Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Cork 0-21 Clare 1-11

Cork defeated Clare by 0-21 to 1-11 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday February 11th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Allianz HL D1A: Slick Cork impress against Clare

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A

CORK 0-21 CLARE 1-11

Report by Denis Hurley for

While Cork had won the pre-season Co-Op Munster Hurling League, nobody in the Rebel County was going overboard, especially in the wake of such a disappointing 2016 campaign.

The visit of Allianz Hurling League champions Clare would provide a firmer test of Kieran Kingston’s side’s credentials, it was felt, but if that was the case then Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night illustrated that the road ahead may be bright.

Cork never trailed in this game and can feel aggrieved not to have led by more than two points, 0-8 to 1-3, at half-time, after Podge Collins goaled for Clare shortly before half-time. Up until then, poor shooting had hampered the Banner while Cork shone, led by stand-in captain Alan Cadogan, who shot four first-half points.

And yet, for all the dominance, Cork could have fallen behind when Collins was fouled by Colm Spillane for a penalty early in the second half, but Anthony Nash repelled Tony Kelly’s effort and Aron Shanagher’s rebound.

Cork reeled off five of the next six points, with the excellent Daniel Kearney getting two of those and though Clare continued to threaten goals, good defending by Spillane and David Griffin denied Collins and Shane O’Donnell respectively.

From there, Cork pushed on, with manager Kingston’s son Shane bringing his tally to four while fellow debutants Luke Meade and Darragh Fitzgibbon made their mark too.

Having not won at all in their regular schedule last year, Cork will look to make it two wins in a row at home to Dublin next Saturday while Clare will look for a response when Kilkenny visit.

Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-5 (0-4 frees), Shane Kingston, Alan Cadogan 0-4 each, Daniel Kearney, Luke Meade 0-2 each, Séamus Harnedy, Bill Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Dean Brosnan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Tony Kelly 0-6, Podge Collins 1-1, David Reidy 0-2f, Aaron Shanagher, John Conlon 0-1 each.

CORK: Anthony Nash (Kanturk); Killian Burke (Midleton), Colm Spillane (Castlelyons), David Griffin (Carrigaline); Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), Mark Ellis (Millstreet), Mark Coleman (Blarney); Bill Cooper (Youghal), Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields); Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville), Séamus Harnedy (St Ita’s), Shane Kingston (Douglas); Alan Cadogan (Douglas), Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers), Luke Meade (Newcestown)
Subs: Chris O’Leary (Valley Rovers) for Ellis (59), Robbie O’Flynn (Erin’s Own) for Fitzgibbon (62), Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk) for Cooper (68), Paul Haughney (Midleton) for Kearney (68), Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers) for Kingston (70)

CLARE: Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Séadna Morey (Sixmilebridge), Cian Dillon (Crusheen), Jack Browne (Ballyea); Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge), Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Milltown), Brendan Bugler (Whitegate); Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge), Tony Kelly (Ballyea); John Conlon (Clonlara), Podge Collins (Cratloe), Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge); Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones), Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg Inis), David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis).
Subs: Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona) for Reidy (half-time), David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona) for Golden (46), Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones) for Conlon (62)

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Clare in the Allianz Hurling league on tomorrow Saturday 11th February in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 7pm has been announced as follows.

1. Anthony Nash – Kanturk
2. Killian Burke – Midleton
3. Colm Spillane – Castlelyons
4. David Griffin – Carrigaline
5. Christopher Joyce – Na Piarsaigh
6. Mark Ellis – Millstreet
7. Mark Coleman – Blarney
8. Bill Cooper – Youghal
9. Daniel Kearney – Sarsfields
10. Seamus Harnedy – St Ita’s
11. Luke Meade – Newcestown
12. Shane Kingston – Douglas
13. Alan Cadogan – Douglas
14. Patrick Horgan – Glen Rovers
15. Darragh Fitzgibbon – Charleville


16. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
17. Conor O’Sullivan – Sarsfields
18. Jack Sheehan – Erins Own
19. Chris O’Leary – Valley Rovers
20. Cormac Murphy – Mallow
21. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk
22. Paul Haughney – Midleton
23. Dean Brosnan- Glen Rovers
24. Michael Cahalane – Bandon
25. Robbie O’Flynn – Erins Own
26. Shane O’Keeffe – Blackrock

Clare Senior Hurling starting 15 for Allianz HL game V Cork

Clare Senior Hurling Joint Managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor have named their starting 15 to face Cork in the first round fixture of the 2017 Allianz National Hurling League Division 1A at Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork, this Saturday (11 February 2017) at 7.00 p.m.

The naming of the team coincides with the announcement that Pat O’Connor (Tubber) has been appointed Clare Senior Hurling Captain for 2017. Tony Kelly (Ballyea) has been named Vice-Captain.

1. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)
2. Jack Browne (Ballyea)
3. Cian Dillon (Crusheen)
4. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
5. Brendan Bugler (Whitegate)
6. Conor Cleary (Kilmaley)
7. Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge)
8. Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge)
9. Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Captain
10. John Conlon (Clonlara)
11. Podge Collins (Cratloe)
12. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
13. Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
14. David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis)
15. Shane O Donnell (Éire Óg Inis)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 1-24 Dublin 1-8

Tipperary defeated Dublin by 1-24 to 1-8 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday February 11th at Croke Park.

Allianz HL D1: Tipp outclass Dublin

Allianz Hurling League, Division 1A


Report by Paul Keane for

All-Ireland holders Tipperary picked up where they left off last September on their return to Croke Park, outgunning Dublin with surprising ease to get their Allianz league campaign off to a flying start.

A 0-8 haul from Seamus Callanan, 1-3 from Jason Forde and a couple of excellent displays by Aidan McCormack, who reeled off 0-5 from play, and captain Padraic Maher all added up to a comfortable 16-point win.

Boss Michael Ryan went with just seven of his All-Ireland final team – the same number incidentally that a youthful Dublin retained from their last Championship game of 2016 – and came good after a slow start.

Tipp led by just five at the break but powered past Dublin in the second-half and the hosts’ agony was compounded by Shane Barrett’s 70th minute dismissals for two bookings.

Tipperary didn’t participate in the Munster senior league pre-season competition and, perhaps as a result, took the first 20 minutes or so to get into their stride.

Dublin, who played three games in the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup, moved 0-4 to 0-1 ahead thanks to points from Niall McMorrow, Oisin O’Rorke, Fionntan MacGibb and Donal Burke.

But McCormack’s 19th minute point for Tipp was the first of five-in-a-row spree from the Munster champions that put them in the driving seat.

McCormack, from the Thurles Sarsfields club, was excellent in the opening half and picked off three fine points from play, the third of which came on the stroke of half-time from out on the right wing.

Callanan, nominated for Player of the Year three years running, miscued an early point attempt in the rain sodden conditions but clipped over five first-half points from frees.

Dublin added just two points after running up that early lead and found themselves 0-11 to 0-06 down at the break. Dubs manager Ger Cunningham named three players who were minors last year – Burke, Cian O’Sullivan and Paddy Smyth – and needed his youthful side to come up with a big second-half display.

But they were blown away by Tipp’s sheer ferocity and the greater experience of key players like Maher, who boomed over two great points, Callanan and Forde whose 55th minute goal killed off the contest.

Tipp outscored Dublin by 1-10 to no score at one stage in the second-half and the Sky Blues didn’t score a point from open play in the entire 35 minutes. Sub Eamonn Dillon did pinch a late goal for Dublin when he volleyed in a clever ball across goals from Burke.

Scorers for Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 0-8 (8f), Jason Forde 1-3, Aidan McCormack 0-5, Padraic Maher 0-2, Tomas Hamill 0-1, Noel McGrath 0-1, Kieran Bergin 0-1, Sean Curran 0-1, Niall O’Meara 0-1, J O’Dwyer 0-1 (1f).

Scorers for Dublin: Eamonn Dillon 1-0, Donal Burke 0-3 (0-3f), Niall McMorrow 0-2, Oisin O’Rorke 0-1, Fiontan MacGib 0-1, Chris Crummey 0-1

TIPPERARY: Daragh Mooney; Donagh Maher, James Barry, John O’Keeffe; Tomas Hamill, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Kieran Bergin; Steven O’Brien, Jason Forde, Noel McGrath; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, Aidan McCormack
Subs: Seamus Kennedy for R Maher (27-35), Michael Cahill for O’Keeffe (49), Sean Curran for O’Brien (52), Niall O’Meara for Callanan (55), Barry Heffernan for R Maher (56), Daire Quinn for P Maher (59).

DUBLIN: Gary Maguire; Shane Barrett, Eoghan O’Donnell, Paddy Smyth; Chris Crummey, Liam Rushe, Sean McGrath; Ben Quinn, Niall McMorrow; Donie Fox, Ryan O’Dwyer, Fiontan MacGib; Oisin O’Rorke, Donal Burke, Cian O’Sullivan
Subs: James Madden for McGrath (42), Eamonn Dillon for O’Sullivan (46), Riain McBride for Fox (49), Caolan Conway for O’Rorke (55), Alex Quinn for MacGib (63).

Ref: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow).

Team News

As his side prepares to line out for the opening fixture of this season’s Allianz Hurling League, Tipperary manager Michael Ryan has named his starting XV to take on Dublin in Roinn 1 in Croke Park, this Saturday, February 11th at 5pm.
With Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) previously announced as Captain, Ryan hands league debuts to Steven O’Brien (Ballina) and Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields) as Tipp commence this hurling year in the same venue where they successfully signed off the last.

The team lines out as follows;
1. Daragh Mooney – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
2. Donagh Maher – Burgess
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. John O’Keeffe – Clonoulty-Rossmore
5. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh
9. Kieran Bergin – Killenaule
10. Steven O’Brien – Ballina
11. Jason Forde – Silvermines
12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. Aidan McCormack – Thurles Sarsfields

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Mayo 0-15 Kerry 1-10

Mayo defeated Kerry by 0-15 to 1-10 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Saturday February 11th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Allianz FL D1: Mayo edge out Kerry

Allianz Football League Division One

KERRY 1-10 MAYO 0-15

Report by Paul Brennan for

It’s eight seasons and counting now since Kerry have won their first two games of a National League campaign after Mayo did a snatch and grab job in Tralee to get their campaign up and running with an important win on the road.

A Mayo response was expected after their loss to Monaghan the previous Saturday, but Kerry were expected to put opening round back to back wins together for the first time since 2009 to build on their win over Donegal last weekend.

Not so. Mayo showed all their mettle and fire to turn a four-point half time deficit into a two-point win, in a game that saw both teams finish with 14 men on the field. Mayo’s Tom Parsons was red carded in the 73rd minute as Kerry desperately chased something in the dying moments, with Jason Foley being black carded for the hosts in the 67th minute after they had their six substitutes used.

It made for a tense and tetchy finish to a game played with great tempo even if their shooting on both sides was a little wayward.

Cillian O’Connor scored nine frees for the winners but was guilty of a few poor misses, while David Moran had a first half penalty brilliantly saved by Mayo keeper David Clarke.

Andy Moran, a late call-up for Evan Regan, was in excellent form and scored three from play, as Mayo prepare to host Roscommon in a fortnight with their tails up.

Early points from Jack Barry, Jack Savage and Paul Geaney had Kerry into a 0-3 to 0-0 lead and the home side led 0-4 to 0-2 when Clarke pushed away Moran’s penalty after Adrian Spillane was pulled down.

Kerry had more goal chances before Barry John Keane finally converted one, seizing on the loose ball after Clarke had only half cleared a high ball. That helped Kerry to a 1-7 to 0-6 half time lead.

Early points from Conor O’Shea and Cillian O’Connor brought Mayo back into contention and Andy Moran’s 52nd point levelled matters, just before Jason Doherty saw his effort on goal scrambled away in the Kerry goalnouth.

Conor Geaney put Kerry ahead, 1-10 to 0-12, in the 57th minute but that would be their last score as Moran and two O’Connor frees saw Mayo earn a badly needed win and leaves Kerry looking for better fortune when Monaghan come to Killarney in two weeks.

Scorers for Kerry: Barry John Keane 1-3, Jack Barry 0-2, Paul Geaney 0-2 (2f), Paul Murphy, Jack Savage, Conor Geaney all 0-1.

Scorers for Mayo: Cillian O’Connor 0-9 (9f), Andy Moran 0-3, Kevin McLoughlin, Tom Parsons, Conor O’Shea all 0-1

KERRY: Brian Kelly, Ronan Shanahan, Mark Griffin, Killian Young, Jonathan Lyne, Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, David Moran, Jack Barry, Adrian Spillane, Paul Murphy, Donnchadh Walsh, Jack Savage, Paul Geaney, Conor Keane.
Subs: Barry John Keane for P Geaney (inj, 19 mins), Tom O’Sullivan for K Young (inj, 28), Conor Geaney for C Keane (48), Michael Geaney for A Spillane (52), Jason Foley for R Shanahan (inj, 57), Barry O’Sullivan for J Lyne (B/C, 60), Jason Foley (B/C, 67 not replaced)

MAYO: David Clarke, Donie Newcombe, Keith Higgins, Paddy Durcan, Colm Boyle, Stephen Coen, David Drake, Donal Vaughan, Tom Parsons, Fergal Boland, Kevin McLoughlin, Jason Doherty, Andy Moran, Conor O’Shea, Cillian O’Connor. Subs: Eoin O’Donoghue for D Drake (24 mins), Diarmuid O’Connor for F Boland (46), Shane Nally for D Vaughan (51), Evan Regan for J Doherty (59), Michael Plunkett for E Regan (69), Danny Kirby for C O’Shea (70)

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)

Team News

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Ronan Shanahan, Mark Griffin, Killian Young; Jonathan Lyne, Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley; David Moran, Jack Barry; Adrian Spillane, Paul Murphy, Donnchadh Walsh; Jack Savage, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue.

MAYO: David Clarke; Donie Newcombe, Keith Higgins, Paddy Durcan; Colm Boyle, Stephen Coen, David Drake; Donal Vaughan, Tom Parsons; Fergal Boland, Kevin McLoughlin, Jason Doherty; Evan Regan, Alan Freeman, Cillian O’Connor.

AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Ballyea (Clare) 1-19 St. Thomas’ (Galway) 2-14

Ballyea (Clare) defeated St. Thomas’ (Galway) by 1-19 to 2-14 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday February 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Ballyea claim All-Ireland final place despite St Thomas comeback

BALLYEA (Clare) 1-19 ST THOMAS’ (Galway) 2-14

Report By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Victory went to Ballyea in this dramatic All-Ireland club semi-final in a chilly Semple Stadium, the 4,206 in attendance seeing a masterclass from the Clare champions before St Thomas’ produced a stirring comeback. Thirteen points down in the second half, the Galway men were only seen off by a Tony Kelly point in the last minute of injury time.

Spectators saw Ballyea attack the town end in the first half but both sides took time to settle before two Niall Deasy frees got the Clare men on the scoreboard.

The Munster champions were sharper and more accurate, leading 0-6 to 0-2 thanks partly to two fine Gearoid O’Connell points and partly to Tony Kelly’s driving play around the middle.

Ballyea dominated the opening half – more Deasy points made it 0-9 to 0-2 with five minutes to the break, while the Galway men hit three wides in a row before Darragh Burke pointed a late 65.

However, there was time for Deasy to hit another free before the break, his seventh score of the half, making it 0-10 to 0-3 at the half.

The teams exchanged points on the resumption – a Darragh Burke free answered with a Tony Kelly point on the run. St Thomas’ were more competitive but Ballyea were slicker and kept them at bay.

Sean Skehill almost found the Ballyea net with a ground shot but St Thomas’ were already nine down when Deasy tore in from the right to goal from close range on 40 minutes: 1-14 to 0-5.

Conor Cooney found the net with a close-in free and then an improbable seven points in a row made it interesting. As time ticked away St Thomas’ sub Anthony Kelly’s late goal cut the difference to the minimum, but up popped his namesake on the Clare side to make it safe.

Scorers for Ballyea: N. Deasy (1-11, 0-8 frees); T. Kelly (0-3); G. O’Connell, PJ Connolly (0-2 each); C. Doohan (0-1).

Scores for St. Thomas: Darragh Burke (0-8, 0-2 65s, 0-5 frees); C. Cooney (free), A. Kelly (1-0 each); K. Burke (0-2); E. Burke, S. Cooney, J. Regan, D. Cooney (0-1 each).

BALLYEA: K. Sheehan, J. Neylon, J. Browne, B. Carrig, G. O’Connell, P. Flanagan, J. Murphy, T. Kelly, S. Lineen (c), N. Deasy, G. Brennan, C. Doohan, P.J. Connolly, D. Burke, P. Lillis
Subs: M. O’Leary for D. Burke (33)

ST THOMAS’: P. Skehill (c), F. Burke, C. Burke, E. Burke, D. Cooney, S. Cooney, J. Regan, David Burke, B. Burke, C. Cooney, Darragh Burke, D. Sherry, B. Farrell, S. Skehill, K. Burke
Subs: A. Kelly for Sherry (inj., 21); M. Caulfield for Farrell (44)

Referee: S. Cleere (Kilkenny)

Fixture Details

AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi-Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 17:00
St Thomas (Gaillimh) v Ballyea (An Clár)
Referee: Sean Cleere (Cill Chainnigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Match Coverage

Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Quarter-Final Replay – CBS Midleton 2-11 Árdscoil Rís Limerick 0-15

CBS Midleton defeated Árdscoil Rís Limerick by 2-11 to 0-15 in the Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Quarter-Final Replay on Thursday January 19th at Bansha.

Liam O’Shea holds his nerve for Midleton

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Midleton CBS 2-11 Ardscoil Rís 0-15: Midleton CBS set up an all-Cork Harty Cup semi-final against St Colman’s, Fermoy on Saturday week following this thrilling replay victory over the reigning champions.

The Cork outfit looked down and out as the clock ticked into second-half stoppages, Ardscoil Rís having hit eight of the previous nine scores to turn a six-point deficit into the narrowest of leads.

The Limerick school’s revival had stemmed from the sending off of Midleton forward Charlie Terry entering the final quarter. The loss of their primary ball-winner had left a massive void in the Midleton attack and Ardscoil Rís assumed total control.

A huge score from centre-back Darragh Carroll on 59 minutes nudged the Limerick students 0-15 to 1-11 in front. In the ensuing passage of play, however, possession was worked inside to Midleton sub Michael Kelly and he was hauled to the floor when attempting to pull the trigger. Referee Willie Barrett signalled for a penalty and extra-time seemed inevitable.

The instruction from the line, though, was to go for goal. Liam O’Shea was handed responsibility and despite a muted run-up, the half-forward rifled the sliotar to the roof of Bryan Curtain’s goal.

Three minutes of stoppages were played, but the champions, bidding to reach a 10th consecutive Harty semi, could find no way through.

“I thought we were out of it,” said Midleton joint-manager Tim Collins. “Liam O’Shea showed all the bottle in the world to stick that penalty. It’s massive for us to be involved in a semi-final.”

A somewhat fractious first-half, which saw five players yellow-carded, had finished with Ardscoil Rís holding the slenderest of leads, 0-6 to 0-5. Liam Gosnell and O’Shea’s accuracy from the dead ball, added to Charlie Terry’s aerial prowess, twice put Midleton two clear in the opening quarter.

A fine David Woulfe score and three Brian Ryan frees turned the tide come the interval, with the latter’s late pull on Terry instigating a shemozzle after which Barrett reprimanded three players.

Midleton midfielder Christy Coughlan saw yellow during this episode and it was his delivery early in the second period which brought about the quarter-final’s opening goal. Liam O’Shea was the receiver, with the half- forward throwing possession across the 20-metre line to the unmarked Liam Gosnell and he made no mistake.

Gosnell swelled his tally with two points and although Brian Ryan attempted to stop the bleeding with his first from play, three without reply from Gosnell (free), Terry and O’Shea sent them 1-10 to 0-7 clear.

Then arrived Terry’s dismissal for a second bookable offence, momentum dramatically shifting in favour of Ardscoil Rís turning the bend for home. Ryan (0-2 frees), Woulfe, Will Henn and James Daly contributed during a six-in-a-row flurry completed by Darragh Carroll’s monstrous lead score inside the final minute.

O’Shea and Midleton would hold their nerve during the tensest of finishes and having lost out to St Colman’s in the opening round, now have a chance to exact revenge.

Scorers for Midleton CBS: L Gosnell (1-5, 0-4 frees); L O’Shea (1-4, 1-0 pen, 0-2 frees); C Terry (0-2).

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: B Ryan (0-7, 0-5 frees, 0-1 free); D Woulfe (0-3); W Henn, J Daly, P O’Brien, R Considine, J McInerney (0-1 each).

Midleton CBS: R Walsh (St Colman’s); E O’Sullivan (do), S O’Leary Hayes (Midleton), A Daly (do); R McConville (Midleton), J McDonnell Aghada), A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill); S O’Meara (Midleton), C Coughlan (Killeagh); L O’Shea (Lisgoold), G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s), L Gosnell (Carrigtwohill); B Twomey (do), C Terry (Aghada), J Stack (Kiltha Óg)
Subs:M Kelly (Kiltha Óg) for Stack (51); L Duggan Murray (St Colman’s) for Twomey (54).

Ardscoil Rís: B Curtin (Adare); M Daly (Na Piarsaigh), R Connolly (Adare), J Considine (Patrickswell); J Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), D Carroll (Newport), D Ryan (Cratloe); R Duff (Mungret St Paul’s), J Gleeson (Na Piarsaigh); P O’Brien (Mungret St Paul’s), B Ryan (South Liberties), W Henn (Na Piarsaigh); D Woulfe (Kilmallock), R McCarthy (Na Piarsaigh), J McInerney (Cratloe)
Subs: R Considine (Cratloe) for O’Brien (42); J Daly (Na Piarsaigh) for McInerney (48); C O’Reilly (Patrickswell) for Henn (59).

Referee: W Barrett (Tipperary)

When – Thursday January 19th at 1:30pm
Where – Bansha
Referee – Willie Barrett (Tipperary)
Next Round – The winners will play Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy in the Semi-Final on Saturday January 28th.

Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

Results to Date
Árdscoil Rís Limerick
Quarter-Final – Árdscoil Rís Limerick 1-15 CBS Midleton 2-12 (after extra time)
Last 16 – Árdscoil Rís 4-16 Scoil Na mBraithre` Rathluirc 1-07
Group D – Árdscoil Rís Limerick 2-17 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 1-5

CBS Midleton
Quarter-Final – Árdscoil Rís Limerick 1-15 CBS Midleton 2-12 (after extra time)
Last 16 – CBS Midleton 1-15 Scoil Na Trioniode Doon 1-12
Group E – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-15 CBS Midleton 1-14

Match Preview
Bansha will be the venue for the eagerly anticipated Harty Cup Quarter-Final replay between the defending champions – Árdscoil Rís Limerick and CBS Midleton. On Wednesday last, the defending champions Árdscoil Rís entered the drawn game as favourites but CBS Midleton had other ideas and the schools served up a highly entertaining game as the teams could not be separated after 80 minutes of action.

The teams were level 11 times over the course of normal time and extra time showing how little there is between them. Árdscoil Rís had the aid of the wind in the first half and led by three point at the interval. However, CBS Midleton dominated the opening 20 minutes of the second half and led by two points heading in to the final stages. Árdscoil Rís showed their character to come back and when Diarmuid Ryan scored an excellent point in injury time, the teams were destined for extra time.
Despite both scoring goals in the opening period of extra time, neither could pull away and at the end of 80 minutes, a draw was a fair result.

Willie Barrett is the referee for this replay with a 1:30pm throw-in at Bansha on Thursday.

Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Quarter-Final – Árdscoil Rís Limerick 1-15 CBS Midleton 2-12

Ardscoil Rís and Midleton CBS must meet again in Harty

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ardscoil Rís and Midleton CBS will have to do it all again next week after this highly entertaining Harty Cup quarter-final finished level after eighty minutes.

Harty Cup quarter-final

Ardscoil Rís 1-15 Midleton CBS 2-12 (AET)

Midleton will feel aggrieved not to have sealed the deal in normal time having turned around a three-point interval deficit to lead by two with 12 minutes remaining. They also had the benefit of a strong wind in the second period.

The reigning champions, though, weren’t about to relinquish their crown without a fight and a free each from Brian Ryan and Paul O’Brien levelled matters at 1-7 to 0-10 with four minutes remaining.

A Liam Gosnell edged the Cork college back in front with one minute remaining, but parity had been restored as the clock entered the red as Ardscoil Rís sub Will Henn confidently split the posts.

Gosnell, this time standing on the sideline some 50 metres out, threw over another placed ball effort 40 seconds into time added on. This looked to be the winner. Not quite. Referee Fergal Horgan played four minutes of additional time and in the third minute of this four, Diarmuid Ryan struck a fantastic point off the hurl to force extra time.

James Daly and Liam Gonsell both raised green flags in the first period of extra and it was tit for tat all the way to the finish line. 11 times they were level, in total. Gosnell had a chance to win it at the death, but his free tailed right and wide.

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: B Ryan (0-7, 0-5 frees); J Daly (1-0); P O’Brien (0-2 frees), J McInerney (0-2 each); D Carroll (0-1 sc), D Ryan, R Considine, W Henn (0-1 each).

Scorers for Midleton CBS: L Gosnell (1-9, 0-6 frees, 0-1 ’65); J Stack (1-0); B Twomey, G Millerick, B Twomey (0-1 each).

Ardscoil Rís: B Curtin (Adare); P Heaney (Na Piarsaigh), R Connolly (Adare), J Considine (Patrickswell); J Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), D Carroll (Newport), D Ryan (Cratloe); B Ryan (South Liberties), J Gleeson (Na Piarsaigh); P O’Brien (Mungret St Paul’s), R Duff (Mungret St Paul’s), R McCarthy (Na Piarsaigh); R Considine (Cratloe), D Woulfe (Kilmallock), J McInerney (Cratloe)
Subs: J Delahunty (Newport) for Heaney (36 mins); W Henn (Na Piarsaigh) for McCarthy (48); J Daly (Na Piarsaigh) for Considine (53); C O’Reilly (Patrickswell) for McInerney (59); E McEvoy (Na Piarsaigh) for Boylan (65); J McInerney for O’Brien (74); J Boylan for Gleeson (77).

Midleton CBS: R Walsh (St Colman’s); A Daly (Midleton), S O’Leary Hayes (Midleton), E O’Sullivan (St Colman’s); R McConville (Midleton), J McDonnell (Aghada), A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill); S O’Meara (Midleton), C Coughlan (Killeagh); B Twomey (Carrigtwohill), G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s), C Terry (Aghada); L O’Shea (Lisgoold), L Gosnell (Carrigtwohill), J Stack (Kiltha Óg)
Subs: L Duggan Murray (St Colman’s) for Coughlan (47 mins); P O’Brien (Midleton) for Terry (54); C Terry for Twomey (60); J Landers (Killeagh) for O’Sullivan (60); C Coughlan (67).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)

When – Wednesday January 11th at 1:30pm
Where – Bansha
Referee – Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams, Tipperary)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of Christian Brothers College, Cork and Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy in the Semi-Final on Saturday January 28th.

Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

Results to Date

Árdscoil Rís Limerick
Last 16 – Árdscoil Rís 4-16 Scoil Na mBraithre` Rathluirc 1-07
Group D – Árdscoil Rís Limerick 2-17 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 1-5

CBS Midleton
Last 16 – CBS Midleton 1-15 Scoil Na Trioniode Doon 1-12
Group E – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-15 CBS Midleton 1-14

Match Preview

The defending champions Árdscoil Rís Limerick will look to qualify for their tenth Harty Cup semi-final in a row when they take on CBS Midleton. The Limerick side have won four of their nine previous semi-final meetings but amazingly, have never lost a Harty Cup final in that time.

Árdscoil Rís have not been tested in their two games to date, putting up 6 goals and 33 points and conceding just 2-12. In the opening round against Hamilton High School, a tally of 2-2 from Limerick Minor of the past three seasons Brian Ryan helped Árdscoil Rís to a 15 point victory. In the Last 16 versus Charleville CBS, Darragh Carroll’s first half goal helped Árdscoil Rís to a 1-8 to 0-4 interval lead. Further goals by Brian Ryan and David Woulfe (2) in the second half ensured a comprehensive 18 point victory and signalled to all teams remaining in this year’s Harty Cup that Árdscoil Rís will be a force to be reckoned with again.

CBS Midleton, winners of the Dean Ryan Cup in the autumn of 2014 and 2015, have an experienced side but lost out to Cork rivals St. Colmans by four points in their Group E encounter. In an exciting game, St. Colmans led by six point early on only to see Midleton record 1-4 without reply to give them a one point interval lead. Midleton stretched their advantage out to five point heading in to the final quarter but Colmans took over completely to score 1-6 without reply in the closing 10 minutes to run out winners by four points with James Sheehan getting the all-important goal for Colmans.

CBS Midleton took on Scoil Na Trioniode Doon in a tricky Last 16 game. There was little between the sides in the opening half but Midleton’s greater threat in open play helped them in to a three point interval lead. When Ger Millerick recorded a Midleton goal at the start of the second half, the game looked over as a contest but to Doon’s credit, they came back to reduce the deficit to three points heading in to the last 10 minutes. Midleton then scored four unanswered points to wrap up the game before a late consolation goal for Doon left three points in it at the finish. Liam Gosnell has been top scorer for Midleton to date scoring 0-15, 10 from frees helped by Liam O’Shea who has 1-5 to his name, 1-3 from play.

Fergal Horgan is the man in the middle for this game with a 1:30pm throw-in at Bansha on Wednesday.

GAA Inter-Provincial Hurling Semi-Final – Munster 3-21 Ulster 0-15

Munster defeated Ulster by 3-21 to 0-15 in the GAA Inter-Provincial Hurling Semi-Final on Sunday December 11th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Inter-Provincial Hurling Semi-Final

Munster 3-21 Ulster 0-15

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium for

Tipperary stars Seamus Callanan and Mikey Breen combined for 2-8 as Munster cruised past Ulster and into a GAA Inter-Provincial Hurling Final clash with Leinster.

Callanan played a captain’s part, registering 1-7 as Munster had little difficulty in scoring a 15-point victory.

Breen’s first half goal helped to separate the sides at the break before Munster, managed by former Clare star Anthony Daly, pulled away in the second period.

Click here to view photos from the game

Callanan, All-Ireland final man-of-the-match against Kilkenny in September, netted in the 40th minute following a defensive error before Waterford’s Bennett brothers combined for a goal in stoppage time, Shane providing the assist for Stephen to finish.

Munster led by 1-10 to 0-7 at half-time, two Barry Nash points after his introduction opening up a six-point interval margin approaching the break.

For much of the first half, it was Breen’s third-minute goal that effectively separated the teams as Ulster battled gamely. They had a fine first half performance from Armagh’s Conor Corvan, a late call-up to the starting line-up who registered three points from play before the break.

But Munster, overall, had the more classy operators and had little difficulty in keeping their opponents at arm’s length. Callanan, operating at full-forward and captaining the Munster team, had four pointed frees in the first half, with Tipperary team-mate Breen adding a point to his early goal.

Aside from Corvan, Antrim’s Ciarán Clarke was another to show up well for Ulster in the first half, scoring three of his four points from placed balls. Munster had little difficulty after the break– outscoring Ulster by 2-11 to 0-8 to book their place in the decider.

Scorers for Munster: S Callanan 1-7 (6fs), M Breen 1-1, B Nash 0-4, Stephen Bennett 1-0, J O’Dwyer 0-2, D Byrnes, T Murnane, S Dowling, P Maher, D Reidy, Shane Bennett and D McCormack 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ulster: C Clarke 0-7 (6fs), C Corvan 0-3, C O’Prey 0-2 (1f), D Cullen, N McKenna and C Woods 0-1 each.

Munster: A Nash (Cork); B Coughlan (Waterford), J Barry (Tipperary), N Connors (Waterford); D Byrnes (Limerick), C Dillon (Clare), S Fives (Waterford); M Breen (Tipperary), J Barron (Waterford); S Dowling (Limerick), Shane Bennett (Waterford), D McCormack (Tipperary); J O’Dwyer (Tipperary), S Callanan (Tipperary), D Reidy (Clare)
Subs: A Shanagher (Clare) for Dowling (25), B Nash (Limerick) for Shane Bennett (25), Tom Murnane (Kerry) for Barron (h.t.), P Maher (Tipperary) for Fives (h.t.), Stephen Bennett (Waterford) for McCormack (h.t.), Dowling for O’Dwyer (45), Shane Bennett for Reidy (45), McCormack for Breen (51), Fives for Coughlan (55), Barron for Dillon (55).

Ulster: S Keith (Down); S McCrory (Antrim), P Burke (Antrim), J McManus (Down); N McAuley (Antrim), C Woods (Down), C Taggart (Down); E Campbell (Antrim), Ciarán Johnston (Antrim); C Corvan (Armagh), N McKenna (Antrim), D Toner (Down); Conor Johnston (Antrim), J Dillon (Antrim), C Clarke (Antrim)
Subs: C O’Prey (Down) for Ciarán Johnston (26), D Cullen (Donegal) for Toner (33), J Corvan (Armagh) for Taggart (46), A Grant (Derry) for C Corvan (47), P Henry (Derry) for Conor Johnston (49), C O’Connell (Antrim) for Keith (52), C Devlin (Armagh) for Dillon (52), S Renaghan (Armagh) for Cullen (55), Ciarán Johnston for J McManus (56).

Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny)

Fixture Details

11.12.2016 (Sun)
GAA Hurling Interprovincial Championship Semi Final
Semple Stadium Thurles, 1:45pm
Ulster v Munster
Referee: Sean Cleere (Cill Chainnigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Munster Inter-Provincial Panels Announced

1 December 2016; In attendance at the launch of the GAA Interprovincial Championships at Croke Park in Dublin is Anthony Daly, Munster Hurling Manager. The 2016 GAA Inter-Provincial series will take place in Parnell Park, football, and Nenagh, hurling, on Saturday 10th of December. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final – Kerry 3-7 Galway 0-9

Kerry defeated Galway by 3-7 to 0-9 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday September 18th at Croke Park.

Kerry win third All-Ireland Minor Final in a row

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final

Kerry 3-7 Galway 0-9

By John Harrington at Croke Park for

Kerry won an impressive third Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship in a row in Croke Park today, but they were made to work hard for it by a tigerish Galway side.

The final winning margin was comfortable enough in the end for Kerry, but this game was still in the melting pot until David Clifford scored an outrageously brilliant goal for the Kingdom late in the second-half. Galway had been coming on strong at that stage in the game but Clifford’s sucker-punch floored them. Until then their hard-working, counter-attacking strategy put them in with a shout of pulling off a big shock, but Clifford proved there is no substitute for pure class.

Kerry had won their five matches on the way to this All-Ireland Final by an average of 14 points, so it was hardly a surprise that Galway set up with a safety-first approach from the start. Full-forward Seán Raftery played deep as a sweeper, they defended in numbers and tackled with great tenacity.

That Galway grittiness combined with a slippery sod meant that Kerry struggled to find their usual rhythm for most of the first half and as a spectacle it as far from the free-flowing, high-scoring encounter most had predicted. Seán O’Shea did open the scoring for Kerry after two minutes, but another 17 would elapse before the scoreboard operator would be called into action again.

Galway were frustrating Kerry, but their good-work in defence was being undone by some poor shooting at the other end of the field when they successfully created scoring opportunities on the counter-attack. They were made pay for that profligacy when Kerry scored the first goal of the match after 19 minutes, in slightly fortuitous circumstances.

Centre-forward O’Shea was almost certainly shooting for a point when he kicked the ball-goalwards from 35 yards out, but it landed in the small square and wing-forward Diarmuid O’Connor had timed his run perfectly to get his fist to the ball and direct it past Galway goalkeeper Cormac Haslam. Galway finally got a score of their own a couple of minutes later when a surging run from Ryan Forde earned a free that Desmond Conneely converted.

Moments later though the Tribesmen were reeling again when Kerry scored their second goal of the match. And, once again, they made good use of their height advantage against a Galway full-back line conceding inches in all positions. This time David Clifford won a high delivery into the box and immediately hand-pass to full-forward David Shaw who finished low and hard to the net. For those of you who like tracing the GAA Gene, Shaw is a first-cousin of Mayo footballers Aidan, Séamus, and Conor O’Shea.

Galway midfielder Céin D’Arcy hit back with Galway’s first score from play, but Kerry and Shaw had the last say of the half with a really classy, curling point. Six points down at the break, 2-2 to 0-2, Galway required a strong start to the second half if they were going to make a match of this, and they got it by scoring two fine points within a minute of the resumption.

First wing-back Adam Quirke charged forward and arced over a lovely right-footed effort on the run. Possession was won again straight from the resultant kick-out, and when the ball was transferred to Robert Finnerty he made no mistake from close range. Kerry were looking a little bit rattled all of a sudden, a poor wide from the normally lethal Clifford summing up their state of mind.

Finnerty reduced the gap to just three points to a free, before Kerry finally got some sort of purchase on the game again when defender Niall Collins charged forward and pointed from a tight angle to show his forwards how it was done.

The Kingdom still didn’t look as comfortable as we’ve become used to seeing them this year though, and a point from Ryan Forde and another free from Finnerty meant Galway were still within three by the mid-way point of the second-half, as they trailed by 2-4 to 0-7.

A buzz went through the ground when Desmond Connelly then cut the deficit to two with another free, as Galway and Mayo supporters alike roared on the boys from the West. But just when it looked like the underdogs were building up a real head of steam, Clifford settled the game with a piece of individual brilliance.

He’s been Kerry’s key player all year but was finding the going tough in this match against Galway’s number three Seán Mulkerrin, a hardy bit of stuff from the Aran Islands. Clifford’s moment came though when he moved out to wing-forward and Mulkerrin passed him on rather than continue to shadow him.

A promising Galway attack broke down when two players went for the same ball and allowed Kerry to turn it over, and when it was cleared to Clifford on the wing he put his head down and ran straight at the Galway goals.

He covered around 40 yards at high speed before he unleashed a blistering shot right into the top left-corner of the net past a helpless Cormac Haslam. Pure quality.

Kerry now had a five-point buffer, and never looked like being caught from there. They finished the match with a flourish as points from Dara Moynihan, Cormack Linnane, and Seán O’Shea put a gloss on the final score-line that was a tad unfair on a gutsy but ultimately outclassed Galway side.

Scorers for Kerry: David Shaw 1-1, David Clifford 1-0, Diarmuid O’Connor 1-0, Seán O’Shea 0-2 (2f), Dara Moynihan 0-2, Cormac Linnane 0-1, Niall Collins 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: Robert Finnerty 0-3 (2f), Desmond Conneely 0-2 (2f), Ryan Forde 0-1, Céin Darcy 0-1, Adam Quirke 0-1, Rory Cunningham 0-1 (1f)

Kerry: Billy Courtney; David Naughten, Niall Collins, Graham O’Sullivan; Michael Potts, Daniel O’Brien, Mícheál Foley; Mike Breen, Mark Ryan; Dara Moynihan, Seán O’Shea, Diarmuid O’Connor; David Clifford, David Shaw, Brian Friel
Subs: Cormac Linnane for Brian Friel, 48; Caolim Teahan for Niall Collins, 54; Bryan Sweeney for David Shaw, 60; Kieran Dwyer for Micheál Foley, 65; Stefan Okunbor for Diarmuid O’Connor, 67.

Galway: Cormac Haslam; Liam Boyle, Seán Mulkerrin, Eoin McFadden; Adam Quirke, Ernán McDonagh, Fionán Garvey; Céin D’Arcy, John Maher; Finian Ó Laois, Evan Murphy, Ryan Forde; Robert Finnerty, Seán Raftery, Desmond Connelly
Subs: Barry Goldrick for Evan Murphy, 38; Ross Murphy for Séán Raftery, 50; Rory Cunningham for Robert Finnerty, 56; Eoghan Deely for Fionán Garvey, 56.

Ref: Ciáran Branagan (Down)

Team News

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Galway in the Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor Football Final at Croke Park on Sunday next (1:15) shows one change from the side that defeated Kildare in the semi final; Brian Friel, originally named on the semi final side, but who cried off with an injury on the morning of the game, is fit to resume and comes in at corner forward instead of Bryan Sweeney.

In the subs, Cian O’Callaghan of Firies comes into the match day squad in place of clubmate Niall Donohue.

The team, captained by Sean O’Shea is as follows:
1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
2. David Naughten Dr. Crokes
3. Niall Collins Listowel Emmets
4. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
5. Michael Potts Dr. Crokes
6. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
7. Micheál Foley Ballydonoghue
8. Mike Breen Beaufort
9. Mark Ryan Rathmore
10. Dara Moynihan Spa
11. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
12. Diarmuid O’Connor Na Gaeil
13. David Clifford Fossa
14. David Shaw Dr. Crokes
15. Brian Friel Rathmore

Fir Ionaid:
16. Sean Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
17. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
18. Kieran Dwyer St. Pats
19. Ferdia O’Brien Austin Stacks
20. Micheál Reidy Ballymacelligott
21. Caolim Teahan Glenbeigh-Glencar
22. Stefan Okunbor Na Gaeil
23. Cormac Linnane Beale
24. Cian O’Callaghan Firies

Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)
Treanalaí: Chris Flannery and Padraig Murphy
Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin)

Liaison Officer: Christy Killeen

Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel
Cormac Leane Milltown Castlemaine
Nill Donohue Firies
Tomás O’Connor Ballymacelligott
Fionán Mackessy Ardfert
Darren Casey St. Mary’s
Ryan O’Neill Na Gaeil
Chris O’Donoghue Glenflesk
Cian Gammell Killarney Legion
Fiachra Clifford Laune Rangers

Additional Information
The team contains two of the starting fifteen from last year’s All Ireland final win over Tipperary – Billy Courtney and Sean O’Shea while three others who played in that final –Daniel O’Brien, Mike Breen and Graham O’Sullivan (introduced as subs) also make the starting fifteen. Bryan Sweeney who started at full forward in last year’s final, and who played in the semi final against Kildare, is included among the subs.
Seven of the St Brendans Killarney Hogan Cup winning team of 2016 are included, Billy Courtney, Davin Naughton, Daniel O’Brien, Michael Potts, Dara Moynihan, David Clifford and David Shaw.

Kerry Minor Footballers take on Galway in All Ireland Final
Sunday next will see the culmination of a long drawn out championship season for the Kerry Minor team when they take on Galway in Croke Park with a 1:15 throw-in. The road to Croke Park started way back on 13th of April in Dungarvan when Kerry got their season of to a good start with an emphatic victory over the local side. A month later, Kerry had six points to spare over Clare at Milltown-Malbay and they then had to wait until July 3rd for the Munster final with old adversaries Cork, a game that Kerry eventually won by six points despite the concession of three goals. The quarter final and semi final victories over Derry and Kildare were due to exceptional second half displays on both occasions and there is no doubt that Kerry are well worth their final place.

Opponents Galway come into the game with a fine pedigree also. They had ten points to spare in their opening game against Roscommon and then defeated Mayo by six points in the Connaught final. They defeated Laois by seven points in the quarter finals and then accounted for many people’s favourites for eventual honours, Donegal, far more comfortably than the four points winning margin would suggest.

So the scene is set for an epic battle between two footballing sides with Ciaran Branagan of Down the man in the middle.

While Kerry have won the previous two All Irelands in the grade, as manager Peter Keane pointed out at the team press briefing, this particular group of players and their management are looking to make their own bit of history in Croke Park on Sunday. Some players of course have experience of All Ireland final day from last year and others were part of the Hogan Cup colleges victory with St Brendans in Croke Park earlier in the year and this no doubt will be of benefit to them, however, every game presents a new challenge and collectively they will know that only a top class performance on the day will suffice. We wish all involved the very best of luck on Sunday.

GALWAY: C Haslam (Glenamaddy); L Boyle (Kilkerrin-Clonberne), S Mulkerrin (Aran Islands), E McFadden (Salthill-Knocknacarra); A Quirke (Annaghdown), E McDonagh (Bearna), F Garvey (Monivea-Abbey); C D’Arcy (Caherlistrane), J Maher (Salthill- Knocknacarra); F Ó Laoi (An Spidéal), E Murphy (Salthill Knocknacarra), R Forde (Annaghdown); R Finnerty (Salthill-Knocknacarra), S Raftery (Glenamaddy), D Conneely (Moycullen).

Kerry are bidding to win the Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship title for a third successive year, a feat they last achieved in 1931-32-33. Cork were the last county to complete the minor treble in 1967-68-69. Galway last won the title in 2007. Galway and Kerry last met in the minor final in 1994 when Kerry won by 0-16 to 1-7.

Galway 3-11 Roscommon 1-7
Galway 1-9 Mayo 0-6
Galway 3-10 Laois 0-12
Galway 2-12 Donegal 1-11
Kerry 2-21 Waterford 1-2
Kerry 1-13 Clare 1-6
Kerry 3-14 Cork 3-8
Kerry 1-24 Derry 2-10
Kerry 2-26 Kildare 0-10

13 – KERRY (1931-32-33-46-50-62-63-75-80-88-94-2014-2015)
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)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final – Tipperary 2-29 Kilkenny 2-20

Tipperary defeated Kilkenny by 2-29 to 2-20 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 4th at Croke Park.

Tipperary are All Ireland champions

Tipperary 2-29 Kilkenny 2-20

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A barnstorming response to an early second half Kilkenny goal was the catalyst for Tipperary’s first All-Ireland title triumph in six years.

Kevin Kelly’s 42nd minute put last year’s winners two points up but Tipperary’s reply was the mark of champions. Man of the match Seamus Callanan, scoring one of 13 points, added a free and they were back level through substitute Jason Forde.

Callanan was sharp from play two minutes later and then John O’Dwyer found the net, rounding Paul Murphy after Cathal Barrett had broke from defence to send the ball in his direction.

After Forde and John McGrath had shots saved, Pádraic Maher found his range to cap a 1-4 unanswered rally, which was arrested by a TJ Reid point. But Tipperary tagged on another three points in succession to take a seven-point lead.

With 15 minutes of normal time, Kilkenny looked beaten yet Gleeson had to be big to block a Kelly goalbound shot. Pádraig Walsh scored a brace of points yet each of them was answered as was Reid’s 59th minute free by Forde. A Kelly sideline was more than cancelled out by John McGrath’s 61st minute goal, when he was fed by his older brother Noel who had stolen possession, one of many robs the Tipperary forward line achieved over the afternoon.

Richie Hogan followed it up with a goal but O’Dwyer was firing over again and then Eoin Murphy had to be level to another John McGrath effort. Kilkenny mustered just a Reid free in the dying stages but Tipperary kept the scoreboard ticking over with efforts from Callanan and Patrick Maher’s second point closed out the game.

Incredibly, the sides were level on 10 occasions in the first half and were never more than two points apart, Kilkenny enjoying that advantage after nine minutes and Tipperary claiming it on the cusp of half-time when O’Dwyer sent over a long-range free to give them a 0-14 to 0-12 interval lead.

Tipperary hit eight wides in the first half and will have felt they were the better team considering how much Kilkenny had to rely on frees – five of them coming from Reid – and the ability of the Tipperary forwards to put so much pressure on Kilkenny’s backs as they attempted to clear their lines.

Ronan Maher had Reid and Richie Hogan for company but impressed on both and the Cats’ pair, particularly Hogan, were relatively anonymous in general play. Both Callanan and O’Dwyer were exquisite at times although Callanan was blocked down with a relatively easy free in the 16th minute.

Kilkenny did have goal chances in the form of a Darren Gleeson save from Colin Fennelly in the 19th minute and then Eoin Larkin pushing wide a ground shot when Reid delivered long in the 24th minute although Patrick Maher and Callanan also had opportunities which flew over the crossbar.

Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan (0-13, 3 frees, 1 65); J. O’Dwyer (1-5, 0-1 sideline, 0-1 free); J. McGrath (1-3); J. Forde, Patrick Maher (0-2 each), N. McGrath, S. Kennedy, D. McCormack, Pádraic Maher (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kilkenny: T.J. Reid (0-11, 10 frees, 1 65); K. Kelly (1-2, 0-1 sideline); R. Hogan (1-1); E. Larkin, P. Walsh (0-2 each); W. Walsh, C. Buckley (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: D. Gleeson; C. Barrett, J. Barry, M. Cahill; S. Kennedy, R. Maher, Pádraic Maher; B. Maher (c), M. Breen; D. McCormack, Patrick Maher, N. McGrath; J. McGrath, S. Callanan, J. O’Dwyer
Subs for Tipperary: J. Forde for M. Breen (45); N. O’Meara for D. McCormack (62); D. Maher for M. Cahill (65); K. Bergin for N. McGrath (70); T. Hamill for S. Kennedy (70+3).

KILKENNY: E. Murphy; P. Murphy, J. Holden, S. Prendergast (c); P. Walsh, K. Joyce, C. Buckley; T.J. Reid, C. Fogarty; W. Walsh, R. Hogan, E. Larkin; K. Kelly, C. Fennelly, L. Blanchfield
Subs for Kilkenny: R. Lennon for K. Joyce, L. Ryan for E. Larkin (both 60).

Referee: B. Gavin (Offaly).

Team News

With the countdown well and truly on to the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday next, September 4th at 3.30pm in Croke Park, the Tipperary team to face Kilkenny has just been announced by manager Michael Ryan.

Showing one change from the semi-final line up, John O’Dwyer comes in at top of the right with John McGrath moving to top of the left.

In all there are five All-Ireland Final debutants in Tipp’s starting XV combining a mix of youth and experience as Tipperary go in search of their first title since 2010.

The Tipperary team lines out as follows;

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

The clock is winding down to the greatest day in the GAA hurling calendar as next Sunday, September 4th draws ever nearer when Tipperary will take on Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final, with throw in at 3.30pm in Croke Park.

While the rivalry between both sets of supporters will be reaching fever pitch ahead of the final and bragging rights and banter at an all-time high, the same can’t be said of the teams. With nothing between the sides in recent times, the respect both sides have for each other is a bond which is unique and has helped mould and shape the huge tradition of rivalry among supporters and is a living testament to the values of the Gaelic Athletic Association.

However, once the first whistle is blown it will be a frenzy of ferocious tackling and work rate, a place not for the faint hearted so mere mortals need not apply. This is the hour when the descendants of Cú Chulainn will head into combat with county pride and passion at stake. Invariably the team who performs to its greatest potential will emerge victorious after what promises to be an encapsulating seventy six or so minutes with supporters held spell bound by the artistry and skill of those on the battle field before them.

Tipperary this year have shown they have the credentials and attributes to reach the summit of hurling’s greatest prize yet all the while knowing that it will take a mammoth effort to dethrone the reigning title holders on Sunday. Kilkenny will more than likely be installed as favourites by many as they go in search of three in a row but the hurling folk from the Premier County and beyond are looking to Tipperary for the inspiration and drive to seize the day for the Blue and Gold.

The last meeting between the sides in championship action was the twin All Ireland Final affair of 2014. As so well documented at the time and indeed for a long while after, it was a Hawkeye decision which ensured both sides would return to headquarters for round two when the original gripping instalment finished level in what was another modern day classic between the sides. Three weeks later the matter was laid to rest as Tipperary though trying valiantly once more were unable to halt the ‘cats’ as they lifted the prize.

Redemption for Tipperary on Sunday would not be disputed as the hurling world holds its breath in expectation of another classic. For Tipp folk though a dour one point win would suffice as too many classics have left the faithful parked on the horizon of hope waiting for a new dawn to blossom. Sunday is the latest chance for hurling brightness to descend upon the Tipperary landscape, a landscape restless and expectant and waiting to explode should the God’s of Cú Chulainn favour our brave combatants, let’s hope this time they do.

The referee on Sunday will be Brian Gavin (Offaly) who takes charge of his fourth All-Ireland Final, having previously refereed the 2011 final and replayed 2014 final between Tipperary and Kilkenny as well as the drawn 2013 decider between Cork and Clare.

On behalf of all Tipperary Supporters we send every best wish to the team led by Captain Brendan Maher (Borris Ileigh) and the management team of manager Michael Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane), coach – Declan Fanning (Killenaule), selectors – John Madden (Lorrha-Dorrha) and Conor Stakelum (Borris-Ileigh) and sincerely hope that Sunday will be a most joyous day for the blue and gold.

It started on May 1 with the first round of the Leinster ‘round robin’ – now four months and 27 games later, it’s down to two contenders as Kilkenny and Tipperary prepare to battle it out for the Liam MacCarthy Cup in next Sunday’s GAA hurling senior All-Ireland final in Croke Park.

Throw-in will be at 3.30, with Brian Gavin (Offaly) as referee. The senior game will be preceded by the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Final between Limerick and Tipperary (1.15).

They meet in the final for the 20th time, with Tipperary leading 10-8, with one draw, from the previous 19. They last met in the final in 2014 when Kilkenny won a dramatic replay, having also beaten Tipperary in the 2011 and 2009 finals, while Tipp won in 2010.

Kilkenny 1-25 Dublin 0-16 (Leinster semi-final)
Kilkenny 1-26 Galway 0-22 (Leinster final)
Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 2-17 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)
Average For: 1-24;
Average Against: 0-22

TJ Reid……………. 0-38 (0-30 frees, 0-3 ’65)
JJ Farrell ……………2-9
Richie Hogan………. 0-13
Walter Walsh………. 1-6
Colin Fennelly……… 2-2
Conor Fogarty ………0-6
Michael Fennelly…… 0-5
Cillian Buckley…….. 0-2
Liam Blanchfield…..0-3
Padraig Walsh…….. 0-3
Eoin Larkin ……….0-2
Lester Ryan……….. 0-1
John Power……….. 0-1

Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
Tipperary 3-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)
Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13 (Munster final)
Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Average For: 2-19
Average Against: 1-15

Seamus Callanan………..2-34 (0-25 frees)
John McGrath…………….4-5 (1-0 pen)
Michael Breen…………..3-5
John O’Dwyer……………..1-7 (2f 1`65)
Noel McGrath…………….0-9
Padraic Maher……………0-4
Jason Forde………………0-2
Brendan Maher………….0-2
Kieran Bergin……………0-1
Patrick Maher…………..0-1
Aidan McCormack….0-1
Ronan Maher………….0-1

Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14 (2014 All-Ireland final replay)
Kilkenny 3-22 Tipperary 1-28 (2014 All-Ireland final)
Kilkenny 0-20 Tipperary 1-14 (2013 All-Ireland qualifiers)
Kilkenny 4-24 Tipperary 1-15 (2012 All-Ireland semi-final)
Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16 (2011 All-Ireland final)

2014: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14 (Replay)
2014: Kilkenny 3-22 Tipperary 1-28 (draw)
2011: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16
2010: Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18
2009: Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23
1991: Tipperary 1-16 Kilkenny 0-15
1971: Tipperary 5-17 Kilkenny 5-14
1967: Kilkenny 3-8 Tipperary 2-7
1964: Tipperary 5-13 Kilkenny 2-8
1950: Tipperary 1-9 Kilkenny 1-8
1945: Tipperary 5-6 Kilkenny 3-6
1937: Tipperary 3-11 Kilkenny 0-3
1922: Kilkenny 4-2 Tipperary 2-6
1916: Tipperary 5-4 Kilkenny 3-2
1913: Kilkenny 2-4 Tipperary 1-2
1911: Kilkenny 3-3 Tipperary 2-1
1909: Kilkenny 4-6 Tipperary 0-12
1898: Tipperary 7-13 Kilkenny 3-10
1895: Tipperary 6-8 Kilkenny 1-0

2015: Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 1-18
2014: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14 (Replay)
2014: Kilkenny 3-22 Tipperary 1-28 (Draw)
2012: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11 (Replay)
2012: Kilkenny 0-19 Galway 2-13 (Draw)
2011: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16
2010: Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18
2009: Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23
2008: Kilkenny 3-20 Waterford 1-13
2007: Kilkenny 2-19 Limerick 1-15
Wins 7; Defeats 1, Draws 2

2014: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14 (Replay)
2014: Tipperary 1-28 Kilkenny 3-22 (Draw)
2011: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16
2010: Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18
2009: Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23
2001: Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15
1997: Clare 0-20 Tipperary 2-13
1991: Tipperary 1-16 Kilkenny 0-15
1989: Tipperary 4-24 Antrim 3-9
1988: Galway 1-15 Tipperary 0-14
Wins 4; Defeats 5, Draws 1

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Kieran Joyce, JJ Delaney, Jackie Tyrrell; Paul Murphy, Padraig Walsh, Cillian Buckley; Michael Fennelly, Conor Fogarty; Colin Fennelly, Richie Hogan, Eoin Larkin; Richie Power, TJ Reid, John Power.
Subs: Henry Shefflin for Hogan; Lester Ryan for Michael Fennelly.

TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Paddy Stapleton; Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Kieran Bergin; Shane McGrath, James Woodlock; Gearoid Ryan, Noel McGrath, Lar Corbett; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, Patrick Maher.
Subs: Michael Cahill for Shane McGrath; Conor O’Mahony for Ryan; Shane Bourke for Corbett; Jason Forde for Noel McGrath; John O’Brien for O’Dwyer.

KILKENNY: E Murphy; P Murphy, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh (0-1), R Lennon, D Cody; L Ryan, C Fogarty; C Fennelly, TJ Reid (0-10, 0-6f, 0-1 65), J Maher (0-4); W Walsh (0-1), K Kelly (2-1), J Power.
Subs: J Farrell for Power, K Joyce for Holden.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, T Hamill, M Cahill; B Maher, J Barry, Padraic Maher; M Breen (0-1), D Quinn; D McCormack, Patrick Maher, J O’Dwyer (0-9, 0-4f, 0-2 ’’65’); N McGrath (0-2), C Kenny (0-2), J McGrath (0-4, 0-1f).
Subs: N O’Meara for Kenny, R Maher for Quinn, J Meagher for Padraic Maher, A Coffey for McCormack.

Will Kilkenny extend their lead at the top of the title table or will Tipperary narrow the gap? Kilkenny are currently six clear of Cork and ten ahead of Tipperary

36: KILKENNY (1904-1905-1907-1909-1911-1912-1913-1922-1932-1933-1935-1939-1947-1957-1963-1967-1969-1972-1974-1975-1979-1982-1983-1992-1993-2000-2002-2003-2006-2007-2008-2009-2011-2012-2014-2015).
30: Cork (1890-1892-1893-1894-1902-1903-1919-1926-1928-1929-1931-1941-1942-1943-1944-1946-1952-1953-1954-1966-1970-1976-1977-1978-1984-1986-1990-1999-2004-2005).
26: TIPPERARY (1887-1895-1896-1898-1899-1900-1906-1908-1916-1925-1930-1937-1945-1949-1950-1951-1958-1961-962-1964-1965-1971-1989-1991-2001-2010)
7: Limerick (1897-1918-21-34-36-40-73).
6: Dublin (1889-1917-1920-1924-1927-1938).
6: Wexford (1910-1955-1956-1960-1968-1996)
4: Galway (1923-1980-1987-1988)
4: Offaly (1981-1985-1994-1998)
3: Clare (1914-1995-1997-2013)
2: Waterford (1948-1959)
1: Kerry (1891)
1: Laois (1915)
1: London (1901)

Kilkenny have reached 65 All-Ireland finals, winning 36, losing 25 and drawing 4.

Tipperary have appeared in 40 All-Ireland senior finals, winning 26, losing 12 and drawing two.

Next Sunday’s game will be Brian Cody 84th championship outing as manager since taking over in Kilkenny at the start of 1999 season. Kilkenny have won 68, drawn six and lost nine of the previous 83 under
Cody. The defeats were against Galway (2001-2005-2012), Cork (1999-2004-2013), Wexford (2004), Tipperary (2010) and Dublin (2013).

Tipperary are bidding to become the first Munster champions to win the All-Ireland title since Cork in 2005. Tipperary (2010) and Clare (2013) both won the title, having come through the qualifiers.

Kilkenny are bidding to win the All-Ireland treble for the third time, having previously achieved it in 1911-12-13 and 2006-07-08.

Tipperary’s Allianz League and Championship record this year reads: Played 10, Won 6, Drew 1, Lost 3. The defeats were against Waterford, Kilkenny and Clare in the League.

Kilkenny’s Allianz League and championship record for the year reads: Played 11, Won 8, Drew 1, Lost 2. The defeats were against Waterford and Clare in the League.

Kilkenny (36) and Tipperary (26) have won 62 All-Ireland titles between them.

1904 – Kilkenny 1-9 Cork 1-8
1905 – Kilkenny 7-7 Cork 2-9
1907 – Kilkenny 3-12 Cork 4-8
1909 – Kilkenny 4-6 Tipperary 0-12
1911 – Kilkenny 3-3 Tipperary 2-1
1912 – Kilkenny 2-1 Cork 1-3
1913 – Kilkenny 2-4 Tipperary 1-2
1922 – Kilkenny 4-2 Tipperary 2-6
1932 – Kilkenny 3-3 Clare 2-3
1933 – Kilkenny 1-7 Limerick 0-6
1935 – Kilkenny 2-5 Limerick 2-4
1939 – Kilkenny 2-7 Cork 3-3
1947 – Kilkenny 0-14 Cork 2-7
1957 – Kilkenny 4-10 Waterford 3-12
1963 – Kilkenny 4-17 Waterford 6-8
1967 – Kilkenny 3-8 Tipperary 2-7
1969 – Kilkenny 2-15 Cork 2-9
1972 – Kilkenny 3-24 Cork 5-11
1974 – Kilkenny 3-19 Limerick 1-13
1975 – Kilkenny 2-22 Galway 2-10
1979 – Kilkenny 2-12 Galway 1-8
1982 – Kilkenny 3-18 Cork 1-13
1983 – Kilkenny 2-14 Cork 2-12
1992 – Kilkenny 3-10 Cork 1-12
1993 – Kilkenny 2-17 Galway 1-15
2000 – Kilkenny 5-15 Offaly 1-14
2002 – Kilkenny 2-20 Clare 0-19
2003 – Kilkenny 1-14 Cork 1-11
2006 – Kilkenny 1-16 Cork 1-13
2007 – Kilkenny 2-19 Limerick 1-15
2008 – Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13
2009 – Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23
2011 – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16
2012 – Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11 (replay)
2014 – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14 (replay)
2015 – Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 1-18

1887 – Tipperary 1-1 Galway 0-0
1895 – Tipperary 6-8 Kilkenny 1-0
1896 – Tipperary 8-14 Dublin 0-4
1898 – Tipperary 7-13 Kilkenny 3-10
1899 – Tipperary 3-12 Wexford 1-4
1900 – Tipperary 2-5 London 0-6
1906 – Tipperary 3-16 Dublin 3-8
1908 – Tipperary 3-15 Dublin 1-5 (replay)
1908 – Tipperary 2-5 Dublin 1-8 (draw)
1916 – Tipperary 5-4 Kilkenny 3-2
1925 – Tipperary 5-6 Galway 1-5
1930 – Tipperary 2-7 Dublin 1-3
1937 – Tipperary 3-11 Kilkenny 0-3
1945 – Tipperary 5-6 Kilkenny 3-6
1949 – Tipperary 3-11 Laois 0-3
1950 – Tipperary 1-9 Kilkenny 1-8
1951 – Tipperary 7-7 Wexford 3-9
1958 – Tipperary 4-9 Galway 2-5
1961 – Tipperary 0-16 Dublin 1-12
1962 – Tipperary 3-10 Wexford 2-11
1964 – Tipperary 5-13 Kilkenny 2-8
1965 – Tipperary 2-16 Wexford 0-10
1971 – Tipperary 5-17 Kilkenny 5-14
1989 – Tipperary 4-24 Antrim 3-9
1991 – Tipperary 1-16 Kilkenny 0-15
2001 – Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15
2010 – Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14

Mayo defeated Tipperary by 2-13 to 0-14 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 21st at Croke Park.

All Ireland SFC S-F: Late Conor O’Shea goal seals Mayo win

Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park for

Stephen Rochford has guided Mayo to a third All-Ireland senior football final appearance in five seasons – but they had to work hard for it against Tipperary at Croke Park this afternoon.

The Premier County gave it everything in their first semi-final appearance in 81 years, but avoidable goals in either half proved crucial as Mayo moved on to a September 18 showdown with Dublin or Kerry. Mayo will know they will have to improve considerably for their first final since 2013 as surprise packets Tipp asked plenty of questions.

But the pre-match underdogs finished the game with 14 players when Bill Maher was issued with a straight red card for an off-the-ball offence in the 65th minute. It was another sickening blow for Tipp, who lost Robbie Kiely to a black card as early as the ninth minute for a foul on Jason Doherty.

Mayo had Andy Moran in excellent form but they struggled otherwise in front of 53,212 spectators at GAA headquarters. And for the game’s opening goal, scored by Doherty in the 27th minute, the Premier County were very much the architects of their own downfall.

Colm O’Shaughnessy coughed up possession inside his own half and Mayo broke with lightning pace, Keith Higgins cutting a swathe the middle before off-loading to Doherty. The forward’s finish was cool, as he side-stepped goalkeeper Evan Comerford before shooting into an empty net.

That goal helped to turn Mayo’s fortunes around in the first half, after they fell 0-3 to 0-6 behind against a fired-up Tipp. It was a fortunate break for Mayo as, in truth, they could have been further behind as Tipp missed some good early chances.

After scoring the goal, Mayo added four points to necklace 1-4 without reply, as a Conor Sweeney point in the 33rd minute stopped the rot for Tipp. But by half-time, they were six down attain as Andy Moran (two) and Aidan O’Shea collected points before the break.

After Conor Sweeney kicked Tipp’s sixth point in the 25th minute, they would add just one further score before the interval and in that time, Mayo hit 1-7.

Finding a more clinical edge, Mayo turned up the heat but Tipp opened the second brightly and by the 48th minute, they had cut the deficit back to two points. Mayo were 1-11 to 0-12 in front and Mikey Quinlivan’s effort, which was shown to be wide by HawkEye, could have had the margin back to the bare minimum.

Tipp goalkeeper Evan Comerford kept his side in it with a smart save to deny Moran 16 minutes from time, but Mayo did get their second goal in the 64th minute. Evan Regan’s mishit effort dribbled behind the Tipperary inside line and Conor O’Shea drew on the loose ball to find the bottom corner.

From there until the finish, Mayo had little trouble in closing the game out in their sixth successive semi-final, particularly when Tipp lost the services of Maher. Mayo had Donal Vaughan black-carded in the sixth minute of stoppage time – and finished the game with 14 players too after using all six subs – but they had the job done by then.

Scorers for Mayo: A Moran 0-4, J Doherty and C O’Shea 1-0 each, C O’Connor 0-3 (3fs), D O’Connor 0-2, L Keegan, C Boyle, K McLoughlin and A O’Shea 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: M Quinlivan 0-7 (7fs), C Sweeney 0-3 (1f), K O’Halloran 0-2 (1f), B Maher and P Austin 0-1 each.

Mayo: D Clarke; B Harrison, B Moran, K Higgins; L Keegan, C Boyle, P Durcan; S O’Shea, D Vaughan; K McLoughlin, A O’Shea, D O’Connor; J Doherty, A Moran, C O’Connor
Subs: T Parsons for S O’Shea (53), C O’Shea for Doherty (58), E Regan for Moran (63), C Barrett for Boyle (67), A Dillon for McLoughlin (69), C Loftus for C O’Connor (70+1).

Tipperary: E Comerford; C O’Shaughnessy, A Campbell, C McDonald; B Maher, R Kiely, J Feehan; P Acheson, G Hannigan; J Keane, M Quinlivan, B Fox; K O’Halloran, C Sweeney, P Austin
Subs: S Leahy for Kiely (b/c 10), A Moloney for Leahy (32), S O’Connell for O’Shaughnessy (56), I Fahey for O’Halloran (66), M Dunne for Keane (70+2).

Referee: D Coldrick (Meath)

Fixture Details

GAA Football All-Ireland Championship
Semi-Final 2016
Mayo v Tipperary
Throw-in: 3:30pm

Donegal v Galway
Throw in: 1:30pm

Team News

After an eighty one year wait the Tipperary team to play Mayo in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final in Croke Park, on Sunday next, August 21st has been announced by manager Liam Kearns. With some positional switches Liam keeps faith with the starting 15 that lined out in their recent All Ireland Quarter-Final success.

The Tipperary team lines out as follows;

1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
3. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
4. Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow
5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
8. Peter Acheson (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers
9. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
12. Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty
13. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
14. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
15. Philip Austin – Borrisokane

The Mayo team for Sunday’s semi final game against Tipperary in Croke Park at 3.30pm is:

1. David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites)
2. Brendan Harrison (Aghamore)
3. Kevin Keane (Westport)
4. Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis)
5. Lee Keegan (Westport)
6. Colm Boyle (Davitts)
7. Patrick Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels)
8. Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy)
9. Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe)
10. Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore)
11. Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy)
12. Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber)
13. Jason Doherty (Burrishoole)
14. Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen)
15. Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber, captain).

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Tipperary’s return to the GAA football All-Ireland senior semi-final for the first in 81 years will bring a fresh favour to Croke Park on Sunday when they line up against Mayo to decide who plays Dublin or Kerry in the final on September 18. Throw-in will be at 3.30 and the senior game will be preceded by the minor semi-final between Galway and Donegal at 1.30.

While Mayo are appearing in the semi-final for a sixth successive year, it’s Tipperary’s first venture in the last four since 18 August 1935 when they lost to Cavan (1-7 to 0-8). Cavan went on to win the All-Ireland, beating Kildare in the final. Tipperary finished sixth in Division 3 this year but beat Cork (Division1) in the Munster semi-final, Derry (Division 2) in a Round 4 qualifier before recording a great nine-point victory over Connacht champions, Galway (Division 2) in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

Mayo’s bid for a sixth successive Connacht title ended when they lost to Galway in the semi-final but they have since won four games to arrive in the semi-final. They are bidding to reach the final for the first time since 2013 while Tipperary last reached the final in 1922. Both counties are under managers (Liam Kearns in Tipperary, Stephen Rochford in Mayo) who are in their first year.

Mayo 2-16 London 0-9 (Connacht quarter-final)
Galway 1-12 Mayo 0-12 (Connacht semi-final)
Mayo 2-14 Fermanagh 1-12 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 2)
Mayo 2-17 Kildare 0-14 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 3)
Mayo 3-15 Westmeath 1-14 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 4)
Mayo 0-13 Tyrone 0-12 (All-Ireland quarter-finals)

Cillian O’Connor……2-25 (0-16 frees, 2-0 pen, 0-2 ‘45s)
Evan Regan……………1-16 (0-10 frees)
Jason Doherty………..2-4
Diarmuid O’Connor…1-7

Tipperary 1-15 Waterford 1- 7 (Munster quarter-final)
Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 3-17 Tipperary 2-10 (Munster final)
Tipperary 1-21 Derry 2-17 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 4)
Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Kevin O’Halloran……..1-24 (0-13 frees, 0-5 ‘45s)
Michael Quinlivan…….2-20 (0-9 frees)
Conor Sweeney………….3-7

Mayo are appearing in the semi-final for a sixth successive year, having won two, drawn two and lost three in 2011-2015. The wins were over Dublin (2012) and Tyrone (2013). The defeats were against Kerry (2011 and 2014) and Dublin last year while the draws were against Kerry in 2014 and Dublin last year.

2015: Dublin 3-15 Mayo 1-14 (replay)
2015: Dublin 2-13 Mayo 1-15 (draw)
2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 (replay – after extra-time)
2014: Mayo 1-16 Kerry 1-16 (draw)
2013: Mayo 1-16 Tyrone 0-13
2012: Mayo 0-19 Dublin 0-16
2011: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11

Tipperary won nine Munster titles between 1888 and 1935 but All-Ireland semi-finals were not played in all of those years.
Tipperary’s most recent semi-final in 1935 ended in a two-point defeat by Cavan (1-7 to 0-8). Tipperary beat Clare and Cork to win that year’s Munster championship (Kerry did not compete.)

This will be the fourth championship clash between them, with the previous three ending as follows.
2002: Mayo 0-21 Tipperary 1-14 (2002 All-Ireland qualifiers)
1922: Tipperary 1-5 Mayo 1-0 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1919: Tipperary 2-2 Mayo 1-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Mayo 0-21 Tipperary 1-14 (2002 All-Ireland Round 4 Qualifier, Cusack Park, Ennis)
Mayo had four points to spare over Tipperary, who six days earlier, had lost the Munster final replay to Cork. Mayo later lost to Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-final. James Horan, who later went on to manage Mayo was their top scorer on 0-5 while Declan Browne (0-7) and Peter Lambert (1-4) were top scorer for Tipperary.

Mayo: Peter Burke; Kenneth Mortimer, David Heaney, Pat Coyne; Noel Connelly, Alan Roche, Aidan Higgins; David Tiernan, David Brady; Colm McManamon, Trevor Mortimer, James Gill; Stephen Carolan, Brian Maloney, James Horan.
Subs: James Nallen for Roche; Ciaran McDonald for Gill; Marty McNicholas for Tiernan; Ray Connelly for K Mortimer; Shane Fitzmaurice for McManamon.

Tipperary: Philly Ryan; Benny Hahessy, Niall Kelly, Damien Byrne; Liam England, Kevin Mulryan, Willie Morrissey; Eamonn Hanrahan, Sean Maher; Paul Cahill, Fergal O’Callaghan, Damien O’Brien; Peter Lambert, Declan Browne, Benny Hickey.
Subs: Niall Fitzgerald for Maher; Michael Spillane for O’Brien

They have played 13 Allianz League (Div 1), Connacht and All-Ireland championship games, winning eight and losing five. They finished fifth in Division 1.
WINS: Monaghan, Down, Roscommon (League); London (Connacht championship), Fermanagh, Kildare, Westmeath, Tyrone (All-Ireland championship)
DEFEATS: Cork, Dublin, Donegal, Kerry (League); Galway (Connacht championship)

They have played 12 Allianz League (Div 3), Munster and All-Ireland championship games, winning six, drawing three and losing three. They finished sixth in Division 3.
WINS: Clare, Offaly (Div 3), Waterford, Cork (Munster championship), Derry, Galway (All-Ireland championship)
DEFEATS: Longford, Kildare (League); Kerry (Munster final)
DRAWS: Limerick, Westmeath, Sligo (League)