GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 – Mayo 1-19 Tipperary 1-11

Mayo defeated Tipperary by 1-19 to 1-11 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 on Saturday June 23rd at Semple Stadium Thurles.


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Team News

Tipperary: Evan Comerford, Shane O’Connell, John Meagher, Alan Campbell, Bill Maher, Robbie Kiely, Jimmy Feehan, Liam Casey, Steven O’Brien, Josh Keane, Jack Keane, Jack Kennedy, Brian Fox, Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan, Liam McGrath

Mayo: David Clarke, Chris Barrett, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins, Colm Boyle, Stephen Coen, Patrick Durcan, Seamus O’Shea, Lee Keegan, Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Cian Hanley, Jason Doherty, Cillian O’Connor, Andy Moran.

Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 21 Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 1-22 Limerick 1-13

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 1-22 to 1-13 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 21 Championship Semi-Final on Thursday June 21st at Semple Stadium Thurles.


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BGE Munster U-21 Hurling: Tipp dethrone Limerick

TIPPERARY 1-22 LIMERICK 1-13

Report By Daragh Small for GAA.ie

David Gleeson’s goal copper-fastened victory for Tipperary as the reigning Munster and All-Ireland U-21 champions Limerick were dethroned at Semple Stadium in Thurles this evening. Gleeson’s goal arrived nine minutes after half-time, where Tipperary had held a 0-13 to 0-5 lead in front of 3,460.

Limerick could have been in touch at the break but Barry Murphy missed a penalty just beforehand, and their late goal from Kevin Howard was only a consolation. Limerick also had their captain Kyle Hayes sent-off for two bookable offences, as Liam Cahill’s side advanced to face Cork in the decider.

Tipperary made a fast start and raced into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead after just seven minutes. Jerome Cahill scored their first point in the fourth minute, and further points followed from Brian McGrath (free) and Jake Morris (two). Tipperary senior star Morris reverted to the half-forward line and caused trouble there, while his Limerick counter-parts found it difficult to get into the game. Seamus Flanagan was uncharacteristically quiet.

But Brian Ryan and Conor Boylan ate into the Tipperary lead, halving it, before Tipperary scored another four unanswered points between the 11th and 18th minutes. Colin English and Kehoe both accounted for two each, before Barry Murphy registered his first point. Ger Browne and Murphy traded points thereafter, but Tipperary always looked more comfortable. They went on another four-point blitz with Kehoe scoring twice, while Morris and McGrath added to their tallies. Willie O’Meara hit back for Limerick and they almost grabbed a crucial penalty goal before the break.

But after he earned the penalty, when fouled by Killian O’Dwyer, Murphy blasted his shot off Ciarán Barrett’s crossbar and the ball was cleared to safety. Limerick had their chances in the second half but they result was put beyond doubt as early as the 39th minute when McGrath’s clearance was collected by Gleeson as he finished low past Jamie Power in the Limerick goal. Limerick were always going to come with a late drive and their substitutes contributed 1-3 with Howard’s goal arriving in the second minute off added time. But Hayes had already been sent-off for a second yellow, when he connected with Cian Flanagan.

Scorers for Tipperary: Mark Kehoe 0-5, Lyndon Fairbrother 0-3 (0-3f), Brian McGrath 0-3 (0-3f), David Gleeson 1-0, Jake Morris 0-3, Colin English 0-3, Ger Browne 0-2, Jerome Cahill 0-1, Cian Darcy 0-1, Darragh Woods 0-1

Scorers for Limerick: Brian Murphy 0-4 (0-3f), Kevin Howard 1-0, Micheal Houlihan 0-2 (0-2f), Paddy O’Loughlin 0-2 (0-2f), Brian Ryan 0-1, Conor Boylan 0-1, Willie O’Meara 0-1, Oisin O’Reilly 0-1, Peter Casey 0-1 (0-1f)

TIPPERARY: Ciarán Barrett; Podge Campion, Brian McGrath, Killian O’Dwyer; Cian Flanagan, Paddy Cadell, Dillon Quirke; Ger Browne, Colin English; Jake Morris, Paudie Feehan, Jerome Cahill; David Gleeson, Mark Kehoe, Lyndon Fairbrother
Subs: Cian Darcy for Fairbrother (51), Craig Morgan for Quirke (53) Darragh Woods for Gleeson (56), Conor Stakelum for Cahill (58), Michael Purcell for Flanagan (61).

LIMERICK: Jamie Power; Brian Timmons, Josh Adams, John Flynn; Willie O’Meara, Kyle Hayes, Thomas Grimes; Paddy O’Loughlin, Mike Mackey; Brian Ryan, Barry Murphy, Conor Boylan; Peter Casey, Seamus Flanagan, Mark O’Dwyer. Subs: Darren O’Connell for O’Dwyer (half-time), Oisin O’Reilly for Flanagan (42), Micheal Houlihan for Ryan (43), Kevin Howard for Mackey (48), Brian O’Grady for Murphy (52).

Referee: Rory McGann (Clare).


Team News

LIMERICK: Jamie Power (Monaleen); Brian Timmons (Murroe-Boher), Josh Adams (Ballybrown), John Flynn (Patrickswell); Willie O’Meara (Askeaton), Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh); Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), Mike Mackey (Adare); Brian Ryan (South Liberties), Barry Murphy (Doon), Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh); Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh), Mark O’Dwyer (Monaleen)
Subs: Adam O’Brien (Ahane), Jason Fitzgibbon (Cappamore), Micheal Houlihan (Kilmallock), Kevin Howard (Old Christians), Daniel Minehan (Ahane), Mikey O’Brien (Doon), Darren O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Brian O’Grady (Kilteely-Dromkeen), Oisin O’Reilly (Kilmallock).

TIPPERARY: Ciaran Barrett (Clonmel Og); Podge Campion (Drom-Inch), Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Killian O’Dwyer (Killenaule); Cian Flanagan (Newport), Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens), Dillon Quirke (Clonoulty-Rossmore); Ger Browne (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams), Colin English (Fr Sheehys); Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Paudie Feehan (Killenaule), Mark Kehoe(Kilsheelan-Kilcash); David Gleeson (Ballinahinch), Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg), Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
Subs: Barry Hogan (Kiladanagn), Conor Stakelum (Thurles Sarsfields), Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Darragh Woods (Holycross-Ballycahill), Jimmy Ryan (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Michael Purcell (Thurles Sarsfields), Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Shane Neville (Lattin-Cullen), Stephen Nolan (Drom-Inch).


Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 21 Championship Semi-Final – Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-17

Cork defeated Waterford by 0-23 to 1-17 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 21 Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday June 20th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


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Cork through to Munster hurling final after second-half comeback against Waterford

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-17: A strong second half earned Cork a place in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21HC final as they came from behind to beat Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Trailing by 1-8 to 0-8 at half-time, the Rebels fell further behind as John Paul Lucey and Darragh Lyons had points for Waterford on the resumption, but they responded well with five in a row, from Robbie O’Flynn (two), influential subs Daire Connery, free-taker Declan Dalton and captain Shane Kingston.

While Jack Prendergast and goalkeeper Billy Nolan scored frees as Waterford pushed ahead again, Cork had got on top with Billy Hennessy and Darragh Fitzgibbon impressive and they finally hit the front through Mark Coleman on 51 minutes, with Dalton, Fitzgibbon, Jack O’Connor and sub Conor Cahalane on target as they saw out the game.

The win guarantees Cork two more games under the new system which sees the Munster and Leinster champions play the runners-up from the other province, but it was a victory which didn’t look at all certain in the first half.

A ninth-minute Lucey goal put Waterford 1-2 to 0-2 in front with Andrew Casey and Neil Montgomery adding further points, and their lead never dropped below three for the rest of the half, Nolan twice making good saves.

While they would start the second half well, Cork dug deep and eventually managed to seize control.

Scorers for Cork: D Dalton 0-8 (frees), D Fitzgibbon 0-3, S Kingston, R O’Flynn, J O’Connor, D Connery, L Healy 0-2 each, M Coleman, C Cahalane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: JP Lucey 1-2, J Prendergast 0-4 (frees), B Nolan 0-3 (frees), A Casey 0-2, P Hogan, D Lyons, N Montgomery, I Daly, C Prunty, C Lyons 0-1 each.

CORK: G Collins (Ballinhassig); D Lowney (Clonakilty), D Griffin (Carrigaline), N O’Leary (Castlelyons); E Murphy (Sarsfields), M Coleman (Blarney), B Hennessy (St Finbarr’s); C O’Leary (Valley Rovers), D Fitzgibbon (Charleville); R O’Flynn (Erin’s Own), D Dalton (Fr O’Neills), M O’Halloran (Blackrock); L Healy (Sarsfields), S Kingston (Douglas), J O’Connor (Sarsfields).
Subs: D Connery (Na Piarsaigh) for O’Halloran (36), C Cahalane (St Finbarr’s) for O’Leary (44), L O’Shea (Lisgoold) for O’Connor (60).

WATERFORD: B Nolan (Roanmore); J Curran (Dungarvan), M Daykin (Mount Sion), D Lynch (Passage); C Prunty (Abbeyside), J Henley (Tallow), G Cullinane (Passage); A Casey (Ballyduff Upper), M Mahony (Ballygunner); D Lyons (Dungarvan), JP Lucey (Shamrocks), N Montgomery (Abbeyside); E Meaney (De La Salle), J Prendergast (Tramore), P Hogan (Ballygunner).
Subs: I Beecher (Tallow) for Casey (42), I Daly (Lismore) for Montgomery (54), C Lyons (Ballyduff Lower) for Lynch (49), H Ruddle (Ballygunner) for Meaney (60).

Referee: J McCormack (Tipperary).



Team News

CORK (U21HC v Waterford): G Collins (Ballinhassig); D Lowney (Clonakilty), D Griffin (Carrigaline), N O’Leary (Castlelyons); E Murphy (Sarsfields), M Coleman (Blarney), B Hennessy (St Finbarr’s); C O’Leary (Valley Rovers), D Fitzgibbon (Charleville); R O’Flynn (Erin’s Own), D Dalton (Fr O’Neills), S Kingston (Douglas); L Healy (Sarsfields), T O’Mahony (Newtownshandrum), J O’Connor (Sarsfields). Subs: Shane Hurley (St Finbarr’s), S Smyth (Midleton), J Cashman (Blackrock), E Roche (Bride Rovers), D Connery (Na Piarsaigh), C Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), M O’Halloran (Blackrock), A Myers (Sarsfields), S Condon (Harbour Rovers).

WATERFORD (U21HC v Cork): B Nolan (Roanmore); J Curran (Dungarvan), M Daykin (Mount Sion) D Lynch (Passage); C Lyons (Ballyduf Lower), J Henley (Tallow), G Cullinane (Passage); A Casey (Ballyduff Upper), M Mahony (Ballygunner); E Meaney (De La Salle), P Hogan (Ballygunner), J Kennedy (Mount Sion); JP Lucey (Shamrocks), D Lyons (Dungarvan), N Montgomery (Abbeyside).


Munster S.H.C. – Clare 0-26 Limerick 0-15

Clare defeated Limerick by 0-26 to 0-15 in Round 5 of the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship on Sunday June 17th at Cusack Park Ennis.


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Munster SHC: Clare march on

CLARE 0-26 LIMERICK 0-15

Report By Eoin Brennan for GAA.ie

Clare gathered further momentum to ensure a second successive Munster Final appearance after brushing off the challenge of previously unbeaten Limerick.

In front of a capacity crowd of 18,803, Cusack Park again proved Clare’s trump card as they led from start to finish in what was essentially a provincial semi-final showdown.

Following an opening win over Waterford three weeks previously, the Banner County were bolstered by a late smash-and-grab victory over Tipperary last time out to provide an unprecedented level of assuredness in their final group outing.

Peter Duggan kept up his unerring form from placed balls with a 13 point haul to top up his side’s margin throughout.

Equally, Tony Kelly revelled in the space left by the dismissal of a player from each side with a punishing five point second half blitz while John Conlon maintained his form with four and Jamie Shanahan perfectly operated as a sweeper and chief distributor to the forwards in a five star display.

Clare’s greater appetite was apparent from the outset as Duggan and targetman John Conlon kept the best efforts of Shane Dowling placed balls and Tom Morrissey at bay to open up a 0-10 to 0-7 advantage by the 29th minute.

Both sides would be reduced to 14 players just before the break as Limerick substitute Tom Condon and Clare’s David Reidy both received straight reds for off-the-ball incidents as Clare took a 0-13 to 0-09 advantage into the break.

With the wind to come, Limerick required a spark to ignite their recovery, but found themselves increasingly firefighting as the new half developed as Clare always seemed able to maintain a five point gap.

Without a goal, Limerick’s challenge faded in the final quarter, with their bruising three match schedule in as many weeks allowing Clare to flesh out the final margin with the last seven points as their attacking triumvirate Duggan (3), Kelly (2) and Conlon powered their side to a Munster Final rematch with Cork in a fortnight’s time.

Scorers for Clare: Peter Duggan 0-13 (10fs, 1’65), Tony Kelly 0-5 (1’65), John Conlon 0-4, David Fitzgerald 0-2, Colm Galvin, Jamie Shanahan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-4 (4fs), Tom Morrissey 0-3, Kyle Hayes, Darragh O’Donovan (sideline), Cian Lynch, Diarmaid Byrnes, Seamus Flanagan, Gearoid Hegarty, Dan Morrissey, Aaron Gillane 0-1 each.

CLARE: Donal Tuohy; Jack Browne, Patrick O’Connor, David McInerney; Seadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Podge Collins, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell.
Subs: David Fitzgerald for Morey (14, inj), Jason McCarthy for Malone (54), Ian Galvin for Fitzgerald (61), Conor McGrath for O’Donnell (65), Mikey O’Neill for Collins (70).

LIMERICK: Nicky Quaid; Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Darragh O’Donovan, Cian Lynch; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Seamus Flanagan, Shane Dowling, Graeme Mulcahy.
Subs: Tom Condon for Finn (13, inj), Richie McCarthy for Mulcahy (HT), Aaron Gillane for Flanagan (49), David Dempsey for Hegarty (56), Barry Nash for English (64).

REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford).



Team News

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

Limerick: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Darragh O’Donovan, Cian Lynch; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Seamus Flanagan, Shane Dowling, Graeme Mulcahy.

Munster S.H.C. – Cork 1-23 Waterford 1-20

Cork defeated Waterford by 1-23 to 1-20 in Round 5 of the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship on Sunday June 17th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


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Munster SHC: Cork edge out Waterford

CORK 1-23 WATERFORD 1-20

Report By Daragh Small for GAA.ie

Bill Cooper starred for in the second half comeback for Cork and the reigning Munster champions ensured safe passage into this year’s final with a win over Waterford.

John Meyler’s side had drawn against Tipperary and Limerick before their break from the round robin, and they bounced back in impressive fashion late on at Semple Stadium in Thurles.

They were 0-15 to 0-11 behind at the interval, but backed by the wind in the second half, the concession of Tommy Ryan’s goal was cancelled out by Seamus Harnedy’s 67th minute strike.

Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh broke Brendan Cummins’ record for championship appearances, with his 74th straight game for Waterford here.

It was also potentially his last for his county but Derek McGrath’s men had nothing other than pride to play for after their 2-26 to 1-16 defeat at the hands of Limerick last weekend.

Despite draws against Tipperary and Limerick Cork had their destiny in their own hands but they were second best for the majority of the first half against the breeze.

Patrick Horgan did open the scoring and the Cork full-forward line all registered points inside the opening 12 minutes, but they missed too many opportunities in front of goal.

As their wide count rose Waterford took their chances up the other end and Tommy Ryan was a particular threat, while Brian O’Halloran was the perfect foil, with Pauric Mahony on target from the placed ball.

The sides were level on four occasions in opening quarter before points from Austin Gleeson and Jake Dillon put Waterford in charge.

The Cork wide count would reach eight by half-time and Waterford goalkeeper Ian O’Regan made a smart save to deny Bill Cooper a goal in the 16th minute.

Conor Lehane and Horgan kept Cork in the game but Waterford held a 0-15 to 0-11 interval lead. Mahony had six points by the break while Ryan and O’Halloran scored a couple of points each.

Cork had the ideal start to the second-half when Cooper pointed from distance inside the opening minute. DJ Foran hit back, but Cork began to close in.

Mark Coleman’s wonderful sideline brought the deficit back to 0-16 to 0-15, and Horgan levelled proceedings in the 53rd minute.

But ‘Brick’ Walsh provided the final pass for Ryan and his rocket of a shot rifled past Nash into the Cork net.

It was the final act for ‘Brick’ who was substituted directly after, and Waterford were three points clear with 15 minutes remaining.

But Cork fought back again and Harnedy crashed home a goal in the 67th minute, before there were seven minutes of injury-time were signalled. That gave time for Cooper to draw Cork level before Horgan pushed them in front and they held on.

Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-5 (2fs, 165), Seamus Harnedy 1-3, Bill Cooper 0-4, Conor Lehane 0-3, Mark Coleman 0-2 (1 sideline), Shane Kingston 0-2, Daniel Kearney 0-2, Darragh Fitzgibbon 0-1, Christopher Joyce 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-8 (4f, 165), Tommy Ryan 1-3, Brian O’Halloran 0-2, Jake Dillon 0-2, Tom Devine 0-1, Jamie Barron 0-1, Austin Gleeson 0-1, DJ Foran 0-1, Maurice Shanahan 0-1.

CORK: Anthony Nash; Sean O’Donoghue, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Eoin Cadogan, Mark Coleman; Darragh Fitzgibbon, Bill Cooper; Luke Meade, Conor Lehane, Daniel Kearney; Shane Kingston, Seamus Harnedy, Patrick Horgan.
Subs: Conor O’Sullivan for O’Donoghue (45), Michael Cahalane for Meade (61), Jack O’Connor for Fitzgibbon (70+4)

WATERFORD: Ian O’Regan; Ian Kenny, Conor Gleeson, Noel Connors; Michael Walsh, Austin Gleeson, Philip Mahony; Jamie Barron, Pauric Mahony; Kevin Moran, Colin Dunford, Jake Dillon; Brian O’Halloran, Tom Devine, Tommy Ryan.
Subs: Seamus Keating for Connors (24), DJ Foran for Dillon (40), Stephen Roche for O’Halloran (45), Stephen Bennett for Walsh (55), Maurice Shanahan for Bennett (60).

REFEREE: John Keenan (Wicklow).



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Team News

Cork: Anthony Nash; Sean O’Donoghue, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Eoin Cadogan, Mark Coleman; Darragh Fitzgibbon, Bill Cooper; Luke Meade, Conor Lehane, Daniel Kearney; Shane Kingston, Seamus Harnedy, Patrick Horgan.

Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Round 5 – Cork 3-17 Waterford 2-5

Cork defeated Waterford by 3-17 to 2-5 in Round 5 of the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship on Sunday June 17th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


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Munster S.H.C. – Clare 1-23 Tipperary 1-21

Clare defeated Tipperary by 1-23 to 1-21 in Round 4 of the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship on Sunday June 10th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


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Munster SHC: Clare knock Tipperary out of the Championship

CLARE 1-23 TIPPERARY 1-21

Report By John Harrington for GAA.ie

Tipperary are out of the 2018 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, and they’ll surely feel their exit was caused by the width of a post.

Leading by 1-19 to 0-18 with 65 minutes on the clock they fashioned a goal chance that surely would have buried Clare once and for all. Jake Morris’ shot was well struck but bounced back off the upright, and Clare went straight back down the field to score a goal of their own through Ian Galvin that gave them the surge of impetus they so badly needed to win the match.


Ian Galvin goal for Clare


There was still plenty of drama thereafter, most notably the two match-winning points from Peter Duggan, but there’s no doubt that Galvin’s goal was the key moment of the match.

Perhaps Tipperary, playing their fourth match in 21 days, also ran out of the legs in the final 15 minutes of the match when they were outscored by 1-6 to 0-2.

Before then they’d been the better team for long stretches of the match, producing their best performance of the Championship thus far by some margin.

For the very start there was a method and energy to their play that had been marked absent in previous matches.

Their forwards worked ferociously hard when they didn’t have the ball, and time and again Clare defenders were blocked, hooked, or forced to turn backwards and clear under pressure.

This had a domino effect throughout the field as Clare were unable to supply their dangerous inside-forwards with well delivered ball because they didn’t have enough time to get their heads up and pick a pass.

The Tipperary half-backs and midfield were getting on top of their men, and as the half wore on more and more of the play was flowing towards Clare’s goals.

Three points from Jason Forde, one of them from play, and a brilliant Roan Maher score from the sideline already had Tipperary three points to the good when they struck for the first goal of the match.

A Brian Hogan puck-out was broken by Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher into the path of Billy McCarthy who showed a clean pair of hells to David Fitzgerald before driving a brilliant shot to the right-hand corner of the Clare net past Donal Tuohy.

The Tipperary supporters erupted, finally their team were playing with the sort of flair and authority they have come to expect from them in recent years.

Further points Forde (2) and Cathal Barrett gave Tipperary further momentum as they opened up a seven point lead, and by now Clare were struggling badly.

Even when they did manage to create clear scoring opportunities, their finishing was letting them down.

The normally ultra-reliable Tony Kelly wasn’t even immune to this malaise, as he hit three wides in a row despite shooting under little direct pressure from a Tipperary marker.

The mood of the match suddenly changed though in the final 15 minutes of the half.

Now it was the Clare half-backs who were getting on top, and the Clare forwards who were forcing the Tipperary defence into errors by applying pressure.

Tipp began conceding lots of frees, and Peter Duggan punished them to the hilt, scoring six in the first half alone.

And when Tony Kelly began finding his range, scoring two points from play in as many minutes, there was now some real wind in Clare’s sails.

By the time the half-time whistle came Tipperary were beginning to look like a tired team, but they still held a four-point lead, 1-10 to 0-9.

They built on it at the start of the second half, as three points from Forde and an inspirational score from Paudie Maher moved them 1-14 to 0-10 ahead.

They could never quite shake off Clare though thanks to the metronomic accuracy of Duggan from frees, and when substitute Podge Collins started getting onto the ball the Banner County were given a new surge of momentum.

Tipperary were still doing just about enough to keep them at arms length, with points from Bonner Maher, John McGrath, Forde, and Seamus Callanan nudging them into a 1-19 to 0-17 lead by the 60th minute.

Then came that pivotal moment when Morris hit the post and Clare raced down the field to score a brilliantly worked goal.

Duggan won a hard ball and laid it off to Collins who got his head up and picked out the perfect pass to Ian Galvin.

The Clare sub showed great footwork to step back instead and then unleashed an unstoppable shot to the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

In that passage of play Tipperary also sustained the considerable blow of losing Brendan Maher to what looked like a serious knee injury, but it looked like they still might hold out when Callanan scored another point and then Jason Forde’s persistence forced David McInerney into conceding a point for over-carrying.

Forde hadn’t missed from a placed ball all day, but he mishit his shot and Tipperary’s advantage remained at two points.

Clare levelled the match two minutes into the five of allotted injury-time with a point from John Conlon and another Duggan free, but once more Tipp got their noses in front again thanks to Noel McGrath.

The Banner County simply refused to be denied though, and in the final two minutes of injury-time they scored three quick-fire points through Collins and the irrepressible Duggan (2).

This was a huge win for Clare hurling, their first over Tipperary in the Championship in 15 years and their first time to beat them in Semple Stadium in 90 years.

The character they showed to grind it out bodes well for the summer ahead.

Scorers for Clare: Peter Duggan 0-15 (13f), Ian Galvin 1-0, Podge Collins 0-3, John Conlon 0-2, Tony Kelly 0-2, Jack Browne 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: Jason Forde 0-10 (8f, 1 ’65), Billy McCarthy 1-0, John McGrath 0-3, John McGrath 0-2, Seamus Callanan 0-2, Ronan Maher 0-1, Cathal Barrett 0-1, Padraic Maher 0-1, Patrick Maher 0-1.

TIPPERARY: Brian Hogan; Sean O’Brien, Seamus Kennedy, Donagh Maher; Joe O’Dwyer, Padraic Maher, Brendan Maher; Ronan Maher, Cathal Barrett; Dan McCormack, Patrick Maher, Billy McCarthy; Seamus Callanan, Jason Forde, John McGrath
Subs: Noel McGrath for Dan McCormack (9), Jake Morris for Patrick Bonner (60), Alan Flynn for Joe O’Dwyer (60), Willie Connors for Brendan Maher (67), John O’Dwyer for Billy McCarthy (70)

CLARE: Donal Tuohy; Patrick O’Connor, David McInerney, Jack Browne; David Fitzgerald, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Conor McGrath, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell
Subs: Podge Collins for Conor McGrath (38), Seadna Morey for David Fitzgerald (47), Ian Galvin for David Reidy (59), Jason McCarthy for Cathal Malone (62), Darragh Corry for Colm Galvin (64)

Ref: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow)



Munster Magic – Michael Ryan


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Under 16s: €5 all areas
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Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Round 4 – Waterford 2-17 Limerick 1-13

Waterford defeated Limerick by 2-17 to 1-13 in Round 4 of the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship on Sunday June 10th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


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GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 – Waterford 3-14 Wexford 1-18

Waterford defeated Wexford by 3-14 to 1-18 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 on Saturday June 9th at Innovate Wexford Park.


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All Ireland SFC Qualifier: Waterford earn victory

WATERFORD 3-14 WEXFORD 1-18

By Ronan Fagan for GAA.ie

Goals from Shane Ryan, JJ Hutchinson and substitute Joe Allen powered Waterford to a shock Round 1 All-Ireland SFC Qualifier victory over neighbours Wexford at sunny Innovate Wexford Park.

In only Waterford’s second-ever Qualifier success, and first since 2011, they ran the fancied home-side ragged to prevail in this historic first-ever Senior Football Championship confrontation between the counties.

Waterford sprung out of the traps to lead 0-2 to 0-1 before Wexford seemed to be finding their stride when Ben Brosnan, John Tubritt, Donal Shanley (free) and Eoghan Nolan asserted home control by 0-5 to 0-2 after 14 minutes.

But Waterford soon set the trend for on afternoon when they ruled as they exposed a porous Wexford rearguard for wing-back Shane Ryan to race through onto a pass from JJ Hutchinson and bury a levelling goal in the 15th-minute (1-2 to 0-5).

The rampant Deise maintained control, and although defender Ryan went agonisingly close to grabbing another goal, Waterford did apply a second major blow on 26 minutes when full-forward Hutchinson slotted a goal-of-the-season contender to help blow open a 2-7 to 0-7 advantage.

Wexford repaired some of the damage with closing scores from Brosnan (2) and Shanley (free) to close within 2-7 to 0-10 at half-time.

But Waterford had Wexford rocking again on 45 minutes when substitute Joe Allen completed a swift counter-attack with a tidy goal to stretch the gap to 3-9 to 0-11.

Wexford struggled to gain any traction as the sides shared the next ten points. But after having what seemed a perfectly legitimate goal disallowed, Wexford snapped back when centre-back Naomhan Rossiter netted his second goal of the campaign to cut the gap to 3-14 to 1-16 and hand Wexford a lifeline at the start of six minutes added-time.

But other than a couple of late Donal Shanley frees, the purple-and-gold were unable to make any further headway as Waterford deservedly savoured a rare profitable excursion in the Qualifiers.

Scorers for Waterford: Jason Curry 0-6 (5fs), JJ Hutchinson 1-2, Shane Ryan, Joe Allen 1-0 each, Conor Murray 0-3, Kieran Power 0-2, Tommy Prendergast 0-1.

Scorers for Wexford: Donal Shanley 0-9 (6fs), John Tubritt 0-4, Naomhan Rossiter 1-0, Ben Brosnan 0-3, Eoghan Nolan, Brian Malone 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: Stephen Enright, Aidan Trihy, Stephen Prendergast, James McGrath, Brian Looby, Michael Curry, Shane Ryan, Tommy Prendergast, Kieran Power, Gavin Crotty, Dylan Guiry, Conor Murray, Jason Curry, JJ Hutchinson, Jack Mullaney.
Subs: Joe Allen for Gavin Crotty (black-card, 40), Thomas O’Gorman for Kieran Power (51), Conor McCarthy for Conor Murray (70+3), Mark Cummins for Stephen Prendergast (black-card, 70+5).

WEXFORD: Conor Swaine, Michael Furlong, Eoin Porter, Conor Carty, Shane Doyle, Naomhan Rossiter, Tiarnan Rossiter, Brian Malone, Eoghan Nolan, James Stafford, Ben Brosnan, Glen Malone, David Shannon, Donal Shanley, John Tubritt.
Subs: Robert Frayne for David Shannon (HT), Martin O’Connor for Shane Doyle (HT), Nick Doyle for Eoghan Nolan (42), Barry O’Connor for Tiarnan Rossiter (48), Craig McCabe for Ben Brosnan (57), Donnacha Holmes for James Stafford (63).

REFEREE: Cormac Reilly (Meath).



Team News

Waterford Senior Football team to play Wexford

1. Stephen Enright (Ballinacourty)
2. Jack Mullaney (Stradbally)
3. Stephen Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
4. James McGrath (The Nire) – Captain
5. Brian Looby (Ballinacourty)
6. Shane Ryan (The Nire)
7. Aidan Trihy (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
8. Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
9. Michael Curry (Rathgormack)
10. Gavin Crotty (Dungarvan)
11. Kieran Power (Dungarvan)
12. Dylan Guiry (The Nire)
13. Jason Curry (Rathgormack)
14. JJ Hutchinson (Gaultier)
15. Conor Murray (Rathgormack)

Munster S.H.C. – Waterford 2-22 Tipperary 2-22

Waterford and Tipperary finished level at 2-22 apiece in Round 3 of the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship on Sunday June 3rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Match Highlights


Munster SHC: Tipp snatch draw after incredible comeback

TIPPERARY 2-22 WATERFORD 2-22

By Daragh Small for GAA.ie

Tipperary came back from the dead for the second match in a row to snatch a draw with Waterford that keeps their Championship hopes alive.

Waterford were 2-20 to 0-15 in front with just 16 minutes remaining but then Tipperary fought back and goals from Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher and Jason Forde ensured the game finished all square.

Tipperary suffered a 1-23 to 2-14 at the hands of Limerick when they last visited this ground in the opening round, but last weekend’s stunning comeback and draw with Cork put Michael Ryan’s side back on track.

Waterford also lost their opener to Clare, but that 2-27 to 2-18 defeat in Ennis meant they had to make amends straight away.

Jason Forde scored the first point from a free inside the opening minute but Tom Devine and Jamie Barron combined to put Waterford in front.

Forde drew the sides level but despite their lack of squad depth the Waterford attack still looked lethal and Pauric Mahony, who came in late for Colin Dunford, pointed a free before Devine gave Waterford a 0-4 to 0-2 lead in the fifth minute.

Mahony and Devine had a big say in the first half and Waterford hit 1-4 to 0-1 between the eighth and 13th minutes. Devine scored the first goal in the ninth minute after an Austin Gleeson free bounded around the Tipperary goalmouth and the Modeligo clubman connected with his one-handed swing.

When Pauric Mahony scored in the 13th minute Waterford held a 1-8 to 0-4 advantage. But points from Ronan Maher and Callanan settled Tipperary. Callanan’s effort could have been a goal but for Stephen O’Keeffe’s brilliant save from John O’Dwyer.

From the 18th minute Tipperary scored five points in a row with Forde (three), Noel McGrath and Ronan Maher on target. That reduced the arrears to 1-9 to 0-11.

But Padraic Maher flicked O’Keeffe’s booming clearance into the path of Pauric Mahony who blasted to the net for Waterford’s second goal. Philip Mahony and DJ Foran added further scores for Waterford before half-time, and Michael Cahill was sent-off in the 38th minute.

He got a second yellow for a chop on Foran, prior to the final point of the half, and Waterford took a 2-12 to 0-12 lead into the break.

Waterford hit the first four points of the second half and Curran’s second point gave them a big 2-17 to 0-13 advantage.

Incredibly the lead was whittled right down and it all turned when the Tipperary substitutes were introduced. Cathal Barrett pointed after his introduction and ‘Bonner’ Maher scored his goal in the 58th minute.

That goal brought it back to 2-20 to 1-17 but there was more drama when a Forde free dropped short and Austin Gleeson fumbled it before the line. After consultation with his umpires, referee Alan Kelly gave a goal.

And then it was Forde’s 12th free that secured the draw at the death.

Scorers for Tipperary: Jason Forde 1-14 (1-12 frees), Patrick Maher 1-0, Ronan Maher 0-3, Seamus Callanan 0-2, Billy McCarthy 0-1, Noel McGrath 0-1, Cathal Barrett 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 1-8 (0-5 frees), Tom Devine 1-2, Jamie Barron 0-3, DJ Foran 0-3, Patrick Curran 0-2, Philip Mahony 0-1, Stephen Bennett 0-1, Tommy Ryan 0-1, Jake Dillon 0-1.

TIPPERARY: Brian Hogan; Seán O’Brien, Séamus Kennedy, Michael Cahill; Joe O’Dwyer, Pádraic Maher, Brendan Maher; Ronan Maher, Billy McCarthy; Dan McCormack, Jason Forde, Noel McGrath; John O’Dwyer, Séamus Callanan, John McGrath
Subs: Patrick Maher for John O’Dwyer (46), Cathal Barrett for N McGrath (55), Jake Morris for J McGrath (59), Sean Curran for McCormack 60, Willie Connors for McCarthy (68).

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Conor Gleeson, Shane Fives, Noel Connors; Philip Mahony, Austin Gleeson, Michael Walsh; Jamie Barron, Stephen Roche; Mikey Kearney, Pauric Mahony, DJ Foran; Stephen Bennett, Tom Devine, Patrick Curran
Subs: Tommy Ryan for Kearney (46), Brian O’Halloran for Curran (54), Jake Dillon for Foran (59), Colin Dunford for Roche (63), Shane McNulty for Connors (66).

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway).


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Ticket Prices – Senior and Minor Hurling Round-Robin Championship Matches

Adult: Stand €20, Terrace €15
Under 16s: €5 all areas
Student/OAP: Concession of €5 with valid ID prior to entry at the designated stile.

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