All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Waterford 4-19 Cork 0-20

Waterford defeated Cork by 4-19 to 0-20 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 13th at Croke Park.


Match Highlights


All Ireland SHC S-F: Wonderful Waterford finish with a flourish

WATERFORD 4-19 CORK 0-20

Report By Cian O’Connell for GAA.ie

Ultimately it was decided by a glorious four minute Waterford second half burst which yielded 2-2 without reply.

When Patrick Horgan launched a spectacular point in the 58th minute Cork, gaining in belief even though Damien Cahalane had been sent off earlier, were 0-18 to 1-13 ahead. Waterford’s response dripped with character and craft as Austin Gleeson flared to prominence. Gleeson’s razor sharp delivery found the influential Jamie Barron, who batted the match turning goal.

Conor Gleeson quickly added a point prior to another flash of class from Austin Gleeson, who burst through to rattle the Cork net. Within seconds Pauric Mahony rifled over a free; Waterford weren’t going to be denied. Late on Cork’s Patrick Horgan and Conor Gleeson were dismissed before Barron nailed a fourth Waterford goal.

Few would have predicted an 11 point Waterford win at the turnaround. Tight, tense, and tactical the opening half included small bursts of enterprise from two evenly matched teams. A couple of gorgeous Patrick Horgan points arrived either side of a Pauric Mahony effort as the game commenced at a blistering speed.

Waterford pounced for a fourth minute goal when Shane Barrett’s pass located Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, who had sufficient guile to rattle the Cork net.


Michael “Brick” Walsh goal


Despite the concession, Cork hung on in there with Horgan all clever touches inside as the Glen Rovers clubman struck seven first half points, including three from play.

At the opposite end, though, Kevin Moran rifled over three for Waterford, who went in at the break armed with a slender 1-7 to 0-9 advantage. It was keenly contested on the pitch and sideline, but the issue remained delicately poised as Cork and Waterford returned for the second period.


Anthony Nash save


Darragh Fitzgibbon sideline cut point


That is how it stayed in the third quarter, but Cork suffered a significant setback in the 51st minute when Cahalane was sent off for a second bookable offence following a foul on Conor Gleeson. At that stage Cork were 0-15 to 1-11 to the good, but Waterford were beginning to stir. Pauric Mahony and Austin Gleeson rifled points, but Cork came thundering back.

Three fine points on the spin from Alan Cadogan and Horgan (2) had Cork in front, but then Waterford administered the decisive blows. Barron (58) and Austin Gleeson (59) bagged the goals as the travelling Deise faithful celebrated furiously. There was no way back for Cork.


Jamie Barron goal


Austin Gleeson goal

Horgan and Conor Gleeson were red carded with two minutes left on the clock. The last grace note was supplied by the energetic Barron, who thumped a fourth Waterford goal. It merely embellished a stirring Waterford win. Next month’s decider against Galway won’t be short on drama or intrigue either.


Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-8 (6fs), Jamie Barron 2-1, Austin Gleeson 1-2, Kevin Moran 0-4, Michael Walsh 1-0, Darragh Fives, Brian O’Halloran, Conor Gleeson, and Maurice Shanahan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-12 (7fs), Alan Cadogan and Conor Lehane 0-2 each, Shane Kingston, Luke O’Farrell, Seamus Harnedy, Darragh Fitzgibbon (sideline) 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Kieran Bennett, Philip Mahony, Conor Gleeson; Jamie Barron, Kevin Moran; Michael Walsh, Pauric Mahony, Austin Gleeson; Shane Bennett, Jake Dillon, Darragh Fives
Subs: Maurice Shanahan for Jake Dillon (46), Brian O’Halloran for Shane Bennett (55), Tommy Ryan for Michael Walsh (59), Colin Dunford for Pauric Mahony (69), Patrick Curran for Jamie Barron (70).

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: Michael Cahalane for Luke Meade (HT), Daniel Kearney for Bill Cooper (65), Luke O’Farrell for Alan Cadogan (65).

REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford).




Derek McGrath Interview




Fixture Details

13.08.2017 (Sun)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:30
Corcaigh v Port Láirge
Referee: James Owens (Loch Garman)


Team News



WHO WILL JOIN GALWAY IN HURLING FINAL?

Galway are through to the GAA hurling All-Ireland senior final for the third time in six seasons and now the focus has switched to the second semi-final between Cork and Waterford in Croke Park next Sunday (3.30). It will be preceded by the minor semi-final between Cork and Dublin (1.30).

Cork v Waterford has been a very busy rivalry over the past 18 years, in particular, with the sides having met on 17 occasions in the championship since 1999. The most recent meeting was in
this year’s Munster semi-final, which Cork won by 0-23 to 1-15.

Cork have won eight times (1999-2003-2005 (twice)-2006-2012-2014-2017); Waterford have won six (2002-2004-2007 (twice), 2010 and 2015 while they drew in 2007-2010-2014.

PATHS TO THE SEMI-FINAL
Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26 (Munster quarter-final)
Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20 (Munster final)
Cork’s Top Scorers
Patrick Horgan………0-27 (0-17 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)
Conor Lehane ……….0-15 (0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)
Alan Cadogan………..1-8

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Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
Waterford 1-35 Offaly 0-14 (Qualifiers – Round 1)
Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22 – after extra-time (Qualifiers – Round 2)
Waterford 1-23 Wexford 1-19 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Waterford’s Top Scorers
Pauric Mahony……….0-31 (0-22 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’)
Austin Gleeson……….0-16 (0-2 frees)
Maurice Shanahan…..2-8 (0-4 frees)

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2017: Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
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)

LAST FIVE SEMI-FINAL APPEARANCES
CORK
2014: Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11
2013: Cork 1-24 Dublin 1-19
2012: Galway 0-22 Cork 0-17
2010: Kilkenny 3-22 Cork 0-19
2008: Kilkenny 1-23 Cork 0-17
WATERFORD
2017: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 2-17 (Replay)
2017: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 (Draw)
2015: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18
2011: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16
2010: Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18

MOST RECENT CLASH….
CORK 0-23 WATERFORD 1-15 (Munster semi-final, 18 June 2017, Semple Stadium)
The sides were level four times in a first half which ended on 0-10 each. Cork moved four points clear in the first ten minutes of the second half before a Pauric Mahony point and a goal by Maurice Shanahan brought the sides level in the 46th minute.
Cork quickly regained the initiative and out-scored Waterford by 0-8 to 0-3 from there on. Patrick Horgan scored 0-10 (0-7 frees, 0-1 ’65) for Cork while Pauric Mahony (0-5, 0-1 free) was Waterford’s top scorer.

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*This will be the 65th championship clash between the counties. It’s 44-14 in Waterford’s favour with six draws. Cork also had a walkover when Waterford failed to field in 1890.
*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.
*Derek McGrath is in his fourth season as Waterford manager, with the following championship record: Played 17, Won 8, Drew 2, Lost 7.
*Kieran Kingston is in his second season as Cork manager. His championship record is as follows: Played 6, Won 4, Lost 2.
*Cork last reached the All-Ireland final in 2013 (losing a replay to Clare) while Waterford were last there in 2008 (losing to Kilkenny).
*If Waterford win, they will play Galway in the final for the first time in championship history while the last Cork-Galway final was in 2005.


All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Galway 0-22 Tipperary 1-18

Galway defeated Tipperary by 0-22 to 1-18 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 6th at Croke Park.


Match Highlights



Joe Canning masterclass sees Galway through to All-Ireland hurling final

Galway 0-22 Tipperary 1-18

Report from John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Joe Canning proved the match-winner here with a stunning point, his 11th of the game, as the minimum again separated Galway and Tipperary.

In front of 68,184, a Brendan Maher long-range free in additional time levelled the sides for a 12th time in an absorbing encounter. But Canning was on hand to send Galway into their first final since 2015.

This latest addition to the trilogy saw several scares at both ends in the second half although the more clear-cut came from Galway, who led by two points on two occasions in the final quarter only for Tipperary to haul themselves back into it through sheer guts.

As might have been expected, Tipperary began better going 0-4 to 0-1 up after eight minutes. Darren Gleeson’s booming puck-outs were causing Galway some difficulty although Galway soon settled and struck the next four points.

Seamus Callanan struck his first point from play in the 15th minute to square matters but Galway enjoyed another burst, sending over three points in a row. Conor Cooney was looking as sharp as the Leinster final and Conor Whelan back to the great form he had shown prior to the Leinster final.

Galway’s failure to clear a Callanan mishit in the 23rd minute led to John McGrath’s goal. Patrick Maher challenged Colm Callanan and while the ball ended up with Adrian Tuohy he wasn’t allowed to raise the ball by John McGrath and he was able to round Callanan to ground-stroke to the net.

Galway responded quickly with a Johnny Coen point to level the game and Whelan fired over his third point of the first half, but Callanan was causing bother again and availed of a Daithí Burke slip only for his namesake in goal to keep out his shot.

Tipperary, though, keep the pressure on, helped in no small part by how their much-maligned full-back line led by James Barry were performing, and Callanan and Brendan Maher sent over successive frees.

Canning hit three first-half wides, one of them from a free, and he picked up a yellow card for a rash foul on Pádraic Maher whose shoulder rattled him in last year’s semi-final encounter.

However, it was Canning who was dishing it out here and he won a sideline shouldering Michael Breen off the field and subsequently sent the placed ball over the bar.

Callanan followed that up with a point despite being initially blocked by Coen and Canning finished out the scoring to bring Galway to within one at the break, 1-10 to 0-12.

Scorers for Galway: J. Canning (0-11, 6 frees, 1 sideline, 1 65); C. Whelan (0-4); C. Cooney, J. Coen, J. Cooney (free) (0-2 each); C. Mannion (0-1).

Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan (0-5, 3 frees); J. McGrath (1-1); J.O’Dwyer, B. Maher (1 free) (0-3 each); Pádraic Maher, N. McGrath (0-2 each); S. Kennedy, J. Forde (0-1 each).

GALWAY: C. Callanan; A.Tuohy, Daithí Burke, J. Hanbury; P. Mannion, G. McInerney, A. Harte; J. Coen, David Burke (c); N. Burke, J. Canning, J. Cooney; C. Whelan, C. Cooney, C. Mannion
Subs for Galway: J. Flynn for N. Burke (46); J. Glynn for C. Mannion (53); S. Maloney for C. Cooney (70); G. Lally for G. McInerney (temp, 70+1-70+2).

TIPPERARY: D. Gleeson; D. Maher, J. Barry, M. Cahill; S. Kennedy, R. Maher, Pádraic Maher (c); B. Maher, D. McCormack; M. Breen, N. McGrath, Patrick Maher; J. O’Dwyer, S. Callanan, J. McGrath
Subs for Tipperary: S. Curran for D. McCormack (temp, 7-11); J. Forde for M. Breen (34); N. O’Meara for J. Forde (61).

Referee: B. Kelly (Westmeath).





Team News

As Tipperary prepare to meet Galway for the third year in a row at the semi-final stage of the championship, manager Michael Ryan and his fellow selectors have chosen fourteen of last year’s All-Ireland winning team to start in defence of their title against the Tribesmen on Sunday. It means a return for Darren Gleeson in goal and Michael Cahill at left corner back with James Barry reverting to his customary full back position.

TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Donagh Maher, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Michael Breen; Dan McCormack, Patrick Maher, Noel McGrath; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohy, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraig Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Cathal Mannion, Joe Canning, Joseph Cooney; Conor Whelan, Niall Burke, Conor Cooney.



GALWAY AND TIPPERARY IN THIRD SEMI-FINAL SAGA

They produced two epic GAA hurling All-Ireland semi-final clashes in 2016 and 2015 and they return for a third instalment next Sunday. Its Galway v Tipperary in the first of the semi-finals (Croke Park, 4.0), with Cork v Waterford coming up a week later.
Galway will play Kilkenny in the minor semi-final as a curtain-raiser to the senior game next Sunday (2.0).
Galway beat Tipperary by a point (0-26 to 3-16) in the 2015 semi-final, with the Premier gaining revenge by exactly the same margin (2-19 to 2-18) last year.


PATHS TO THE SEMI-FINAL
GALWAY
Galway 2-28 Dublin 1-17 (Leinster quarter-final)
Galway 0-33 Offaly 1-11 (Leinster semi-final)
Galway 0-29 Wexford 1-17 (Leinster final)
Average For: 1-29
Average Against: 1-15

Galway’s Top Scorers
Joe Canning……..0-26 (0-19 frees, 0-1 ‘65s’, 0-1 s/l)
Conor Cooney…..1-12
Conor Whelan……0-12

TIPPERARY
Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26 (Munster quarter-final)
Tipperary 2-28 Westmeath 0-15 (Qualifiers)
Tipperary 6-26 Dublin 1-19 (Qualifiers)
Tipperary 0-28 Clare 3-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Average For: 2-28
Average Against: 2-18

Tipperary’s Top Scorers
Seamus Callanan………3-29 (0-18frees, 0-1 ‘65’)
John McGrath…………..4-10
John O’Dwyer………….1-13 (0-2 frees, 0-1 s/l)


LAST FIVE SEMI-FINALS
GALWAY
2016 Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18
2015: Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16
2012: Galway 0-22 Cork 0-17
2005: Galway 5-18 Kilkenny 4-18
2001: Galway 2-15 Kilkenny 1-13

TIPPERARY
2016: Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18
2015: Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16
2014: Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11
2012: Kilkenny 4-24 Tipperary 1-15
2011: Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18


LAST TEN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
It’s 6-4 to Tipperary in their last ten championship clashes with Galway.

2016: Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18 (All-Ireland semi-final
2015: Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2014: Tipperary 3-25 Galway 4-13 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2010: Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2005: Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2003: Tipperary 1-18 Galway 1-17 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2001: Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15 (All-Ireland final)
2000: Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
1993: Galway 1-16 Tipperary 1-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1991: Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)


FLASHBACK…2016 ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL
Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18
Galway led by 1-10 to 0-11 at half-time and by 2-15 to 0-19 after 62 minutes but goals by John O’Dwyer and John McGrath set Tipperary on their way to a thrilling victory.

Tipperary: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher (0-1), Padraic Maher (0-1); Brendan Maher (0-1), Michael Breen (0-3); Dan McCormack, Patrick Maher, Noel McGrath (0-3); John McGrath (1-1), Seamus Callanan (0-9 all frees), Niall O’Meara.
Subs: John O’Dwyer 1-0 for O’Meara, Jason Forde for Noel McGrath, Sean Curran for Breen, Tomas Hamill for Kennedy.

Galway: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohy, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Aidan Harte, Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney; David Burke (0-1), Johnny Coen; Cathal Mannion, Joseph Cooney (1-1), Joe Canning (0-5, 0-3 frees, 0-1 ‘65’); Jason Flynn (0-2), Conor Whelan (0-2), Conor Cooney (1-6, 0-4 frees)
Subs: Andy Smith for Tuohy; Cyril Donnellan for Canning; Shane Maloney (0-1) for Whelan; Niall Burke for Cathal Mannion, David Collins for Harte


*The counties met in this year’s Allianz League final when Galway won by 3-21 to 0-14 in the Gaelic Grounds in April. They led by 0-11 to 0-5 at half-time and second half goals by Jason Flynn (2) and Cathal Mannion helped them to run out easy winners.
*Both Tipperary and Galway have won five and lost five of their last ten All-Ireland semi-finals.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 1-18 Galway 0-13

Kerry defeated Galway by 1-18 to 0-13 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 30th at Croke Park.


Match Highlights


All Ireland SFC Q-F: Comfortable win for Kerry

KERRY 1-18 GALWAY 0-13

Report By Paul Keane for GAA.ie

Allianz League form held good at Croke Park where Kerry, the Division 1 champions, saw off Galway, the Division 2 winners, to claim a familiar All-Ireland football semi-final berth.

The Munster champions and 2014 All-Ireland winners brought all their big game experience to bear on the contest with veteran Kieran Donaghy playing an important role.

The big full-forward scored a crucial first-half goal and 1-1 in total as Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s men built an early lead and held onto it to secure their fifth consecutive quarter-final win.

Forward colleague Paul Geaney helped himself to 0-4 while David Moran, Johnny Buckley and Paul Murphy all boomed over a brace of points apiece.

It’s the end of the line for Galway who bounced back from their Connacht final defeat to Roscommon with a big win over Donegal but never truly looked like taking down Kerry.

Kevin Walsh’s Galway outscored Kerry by 0-6 to 0-3 in a period stretching from late in the first-half until the 50th minute.

That reduced their arrears to four points with around 20 minutes remaining but they never got any closer and are still searching for that first win in a Championship game at Croke Park since 2001.

Kerry came into the contest buoyed by their 79th Munster title success and looking to stretch their impressive record in All-Ireland quarter-finals.

They slipped up just twice at this stage – to Down in 2010 and Donegal in 2012 – having never failed to reach the last eight.

They lived up to that impressive record with a surprisingly comfortable win and never once trailed in the encounter.

Ian Burke, who kicked four points for Galway in the opening half, cancelled out an early Kerry effort from Murphy to tie the scores at 0-1 apiece.

But Buckley’s ninth minute point for Kerry moved them back into the lead and they remained in the ascendancy from there onwards.

Kerry were excellent in the opening quarter hour and profited from both long and diagonal balls into their full-forward line.

David Walsh, a late addition to the Galway lineup in place of Cathal Sweeney, marked Donaghy but struggled against the six foot six Tralee man in their aerial duels.

Donaghy scored a thrilling 14th minute goal when he rose up above Walsh and Liam Silke in the Galway defence, found some space on his left side and blasted a left footed shot to the net.

Donaghy finished the half with 1-1 and also created points for James O’Donoghue and Donnchadh Walsh in a typically excellent display of high fielding and distribution.

Donaghy’s goal helped Kerry into a 1-5 to 0-3 lead after 15 minutes but the Kingdom didn’t scored again until the 27th minute as the game entered a lull.

Kerry stepped on the gas again with four points in to open up an ominous seven-point lead but a strong Galway finish to the half that included back to back Burke points steadied them.

Kerry still led 1-10 to 0-8 at the interval and looked in a strong position to return to the last four. Galway asked more questions of Kerry after the restart with three points and reduced their arrears to four points to hint that they may rescue a result from the game.

Kerry’s response was impressive though with points from Jack Savage, Stephen O’Brien and Geaney to put themselves in the clear again. The game lacked a vital cut and thrust in the closing minutes as Kerry ran in their full allocation of subs and picked off more points through O’Brien and Barry John Keane to win by a handsome eight-point margin.

Scorers for Kerry: Kieran Donaghy 1-1, Paul Geaney 0-4 (1f), Johnny Buckley 0-2, Paul Murphy 0-2, David Moran 0-2, Stephen O’Brien 0-2, Barry John Keane 0-2, James O’Donoghue 0-1 (0-1f), Donnchadh Walsh 0-1, Jack Savage 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: Ian Burke 0-5 (1f), Sean Armstrong 0-4 (1f), Eamonn Brannigan 0-1, Shane Walsh 0-1 (0-1f), Michael Daly 0-1, Johnny Heaney 0-1.

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Shane Enright, Mark Griffin, Fionn Fitzgerald; Tadhg Morley, Peter Crowley, Paul Murphy; David Moran, Jack Barry; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Stephen O’Brien for M Geaney (39), Jack Savage for O’Donoghue (49), Anthony Maher for Barry (54), Barry John Keane for Donaghy (57), Killian Young for Morley (63), Jonathan Lyne for Walsh (67).

GALWAY: Bernard Power; Eoghan Kerin, David Walsh, Declan Kyne; Gary O’Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, Liam Silke; Paul Conroy, Thomas Flynn; Johnny Heaney, Michael Daly, Shane Walsh; Ian Burke, Damien Comer, Sean Armstrong
Subs: Cathal Sweeney for D Walsh (39), Eamonn Brannigan for Walsh (44), Michael Farragher for Bradshaw (52), Fionntan O Curraoin for Daly (58), Cillian McDaid for Flynn (63), Danny Cummins for Armstrong (66).

REFEREE: David Coldrick (Meath).




Team News

Kerry: Brian Kelly; Fionn Fitzgerald, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright; Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy; David Moran, Jack Barry; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley (capt), Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney; Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue.


GALWAY v KERRY
They last met in the championship in the 2014 All-Ireland quarter-final, which the Kingdom won by seven points.

PATHS TO THE QUARTER-FINAL

Kerry 1-18 Clare 1-12 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 1-23 Cork 0-15 (Munster final)

KERRY’S TOP SCORERS
James O’Donoghue…….0-16 (0-9 frees)
Paul Geaney………………..1-9 (0-3 frees)
Stephen O’Brien………….1-4
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Galway 0-15 Mayo 1-11 (Connacht semi-final)
Roscommon 2-15 Galway 0-12 (Connacht final)
Galway 4-17 Donegal 0-14 (Qualifier – Round 4)

GALWAY’S TOP SCORERS
Sean Armstrong……….0-12 (0-7 frees, 0-3 ‘45s)
Johnny Heaney………..2-3
Shane Walsh…………..0-8 (0-4 frees)

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2014: Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2008: Kerry 1-21 Galway 1-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2002: Kerry 2-17 Galway 1-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2000: Kerry 0-17 Galway 1-10 (All-Ireland final) Replay
2000: Kerry 0-14 Galway 0-14 (All-Ireland final)
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KERRY IN ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINALS
2016: Kerry 2-16 Clare 0-11
2015: Kerry 7-16 Kildare 0-10
2014: Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10
2013: Kerry 0-15 Cavan 0-9
2012: Donegal 1-12 Kerry 1-10
2011: Kerry 1-20 Limerick 0-10
2010: Down 1-16 Kerry 1-10
2009: Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7
2008: Kerry 1-21 Galway 1-16
2007: Kerry 1-12 Monaghan 1-11
2006: Kerry 3-15 Armagh 1-13
2005: Kerry 2-15 Mayo 0-18
2004: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 1-8
2003: Kerry 1-21 Roscommon 3-10
2002: Kerry 2-17 Galway 1-12
2001: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 1-12 (replay)
2001: Kerry 1-14 Dublin 2-11 (draw)

GALWAY IN ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINALS
2016: Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-10
2014: Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10
2008: Kerry 1-21 Galway 1-16
2005: Cork 2-14 Galway 2-11
2003: Donegal 0-14 Galway 0-11 (replay)
2003: Galway 1-11 Donegal 0-14 (draw)
2002: Kerry 2-17 Galway 1-12
2001: Galway 0-14 Roscommon 1-5

*Kerry, who are the only county to qualify for the All-Ireland quarter-finals every year since their introduction in 2001. They have won 14, lost two and drawn one of 17. The defeats were against Donegal in 2012, Down in 2010 while they drew with Dublin in 2001 before winning the replay.
*Galway have won one, lost six and drawn one of their eight All-Ireland quarter-finals. Their only win was against Roscommon in 2001.
*Kerry and Galway have met 20 times in the championship, with the Kingdom leading 11-6, with three draws.
*Galway’s last championship win over Kerry was in the 1965 All-Ireland final. The counties have met six times since then, with Kerry winning five while the 2000 All-Ireland final was drawn.
*Kerry have scored almost identical amounts against Galway in their last three championship clashes: 2014: 1-20; 2008: 1-21; 2002: 2-17.
*Next Sunday’s winners will play Mayo or Roscommon in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 20.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Waterford 1-23 Wexford 1-19

Waterford defeated Wexford by 1-23 to 1-19 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 23 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


Match Highlights


All-Ireland SHC Quarter-Final: Waterford too good for Wexford

WATERFORD 1-23 WEXFORD 1-19

Report By John Harrington for GAA.ie

It wasn’t the prettiest game of hurling in the world, but Waterford won’t mind, they’re through to the All-Ireland SHC Semi-Final. After a tight, tactical battle, their greater overall cuteness and cutting edge in attack made them deserving victors over Wexford.

The win came with a cost though. Sweeper Tadhg De Búrca was red-carded in the second-half after an off-the-ball incident and is likely to be suspended for the All-Ireland Semi-Final. That would be a massive blow for Declan McGrath’s team given how central De Búrca is to how they set up defensively.



He was rock-solid again in this match and Wexford never really managed to find a way to prise open the well organised Waterford defence on a consistent enough basis. Davy Fitzgerald’s side showed a lot of tenacity to stay in the fight for as long as they did, but they never quite looked capable of finding a way to win it.

Once Waterford moved 0-8 to 0-4 ahead after the 17th minute, Wexford were chasing the game and that’s how it remained all the way to the finish. They did manage to close the gap to the minimum by the 24th minute after hitting three points in quick succession through Lee Chin, Paul Morris, and Diarmuid O’Keeffe, but that’s the closest they would get.



Waterford upped the ante again after that and struck a really decisive blow just before half-time when the influential Kevin Moran goaled. It was something of a self-inflicted wound as far as Wexford were concerned.

Eoin Moore’s attempted pass along the ground was miscued and Shane Bennett reacted smartly to intercept the ball and put through Kevin Moran behind the suddenly out of position Wexford defence. Moran still had a lot to do, but he kept his cool to direct a low ground stroke to the net past the advancing Mark Fanning.


Kevin Moran goal


A five-point lead at half-time was a significant one in a game where sweepers and massed defences ensured a claustrophobic sort of contest, littered with rucks and turnovers.

Wexford did start the second-half strongly, scoring the first three points, but after that Waterford reasserted themselves and hit back with three of their own.

After that, no matter how hard they tried, Wexford couldn’t really land a heavy blow on the De Burca marshalled Deise defence, and they also struggled to contain an increasingly influential Austin Gleeson at the other end of the field.

Waterford’s bench also had a major bearing on the contest. Maurice Shanahan gave them a real focal point in attack and two points from him pushed his team six points ahead by the 60th minute.

Wexford never really looked like reeling them in from there, even when De Búrca was red-carded with four minutes of normal time remaining.

Two points from another lively Waterford substitute, Brian O’Halloran, made the game safe, and a late Wexford goal from Jack O’Connor was nothing more than a consolation.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-9 (0-9f), Kevin Moran 1-3, Austin Gleeson 0-3 (0-1f), Brian O’Halloran, Maurice Shanahan 0-2 each, Conor Gleeson, Jake Dillon, Michael Walsh, Darragh Fives 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wexford: Jack Guiney 0-6 (0-6f), Jack O’Connor 1-2, Lee Chin 0-3 (0-2f), Diarmuid O’Keeffe 0-2, Liam Ryan, Aidan Nolan, Conor McDonald, Paul Morris, Eoin Moore, Rory O’Connor 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Darragh Fives, Tadhg De Búrca, Philip Mahony; Jamie Barron, Conor Gleeson; Kevin Moran, Austin Gleeson, Pauric Mahony; Jake Dillon, Michael Walsh, Shane Bennett
Subs: Maurice Shanahan for Jake Dillon (44), Brian O’Halloran for Shane Bennett (46), Stephen Bennett for Michael Walsh (54), Colin Dunford for Jamie Barron (62), Tommy Ryan for Pauric Mahony (71)

WEXFORD: Mark Fanning; Willie Devereux, Liam Ryan, James Breen; Eoin Moore, Matthew O’Hanlon, Diarmuid O’Keeffe; Shaun Murphy, David Redmond; Rory O’Connor, Lee Chin, Conor McDonald; Podge Doran, Jack Guiney, Paul Morris
Subs: Aidan Nolan for David Redmond (28), Jack O’Connor for Paul Morris (41), Harry Kehoe for Conor McDonald (58), Shane Tomkins for Podge Doran (63)

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)


Austin Gleeson point




Fixture Details

23.07.2017 (Sun)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork 16:00
Loch Garman v Port Láirge
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)


WATERFORD v WEXFORD
They meet for a second successive year in the quarter-final. Waterford won by
ten points in Semple Stadium last July

PATHS TO THE QUARTER-FINAL
Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
Waterford 1-35 Offaly 0-14 (Qualifiers – Round 1)
Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22 – after extra-time (Qualifiers – Round 2)
Top Scorers

Pauric Mahony…….0-22 (0-13 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’)
Austin Gleeson…….0-13
Maurice Shanahan..2-6 (0-4 frees)
***
WEXFORD
Wexford 3-25 Laois 1- 17 (Leinster quarter-final)
Wexford 1-20 Kilkenny 3-11 (Leinster semi-final)
Galway 0-29 Wexford 1-17 (Leinster final)

Top Scorers
Conor McDonald…….0-20 (0-13 frees)
Lee Chin………………..0-12 (0-8 frees, 0-3 ‘65s’)
Paul Morris…………….0-10

WATERFORD IN ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINALS
Waterford have a very good record in quarter-finals, winning eight, drawing one
and losing two of their previous 11 appearances.
2016: Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11
2015: Waterford 2-21 Dublin 1-19
2012: Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19
2011: Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13
2010: Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18
2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15
2007: Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20 (Replay)
2007: Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16 (draw)
2006: Waterford 1-22 Tipperary 3-14
2005: Cork 1-18 Waterford 1-13
1998: Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10

WEXFORD IN ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINALS
This will be Wexford’s seventh quarter-final appearance, having won three and
lost three of their previous six.
2016: Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11
2014: Limerick 4-26 Wexford 1-11
2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15
2007: Wexford 3-10 Tipperary 1-14
2003: Wexford 2-15 Antrim 2-12
2001: Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15

*Waterford were all-the-way winners over Wexford in last year’s quarter-final.
They led by 0-6 to 0-1 after 10 minutes and by 0-12 to 0-5 at half-time before
out-scoring the Model men by 0-9 to 0-6 in the second-half.
*Wexford are seeking their first win an All-Ireland quarter-final since 2007.
They have since lost to Waterford (2008), Limerick (2014) and Waterford
(2016)
*Thy may be close neighbours but Wexford and Waterford have met only four
time in the championship, all since 2003. It’s two wins each, with results as
follows:
2003: Wexford 1-20 Waterford 0-18 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2014: Wexford 3-15 Waterford 2-15 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2016: Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)


All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Tipperary 0-28 Clare 3-16

Tipperary defeated Clare by 0-28 to 3-16 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday July 22nd at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.



All-Ireland SHC Quarter-Final – Tipp hold out against Clare

TIPPERARY 0-28 CLARE 3-16

Report By John Harrington for GAA.ie

The curtain was drawn, and drama ensued for the first big show on the shiny, new Páirc Uí Chaoimh stage today.

After a fairly bonkers game of hurling, the reigning champions Tipperary are still standing, but they made hard work out of beating a Clare team that refused to die.

Tipp played the crisper, cleaner hurling for most of the contest, but Clare scored heavily in a couple of purple patches and in the end Tipp had to show a lot of bottle to keep them at bay.

The Banner County looked like the team with all the momentum when they scored six points in a row to close within one of Tipp by the 66th minute.

But when they needed one last kick it wasn’t there, and instead Tipperary finished stronger down the final straight, scoring five points to clinch victory.

It was a frenetic, open contest throughout, and that was always likely to be the case with both teams setting up with three-man inside forward lines.

From the very start there was plenty of space at either end of the field for forwards, but Tipperary made much better use of it in the opening quarter of the game.

They had opened up a 0-8 to 0-2 lead by the 14th minute with Noel McGrath, John McGrath, Seamus Callanan, and John O’Dwyer all scoring from play.

Clare weren’t nearly so clinical, as they repeated the crime that blighted their Munster Final performance by shooting bad wides from long-distance.

There had been some early signs that a much more profitable route to goal would be for them to deliver in ball to their inside forwards rather than shoot rashly from range.

Early on Conor McGrath had rattled the back of the net only for a free to be awarded against him for over-carrying, but the fragility of the Tipp full-back line was obvious even then.

It was confirmed when they were pulled apart twice in the space of a minute as Aaron Cunningham struck for two Clare goals that turned the game on its head.

There was nothing complicated about either goal. Conor McGrath won a long delivery for the first one to set up Cunningham for the finish.

And then Shane O’Donnell soared impressively to catch a high ball before also laying off to Cunningham who rounded Mooney and finished with aplomb again.

For the next five minutes Clare were the team on the front-foot, but once again their good work was being undone by some more poor shooting.

That gave Tipp time to catch their breath, and when Michael Breen settled their nerves with a point they once again assumed dominance of the contest.

It must be said too that Clare did themselves no favours either in the minutes before half-time when they conceded four points in a row that all came from a failure to secure possession off their own puck-out.

Tipp’s lead stood at five points at the break, and they quickly set about stretching it out further on the resumption.

The McGrath brothers John and Noel were on fire, and a brace apiece from them had helped Tipp into a 0-23 to 2-10 lead by the 55th minute.

At that point it looked like Tipp were easing to a pretty comfortable victory, and perhaps maybe the players themselves relaxed ever so slightly.

If they did, then they very nearly regretted it, because Clare suddenly found a new impetus as they reeled off those six points in a row, with substitutes Peter Duggan and Cathal McInerney playing a prominent role in the revival.

A John O’Dwyer free settled Tipp’s nerves, and then two of their key leaders – Padraic Maher and Brendan Maher – combined for what was a really decisive moment in this match.

Padraic plucked a brilliant ball out of the clouds through a thicket of Clare hurleys, and when he won a free his namesake stepped forward and drove it over the Clare cross-bar from all of 90 yards.

More Tipp points followed from John McGrath and substitutes Steven O’Brien and Jason Forde to make the game safe. Cathal McInerney struck for a last-gasp Clare goal after a scramble in Tipp’s small square, but it was too little, too late.

And so, Tipperary march on to an All-Ireland semi-final joust against either Galway or Cork. The quality of their attacking play means they’ll be a dangerous opponent for either, but they’ll need to shore up that full-back line if they’re to retain their crown this year.

Scorers for Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 0-7 (3f), John McGrath 0-6, Noel McGrath 0-4, John O’Dwyer 0-4 (1f), Patrick Maher 0-2, Michael Breen 0-1, Seamus Kennedy 0-1, Brendan Maher 0-1 (f), Steven O’Brien 0-1, Jason Forde 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: Tony Kelly 0-6 (4f), Aaron Cunningham 2-0, Cathal McInerney 1-1, Shane O’Donnell 0-2, Conor McGrath 0-2, David Reidy 0-2 (2f), Peter Duggan 0-1, Jamie Shanahan 0-1, Colm Galvin 0-1.

TIPPERARY: Daragh Mooney; Donagh Maher, Tomás Hamill, James Barry; Séamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Pádraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Michael Breen; Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher, Dan McCormack; John O’Dwyer, Séamus Callanan, John McGrath
Subs: Subs: Sean O’Brien for James Barry (45), Jason Forde for Michael Breen (60), Niall O’Meara for John O’Dwyer (68), Steven O’Brien for Callanan (71).

CLARE: Andrew Fahy; Seadna Morey, Patrick O’Connor, Cian Dillon; David Fitzgerald, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly; Cathal Malone, Pádraic Collins, John Conlon; Shane O’Donnell, Aaron Cunningham, Conor McGrath
Subs: Peter Duggan for John Conlon (32), David Reidy for Podge Collins (52), Cathal McInerney for Cathal Malone (57), Jason McCarthy for Kelly (67),

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)





Fixture Details

22.07.2017 (Sat)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork 15:00
An Clár v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)


Team News

TIPPERARY: Daragh Mooney; Donagh Maher, Tomas Hamill, James Barry; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Michael Breen; Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher, Dan McCormack; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath.

CLARE: Andrew Fahy; Seadna Morey, Patrick O’Connor, Cian Dillon; David Fitzgerald, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Gavin, Tony Kelly; Cathal Malone, Podge Collins, John Conlon; Shane O’Donnell, Aaron Cunningham, Conor McGrath.


CLARE v TIPPERARY
They meet in the championship for the first time since the 2011 Munster semifinal.

PATHS TO THE QUARTER-FINAL
CLARE
Clare 3-17 Limerick 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20 (Munster final)

Top Scorers
Conor McGrath……..2-4
Tony Kelly……………0-10 (0-6 frees, 0-1 pen)
Shane O’Donnell…….2-2
***
TIPPERARY
Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26 (Munster quarter-final)
Tipperary 2-18 Westmeath 0-15 (Qualifier – Round 1)
Tipperary 6-26 Dublin 1-19 (Qualifier – Round 2)

Top Scorers
Seamus Callanan…..3-22 (0-15 frees, 0-1 ’65’)
John McGrath……….3-4
John O’Dwyer………1-9 (0-1 free, 0-1 s/l)

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2011: Tipperary 4-19 Clare 1-19 (Munster semi-final)
2009: Tipperary 3-28 Clare 1-22 (Munster semi-final)
2008: Tipperary 2-21 Clare 0-19 (Munster final)
2005: Tipperary 2-14 Clare 0-14 (Munster semi-final)
2003: Clare 2-17 Tipperary 0-14 (Munster quarter-final)

CLARE IN ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINALS
This will be Clare’s 12th appearance in the quarter-finals, having won five, lost
four and drawn two of their previous eleven.
2016: Galway 2-17 Clare 0-17
2013: Clare 1-23 Galway 2-14
2008: Cork 2-19 Clare 2-17
2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16
2006: Clare 1-27 Wexford 1-15
2005: Clare 1-20 Wexford 0-12
2004: Kilkenny 1-11 Clare 0-9 (Replay)
2004: Kilkenny 1-13 Clare 1-13 (Draw)
2002: Clare 1-15 Galway 0-17
1999: Clare 3-18 Galway 2-14 (Replay)
1999: Clare 3-15 Galway 2-18 (Draw)

TIPPERARY IN ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINALS
Tipperary have been in eight quarter-finals, winning five and losing three.
2014: Tipperary 2-23 Dublin 0-14
2010: Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16
2007: Wexford 3-10 Tipperary 1-14
2005: Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18
2003: Tipperary 2-16 Offaly 2-11
2002: Tipperary 1-25 Antrim 2-12
2000: Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-15
1997: Tipperary 3-24 Down 3-8

*Tipperary have reached the All-Ireland semi-final in eight of the last ten
seasons, missing out in 2007 and 2013 only.
*Clare are bidding to reach the semi-final for the first time since 2013.
*The counties met in this year’s Allianz League when Tipperary won by 0-28 to
0-21 in Semple Stadium on March 5. John McGrath on 0-10 (0-5 frees) and
John O’Dwyer on 0-5 were Tipperary’s top scorers while David Reidy on 0-6
(all frees), John Conlon and Podge Collins on 0-4 were Clare’s main marksmen.
*Clare and Tipperary had some great battles in Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the late
1990s and early in the new Millennium. They drew on Leeside (Clare 2-12
Tipperary 0-18) in the 1999 Munster semi-final before the Banner boys won the
replay, 1-21 to 1-11. They met again in the 2000 semi-final, with Tipperary
winning by 2-19 to 1-14. Tipperary beat Clare (0-17 to 0-14) in the 2001 semifinal
and by 1-18 to 2-13 in the 2002 quarter-final but Clare turned the tables in
2003, winning a semi-final by 2-17 to 0-14.




Munster Under 21 Hurling Semi-Final – Cork 2-17 Waterford 1-19

Cork defeated Waterford by 2-17 to 1-19 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Thursday July 13th at Walsh Park Waterford.


Match Highlights


Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21 Hurling semi-final

CORK 2-17 WATERFORD 1-19

Report By Tomás McCarthy for GAA.ie

Declan Dalton buried a penalty in the sixth minute of injury time to drive 14-man Cork into the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21 final and send reigning provincial and All Ireland champions Waterford packing at Walsh Park.

The home team recovered from five points down in the second half, helped by a goal from Shane Bennett, to lead by three entering stoppage-time.

In a dramatic finale, Cork midfielder Darragh Fitzgibbon got his marching orders before substitute Jack O’Connor was dragged down by Darragh Lyons. Dalton held his nerve to fire the sliotar to the bottom corner.

The Fr O’Neills attacker completed the hour with 1-12. Fitzgibbon also stood out with three points but will miss the Munster final against Limerick on July 26. Déise number nine Colm Roche took the fight to Cork and finished with five from play.

Dalton posted seven points, including two sidelines, as the wind assisted visitors led 0-10 to 0-8 after a fiery opening half. The sides were all square on four occasions.

Five Dalton singles sent the Rebels 0-7 to 0-4 clear after 17 minutes. The hosts replied with three on the bounce. Shane Bennett burst into the contest around midfield and Colm Roche hit over three points from play.

Dalton and Darragh Fitzgibbon nudged the Rebels two up at the short whistle. Corner back Sean O’Donoghue escaped with a yellow card for a high tackle on Bennett.

On the resumption, two Curran conversions brought the Déise back on equal terms (ten points apiece). Dalton (free) and Fitzgibbon restored Cork’s two point gap. Cormac Curran recovered one with an audacious effort from an awkward angle.

On 37 minutes, sub Tim O’Mahony supplied Robbie O’Flynn and he crashed the ball to the roof of the net. Another Fitzgibbon raid put them five clear (1-13 to 0-11).

The busy Roche and the prolific Patrick Curran left a goal between them. Jordan Henley saw yellow for a dangerous tackle on Dalton and the number eleven promptly dispatched it.

With eight minutes left, Waterford sub Andrew Casey passed inside to Bennett and the Ballysaggart forward shortened the grip to flick it past Patrick Collins (1-15 to 0-14).

Although Dalton subsequently equalised, the holders seemed destined for victory when Patrick Curran and Jack Prendergast pushed them three ahead. But that late Rebel surge set up a first provincial final meeting with Limerick since 2011.

Scorers for Cork: D Dalton 1-12 (8fs, 1-0 pen, 2 s-ls), R O’Flynn 1-0, D Fitzgibbon 0-3, P Leopold, M O’Halloran 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: P Curran 0-10 (7fs, 1 65’), C Roche 0-5, S Bennett 1-1, C Curran 0-2, J Prendergast 0-1.

Waterford: B Nolan; D Prendergast, C Prunty, D Lyons; J Henley, C Gleeson, C Lyons; A Molumby, C Roche; J Prendergast, C Curran, S Ryan; P Hogan, S Bennett, P Curran.
Subs: E O’Halloran for Molumby (42), D Lynch for C Lyons (42), A Casey for C Curran (49), JP Lucey for Ryan (59).

Cork: P Collins; D Griffin, E Murphy, S O’Donoghue; B Hennessy, D Browne, M Coleman; P Leopold, D Fitzgibbon; C O’Leary, D Dalton, M O’Halloran; A Myers, S Kingston, R O’Flynn
Subs: T O’Mahony for Myers (30), E Healy for O’Donoghue (32), J O’Connor for Kingston (50), D Lowney for O’Leary (54).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)


Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
Student/Senior’s: Receive €5.00 concession with valid ID prior to entry
Juveniles/U-16’s: Free

Tickets can be purchased in Centra and Supervalu stores in Waterford, Cork and across Ireland – visit the Munster GAA Ticketing Locator to see participating stores in Munster.


Team News

The Waterford Under 21 Hurling Team to face Cork on Thursday night at 7:30pm in Walsh Park was announced following training tonight.

1. Billy Nolan (Roanmore)
2. David Prendergast (Lismore)
3. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
4. Darragh Lyons (Dungarvan)
5. Jordan Henley (Tallow)
6. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)
7. Callum Lyons (Ballyduff Lower)
8. Andy Molumby (Cappoquin)
9. Colm Roche (Shamrocks)
10. Jack Prendergast (Lismore)
11. Cormac Curran (Brickey Rangers)
12. Shane Ryan (De La Salle)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
14. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
15. Peter Hogan (Ballygunner)

The Cork U21 Hurling team to play Waterford in tomorrow night’s Munster U21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final has been announced as follows

1. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
2. Sean O Donoghue – Inniscarra
3. Eoghan Murphy – Sarsfields
4. David Griffin – Carrigaline
5. Billy Hennessy – St Finbarrs
6. Darren Browne – Kanturk (C)
7. Mark Coleman – Blarney
8. Paul Leopold – Sarsfields
9. Darragh Fitzgibbon – Charleville
10. Chris O Leary – Valley Rovers
11. Declan Dalton – Fr O’ Neills
12. Luke Meade – Newcestown
13. Robbie O Flynn – Erins Own
14. Shane Kingston – Douglas
15. Michael O Halloran – Blackrock
16. Eoghan Healy – Ballymartle
17. David Lowney – Clonakilty
18. Conor Cahalane – St Finbarrs
19. Aaron Myers – Sarsfields
20. Jack O Connor – Sarsfields
21. Tim O Mahony – Newtownshandrum
22. Dave O Neill – Mayfield
23. Seanaidh Smyth – Midleton
24. Dayne Lee – Na Piarsaigh


Match Programme

Pick up a copy of the 32 page souvenir match programme for this game.


Munster Under 21 Hurling Semi-Final – Limerick 1-28 Clare 1-15

Limerick defeated Clare by 1-28 to 1-15 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday July 12th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Match Highlights



Comfortable win sees Limerick into Munster U-21 final

Limerick 1-28 Clare 1-15

Report from RTE.ie

A blistering opening half display provided the foundation for Limerick to ease their way into the Munster Under-21 final by a 13-point margin.

Limerick led by 1-15 to 1-05 at the interval and would have been even further ahead had they not squandered a host of goal chances.

But Clare never looked like getting back in the contest and a disappointing week for the Banner was completed as Limerick ran out deserving winners.

Even after six minutes of this game it was clear to see who the dominant team was a Limerick reeled off a rapid-fire 1-04 to take a giant step towards the provincial final.

A super Thomas Grimes score from the left got Limerick off the mark after 45 seconds and although Colin Corbett got Clare up and running a minute later, Aaron Gillane tapped over his first point of his 14 points in the third minute to give Limerick the lead again.

Having played the full 70 minutes for the Clare seniors against Cork in the Munster final, David Fitzgerald started at right half-forward for Clare, although he soon drooped back as a third midfielder, which created a spare man in front of the Limerick full-back line.

Kyle Hayes found himself unmarked for long stretches early on, so when Clare continued to rain balls down on top of him it proved a launch pad for several Limerick attacks.

Around the middle part of the half Gillane was unmarkable though. Con Smyth was the unfortunate Clare man charged with silencing him, and after the Patrickswell player had scored six points for his side Smyth was hauled off.

The crucial score was Peter Casey’s goal after six minutes, which he finished superbly after he was pulled to the ground by Conor O’Halloran, but got up to score thanks to the good advantage played by referee Cathal McAllister.

After 10 minutes Limerick led by 1-07 to 0-02, and it seemed as if Billy Connors’ goal a minute later would settle Clare. But instead Gillane hit the next four points as Limerick took over again.

They were not faultless though and Casey, Gillane and captain Tom Morrissey all missed good goal chances in the opening half, but a 1-14 to 1-05 lead was the least they deserved. Morrissey should have found the net again just after the restart but his shot flew over the bar.

However, Clare responded well and there were hopes of a revival as they sent over a string of points to cut Limerick’s lead to five points. But with Colin Ryan inspirational at midfield – he hit three great points in the second period – Limerick settled themselves and ran out easy winners.

They will now face either Waterford or Cork — who meet on Thursday evening at Walsh Park — in the final.

Limerick: E McNamara; S Finn, D Fanning, D Joy; R Lynch (0-01), K Hayes, T Grimes (0-01); C Ryan (0-03), R Hanley (0-02); A Gillane (0-14, 0-05f, 0-01 ’65), B Murphy (0-01), C Lynch (0-01); P Casey (1-00), T Morrissey (0-02), B Nash (0-02)
Subs: C Boylan for Murphy (40 mins), A La Touche Cosgrave for Grimes (42 mins), C McSweeney for Finn (51 mins), P Ahern (0-01) for Morrissey (53 mins), O O’Reilly for Casey (56 mins).

Clare: K Nugent; C O’Halloran, D Walsh, C Cooney; C Smyth, B O’Gorman, R Hayes (0-01); J McCarthy, M O’Malley (0-01); D Fitzgerald (0-02), C Corbett (0-02), B Cahill (0-01); I Galvin (0-05, 0-04f), A Shanagher (0-01), B Connors (1-00)
Subs: M Moloney for Smyth (18 mins), M O’Shea (0-01) for Corbett (40 mins), P O’Loughlin (0-01) for Hayes (42 mins), C Noonan for Cahill (56 mins), J Cunningham for B O’Gorman (59 mins).

Ref – C McAllister (Cork)


Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
Student/Senior’s: Receive €5.00 concession with valid ID prior to entry
Juveniles/U-16’s: Free

Tickets can be purchased in Centra and Supervalu stores in Clare, Limerick and across Ireland – visit the Munster GAA Ticketing Locator to see participating stores in Munster.


Team News

CLARE: K Nugent (O’Callaghans Mills); C Cooney (O’Callaghans Mills), D Walsh (Éire Óg), C O’Halloran (Éire Óg); C Smyth (Feakle), D Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona), R Hayes (Wolfe Tones Na Sionna); J McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona), M O’Malley (Kilmaley); B O’Gorman (Wolfe Tones Na Sionna), I Galvin (Clonlara), B Cahill (Kilmaley); C Corbett (Tulla), A Shanagher (Wolfe Tones Na Sionna), B Connors (Cratloe).

LIMERICK: E McNamara (Doon); S Finn (Bruff), D Fanning (Pallasgreen), D Joy (Kilmallock); R Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), K Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), T Grimes (Na Piarsaigh); R Hanley (Kilmallock), C Ryan (Pallasgreen); A Gillane (Patrickswell), B Murphy (Doon), C Lynch (Patrickswell); P Casey (Na Piarsaigh), T Morrissey (Ahane), B Nash (South Liberties).


Match Programme

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Munster Senior Hurling Final – Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20

Cork defeated Clare by 1-25 to 1-20 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday July 9th at Semple Stadium Thurles.



Cork victorious over Clare in Munster hurling final

Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20

Report by John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork claimed a first Munster SHC title in three years and underlined their All-Ireland credentials with a thoroughly convincing victory over Clare in front of 45,558 in Semple Stadium.

Alan Cadogan was almost flawless in scoring 1-4 from play and Patrick Horgan contributed a hefty 0-13 as they withstood all that was thrown at them by Clare who will regret their 15 wides.

Cork went seven points up in the 53rd minute but were only two to the good four minutes later as Clare hit them for 1-2, Tony Kelly picking off two points and Conor McGrath finding the net after availing of a great John Conlon run.

Kelly’s second point from close to the sideline suggested Clare had stolen the initiative but Cork, like they did against Tipperary and Waterford, hit back when Cadogan pointed. There was a let-off when Cathal Malone hit the woodwork for a second time, though, and Horgan and Conlon exchanged scores prior to another Horgan free and a Seamus Harnedy point, which sent Cork five clear.

Mark Coleman hit two inspirational points, one of them a sideline cut, and set up Horgan for another, while Damien Cahalane soloed impressively forward to create a point for Cadogan and victory was Cork’s.

Cadogan’s performance stood loud and proud in the first half, helping himself to 1-2 and winning one of the four frees converted by Horgan. Oisín O’Brien made way for Jason McCarthy for the break such was the difficulty he was being posed by the Douglas man.

But Anthony Nash was also prominent in Cork taking a five-point lead at half-time, 1-10 to 0-8. Harnedy scored almost directly from a Nash puck-out in the third minute and Nash was able to find Luke Meade who sent in the ball for Cadogan’s 12th minute goal when he easily rounded O’Brien before finishing low past Andrew Fahy.

Clare came back with the next three scores, all from Kelly and one of them from a penalty after he hit too high following a foul on Shane O’Donnell in the parallelogram. Kelly was enjoying plenty of space but the closest Clare came to a goal when Cathal Malone kicked the sliotar against the post in the 11th minute.

The penalty point levelled up the game but Cork sent over five points in a row, a brace of Horgan frees and scores from Conor Lehane, Darragh Fitzgibbon and Cadogan. Clare broke that spell with two points on the spin but they were cancelled out by another couple of Horgan frees before the break as Clare’s indiscipline cost them more.

Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (0-13, 10 frees); A. Cadogan (1-4); S. Harnedy, M. Coleman (1 sideline) (0-2 each); C. Lehane, D. Fitzgibbon, S. Kingston, L. Meade(0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: T. Kelly (0-10, 6 frees, 1 pen); C. McGrath (1-1); J. Conlon (0-2); S. Morey, P. Collins, A. Shanagher, D. McInerney, C. Galvin, A. Cunningham, J. McCarthy (0-1 each).

CORK: A. Nash; C. Spillane, D. Cahalane, S. McDonnell (c); C. Joyce, M. Ellis, M. Coleman; B. Cooper, D. Fitzgibbon; L. Meade, C. Lehane, S. Kingston; A. Cadogan, P. Horgan, S. Harnedy
Subs for Cork: D. Kearney for S. Kingston (57); L. O’Farrell for D. Fitzgibbon (61); M. Cahalane for L. Meade (66)

CLARE: A. Fahy; P. O’Connor (c), D. McInerney, O. O’Brien; S. Morey, C. Cleary, D. Fitzgerald; C. Galvin, T. Kelly; C. Malone, P. Collins, J. Conlon; A. Shanagher, S. O’Donnell, C. McGrath
Subs for Clare: J. McCarthy for O. O’Brien (33); D. Reidy for P. Collins (h-t); C. Dillon for P. O’Connor (43); A, Cunningham for A. Shanagher (60); P. Duggan for C. Malone (65).

Referee: F. Horgan (Tipperary)



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Ticket Update – Wednesday July 5th

Sunday’s Munster Senior and Minor Hurling Finals between Cork and Clare in Semple Stadium Thurles are heading for a sell-out attendance.

Tickets for the Kinane Stand, O’Riain Stand and the Town End terrace are now sold out while a limited number of Killinan End terrace tickets remain on sale via tickets.ie, Centra and Supervalu outlets while stocks last.

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Team News

Clare Senior Hurling Joint Managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor have named their starting 15 to face Cork in the 2017 Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final at Semple Stadium, Thurles, this Sunday (9 July 2017) at 4.00 p.m.

The team shows two changes from the one that lined out in The Banner’s semi-final victory over Limerick. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge) replaces David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis) in midfield and Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara) comes in for Gearóid O’Connell (Ballyea) in the halfback line.

Clare starting 15 v Cork (numbers as per Match Programme):

1. Andrew Fahy (Whitegate)

2. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
3. David McInerney (Tulla)
4. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber) – captain

5. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona)
6. Conor Cleary (St. Josephs Miltown)
7. Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara)

8. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
9. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)

10. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)
11. Podge Collins (Cratloe)
12. John Conlon (Clonlara)

13. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg Inis)
14. Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
15. Conor McGrath (Cratloe)

Substitutes:
16. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)
17. Cian Dillon (Crusheen)
18. David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis)
19. Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
20. Jason McCarthy (Inagh Kilnamona)
21. Niall Deasy (Ballyea)
22. Peter Duggan (Clooney Quin)
23. Brendan Bugler (Whitegate)
24. Patrick Donnellan (O’Callaghan’s Mills)
25. Cathal McInerney (Cratloe)
26. Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge)


They meet in the Munster final for the first time since 1999, when Cork won 1-15 to 0-14 in Thurles and later went on to win the All-Ireland title.

PATHS TO THE FINAL
Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26 (Munster quarter-final)
Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)

Top Scorers
Conon Lehane………….0-14 (0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)
Patrick Horgan…………0-14 (0-7 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)
Shane Kingston………..1-4

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Clare 2-17 Limerick 1-16
Top Scorers
Shane O’Donnell…………..2-2
Conor McGrath……………..1-3
David Reidy………………….0-5 (0-5 frees)

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2015: Cork 0-20 Clare 0-17 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2014: Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18 (Munster semi-final)
2013: Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16 (All-Ireland final) Replay
2013: Clare 0-25 Cork 3-16 (All-Ireland final) Draw
2013: Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15 (Munster semi-final)

LAST FIVE MUNSTER FINAL APPEARANCES
CORK
2014: Cork 2-24 Limerick 0-24
2013: Limerick 0-24 Cork 0-15
2010: Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 (Replay) After extra-time
2010: Waterford 2-15 Cork 2-15 (Draw)
2006: Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-14

CLARE
2008: Tipperary 2-21 Clare 0-19
1999: Cork 1-15 Clare 0-14
1998: Clare 2-16 Waterford 0-10 (Replay)
1998: Clare 1-16 Waterford 3-10 (Draw)
1997: Clare 1-18 Tipperary 0-18

LAST FIVE MUNSTER FINAL CLASHES
1999: Cork 1-15 Clare 0-14
1986: Cork 2-18 Clare 3-12
1978: Cork 0-13 Clare 0-11
1977: Cork4-15 Clare 4-10
1972: Cork 6-18 Clare 2-8

*This will be the 54th championship meeting between the counties, with Cork winning 36 to Clare’s 12 and five draws from the previous 53.
*This will be the 13th Munster final between the counties, with Cork having won nine to Clare’s two with one draw. Clare’s last win was in the 1932 final.
*Clare and Cork have met ten times in the championship in the new Millennium. Cork have won eight to Clare’s one (2013 All-Ireland final replay) with one draw (2013 All-Ireland final).
*Cork are seeking their 53rd Munster title while Clare are bidding for their seventh. Cork last won Munster in 2014 while Clare were last successful in 1998.
*The last championship game between the counties was in 2015 when Cork won an All-Ireland qualifier by 0-20 to 0-17 in Semple Stadium.
*The last Munster final to end level was in 2010 (Cork 2-15 Waterford 2-15). Prior to that, the last draw was in 1998 (Clare 1-16 Waterford 3-10).
*Clare last appeared in the Munster final in 2008.
*Cork beat Clare by 0-21 to 1-11 in the first round of this year’s Allianz hurling League (Pairc Ui Rinn, February 11).


Match Programme

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GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 – Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22

Waterford defeated Kilkenny by 4-23 to 2-22 after extra time in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 on Saturday July 8th at Semple Stadium Thurles.





Waterford claim first SHC win over Kilkenny since 1959

Report By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22 after extra-time

A Maurice Shanahan goal in the second half of additional time set Waterford on their way to a historic and captivating championship victory over Kilkenny in Thurles.

Despite hauling back an eight-point deficit in the latter stages of normal time, the Cats lost to the Déise for the first time in the SHC since 1959, the 11th time of asking and were duly knocked out of the championship after the teams were tied at the end of regulation play for a second season in a row.

Three minutes into the second extra period, Shanahan was quickest in reacting to a ball Kilkenny’s backs failed to negotiate and ran clear before finishing to the delight of the Waterford contingent in the 33,181 crowd.

The sides exchanged the lead twice in the first additional 10-minute period and Waterford led by one when Jamie Barron took receipt of an Austin Gleeson ball, ran at a vacant Kilkenny cover and his shot, although not struck clinically, was too good for Eoin Murphy. It was enough to see the Déise go 3-19 to 2-18 ahead going into the turnaround.

Waterford had led 1-10 to 1-5 at half-time and while they saw the advantage narrowed to two points by the 43rd minute they ended a 12-minute spell without a score in the 47th minute via Jamie Barron and the next couple came courtesy of Austin Gleeson.

Shane Bennett’s thunderbolt goal in the 43th minute, after some fine Michael Walsh work, sent Waterford seven clear. It became eight when Kevin Moran flew over his second point but only after substitute Lester Ryan sent a fierce ground shot wide.

Waterford still led by eight going into the last minutes of regulation time but Kilkenny didn’t know they were beaten. A Ryan point was followed by a Reid free and then came their second goal, Colin Fennelly fortunate not to be whistled for charging but Reid on the end of it to put the ball over the goal-line.

A Ger Aylward point came next to cut the gap to two and then substitute Richie Leahy delivered a mighty score from close to the Ryan Stand sideline. Kilkenny’s tails were well and truly up and Colin Fennelly sent over the equaliser.

Having only come on for Pauric Mahony, Maurice Shanahan had a long-range free to win it, awarded to Stephen Bennett quite fortuitously, but sent it wide and extra-time beckoned.

Kilkenny’s forward line managed just two points from play in the first half of normal time, a poor return consistent with what they had offered up against Limerick and Wexford. Their ball retention was lacking too and Pauric Mahony’s five first half frees were as much the Cats’ attack’s fault given the amount of ball they were allowing come the direction of their backs.

Waterford led from the outset, going 0-2 to 0-0 after five minutes, and doubled that lead with three Mahony placed balls 13 minutes later. Jake Dillon was causing major problems for Pádraic Walsh and had won three frees, converted by Mahony, by half-time.

Austin Gleeson looked to be back to himself with two fine points while Shane Bennett was just as difficult to get a hold of as Dillon. It was his tenacity just before the break in the wake of a Paul Murphy foul that set up Michael Walsh for his first goal for Waterford in 11 years.

Kilkenny had threatened to fire into the game when Reid fired a goal from a 33rd minute penalty after Richie Hogan was upended. His shot was too good for Stephen O’Keeffe who managed to get a touch on it. The score brought Kilkenny to within two points, 0-9 to 1-4, but the next score was a beauty from Gleeson despite Robert Lennon’s foul.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony (0-6, 5 frees, 1 65); J. Barron, M. Shanahan (0-2 frees) (1-3 each); A. Gleeson (0-5); M. Walsh, Shane Bennett (1-0 each); K. Moran, T. Ryan (0-2 each); J. Dillon, P. Curran (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kilkenny: T.J. Reid (2-12, 1-0 pen, 0-10 frees, 0-1 65); L. Ryan (0-3); R. Leahy (0-2); R. Hogan, E. Murphy (free), K. Kelly, G. Aylward, C. Fennelly (0-1 each).

WATERFORD: S. O’Keeffe; B. Coughlan, C. Gleeson; T. de Burca; N. Connors, Philip Mahony, S. Fives; J. Barron, K. Moran (c); Pauric Mahony, M. Walsh, A. Gleeson; J. Dillon, Shane Bennett
Subs for Waterford: S. McNulty for N. Connors (blood, 44-49); P. Curran for J. Dillon (48); Stephen Bennett for Shane Bennett (61); M. Shanahan for M. Walsh (69), B. O’Halloran for Pauric Mahony (70+4); T. Ryan for Stephen Bennett (79); C. Dunford for P. Curran (85); S. McNulty for N. Connors (86).

KILKENNY: E. Murphy; P. Murphy, P. Walsh; C. Buckley; R. Lennon, J. Lyng, C. Fogarty; M. Fennelly, P. Deegan (c), W. Walsh; C. Fennelly, T.J. Reid, K. Kelly; R. Hogan, J.J. Farrell
Subs for Kilkenny: L. Ryan for P. Deegan, G. Aylward for J.J. Farrell (both h-t); C. Bolger for K. Kelly (49); R. Leahy for R. Hogan (63); L. Blanchfield for M. Fennelly (inj, 74); R. Hogan for G. Aylward (85).

Referee: J. Owens (Wexford).


Fixture Details

08.07.2017 (Sat)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2
Semple Stadium, Thurles 19:00
Cill Chainnigh v Port Láirge
Referee: James Owens (Wexford)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; T de Búrca, A Gleeson, Philip Mahony; J Barron, C Gleeson; K Moran, Pauric Mahony, J Dillon; Shane Bennett, M Walsh, D Fives.

TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship Final – Kerry 1-14 Waterford 3-6

Kerry defeated Waterford by 1-14 to 3-6 in the TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship Final on Saturday July 8th at Mallow.


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