Ellis was prepared to concede some ground to Mahony and this duel was just one of the many sub-plots from an intriguing game. Approaching half-time, Waterford received a massive psychological lift by drawing level.

Before Moran’s equaliser, Waterford goalkeeper produced heroics to deny first Alan Cadogan and then Seamus Harnedy, the latter an absolutely brilliant save low down to his right. Goal opportunities came and went early in the second half and as the game wore on, Cork thrived.

Spillane was dismissed soon after, but Waterford couldn’t find a way back in the closing stages as Cork finished strongly. Shanahan had netted in the 46th minute to draw Waterford level at 1-12 to 0-15, but the Déise could only muster 1-5 after half-time.

Cork finished with 10 different scorers ensuring jubilant fans invaded the Semple Stadium sod at full-time to savour a famous win.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-10 (7fs, 1 65), C Lehane 0-4, S Harnedy 0-2, M Ellis, M Coleman (sl), B Cooper, D Fitzgibbon, A Cadogan, L O’Farrell and M Cahalane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-5 (1f), M Shanahan 1-1 (1f), A Gleeson, J Barron and Stephen Bennett 0-2 each, K Moran, Shane Bennett and B O’Halloran 0-1 each.

CORK: A Nash; S McDonnell, D Cahalane, C Spillane; C Joyce, M Ellis, M Coleman; B Cooper, D Fitzgibbon; L Meade, C Lehane, S Harnedy; A Cadogan, P Horgan, S Kingston
Subs: M Cahalane for Kingston (55), D Kearney for Fitzgibbon (60), L O’Farrell for Meade (60), B Lawton for Lehane (68), D Brosnan for Cadogan (70+3).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe, S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; C Gleeson, T de Búrca, Philip Mahony; J Barron, K Moran; Stephen Bennett, Pauric Mahony, M Walsh; A Gleeson, M Shanahan, Shane Bennett
Subs: T Ryan for Stephen Bennett (47), B O’Halloran for Shane Bennett (54), D Fives for S Fives (58), J Dillon for Gleeson (63), P Curran for Walsh (66).

REFEREE: B Kelly (Westmeath).










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    Team News

    CORK: Anthony Nash; Stephen McDonnell, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Mark Coleman; Bill Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Luke Meade, Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston; Alan Cadogan, Seamus Harnedy, Patrick Horgan.

    WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Tadhg de Burca, Austin Gleeson, Philip Mahony; Jamie Barron, Conor Gleeson, Kevin Moran, Pauric Mahony, Stephen Bennett; Shane Bennett, Michael Walsh, Darragh Fives.



    Fixture Details

    18.06.2017 (Sun)
    Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final
    Semple Stadium, Thurles
    16:00 Port Láirge v Corcaigh
    Referee: Barry Kelly (An Iarmhí)



    It has been a very busy rivalry over the past 18 years, in particular, with the sides having met on 16 occasions in the championship since 1999.

    Cork have won seven times (1999-2003-2005 (twice)-2006-2012-2014); Waterford have won six (2002-2004-2007 (twice), 2010 and 2015 while they drew in 2007-2010-2014.

    LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
    2015: Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-21 (Munster semi-final)
    2014: Cork 0-28 Waterford 0-14 (Munster quarter-final (Replay)
    2014: Cork 1-21 Waterford 1-21 (Munster quarter-final)
    2012: Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19 (2012 All-Ireland quarter-final)
    2010: Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 (Munster final) Replay – after extra-time

    *This will be the 64th championship clash between the counties. It’s 43-14 in Waterford’s favour with six draws. Cork also had a walkover when Waterford failed to field in 1890.
    *Cork are having their second outing in this year’s championship, beating Tipperary by 2-27 to 1-26 in the quarter-final. Conor Lehane (0-10, 0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65’) and Shane Kingston (1-4) were top scorers for the Rebels.
    *Waterford are having their first outing of the 2017 SHC. They won three and lost three games in the Allianz League, exiting at the quarter-final stages when losing to Galway.
    *Cork beat Waterford by 1-21to 1-13 in this year’s Allianz League clash in Walsh Park. Cork, for whom Conor Lehane scored 0-8 (0-6 frees), led by 0-14 to 1-4 at half-time.
    *Waterford are bidding to reach the Munster final for a third successive year. Cork last reached the final in 2014.


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    DID YOU KNOW?
    Derek McGrath is in his fourth season as Waterford manager, with the following championship record: Played 13, Won 5, Drew 2, Lost 6.


  • Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Kerry 1-18 Clare 1-12

    Kerry defeated Clare by 1-18 to 1-12 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 11th at Cusack Park Ennis.


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    Munster SFC Semi-Final: O’Donoghue inspires Kerry

    Kerry 1-18 Clare 1-12

    Report By Peter O’Connell for GAA.ie

    Munster champions Kerry eventually qualified for a Munster final meeting with Cork on July 2, when they held off Clare in Cusack Park, Ennis.

    While the first half was a good battle, Kerry upped their game considerably in the last 25 minutes and outscored Clare 1-10 to 0-7 during the second period. Following a first half, which featured seven yellow and one red card, the teams were tied at half-time, Clare 1-5 Kerry 0-8.

    Gary Brennan set the tone right from the throw in when the Clare captain cut through the Kerry defence from the throw in. He laid off to David Tubridy who fired over a sublime, left footed point. When Tubridy goaled a 13th minute penalty, which was won by Keelan Sexton, Clare led 1-3 to 0-2. Jamie Malone added a point to extend Clare’s lead by the 18th minute.

    However Kerry, who had the breeze, fought their way back into it with four James O’Donoghue points, while Paul Geaney added two. Kerry were reduced to 14 players when Donnchadh Walsh was shown a second yellow, a minute before half-time, when the wing forwarded fouled Clare’s Martin McMahon. Kerry briefly led, but Ciaran Russell, attacking from wing back, equalised just before the interval, leaving the 5,786 attendance that a possible shock was on.

    That belief deepened when Clare put over the opening two points of the second half with Eoin Cleary and Cathal O’Connor firing over frees won by Gary Brennan. However, the game turned on an incident nine minutes into the second half when a Jamie Malone shot hit the Kerry crossbar and ended up spinning wide. At that stage Clare led 1-8 to 0-10 and a goal at that juncture, would have rattled Kerry further.

    Kerry responded with a flurry of points from James O’Donoghue, Stephen O’Brien, Anthony Maher and Shane Enright. Stephen O’Brien, who impressed after being introduced at half-time, netted Kerry’s goal three minutes from full-time. While Clare had an extra man, O’Brien walked through the heart of the Clare defence before goaling.

    Kerry showed their experience when a lesser team could have panicked. While Gary Brennan was outstanding in the first half, Jack Barry came more into in as the game developed, while James O’Donoghue looked very sharp from play and frees for Éamon Fitzmaurice’s team. Anthony Maher also had a good spell in the second half, which played a key role in helping Kerry to establish control.

    Scorers for Kerry: James O’Donoghue 0-9 (4fs), Stephen O’Brien 1-1, Paul Geaney 0-4 (2fs), Anthony Maher, Michael Geaney, Shane Enright, Bryan Sheehan (f) 0-1 each.

    Scorers for Clare: David Tubridy 1-3, Eoin Cleary 0-6 (4fs), Jamie Malone, Ciaran Russell, and Cathal O’Connor (f) 0-1 each.

    KERRY: Brian Kelly; Fionn Fitzgerald (captain), Mark Griffin, Shane Enright; Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy; Jack Barry, Anthony Maher; Michael Geaney, Kevin McCarthy, Donnchadh Walsh; Barry John Keane, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue
    Subs: Stephen O’Brien for Barry John Keane (half-time), Jack Savage for Kevin McCarthy (45), Jonathan Lyne for Michael Geaney (52), Kieran Donaghy for Anthony Maher (61), Bryan Sheehan for Jack Barry (64), Johnny Buckley for Paul Geaney (68).

    CLARE: Joe Hayes; Gordon Kelly, Kevin Harnett, Martin McMahon; Pearse Lillis, Dean Ryan, Ciaran Russell; Gary Brennan (captain), Cathal O’Connor; Jamie Malone, Seán Collins, Shane Brennan; Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy, Keelan Sexton
    Subs: Cian O’Dea for Shane Brennan (50), John Hayes for Pearse Lillis (56), Eoghan Collins for Kevin Harnett (66), Gearóid O’Brien for Cathal O’Connor (70).

    REFEREE: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)






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    Team News

    CLARE: Joe Hayes; Gordon Kelly, Kevin Harnett, Martin McMahon; Pearse Lillis, Dean Ryan, Ciaran Russell; Gary Brennan, Cathal O’Connor; Shane Brennan, Sean Collins, Jamie Malone; Kealan Sexton, Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy.

    KERRY: Brian Kelly; Fionn Fitzgerald, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright; Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy; David Moran, Anthony Maher; Michael Geaney, Kevin McCarthy, Donnchadh Walsh; Barry John Keane, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue.


    They meet for the third time in a year, having clashed twice in the 2016 championship, with Kerry winning both the Munster semi-final and All-Ireland quarter-final.

    LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
    2016: Kerry 2-16 Clare 0-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
    2016: Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
    2014: Kerry 1-17 Clare 1-13 (Munster semi-final)
    2012: Kerry 2-22 Clare 1-6 (All-Ireland qualifier)
    2008: Kerry 1-14 Clare 0-5 (Munster semi-final)



    *Clare last reached the Munster final in 2012, which was also the last time Kerry failed to reach the final.
    *Kerry are having their first outing in this year’s championship while Clare have already beaten Limerick by 1-13 to 1-12 in the quarter-final. Eoin Cleary scored 1-4 (0-2 frees) and David Tubridy 0-4 (0-2 frees) for the winners.
    *Kerry go into the championships as Allianz League (Division 1) winners for the first time since 2009, a year they also won the All-Ireland title. They did not win the Munster title that year, losing the semi-final to Cork in a replay.
    *Eamonn Fitzmaurice is in his fifth season as Kerry manager; Colm Collins takes charge of Clare for a fourth season.


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    DID YOU KNOW?

    Clare’s last win over Kerry in the championship was in the 1992 Munster final. Prior to that, they hadn’t beaten the Kingdom since 1949.


    Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9

    Cork defeated Tipperary by 1-10 to 1-9 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday June 10th at Pairc Ui Rinn.


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    Munster SFC: Cork finish strongly to defeat Tipperary

    Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9

    Report By Denis Hurley for GAA.ie

    Luke Connolly’s 70th-minute goal sent Cork into the Munster SFC final as Tipperary were edged out at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening.

    Not since 1940 and ’41 had the Rebels been defeated by their Premier County counterparts in the football championship in consecutive years, but that seemed set to happen with Conor Sweeney netted for Tipp on 69, making it 1-09 to 1-10.

    However, Cork held their nerve and the ball was worked through Michael Hurley, James Loughrey and Mark Collins, whose pass allowed Connolly to palm home.

    Cork will know that work is needed ahead of the final, though. Peadar Healy’s side only managed one point in the first half, shooting nine wides, but their saving grace was that Tipp were also inefficient in front of the posts, registering four points, but with seven wides of their own.

    Twice, Cork had good goal chances, with Colin O’Neill denied by a Ciarán Kenrick save in the second minute and Paul Kerrigan shooting wide on 10. When Conor Sweeney – Tipp’s attacking talisman after Michael Quinlivan was forced off injured in the first half – kicked two points on the resumption, Tipp were 0-6 to 0-1 ahead and Cork were up against it.

    Even though they responded through Kerrigan and substitute Donncha O’Connor, Cork were still finding the Tipp defence difficult to pierce and a counter-attack after such a turnover gave Liam Boland a great chance. He was allowed to carry the ball deep into Cork territory and opted to go for goal, but Cork goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran saved with his legs. Had that gone in, Tipp would have had a 1-6 to 0-3 lead but, as instead, by the time they would score again, Cork had made a game of it.

    Captain Kerrigan led by example, rounding off a team move to get his second, and Luke Connolly, Mark Collins, and Barry O’Driscoll all scored in quick succession to make it 0-7 to 0-6 with 18 minutes remaining. Sweeney equalised, as he would do after O’Connor made it 0-8 to 0-7 with a free, but the introduction of Mark Collins helped to give Cork a presence in the middle and Kerrigan and O’Connor pushed them two clear by the 64th minute.

    Tipp sub Kevin O’Halloran’s shot from distance landed just over the crossbar of his namesake Ken to leave just one in it coming down the stretch. When Sweeney palmed home a high delivery, the Cork faithful were shellshocked. But the Rebels produced a response.

    Scorers for Cork: Paul Kerrigan, Donncha O’Connor (2fs) 0-3 each, Luke Connolly 0-2, Barry O’Driscoll, Mark Collins 0-1 each.

    Scorers for Tipperary: Conor Sweeney 0-5 (1f), Robbie Kiely, Liam Boland, Liam McGrath, Kevin O’Halloran 0-1 each.

    CORK: Ken O’Halloran; Michael Shields, Jamie O’Sullivan, Kevin Crowley; Colm O’Driscoll, James Loughrey, Tomás Clancy; Ruairí Deane, Ian Maguire; Brian O’Driscoll, Paul Kerrigan, John O’Rourke; Colm O’Neill, Peter Kelleher, Luke Connolly
    Subs: Donncha O’Connor for Kelleher (30), Barry O’Driscoll for Brian O’Driscoll (35), Seán Powter for Colm O’Driscoll (half-time), Mark Collins) for Barry O’Driscoll (44-50, blood), Mark Collins for Deane, Michael Hurley for O’Rourke (59), Gary Murphy for O’Neill (66).

    TIPPERARY: Ciarán Kenrick; Shane O’Connell, Paddy Codd, Alan Campbell; Bill Maher, Robbie Kiely, Jimmy Feehan; Liam Casey, George Hannigan; Josh Keane, Diarmuid Foley, Brian Fox; Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan, Liam McGrath
    Subs: Liam McGrath for Quinlivan (19, injured), Kevin for Foley (47), Alan Moloney for Casey (52, injured), Kieran Bergin for Hannigan (57), Colm O’Shaughnessy for O’Connell (57), Jason Lonergan for Boland (66).

    REFEREE: Ciarán Branagan (Down)







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    The Cork team to play Tipperary in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final tomorrow Saturday 10th June in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 5pm 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. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
    9. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
    10. Colm 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

    The Tipperary team to play Cork in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final in Páirc Uí Rinn at 5pm this Saturday evening, June 10th, has been announced by manager Liam Kearns and lines out as follows –

    1. Ciarán Kenrick – Moyle Rovers
    2. Shane O’Connell – Golden-Kilfeacle
    3. Paddy Codd – Killenaule
    4. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
    5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
    6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
    7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
    8. Liam Casey – Cahir
    9. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
    10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
    11. Liam Boland – Moyle Rovers
    12. Brian Fox (Capt.) – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
    13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
    14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
    15. Liam McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney


    They meet for a second successive year, with Tipperary having won last year’s semi-final by two points in what was their first championship success over the Rebels since 1944.

    LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
    2016: Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
    2014: Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-11 (Munster semi-final)
    2007: Cork 2-18 Tipperary 0-10 (Munster semi-final)
    2002: Cork 1-23 Tipperary 0-7 (Munster final) – Replay
    2002: Cork 2-11 Tipperary 1-14 (Munster final) – Draw


    *Cork beat Waterford by 1-12 to 1-11 in this year’s Munster quarter-final; Tipperary will be having their first championship outing
    *Tipperary were promoted from Division 3 as champions this year, winning six of eight games. Cork finished fourth in Division 2, winning two, drawing three and losing two of seven games.
    *Managers, Peadar Healy (Cork) and Liam Kearns (Tipperary) are both in their second seasons.
    *Peadar Healy’s League and Championship record since taking over as Cork manager at the start of last season reads: Played 19; Won 8, Lost 8, Drew 3.
    Liam Kearns’ record with Tipperary in the same period is: Played 21, Won 11, Lost 7, Draws 3.


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    DID YOU KNOW?

    Tipperary are bidding to reach successive Munster finals for the first time since 1993-94. The last time Cork missed out on reaching the Munster final in successive years was in 2003-2004.


    Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Final – Clare 3-17 Limerick 2-16

    Clare defeated Limerick by 3-17 to 2-16 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.



    Munster SHC: Clare out-shoot Limerick

    CLARE 3-17 LIMERICK 2-16

    Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

    Clare are through to a first Munster senior hurling final since 2008, after scoring a four-point victory over Limerick in Thurles this afternoon.

    Shane O’Donnell struck two early first half goals and Conor McGrath netted in the second half as the Banner men set up a July 9 meeting with Cork or Waterford.

    It’s Clare’s second successive championship victory over their neighbours, having beaten them in last year’s All-Ireland qualifier. Clare could even afford the luxury of a missed Tony Kelly penalty with two minutes of normal time left.

    And while David Reidy hit four pointed frees, he also sent a number of efforts wide in the second half. But Limerick, who head for the qualifiers, will rue a huge tally of 11 first half wides. And after coming from eight points down to level, with an unanswered run of 1-5, they allowed Clare to regain the advantage approaching half-time.

    Having been reeled in, Clare hit five unanswered points before the interval, to lead by 2-10 to 1-8, in front of 19,168 spectators. It was O’Donnell who had provided Clare with an early platform, recapturing his 2013 All-Ireland final replay hat-trick form with a sensational opening quarter of an hour.

    O’Donnell netted in the fifth minute, taking advantage of indecision in the Limerick full-back line when goalkeeper Nickie Quaid could only half-clear John Conlon’s effort which dropped short. O’Donnell was on hand to send a ground-stroke to the net and in the 14th minute, he struck again to hand Clare a 2-2 to 0-3 lead.

    O’Donnell followed up with a point and when Colm Galvin and Reidy (free) added further scores, Clare were eight ahead – 2-5 to 0-3. That was Limerick’s cue to come alive and they did, drawing level with 1-5 in five minutes.

    After points from Peter Casey and Cian Lynch (2), David Dempsey goaled in the 22nd minute, profiting after Andrew Fahy popped Lynch’s effort into the air. Fahy will feel he should have done better but the goalkeeper, making his full Munster senior championship debut, had done well a couple of minutes earlier to keep out Kyle Hayes.

    Shane Dowling (free) and Paul Browne hauled Limerick level with scores – 1-8 to 2-5 – but Clare took over again before half-time and notched five points. In the second period, Clare comfortably kept Limerick at arm’s length, as the played with a slight breeze towards the Town End of Semple Stadium.

    Limerick tried desperately hard to work their way back into contention and were within three, 1-12 to 2-12, before more hesitation in defence allowed in McGrath for a 51st minute goal. Clare went on to lead by eight points again and were in cruise control down the home straight. Quaid conceded a penalty after fouling Clare sub Aaron Cunningham but Kelly drove the penalty low and wide.

    It mattered little as the game was done and dusted but there was some late cheer for Limerick when Hayes, making his senior championship debut, netted in the final minute.

    Scorers for Clare: Shane O’Donnell 2-2, Conor McGrath 1-3, David Reidy 0-5f, John Conlon 0-2, Seadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Colm Galvin, Jason McCarthy & Ian Galvin 0-1 each.

    Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-7f, David Dempsey & Kyle Hayes 1-1 each, Paul Browne (1 sl) & Cian Lynch 0-2 each, Peter Casey, Pat Ryan & Barry Nash 0-1 each.

    CLARE: Andrew Fahy; Seadna Morey, David McInerney, Patrick O’Connor; Gearóid O’Connell, Conor Cleary, David Fitzgerald; Colm Galvin, David Reidy; Tony Kelly, Shane O’Donnell, Padraic Collins; Aron Shanagher, Conor McGrath, John Conlon
    Subs: Jason McCarthy for O’Connell (54), Ian Galvin for Collins (59), Aaron Cunningham for Shanagher (63), Cathal Malone for McGrath (65), Cathal McInerney for Kelly (69).

    LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Richie McCarthy, Mike Casey; Dan Morrissey, Declan Hannon, Seamus Hickey; Paul Browne, James Ryan; Shane Dowling, Cian Lynch, David Dempsey; Peter Casey, Kyle Hayes, Graeme Mulcahy
    Subs: Barry Nash for Mulcahy (h.t.), Richie English for Mike Casey (40), Tom Morrissey for Peter Casey (53), Aaron Gillane for Dowling (57), Pat Ryan for James Ryan (57).

    Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)




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    SHANNONSIDE RIVALS IN BIG MUNSTER BATTLE
    Clare v Limerick in the Munster semi-final is the big hurling attraction next Sunday (Semple Stadium, Thurles, 4.0) as the great rivals clash for a third successive year.
    Clare won an All-Ireland qualifier tie last year while Limerick won a Munster quarter-final clash in 2015.

    LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
    2016: Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
    2015: Limerick 1-19 Clare 2-15 (Munster quarter-final)
    2013: Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    2012: Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
    2008: Clare 4-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)

    *This will be the 55th championship game between the counties. Limerick won 35 to Clare’s 18, with one draw, from the previous 54.
    *Both teams are under new management this year. John Kiely leads Limerick into the championship for the first time while Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor take charge of Clare.
    *Clare finished fifth in 1A in this year’s Allianz League (two wins, three defeats) before beating Dublin in a relegation play-off.
    *Limerick finished third in 1B (three wins, two defeats). They beat Cork in the quarter-final before losing to Galway in the semi-final.
    *Clare are seeking their first win in the Munster championship since beating Waterford in the 2013 quarter-final. They lost to Cork in 2014, to Limerick in 2015 and to Waterford last year.
    *Limerick lost their opening Munster game against Tipperary last year, having beaten Clare in 2015, Tipperary in 2014 and 2013.
    *Tony Kelly scored 0-9, Podge Collins and Shane O’Donnell 0-3 each when Clare beat Limerick by 0-19 to 0-15 in last year’s All-Ireland qualifiers. They led by 0-11 to 0-5 at half-time. Shane Dowling on 0-6 was Limerick’s top scorer.
    *The only draw between Clare and Limerick in 54 championship games was in 1970. A Munster quarter tie in Thurles ended on a Limerick 3-9 Clare 2-12 scoreline. Limerick won the replay by 1-10 to 0-4 in Limerick.
    *The winners will play Cork or Waterford in the Munster final on July 9.

    DID YOU KNOW?
    Clare have reached only one Munster final (2008 when they lost to Tipperary) since the start of the new Millennium.


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  • 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.


    Match Programme

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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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