Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 Championship Final – Limerick 0-17 Kilkenny 0-11

Limerick defeated Kilkenny by 0-17 to 0-11 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 Championship Final on Saturday September 9th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Victory for impressive Limerick in BGE U21 decider

Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Final


Report By Cian O’Connell at Semple Stadium, Thurles for

Limerick underage teams are becoming accustomed to dealing with high expectations and a second title at this grade in three years was met by a great green and white roar in Thurles.

A huge Limerick support made up the majority of the 15,485 crowd and they gleefully celebrated a deserved success. For much of the past decade Limerick’s Academy system has produced a raft of talented hurlers, who are beginning to acquire silverware on the national stage.

Match Highlights

Pat Donnelly’s charges governed vast chunks of the opening period with their self sufficient forward line causing Kilkenny plenty of bother.

By the time the interval rolled around Limerick led 0-11 to 0-4 which was an accurate reflection of their supremacy when backed by a significant breeze. There were streaks of Kilkenny defiance with Shane Walsh and Billy Ryan contributing good scores, but Limerick grated impressively.

It wasn’t all about hard work, though, because Aaron Gillane, Cian Lynch, and Barry Nash demonstrated some flashes of real class up front. Shane Walsh rifled over an early point for Kilkenny, but Limerick responded impressively reeling off seven points on the spin.

That was a seriously damaging spell for Kilkenny, who were battling bravely, but Limerick, prompted by Gillane’s precise shooting, were in the groove. Billy Ryan terminated an 18 minute search for a Kilkenny score, but Limerick struck four of the next six points to lead by seven at the turnaround.

Kyle Hayes was safe and sound anchoring the defence, while at centrefield Robbie Hanley buzzed about craving involvement. While Limerick weren’t as efficient converting opportunities after the restart they were still doing enough and were 0-14 to 0-6 ahead by the 47th minute.

Kilkenny struck five points in eight minutes with Alan Murphy sharp from frees, but Limerick were still four clear as Conor Boylan raised a white flag in that stint.

Just as Kilkenny were posing some questions Limerick had the resolve and resilience to locate the answers with Gillane and substitute Oisin O’Reilly decorating the triumph with late grace notes. Limerick weren’t going to be denied. All those weekend mornings at UL with the Academy had them prepared for days like these.

Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 0-7 (2fs), Peter Casey and Ronan Lynch (3fs) 0-3 each, Oisin O’Reilly, Cian Lynch, and Barry Nash 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: Alan Murphy 0-5 (4fs, 165), Shane Walsh 0-3 (2fs), Liam Blanchfield, John Donnelly, Billy Ryan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara; Sean Finn, Darragh Fanning, Dan Joy; Ronan Lynch, Kyle Hayes, Thomas Grimes; Colin Ryan, Robbie Hanley; Tom Morrissey, Barry Nash, Cian Lynch; Peter Casey, Barry Murphy, Aaron Gillane
Subs: Conor Boylan for Cian Lynch (40), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave for Tom Morrissey (47), Oisin O’Reilly for Barry Murphy (53), Lorcan Lyons for Barry Nash (60).

KILKENNY: Darren Brennan; Michael Cody, Conor Delaney, Niall McMahon; Huw Lawlor, Jason Cleere, Tommy Walsh; Luke Scanlon, Richie Leahy; Billy Ryan, Sean Morrissey, Liam Blanchfield; John Walsh, John Donnelly, Shane Walsh
Subs: Alan Murphy for Sean Morrissey (25), Pat Lyng for John Walsh (HT), Eoin Kenny for Shane Walsh (40), Martin Keoghan for Billy Ryan (41), Darren Mullen for Richie Leahy (45).

REFEREE: Paud O’Dywer (Carlow).

Fixture Details

09.09.2017 (Sat)
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 15:00
Cill Chainnigh v Luimneach
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Ceatharlach)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara (Doon): Sean Finn (Bruff), Daragh Fanning (Pallasgreen), Dan Joy (Kilmallock): Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh): Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock): Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Barry Murphy (Doon), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell): Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Barry Nash (South Liberties)
Subs: Cian Hedderman (Ballybrown), Paudie Ahern (Killeedy), Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh), Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), Mike Mackey (Adare), Conor McSweeney (South Liberties), Jack O’Grady (Knockainey).

KILKENNY: Darren Brennan (St Lachtains); Michael Cody (Dunnamaggin), Conor Delaney (Erins Own), Niall McMahon (Erins Own); Huw Lawlor (O’Loughlin Gaels), Jason Cleere (Bennettsbridge), Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan); Luke Scanlon (James Stephens), Richie Leahy (Rower Inistioge): John Walsh (Mullinavat), John Donnelly (Thomastown), Sean Morrissey (Bennettsbridge): Shane Walsh (Tullaroan), Liam Blanchfield (Bennettsbridge), Billy Ryan (Graigue Ballycallan)
Subs: Alan Murphy (Glenmore), James Burke (Thomastown), Darren Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Aidan Nolan (Dicksboro), Pat Lyng (Rower Inistioge), Martin Keoghan (Tullaroan), Eoin Kenny (Slieverue), Conor O’Carroll (Lisdowney), James Bergin (Conahy Shamrocks).

2014 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final Highlights – Kilkenny v Limerick

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 B Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Final – Kerry 2-12 Wicklow 2-8

Kerry defeated Wicklow by 2-12 to 2-8 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 B Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Final on Saturday September 9th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Kerry claim BGE U21 B title

Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 B Hurling Final


By Cian O’Connell at Semple Stadium, Thurles for

Maurice O’Connor pounced for the decisive goal as Kerry produced a solid second period display to secure silverware in Thurles.

Inspired by the efficient Shane Conway, who finished with a 1-6 haul, Kerry just had too much attacking craft for a spirited Wicklow outfit. Michael Boland’s 24th minute goal was an important first half score for Wicklow, who departed at the break armed with a 1-5 to 0-6 lead.

Match Highlights

Kerry had started brightly with Shane Conway sharp from frees, while Ronan Donavan and Maurice O’Connor landed scores from play. Four Kerry points on the spin ensured they led by 0-5 to 0-3 by the 17th minute, but Wicklow responded as Boland mined an opportunistic goal following a Stephen Murphy save from a Seanie Germaine effort.

That major helped Wicklow into an interval advantage, but Kerry came thundering back in the third quarter to level courtesy of points from Jack Goulding (sideline cut) and Shane Conway.

It remained keenly contested as Enda Donohoe and Conway traded frees before both teams pocketed goals inside a minute. Boland concluded a sweeping and stylish move with a Wicklow goal, but Conway replied for Kerry to level matters, 1-9 to 2-6, at the three quarter mark.

But Kerry subsequently hit the front in the 48th minute when Maurice O’Connor flicked a goal for Ian Brick’s charges. Wicklow trimmed the gap down to the minimum again, but Kerry finished strongly with substitute Daniel O’Carroll and two Conway frees sealing the deal.

Scorers for Kerry: Shane Conway 1-6 (6fs), Maurice O’Connor 1-1, Jack Goulding 0-3 (1 sideline), Ronan Donovan and Daniel O’Carroll 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wicklow: Michael Boland 2-0, Enda Donohoe 0-3 (3fs), Jack Doyle and Seanie Germaine (2fs) 0-2 each, Shaun Hughes 0-1.

KERRY: Stephen Murphy; Stevie O’Sullivan, John Buckley, Billy Lyons; Eoin Ross, Jason Diggins, Jordan Brick; Barry O’Sullivan, Tomas O’Connor; Ronan Donovan, Michael O’Leary, Shane Conway; Maurice O’Connor, Brandon Barrett, Jack Goulding
Subs: Daniel O’Carroll for Ronan Donovan (46), Robert Collins for Brandon Barrett (51).

WICKLOW: Cian Staunton; Shaun Hughes, Oisin Furlong, Seanie Maloney; Matthew Traynor, Andrew Hughes, Terry Healy; Christy Moorehouse, Cormac Whitmore; Gary Hughes, Jack Doyle, Michael Boland; Enda Donohoe, Padraig Doyle, Seanie Germaine
Subs: Padraig O’Toole for Cormac Whitmore (32), Tiernan Mellon for Terry Healy (44), Aaron Kinsella for Jack Doyle (59).

REFEREE: Johnny Murphy (Limerick)

Fixture Details

09.09.2017 (Sat)
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21B Championship Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 13:00
Ciarraí v Cill Mhantáin
Referee: Johnny Murphy (Luimneach)
(E.T. if Necessary)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final – Galway 0-26 Waterford 2-17

Galway defeated Waterford by 0-26 to 2-17 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 3rd at Croke Park.

Match Highlights

Galway end 29-year wait for the Liam MacCarthy Cup

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final


Report By John Harrington at Croke Park for

Tony Keady must have been smiling down from heaven as Galway ended their 29-year wait for the Liam MacCarthy Cup with a deserved victory over Waterford.

Keady’s death four weeks ago was a real body-blow for Galway hurling, and for every Tribesman and woman this win must have felt like the perfect way to honour his memory.

Keady was Man of the Match from centre-back when Galway last won the All-Ireland in 1988, and their centre-back today, Gearoid McInerney, will go close to earning the same distinction.

Gearoid’s father Gerry McInerney hurled alongside Keady in the Galway half-back line in ’88, so there’s a real sense of a circle being closed with this win.

That Galway team of the ‘80s were famed for their mental strength as well as skill and athleticism, and today this Galway side showed all of the same qualities.

Some of their attacking play was a joy to behold, they hit ferociously hard in the tackle, and they never lost faith in themselves despite the concession of two goals against the run of play in the first-half and a strong showing from Waterford in the third quarter.

They had key leaders in every line of the field. Daithi Burke took no prisoners in the full-back line, McInerney ate Austin Gleeson without salt, captain David Burke hit four points in a hugely influential display, while Joe Canning and Conor Cooney were the pick of a very sharp forward-unit.

Waterford deserve credit for ultimately making this match the contest it was, because a cold dread must have trickled down their spines when Galway fired over four points in the first four minutes.

It was starting to look like 2008 all over again with Waterford players looking bewildered by the power and pace of Galway’s attacking thrusts much like they did in the face of Kilkenny’s tsunami nine years ago.

Canning hit two of those first four Galway points and seemed to be on a one-man mission to fulfil his destiny and finally get his hand on that elusive All-Ireland medal.

Waterford couldn’t get their short-passing game into gear because as soon as one of their players got his hand on the ball he was coming under immediate pressure and had little time to strike never mind getting his head up before doing so.

They were gasping for air, but suddenly some life was breathed into their challenge when Kevin Moran scored a break-away goal against the run of play.

Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh was the creator, getting his hand on the sliotar and immediately off-loading to Moran who had run from deep like he so often does to great effect. He still had a lot to do as he raced towards goal, but struck his shot sweet and true to beat the slightly out of position Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan on his near post.

It was just what Waterford needed, but it didn’t seem to knock a beat out of Galway as they continued rolling forward in wave after maroon wave and hit the next two points of the game through Conor Cooney and David Burke.

But a three-point lead still didn’t seem reflective of their dominance, and now that Waterford had their bearings they started to inch their way more and more into the contest.

Tadhg de Búrca was now making his presence felt, firing a steady stream of deliveries into his forward line where ‘Brick’ Walsh was doing Trojan work to win it despite being so often outnumbered.

Successive points from Pauric Mahony and Kevin Moran gave further credence to the Waterford revival, but Galway’s forwards were still looking razor sharp and they hit the next three points of the game from Cathal Mannion, Joe Canning and Conor Cooney.

But, having hit nine points in the opening 14 minutes, Galway would score just five more over the course of the remaining 24 minutes of the half.

Points from Pauric Mahony and ‘Brick’ Walsh gave further impetus to Waterford and then, incredibly, they were level on 22 minutes when they scored a very fortuitous goal.

A long ball from Kieran Bennett landed on the edge of the Galway square and bounced to the net past Colm Callanan who seemed to momentarily lose his bearings while Shane Bennett and Adrian Tuohy contested the sliotar.

A penny for the thoughts of the Galway players at that moment. They’d done most of the hurling but now had no advantage on the scoreboard to show for it.

That would have a real blow for a mentally fragile team which Galway have been accused of being in the past, but this side is clearly made of sterner stuff.

By half-time they’d edged into the lead again – 0-14 to 2-7 – but their resolve would be tested again in the third quarter when Waterford enjoyed their best spell of the match.

That was largely thanks to the efforts of Pauric Mahony who scored five points in a row, two of them from play, to push his team a point ahead.

But the fourth quarter is always the most important, and Galway really came good in it thanks in no small part to the impact of their bench. Substitute Niall Burke showed his class with two points in a minute, while Jason Flynn would also hit a brace of points after his introduction.

Waterford had a couple of lively subs of their own in the shape of Brian O’Halloran and Tommy Ryan who hit a point each to reduce the gap to the minimum by the 59th minute, but that was as close as Derek McGrath’s team would get. In a crucial three-minute spell between the 60th and 63rd minutes Galway hit three points from Joe Canning, Conor Cooney and Jason Flynn to move four points ahead, and it proved to be a winning buffer.

There was one late scare in injury-time when Tommy Ryan wriggled into enough space to unloose a shot at the Galway goal, but David Burke blocked it and the ball was eventually cleared.

When Waterford’s last attack went out for a Galway side-line in the dying seconds of the fourth and final minute of injury-time, the result was sealed.

Galway supporters had the luxury of basking in the final few seconds of the match as Joe Canning took his time over the side-line, safe in the knowledge that their long famine for the Liam MacCarthy had ended. And when the Fergal Horgan finally sounded the final whistle, Croke Park lifted as 29 years of frustration were blown to smithereens by an explosion of pure joy.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-9 (6f, 1 sideline), David Burke 0-4, Conor Cooney 0-3, Cathal Mannion 0-2, Joseph Cooney 0-2, Niall Burke 0-2, Jason Flynn 0-2, Conor Whelan 0-1, Johnny Coen 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-11 (8f), Kevin Moran 1-1, Kieran Bennett 1-0, Jamie Barron 0-2, Michael Walsh 0-1, Brian O’Halloran 0-1, Tommy Ryan 0-1.

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Jonathan Glynn; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion
Subs: Niall Burke for Jonathan Glynn (43), Jason Flynn for Cathal Mannion (55), Shane Maloney for David Burke (68).

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Kieran Bennett, Tadhg de Búrca, Philip Mahony; Jamie Barron, Kevin Moran; Darragh Fives, Austin Gleeson, Pauric Mahony; Shane Bennett, Michael Walsh, Jake Dillon
Subs: Maurice Shanahan for Shane Bennett (22), Brian O’Halloran for Jake Dillon (48), Tommy Ryan for Michael Walsh (56), Colin Dunford for Jamie Barron (64), Patrick Curran for Kieran Bennett (64).

Ref: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

Team News

It’s down to the last two in the race for the Liam MacCarthy Cup, with Galway and Waterford set to meet in the final for the first time in Croke Park next Sunday (3.30).

It promises to be quite an occasion at the end of what has been a fantastic season for hurling. The senior final will be preceded by the Electric Ireland minor decider between Cork and Galway (1.15).

Waterford are bidding to win the title for the first time since 1959 while Galway’s last success was in 1988. Waterford played in two All-Ireland finals since their last win but were beaten by Kilkenny on both occasions (1963 and 2008).

Galway have been in seven finals (including one replay) since their last success but won none. They lost to Cork in 1990 and 2005, to Kilkenny in 1993, 2012 (replay) and 2015 and to Tipperary in 2001. They drew with Kilkenny in 2012.

Galway 2-28 Dublin 1-17 (Leinster quarter-final)
Galway 0-33 Offaly 1-11 (Leinster semi-final)
Galway 0-29 Wexford 1-17 (Leinster final)
Galway 0-22 Tipperary 1-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Average For: 0-30;
Average Against: 1-16

Galway’s Top Scorers
Joe Canning………..0-37 (0-25 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’, 0-2 s/l)
Conor Cooney……..1-14
Conor Whelan……..0-16
Niall Burke………… 0-09
Joseph Cooney…….0-08 (1f)

Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
Waterford 1-35 Offaly 0-14 (Qualifiers – Round 1)
Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22 – after extra-time (Qualifiers – Round 2)
Waterford 1-23 Wexford 1-19 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Waterford 4-19 Cork 0-20 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Average For: 2-24;
Average Against: 1-19

Waterford’s Top Scorers
Pauric Mahony……………. 0-39 (0-27 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’)
Austin Gleeson……………. 1-18 (0-2 frees)
Jamie Barron………………..3-08
Maurice Shanahan……….. 2-09 (0-4 frees)
Kevin Moran………………..1-12

Waterford have won all ten of their championships clashes with Galway. Three were in All-Ireland semi-finals, three quarter-finals, three Munster championship (Galway competed in Munster in 1959-69) and one All-Ireland
2011 – Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2009 – Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2006 – Waterford 1-25 Galway 2-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
1998 – Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
1966 – Waterford 2-16 Galway 1-9 (Munster championship)
1960 – Waterford 9-8 Galway 4-8 (Munster championship)
1959 – Waterford 7-11 Galway 0-8 (Munster championship)
1957 – Waterford 4-12 Galway 0-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1948 – Waterford 3-7 Galway 1-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1938 – Waterford 4-8 Galway 3-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Galway have lost four and drawn one of their last five All-Ireland final
appearances while Waterford have won one, drawn one and lost three of their
most recent five.

2015: Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 1-18
2012: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11 (Replay)
2012: Galway 0-19 Kilkenny 2-13 (Draw)
2005: Cork 1-21 Galway 1-16
2001: Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15

2008: Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13
1963: Kilkenny 4-17 Waterford 6-8
1959: Waterford 3-12 Kilkenny 1-10 (Replay)
1959: Waterford 1-17 Kilkenny 5-5 (Draw)
1957: Kilkenny 4-10 Waterford 3-12

Galway 2-22 Waterford 2-19
(Allianz Hurling League Q-Final, 2 April 2017)
Waterford led by 0-15 to 1-9 at half-time in Pearse Stadium and increased their lead to ten points in the third quarter before Galway staged a great rally and ended up winning by three points.
GALWAY: C Callanan; J Hanbury, Daithi Burke, A Harte (0-2); P Mannion (0-1), G McInerney, P Killeen; A Tuohy, J Coen; J Cooney, J Canning (1-10, 1-0 pen, 0-4 frees), David Burke (0-1); C Whelan (0-3), C Cooney (1-0), C
Mannion (0-2).
Subs: T Monaghan (0-1) for Hanbury; N Burke (0-2) for J Cooney; S Moloney for C Cooney.

WATERFORD: I O’Regan; K Bennett, S McNulty, S Fives; C Gleeson, T DeBurca, S Keating (0-1); K Moran (0-2), M O’Brien (0-1); Stephen Bennett (0-1), S Roche (0-3), DJ Foran (0-2);T Ryan (0-2), M Shanahan (0-6, 0-4 frees), T
Devine (2-1).
Subs: Shane Bennett for Foran; N Connors for Keating; M Walsh for O’Brien,; B O’Halloran for Ryan; P Mahony for Roche.

– Galway’s only defeat in 12 Allianz League and championship games this year came in Round 2 of the Division 1B campaign when they were defeated by Wexford by 1-21 to 3-13 in Pearse Stadium last February.
– Waterford have won seven and lost four of their eleven Allianz League and championship games this year.
– Derek McGrath is in his fourth season as Waterford manager. Their championship record under him reads: Played 18, Won 9, Drew 2, Lost 7.
– Micheál Donoghue is in his second season as Galway manager, with his championship record reading: Played 9, Won 7, Lost 2.
– Waterford are bidding to become the sixth team to win the All-Ireland after losing in the provincial championships. The five who previously achieved it were: Clare 2013; Kilkenny 2012; Tipperary 2010; Cork 2004
and Offaly 1998.
– Referee, Fergal Horgan (Tipperary) will take charge of an All-Ireland senior final for the first time

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 2-14 Mayo 2-14

Kerry drew with Mayo on a scoreline of 2-14 to 2-14 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 20th at Croke Park.

All Ireland SFC S-F: Epic encounter finishes level

KERRY 2-14 MAYO 2-14

Report By Cian O’Connell for

Talk swirled throughout the week about a couple of 2014 classics involving Kerry and Mayo so it was only appropriate that another gripping game went the distance.

Paddy Durcan, the splendid Castlebar Mitchels clubman, had the honour of landing a gorgeous last gasp point to ensure a replay will be required at Croke Park next Saturday. 66,195 spectators watched an enthralling match unfold.

Andy Moran mining 1-5 at one end; Aidan O’Shea battling with Kieran Donaghy at the other. Meanwhile in a clustered middle sector collisions and turnovers were forced. Both teams had pockets of supremacy, but parity eventually prevailed.

Unsurprisingly it commenced at a decent clip and when Andy Moran planted a fifth minute goal Mayo were very much in the groove. By the 13th minute Mayo led 1-2 to 0-2 when Kerry pounced for a major when Donaghy released Stephen O’Brien, who finished smartly.

Stephen O’Brien first half goal

Killian Young and James O’Donoghue subsequently added points, but then came a Mayo flurry which yielded 1-3 without reply. Moran, using all his guile and experience, was central, while Colm Boyle, one of the defensive warriors, thundered up the pitch to grab a goal.

Following that Mayo burst, Stephen Rochford’s charges were 2-5 to 1-4 ahead, but it sparked a Kerry rally. Four points on the spin from Paul Geaney (three frees) and Donaghy ensured the teams departed deadlocked at the break, 2-5 to 1-8.

Delicately poised it continued to ebb and flow. Moran, Donal Vaughan, Cillian O’Connor, and Tom Parsons all raised white flags as Mayo accumulated a 2-9 to 1-9 advantage.

Kerry hit a 46th minute goal when Johnny Buckley made the Mayo net dance following a David Clarke save from David Moran. Paul Geaney dashed about causing Mayo problems, while Moran’s enduring excellence remained a significant factor.

It stayed fast, frenetic, and furious. Kerry hit the front. Mayo levelled. That happened again before O’Connor guided Mayo 2-13 to 2-12 ahead with nine minutes left on the clock.

Substitute Barry John Keane scored. Deadlocked. Then Stephen Coen and Chris Barrett went close. Kerry survived the scares with Geaney’s skill enabling Paul Murphy, who had a dynamic duel with Lee Keegan, to guide over a 69th minute point.

Mayo, admirably defiant until the bitter end, summoned one last attack which culminated in Durcan’s delightful intervention. Kerry had one last gasp opportunity, but Bryan Sheehan’s long distance free was gathered by Aidan O’Shea. Ultimately it means Kerry and Mayo return to the Jones Road venue at 3pm next Saturday. The next instalment should be similarly fascinating.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 0-7 (3fs), Stephen O’Brien and Johnny Buckley 1-0 each, James O’Donoghue 0-3 (2fs), Kieran Donaghy, Killian Young, Paul Murphy, and Barry John Keane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mayo: Andy Moran 1-5, Cillian O’Connor 0-4 (1f), Tom Parsons 0-2, Donal Vaughan, Jason Doherty, and Paddy Durcan 0-1 each.

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Shane Enright, Mark Griffin, Killian Young; Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy; David Moran, Anthony Maher; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Stephen O’Brien; Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Jack Savage for Michael Geaney (22), Jonathan Lyne for Mark Griffin (HT), Jack Barry for Anthony Maher (HT), Darran O’Sullivan for Johnny Buckley (54), Barry John Keane for James O’Donoghue (62), Bryan Sheehan for Kieran Donaghy (70).

MAYO: David Clarke; Brendan Harrison, Aidan O’Shea, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Chris Barrett, Colm Boyle; Seamus O’Shea, Tom Parsons; Kevin McLoughlin, Donal Vaughan, Diarmuid O’Connor; Jason Doherty, Cillian O’Connor, Andy Moran
Subs: Paddy Durcan for Colm Boyle (42), Stephen Coen for Seamus O’Shea (59), David Drake for Diarmuid O’Connor (68), Conor Loftus for Jason Doherty (70).

REFEREE: Maurice Deegan (Laois).


Fixture Details

20.08.2017 (Sun)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:30
Ciarraí v Maigh Eo
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

Team News


The GAA hurling All-Ireland final pairing has been decided and now it’s the turn of the footballers, who stage their semi-finals over the next two Sundays.
It starts next Sunday when Kerry play Mayo (3.30), followed by Dublin v Tyrone on Sunday week.
Next Sunday’s game will be preceded by the Cavan v Kerry minor semi-final (1.30). Maurice Deegan (Laois) will referee the Kerry v Mayo game.


They meet in the championship for the first time since 2014 when it took extra-time in a replay to separate them in the All-Ireland semi-final. It finished 1-16 each in the drawn game in Croke Park before Kerry won the replay in extra time (3-16 to 3-13) in the Gaelic Grounds.

Mayo 2-14 Sligo 0-11 (Connacht quarter-final)
Galway 0-15 Mayo 1-11 (Connacht semi-final)
Mayo 2-21 Derry 1-13 (aet) (Qualifiers – Round 2)
Mayo 2-14 Clare 0-13 (Qualifiers – Round 3)
Mayo 0-27 Cork 2-20 (aet) (Qualifiers Round 4)
Mayo 1-12 Roscommon 2-9 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Draw
Mayo 4-19 Roscommon 0-9 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Replay
Kerry 1-18 Clare 1-12 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 1-23 Cork 0-15 (Munster final)
Kerry 1-18 Galway 0-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Cillian O’Connor…….3-49 (0-35 frees, 0-1 ‘45’)
Andy Moran……………1-15
Diarmuid O’Connor…2-5
Kevin McLoughlin…. 2-5


James O’Donoghue…..0-18 (0-10 frees)
Paul Geaney ……………1-13 (0-4 frees)
Stephen O’Brien……….1-6
Kieran Donaghy…………1-2

The All-Ireland final will be the 26th championship clash (1903-2014) between Mayo and Kerry with the score standing at 18-4 in the Kingdom’s favour with three draws from the previous 25 games.
2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 aet (All-Ireland semi-final) Replay
2014: Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16 All-Ireland semi-final) Draw
2011: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2006: Kerry 4-15 Mayo 3-5 (All-Ireland final)
2005: Kerry 2-15 Mayo 0-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2004: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 2-9 (All-Ireland final)
1997: Kerry 0-13 Mayo 1-7 (All-Ireland final)
1996: Mayo 2-13 Kerry 1-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1981: Kerry 2-19 Mayo 1-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1969: Kerry 0-14 Mayo 1-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1951: Mayo 2-4 Kerry 1-5 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)
1951: Mayo 1-5 Kerry 1-5 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1948: Mayo 0-13 Kerry 0-3 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1939: Kerry 3-8 Mayo 1-4 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)
1939: Kerry 0-4 Mayo 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1936: Mayo 1-5 Kerry 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1932: Kerry 2-7 Mayo 2-4 (All-Ireland final)
1931: Kerry 1-6 Mayo 1-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1930: Kerry 1-9 Mayo 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1929: Kerry 3-8 Mayo 1-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1924: Kerry 1-4 Mayo 0-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1910: Kerry 1-7 Mayo 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1909: Kerry 2-12 Mayo 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1908: Kerry 2-4 Mayo 0-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1903: Kerry 2-7 Mayo 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2016: Dublin 0-22 Kerry 2-14
2015: Kerry 0-18 Tyrone 1-11
2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 aet (Replay)
2014: Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16 (Draw)
2013: Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11
2011: Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11
2009: Kerry 2-8 Meath 1-7
2008: Kerry 3-14 Cork 2-13 (replay)
2008: Kerry 1-13 Cork 3-7 (draw)
2007: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16
Won 6, Lost 2, Drew 2

2016: Mayo 2-13 Tipperary 0-14
2015: Dublin 3-15 Dublin 1-14 (Replay)
2015: Mayo 1-15 Dublin 2-12 (Draw)
2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 aet (Replay)
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
2006: Mayo 1-16 Dublin 2-12
2004: Mayo 0-13 Fermanagh 1-8 (replay)
Wins 5, Lost 3, Drew 2.

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Paul Murphy, Fionn Fitzgerald, Shane Enright; Aidan O’Mahony, Peter Crowley, Killian Young (0-1); Anthony Maher, David Moran; Michael Geaney, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney (0-4, 0-3 frees), Kieran Donaghy (1-0), James O’Donoghue (2-6, 2-0 pens, 0-2 frees)
Subs: Marc O Se (0-1) for Enright; Pa Kilkenny for Fitzgerald (black card); Barry John Keane (0-2, 0-2 frees) for Paul Geaney; Declan O’Sullivan for Buckley; Kieran O’Leary for Michael Geaney; Johnathon Lyne (0-2) for Walsh; Paul Geaney for O’Donoghue; Mark Griffin for Crowley; Bryan Sheehan for O’Mahony.
MAYO: Robert Hennelly; Keith Higgins, Ger Cafferkey, Tom Cunniffe; Colm Boyle, Donal Vaughan (0-1), Lee Keegan; Seamus O Shea, Barry Moran; Kevin McLoughlin (0-1), Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty (0-3); Cillian O’Connor (2-5, 1-0 pen, 0-3 frees), Andy Moran (1-1), Alan Dillon.
Subs: Tom Parsons for Aidan O’Shea (blood sub); Alan Freeman for O’Connor (blood sub), Michael Conroy (0-1) for Barry Moran; Aidan O’Shea for Conroy; Conroy for Dillon; Richie Feeney for Aidan O’Shea; Alan Freeman (0-1, free) for Andy Moran; Aidan O’Shea for Seamus O Shea; Brendan Harrison for Vaughan; Chris Barrett for Boyle.

  • Mayo last beat Kerry in the championship in 1996, winning an All-Ireland semi-final by 2-13 to 1-10. They have met on seven occasions in the championship since then, with Kerry winning six times while there was one draw.
  • Mayo beat Kerry by 0-15 to 1-10 in Tralee Round 2 of this year’s Allianz League (February 11). Kerry led by 1-7 to 0-4 after 30 minutes and by 1-7 to 0-6 at half-time. Mayo, for whom Cillian O’Connor scored 0-9 (all frees), won the second half by 0-9 to 0-3. Barry John Keane on 1-3 was Kerry’s top scorer.
  • Éamonn Fitzmaurice is in his fifth season as Kerry manager, leading them to Munster titles in 2013-2014-2015-16-17 and to the 2014 All-Ireland title. Kerry’s championship record under Fitzmaurice reads:
    Played 24; Won 19, Drew 2, Lost 3.
    All three defeats came against Dublin in the 2013 and 2016 semi-finals and the 2015 final.

  • Stephen Rochford is in his second season as Mayo manager. Their championship record under him is as follows:
    Played 15, Won 11, Drew 1, Lost 3.

  • Mayo are bidding to reach the All-Ireland final via the qualifiers for a second successive year.
  • Other than Dublin (2013 and 2016), the last county to beat Kerry in an All-Ireland semi-final was Tyrone in 2003.
  • Kerry are bidding to reach the All-Ireland final for the 11th time since the turn of Millennium and for the fourth time in seven seasons (2011-14-15). Mayo are trying to reach the final for the fourth time in six seasons (2012-13-16).
  • Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 2-22 Cavan 2-10

    Kerry defeated Cavan by 2-22 to 2-10 in the Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 20th at Croke Park.

    Match Highlights

    Electric Ireland MFC S-F: Kerry advance to decider

    KERRY 2-22 CAVAN 2-10

    Report By Paul Keane for

    David Clifford struck a brilliant 1-10 at Croke Park as Kerry secured a remarkable fourth consecutive Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor football final place.

    Clifford, one of four players who lined out in last year’s final win over Galway, oozed class and kicked 1-7 of his haul from open play. The Fossa teenager captained the side and set up a number of scores for his colleagues including the 63rd minute goal scored by substitute Jack Griffin.

    Kerry will bid to become the first county to win four All-Ireland minor titles in a row when they play Dublin or Derry in the final on September 17. Griffin finished with 1-1 for the Munster champions, while Friel was excellent overall and claimed four points with nine different players making the score-sheet.

    It was Cavan’s first semi-final at the grade since 1974 and they enjoyed a purple patch in the third quarter of the game when they kicked 1-5 without reply to reduce a 13-point deficit to just five. But Kerry finished strongly with that Griffin goal and were good value overall for the dozen point win.

    Beaten Ulster finalists Cavan turned their season around with a big quarter-final win over Galway. The Breffni County were on level terms twice inside the first 10 minutes here, but fell 0-4 to 0-2 behind following Kerry points from Clifford and Diarmuid O’Connor and never recovered.

    A burst of six Kerry points without reply between the 16th and 26th minutes moved the Munster champions 0-10 to 0-03 and hinted at a rout. By this stage, Clifford had claimed five points and won a free for Donal O’Sullivan to convert.

    Cavan, who had created some opportunities for points, but wasted them, were thrown a lifeline in the form of a fortunate 27th minute goal. Patrick Lynch’s long free in wasn’t dealt with by Kerry’s full-back line or goalkeeper and Oisin Pierson bundled the ball home from close range.

    Pierson then tapped over a free and suddenly Kerry led by just 0-11 to 1-4 at half-time when it should have been more. Kerry restarted with gusto though and closed out the game within minutes.

    Clifford twice went close with goals, hitting the side-netting and then drawing a fine save from Gary O’Rourke before eventually netting in the 35th minute. He caught a high ball on the edge of the square above Cavan defender Danny Cusack, spun away from his man and struck to the net. Friel and then Clifford again added points to put Kerry 1-14 to 1-4 clear.

    David Clifford goal

    Kerry scored 1-6 in total without reply before James Smith finally stemmed the green and gold tide with a 46th minute point for Cavan. There was that solid response from Cavan and Smith fired their second goal while Pierson took his tally to 1-5 for the day, but it was too little, too late and Kerry rallied in stoppage time.

    Scorers for Kerry: David Clifford 1-10 (245s, 1f), Jack Griffin 1-1, Brian Friel 0-4, Fiachra Clifford 0-2, Diarmuid O’Connor 0-1, Barry Mahony 0-1, Donnchadh O’Sullivan 0-1, Donal O’Sullivan 0-1 (1f), Eddie Horan 0-1.

    Scorers for Cavan: Oisin Pierson 1-5 (2fs), James Smith 1-2, Cian Madden 0-1, Ronan Patterson 0-1, Philip Rogers 0-1.

    KERRY: Deividas Uosis; Niall Donohue, Chris O’Donoghue, Sean O’Leary; Patrick Warren, Michael Potts, Cian Gammell; Barry Mahony, Diarmuid O’Connor; Adam Donoghue, Brian Friel, Fiachra Clifford; David Clifford, Donnchadh O’Sullivan, Donal O’Sullivan
    Subs: Jack Griffin for Donnchadh O’Sullivan (43), Eddie Horan for Warren (47), Cathal Ferriter for Donal O’Sullivan (51), Ciaran O’Reilly for F Clifford (58), Michael O’Leary for Mahony (61), Ryan O’Neill for Gammell (68).

    CAVAN: Gary O’Rourke; John Cooke, Evan Fortune, Cormac Timoney; Ryan Coyle, Philip Nulty, Danny Cusack; Ronan Patterson, Oisin Kiernan; Ruairi Curran, Cian Madden, Philip Rogers; James Smith, Oisin Pierson, Patrick Lynch
    Subs: Sean Keogan for Kiernan (h/t), Killian Brady for Coyle (37), Niall McCabe for Lynch (45), Tiarnan Reilly for Curran (51), Patrick Meade for Patterson (60), Ryan Madden for Timoney (68).

    REFEREE: Liam Devenney (Mayo).

    Fixture Details

    20.08.2017 (Sun)
    Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final
    Páirc an Chrócaigh 13:30
    An Cabhán v Ciarraí
    Referee: Liam Devenney (Maigh Eo)
    (E.T. if Necessary)

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

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

    Match Highlights

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

    WATERFORD 4-19 CORK 0-20

    Report By Cian O’Connell for

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

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

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

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

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

    Michael “Brick” Walsh goal

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

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

    Anthony Nash save

    Darragh Fitzgibbon sideline cut point

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

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

    Jamie Barron goal

    Austin Gleeson goal

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

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

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

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

    CORK: Anthony Nash; Stephen McDonnell, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Mark Coleman; Bill Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Seamus Harnedy, Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, Luke Meade
    Subs: Michael Cahalane for Luke Meade (HT), Daniel Kearney for Bill Cooper (65), Luke O’Farrell for Alan Cadogan (65).

    REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford).

    Derek McGrath Interview

    Fixture Details

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

    Team News


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

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

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

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


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

    2017: Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
    2015: Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-21 (Munster semi-final)
    2014: Cork 0-28 Waterford 0-14 (Munster quarter-final (Replay)
    2014: Cork 1-21 Waterford 1-21 (Munster quarter-final)
    2012: Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19 (2012 All-Ireland quarter-final)

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

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


    *This will be the 65th championship clash between the counties. It’s 44-14 in Waterford’s favour with six draws. Cork also had a walkover when Waterford failed to field in 1890.
    *Cork beat Waterford by 1-21to 1-13 in this year’s Allianz League clash in Walsh Park. Cork, for whom Conor Lehane scored 0-8 (0-6 frees), led by 0-14 to 1-4 at half-time.
    *Derek McGrath is in his fourth season as Waterford manager, with the following championship record: Played 17, Won 8, Drew 2, Lost 7.
    *Kieran Kingston is in his second season as Cork manager. His championship record is as follows: Played 6, Won 4, Lost 2.
    *Cork last reached the All-Ireland final in 2013 (losing a replay to Clare) while Waterford were last there in 2008 (losing to Kilkenny).
    *If Waterford win, they will play Galway in the final for the first time in championship history while the last Cork-Galway final was in 2005.

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

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

    Match Highlights

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

    Galway 0-22 Tipperary 1-18

    Report from John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Referee: B. Kelly (Westmeath).

    Team News

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Match Highlights

    All Ireland SFC Q-F: Comfortable win for Kerry

    KERRY 1-18 GALWAY 0-13

    Report By Paul Keane for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    REFEREE: David Coldrick (Meath).

    Team News

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Match Highlights

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


    Report By John Harrington for

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Kevin Moran goal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

    Austin Gleeson point

    Fixture Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    TIPPERARY 0-28 CLARE 3-16

    Report By John Harrington for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

    Fixture Details

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

    Team News

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

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

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

    Clare 3-17 Limerick 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
    Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20 (Munster final)

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

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

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

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

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

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