AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Final – Nemo Rangers (Cork) 0-16 Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 0-11

Nemo Rangers (Cork) defeated Dr. Crokes (Kerry) by 0-16 to 0-11 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Final on Sunday November 26th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

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Luke Connolly stars as Nemo Rangers inflict rare defeat on Dr Crokes

Nemo Rangers 0-16 Dr Crokes 0-11

Report by John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

With no shortage in style, Nemo Rangers claimed a 16th Munster SFC title this afternoon, in doing so dethroning All-Ireland champions Dr Crokes and consigning them to their only defeat of 2017.

Watched by a 2,851 crowd in Páirc Uí Rinn, Nemo were full value for a victory founded in a terrific purple patch and confirmed with the brilliance of Luke Connolly in the second period.

Connolly helped himself to 10 points in a fine individual performance although there was excellent support from the likes of Paddy Gumley, Alan O’Donovan and Kevin Fulignati.

The only question mark over Nemo’s win was how they didn’t win by more and easier given how much they bossed proceedings in the first half. Crokes managed to close the gap to two points in the 41st minute but then Connolly struck over a quick brace and Paul Kerrigan opened up the margin to five.

Kieran O’Leary’s dismissal for a second yellow card crippled Crokes and while substitute Tony Brosnan had a late strike snuffed out by Micheál Aodh Martin Nemo were never truly threatened by a disappointing Crokes.

Nemo Rangers’s half-time advantage was four points, 0-9 to 0-5, and yet it hardly flattered them. In total, they had five goal opportunities in the first half, John Payne and Shane Murphy literally and metaphorically saving Crokes’ blushes.

While Connolly and Gumley were excellent throughout the period, they couldn’t make Nemo’s obvious superiority count. Payne was sharp to deny Barry O’Driscoll a chance at goal in the fifth minute and was again called on to stop Paul Kerrigan after the Cork captain cut a swath through the centre of the Kerrymen’s defence.

Payne then made a successful but desperate attempt to cut out Alan O’Donovan’s ball inside to Gumley when the Nemo full-forward looked set to find the net.

Goalkeeper Murphy took over fire-fighting duties from Payne first in the 20th minute when Gumley fed Connolly with an incisive pass and Connolly struck soundly on the volley only for the Crokes’ No1 to make an acrobatic save. That would have been enough for Connolly to curse him but Murphy then rejected his shot in the 25th minute.

With the scores 0-8 to 0-4 at that stage, Crokes might have been tasting Nemo’s dust but Brian Looney sent over a score soon afterwards to settle the visitors slightly.

Having gone ahead three times in the opening 10 minutes, they conceded six points in a row and looked dumbstruck, the inability to lay a hand on Nemo captain Aidan O’Reilly for his 17th minute score an indictment of their play.

Gavin White was the one Crokes’ player truly taking it to the opposition while Murphy, as excellent as he has been with his kick-outs for the Killarney club these last couple of seasons, was struggling to find his men as Nemo pressed up.

Scorers for Nemo Rangers: L. Connolly (0-10, 4 frees, 2 45s); P. Gumley (0-3); A. O’Reilly, P. Kerrigan, C. Horgan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Dr Crokes: C. Cooper (frees), D. Casey (1 free) (0-3 each); B. Looney (0-2 ); J. Buckley, G. White, J. Kiely (0-1 each).

NEMO RANGERS: M.A. Martin; K. O’Donovan, A. O’Reilly (c), A. Cronin; J. Donovan, S. Cronin, K. Fulignati; A. O’Donovan, J. Horgan; B. O’Driscoll, P. Kerrigan, C. O’Brien; L. Connolly, P. Gumley, C. Dalton.
Subs for Nemo Rangers: C. Horgan for P. Gumley (58); A. Greaney for P. Kerrigan (inj 60+3).

DR CROKES: S. Murphy; J. Payne, M. Moloney, L. Quinn; D. O’Leary, F. Fitzgerald, G. White; J. Buckley, A. O’Sullivan; M. Burns, G. O’Shea, B. Looney; C. Cooper, D. Casey (c), K. O’Leary.
Subs for Dr Crokes: P. Clarke for G. O’Shea (44); T. Brosnan for M. Burns (48); E. Brosnan for L. Quinn (54); J. Kiely for B. Looney (54).

Sent off: K. O’Leary (53, second yellow).

Referee: S. Lonergan (Tipperary)

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AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Final – Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 3-15 Ballygunner (Waterford) 2-10

Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) defeated Ballygunner (Waterford) by 3-15 to 2-10 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Final on Sunday November 19th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

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Na Piarsaigh crowned Munster champions

AIB Munster Club SHC Final

NA PIARSAIGH (Limerick) 3-15 BALLYGUNNER (Waterford) 2-10

Report By Declan Rooney At Semple Stadium for

Adrian Breen and David Breen fired late goals to finally shake off the challenge of Ballygunner and claim a fourth Munster SHC title for Na Piarsaigh at Semple Stadium. The 2016 All-Ireland champions looked to be easing their way to victory in the closing stages, but a goal from Peter Hogan pulled the four in a row Waterford champions to within a point with two minutes left.

But the brilliant Adrian Breen hit back first – he scored a splendid 1-5 from play – and hit the clincher deep in added time to extend Ballygunner’s woe in Munster. Ballygunner won the toss and elected to play into what appeared to be a tame breeze, but considering Pauric Mahony missed four of his first-half frees – two dropped short and two sailed wide – it turned out to be a significant impediment for the four-in-a-row Waterford champions.

But still Fergal Hartley’s side showed enough fight and class in the opening half to lead 1-4 to 0-6 at the interval. A point from Adrian Breen gave Na Piarsaigh the lead after 30 seconds, a score that was matched three minutes later when Billy O’Keeffe pointed on the turn for Ballygunner.

A well worked move from right to left saw Tommy Grimes restore Na Piarsaigh’s lead after six minutes, but despite Pauric Mahony’s inaccuracies, Ballygunner levelled through David O’Sullivan before Conor Power fired a key goal after ten minutes. He made the most of an unfortunate slip from Jerome Boylan at the back and ran onto Shane O’Sullivan’s long pass to give his side a 1-2 to 0-2 lead. Pauric Mahony finally found the target midway through the half to stretch the lead to four points, but Na Piarsaigh – for whom Niall Buckley delivered endless accurate passes from deep – finished the half strongly. A ’65 from Ronan Lynch was followed by a sweet sideline cut from the same player, while Peter Casey and Adrian Breen points in added-time saw the Limerick winners close to within a point at the interval.

The first five minutes of the second-half epitomised the frantic nature of the game. Ballygunner flew out of the traps and Pauric Mahony, Peter Hogan and Billy O’Keeffe all pointed in quick succession. Na Piarsaigh’s play was riddled with poor handling and sloppy striking at that stage, but suddenly in the space of two minutes they turned a three point deficit into a one point lead.

Peter Casey settled the Limerick men with a good point from the right, before Kevin Downes sent David Breen in on goal and the former county man rattled the roof of the net. Immediately a point followed from Adrian Breen who also played a role in the goal and Na Piarsaigh led 1-8 to 1-7 after 37 minutes.

After spending nearly 40 minutes losing ruck balls and the majority of 50-50 challenges, Na Piarsaigh were all of a sudden lording the ground war, and a quick pick up and shot by Downes from one such clash pushed the 2016 All-Ireland winners into a two-point lead with 18 minutes remaining. Peter Hogan replied for Ballygunner, but Conor Boylan and Adrian Breen pointed in the closing stages and then a second Lynch sideline and Downes’ late point looked to have clinched the win for Na Piarsaigh.

Two minutes from time Peter Hogan fired a great goal to put a point between the sides, but Adrian Breen and David Breen hit back with two goals to see Na Piarsaigh run out convincing winners.

Scorers for Na Piarsigh: A Breen 1-5, D Breen 2-0, R Lynch 0-3 (1’65, 1’sl), P Casey 0-3, K Downes 0-2, T Grimes 0-1, C Boylan 0-1.

Scorers for Ballygunner: P Hogan 1-2, B O’Keeffe 0-4 (1f), C Power 1-0, D O’Sullivan 0-2, Pauric Mahony 0-2 (1f).

NA PIARSAIGH: Podge Kennedy; Jerome Boylan, Mike Casey, Niall Buckley; Alan Dempsey, Cathal King (c), Tommy Grimes; Ronan Lynch, William O’Donoghue; Adrian Breen, David Breen, David Dempsey; Peter Casey, Kevin Downes, Conor Boylan
Subs: Kevin Ryan for D Dempsey (43 mins), Gordon Brown for C Boylan (61 mins).

BALLYGUNNER: Stephen O’Keeffe; Eddie Hayden, Barry Coughlan, Ian Kenny; Wayne Hutchinson, Philip Mahony, Shane Walsh (jc); Harley Barnes, Shane O’Sullivan; Pauric Mahony (jc), David O’Sullivan, Conor Power; Billy O’Keeffe. JJ Hutchinson, Peter Hogan
Subs: Conor Sheahan for Kenny (21-24 mins blood), Tim O’Sullivan for JJ Hutchinson (half-time), Barry O’Sullivan for S Walsh (54 mins), Conor Sheahan for D O’Sullivan (63 mins).

Referee: Rory McGann (Clare).

Peter Hogan (Ballygunner) goal

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AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Semi-Final – Nemo Rangers (Cork) 2-17 Adare (Limerick) 0-4

Nemo Rangers (Cork) defeated Adare (Limerick) by 2-17 to 0-4 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 12th at Mallow.

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AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Semi-Final – Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 2-19 Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) 0-10

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) defeated Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) by 2-19 to 0-10 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 12th at Dr. Crokes GAA Grounds Killarney.

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AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 2-26 Blackrock (Cork) 0-10

Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) defeated Blackrock (Cork) by 2-26 to 0-10 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 5th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

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Na Piarsaigh dispatch Blackrock with ease to secure Munster club final spot

Na Piarsaigh 2-26 Blackrock 0-10

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Na Piarsaigh dispatched of Blackrock with ease to advance to a fourth Munster club hurling final in seven years.

The Caherdavin club has never been beaten in Munster competition and will look to keep that record intact in a fortnight’s time when they meet Ballygunner.

This Munster semi-final was done after 17 minutes, Na Piarsaigh striking two goals in little over a minute and a half to rubberstamp their early dominance and put sufficient daylight between the sides.

The Limerick champions had built up a 0-8 to 0-3 lead when Adrian Breen slipped Peter Casey inside the cover and the All-Ireland U21 winner crashed the sliotar to the roof of Gavin Connolly’s net on 16 minutes.

John O’Sullivan pointed in a swift reply by the Rockies, but in the ensuing passage of play, David Breen hopped the sliotar in front of Connolly for Na Piarsaigh’s second goal. At 2-8 to 0-4, it was as good as game over.

Ronan Lynch’s fourth free of the half and a pair of points from the lively Casey had the home outfit 2-11 to 0-6 to the good at half-time.

Lynch threw over two frees before Alan O’Callaghan registered Blackrock’s first score of the second half. They wouldn’t score again for 17 minutes and only managed four points throughout the entire second period.

Gavin Connolly was twice called into action to deny Peter Casey. At the other end, Ronan Lynch finished with 15 points.

A rout.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: R Lynch (0-15, 0-10 frees, 0-2 65s, 0-1 sc); P Casey (1-3); D Breen (1-0); A Breen (0-3); K Ryan, N Buckley, W O’Donoghue, C Boylan, K Downes (0-1 each).

Scorers for Blackrock: M O’Halloran (0-4, 0-4 frees); D Cashman, D O’Farrell, G O’Regan, A O’Callaghan, J O’Sullivan, L O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

Na Piarsaigh: P Kennedy; J Boylan, M Casey, N Buckley; A Dempsey, C King, T Grimes; R Lynch, W O’Donoghue; C Boylan, D Breen, D Dempsey; A Breen, K Downes, P Casey.
Subs: G Brown for D Dempsey (HT); K Ryan for Casey (33-38, 43); M Foley for Grimes (48); J O’Brien for Buckley (55); K Kennedy for J Boylan (58)

Blackrock: G Connolly; J Cashman, D Stokes, G Norberg; A Murphy, N Cashman, D Meaney; S Murphy, D O’Farrell; J O’Sullivan, A O’Callaghan, G O’Regan; M O’Halloran, T Deasy, D Cashman.
Subs: A Hogan for D Cashman (HT); L O’Sullivan for J O’Sullivan (45); C O’Leary for Deasy (48, inj); E O’Farrell for A O’Callaghan, B Ahern for Norberg (both 58)

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary).

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

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

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New Hurling Championship format between 2018 and 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

All Ireland Under 21 Championship

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

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

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

All Ireland Minor Championship

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tipperary win Intermediate title

TG4 All Ireland Ladies Intermediate Championship Final


Report By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REFEREE: G McMahon (Dublin).

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

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

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

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Final

KERRY 6-17 DERRY 1-8

Report By John Harrington at Croke Park for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow)

Fixture Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cork … 0-10, Kilkenny … 0-9:

Report by Brendan O’Brien for the Irish Examiner newspaper

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

Julia White winning point

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

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

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

Gemma O’Connor equaliser

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

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

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

A fairytale ending to a grim afternoon.

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

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

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

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

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

Referee: O Elliott (Antrim).

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Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final

Cork v Kilkenny, Croke Park, 4pm

By Daragh Ó Conchúir

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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