Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9

Cork defeated Tipperary by 1-10 to 1-9 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday June 10th at Pairc Ui Rinn.


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Munster SFC: Cork finish strongly to defeat Tipperary

Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9

Report By Denis Hurley for GAA.ie

Luke Connolly’s 70th-minute goal sent Cork into the Munster SFC final as Tipperary were edged out at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening.

Not since 1940 and ’41 had the Rebels been defeated by their Premier County counterparts in the football championship in consecutive years, but that seemed set to happen with Conor Sweeney netted for Tipp on 69, making it 1-09 to 1-10.

However, Cork held their nerve and the ball was worked through Michael Hurley, James Loughrey and Mark Collins, whose pass allowed Connolly to palm home.

Cork will know that work is needed ahead of the final, though. Peadar Healy’s side only managed one point in the first half, shooting nine wides, but their saving grace was that Tipp were also inefficient in front of the posts, registering four points, but with seven wides of their own.

Twice, Cork had good goal chances, with Colin O’Neill denied by a Ciarán Kenrick save in the second minute and Paul Kerrigan shooting wide on 10. When Conor Sweeney – Tipp’s attacking talisman after Michael Quinlivan was forced off injured in the first half – kicked two points on the resumption, Tipp were 0-6 to 0-1 ahead and Cork were up against it.

Even though they responded through Kerrigan and substitute Donncha O’Connor, Cork were still finding the Tipp defence difficult to pierce and a counter-attack after such a turnover gave Liam Boland a great chance. He was allowed to carry the ball deep into Cork territory and opted to go for goal, but Cork goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran saved with his legs. Had that gone in, Tipp would have had a 1-6 to 0-3 lead but, as instead, by the time they would score again, Cork had made a game of it.

Captain Kerrigan led by example, rounding off a team move to get his second, and Luke Connolly, Mark Collins, and Barry O’Driscoll all scored in quick succession to make it 0-7 to 0-6 with 18 minutes remaining. Sweeney equalised, as he would do after O’Connor made it 0-8 to 0-7 with a free, but the introduction of Mark Collins helped to give Cork a presence in the middle and Kerrigan and O’Connor pushed them two clear by the 64th minute.

Tipp sub Kevin O’Halloran’s shot from distance landed just over the crossbar of his namesake Ken to leave just one in it coming down the stretch. When Sweeney palmed home a high delivery, the Cork faithful were shellshocked. But the Rebels produced a response.

Scorers for Cork: Paul Kerrigan, Donncha O’Connor (2fs) 0-3 each, Luke Connolly 0-2, Barry O’Driscoll, Mark Collins 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Conor Sweeney 0-5 (1f), Robbie Kiely, Liam Boland, Liam McGrath, Kevin O’Halloran 0-1 each.

CORK: Ken O’Halloran; Michael Shields, Jamie O’Sullivan, Kevin Crowley; Colm O’Driscoll, James Loughrey, Tomás Clancy; Ruairí Deane, Ian Maguire; Brian O’Driscoll, Paul Kerrigan, John O’Rourke; Colm O’Neill, Peter Kelleher, Luke Connolly
Subs: Donncha O’Connor for Kelleher (30), Barry O’Driscoll for Brian O’Driscoll (35), Seán Powter for Colm O’Driscoll (half-time), Mark Collins) for Barry O’Driscoll (44-50, blood), Mark Collins for Deane, Michael Hurley for O’Rourke (59), Gary Murphy for O’Neill (66).

TIPPERARY: Ciarán Kenrick; Shane O’Connell, Paddy Codd, Alan Campbell; Bill Maher, Robbie Kiely, Jimmy Feehan; Liam Casey, George Hannigan; Josh Keane, Diarmuid Foley, Brian Fox; Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan, Liam McGrath
Subs: Liam McGrath for Quinlivan (19, injured), Kevin for Foley (47), Alan Moloney for Casey (52, injured), Kieran Bergin for Hannigan (57), Colm O’Shaughnessy for O’Connell (57), Jason Lonergan for Boland (66).

REFEREE: Ciarán Branagan (Down)







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The Cork team to play Tipperary in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final tomorrow Saturday 10th June in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 5pm has been announced as follows.

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
2. James Loughrey (Mallow)
3. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
4. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
5. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Michael Shields (St Finbarrs)
7. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
8. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
9. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
10. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
12. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers) – Captain

The Tipperary team to play Cork in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final in Páirc Uí Rinn at 5pm this Saturday evening, June 10th, has been announced by manager Liam Kearns and lines out as follows –

1. Ciarán Kenrick – Moyle Rovers
2. Shane O’Connell – Golden-Kilfeacle
3. Paddy Codd – Killenaule
4. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
8. Liam Casey – Cahir
9. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Liam Boland – Moyle Rovers
12. Brian Fox (Capt.) – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Liam McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney


They meet for a second successive year, with Tipperary having won last year’s semi-final by two points in what was their first championship success over the Rebels since 1944.

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2016: Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
2014: Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-11 (Munster semi-final)
2007: Cork 2-18 Tipperary 0-10 (Munster semi-final)
2002: Cork 1-23 Tipperary 0-7 (Munster final) – Replay
2002: Cork 2-11 Tipperary 1-14 (Munster final) – Draw


*Cork beat Waterford by 1-12 to 1-11 in this year’s Munster quarter-final; Tipperary will be having their first championship outing
*Tipperary were promoted from Division 3 as champions this year, winning six of eight games. Cork finished fourth in Division 2, winning two, drawing three and losing two of seven games.
*Managers, Peadar Healy (Cork) and Liam Kearns (Tipperary) are both in their second seasons.
*Peadar Healy’s League and Championship record since taking over as Cork manager at the start of last season reads: Played 19; Won 8, Lost 8, Drew 3.
Liam Kearns’ record with Tipperary in the same period is: Played 21, Won 11, Lost 7, Draws 3.


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DID YOU KNOW?

Tipperary are bidding to reach successive Munster finals for the first time since 1993-94. The last time Cork missed out on reaching the Munster final in successive years was in 2003-2004.


Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Final – Clare 3-17 Limerick 2-16

Clare defeated Limerick by 3-17 to 2-16 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.



Munster SHC: Clare out-shoot Limerick

CLARE 3-17 LIMERICK 2-16

Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

Clare are through to a first Munster senior hurling final since 2008, after scoring a four-point victory over Limerick in Thurles this afternoon.

Shane O’Donnell struck two early first half goals and Conor McGrath netted in the second half as the Banner men set up a July 9 meeting with Cork or Waterford.

It’s Clare’s second successive championship victory over their neighbours, having beaten them in last year’s All-Ireland qualifier. Clare could even afford the luxury of a missed Tony Kelly penalty with two minutes of normal time left.

And while David Reidy hit four pointed frees, he also sent a number of efforts wide in the second half. But Limerick, who head for the qualifiers, will rue a huge tally of 11 first half wides. And after coming from eight points down to level, with an unanswered run of 1-5, they allowed Clare to regain the advantage approaching half-time.

Having been reeled in, Clare hit five unanswered points before the interval, to lead by 2-10 to 1-8, in front of 19,168 spectators. It was O’Donnell who had provided Clare with an early platform, recapturing his 2013 All-Ireland final replay hat-trick form with a sensational opening quarter of an hour.

O’Donnell netted in the fifth minute, taking advantage of indecision in the Limerick full-back line when goalkeeper Nickie Quaid could only half-clear John Conlon’s effort which dropped short. O’Donnell was on hand to send a ground-stroke to the net and in the 14th minute, he struck again to hand Clare a 2-2 to 0-3 lead.

O’Donnell followed up with a point and when Colm Galvin and Reidy (free) added further scores, Clare were eight ahead – 2-5 to 0-3. That was Limerick’s cue to come alive and they did, drawing level with 1-5 in five minutes.

After points from Peter Casey and Cian Lynch (2), David Dempsey goaled in the 22nd minute, profiting after Andrew Fahy popped Lynch’s effort into the air. Fahy will feel he should have done better but the goalkeeper, making his full Munster senior championship debut, had done well a couple of minutes earlier to keep out Kyle Hayes.

Shane Dowling (free) and Paul Browne hauled Limerick level with scores – 1-8 to 2-5 – but Clare took over again before half-time and notched five points. In the second period, Clare comfortably kept Limerick at arm’s length, as the played with a slight breeze towards the Town End of Semple Stadium.

Limerick tried desperately hard to work their way back into contention and were within three, 1-12 to 2-12, before more hesitation in defence allowed in McGrath for a 51st minute goal. Clare went on to lead by eight points again and were in cruise control down the home straight. Quaid conceded a penalty after fouling Clare sub Aaron Cunningham but Kelly drove the penalty low and wide.

It mattered little as the game was done and dusted but there was some late cheer for Limerick when Hayes, making his senior championship debut, netted in the final minute.

Scorers for Clare: Shane O’Donnell 2-2, Conor McGrath 1-3, David Reidy 0-5f, John Conlon 0-2, Seadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Colm Galvin, Jason McCarthy & Ian Galvin 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-7f, David Dempsey & Kyle Hayes 1-1 each, Paul Browne (1 sl) & Cian Lynch 0-2 each, Peter Casey, Pat Ryan & Barry Nash 0-1 each.

CLARE: Andrew Fahy; Seadna Morey, David McInerney, Patrick O’Connor; Gearóid O’Connell, Conor Cleary, David Fitzgerald; Colm Galvin, David Reidy; Tony Kelly, Shane O’Donnell, Padraic Collins; Aron Shanagher, Conor McGrath, John Conlon
Subs: Jason McCarthy for O’Connell (54), Ian Galvin for Collins (59), Aaron Cunningham for Shanagher (63), Cathal Malone for McGrath (65), Cathal McInerney for Kelly (69).

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Richie McCarthy, Mike Casey; Dan Morrissey, Declan Hannon, Seamus Hickey; Paul Browne, James Ryan; Shane Dowling, Cian Lynch, David Dempsey; Peter Casey, Kyle Hayes, Graeme Mulcahy
Subs: Barry Nash for Mulcahy (h.t.), Richie English for Mike Casey (40), Tom Morrissey for Peter Casey (53), Aaron Gillane for Dowling (57), Pat Ryan for James Ryan (57).

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)




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    SHANNONSIDE RIVALS IN BIG MUNSTER BATTLE
    Clare v Limerick in the Munster semi-final is the big hurling attraction next Sunday (Semple Stadium, Thurles, 4.0) as the great rivals clash for a third successive year.
    Clare won an All-Ireland qualifier tie last year while Limerick won a Munster quarter-final clash in 2015.

    LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
    2016: Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
    2015: Limerick 1-19 Clare 2-15 (Munster quarter-final)
    2013: Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    2012: Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
    2008: Clare 4-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)

    *This will be the 55th championship game between the counties. Limerick won 35 to Clare’s 18, with one draw, from the previous 54.
    *Both teams are under new management this year. John Kiely leads Limerick into the championship for the first time while Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor take charge of Clare.
    *Clare finished fifth in 1A in this year’s Allianz League (two wins, three defeats) before beating Dublin in a relegation play-off.
    *Limerick finished third in 1B (three wins, two defeats). They beat Cork in the quarter-final before losing to Galway in the semi-final.
    *Clare are seeking their first win in the Munster championship since beating Waterford in the 2013 quarter-final. They lost to Cork in 2014, to Limerick in 2015 and to Waterford last year.
    *Limerick lost their opening Munster game against Tipperary last year, having beaten Clare in 2015, Tipperary in 2014 and 2013.
    *Tony Kelly scored 0-9, Podge Collins and Shane O’Donnell 0-3 each when Clare beat Limerick by 0-19 to 0-15 in last year’s All-Ireland qualifiers. They led by 0-11 to 0-5 at half-time. Shane Dowling on 0-6 was Limerick’s top scorer.
    *The only draw between Clare and Limerick in 54 championship games was in 1970. A Munster quarter tie in Thurles ended on a Limerick 3-9 Clare 2-12 scoreline. Limerick won the replay by 1-10 to 0-4 in Limerick.
    *The winners will play Cork or Waterford in the Munster final on July 9.

    DID YOU KNOW?
    Clare have reached only one Munster final (2008 when they lost to Tipperary) since the start of the new Millennium.


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  • Munster Senior Football Quarter-Final – Clare 1-13 Limerick 1-12

    Clare defeated Limerick by 1-13 to 1-12 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 28th at Cusack Park Ennis.



    Munster SFC: Clare edge out Limerick

    CLARE 1-13 LIMERICK 1-12

    Report By Peter O’Connell for GAA.ie

    Clare scraped into a second successive Munster semi-final meeting with Kerry when they held on for a one point win over Limerick in Cusack Park.

    Clare were four points ahead in the second minute of injury time when Limerick’s Seán O’Dea intercepted a Joe Hayes kick out. O’Dea placed substitute Josh Ryan and his goal reduced the deficit to a single point. Limerick had a chance to fashion an equaliser but Seán McSweeney’s shot went high and wide, when a bit more patience might have been the better option.

    Twelve minutes from time Clare led by six points, 1-11 to 0-8 and a Limerick comeback looked very unlikely. However that Ryan goal left Clare clinging on in in injury time.

    In a game which was played in front of an attendance of 2,968, the home team led 1-8 to 0-6 at half-time. Eoin Cleary put away their goal in the ninth minute. He held off Limerick corner-back Daniel Daly, collected a Jamie Malone long delivery and applied a right footed finish.

    Keelan Sexton pointed two quality points for Clare in that half, while Pearse Lillis also pointed, raiding from wing back. A feature of the first half was the fact that while Limerick gave the ball away sixteen times, Clare were much more efficient in this respect, turning over just five first half possessions.

    However Limerick could have goaled twice in that half, with David Ward shooting low and wide in the 22nd minute, while in first half injury time Seamus O’Carroll had a shot saved by Joe Hayes, who diverted it around for a 45. Eoin Cleary kicked Clare six points ahead immediately after half-time but the home county then dropped the tempo and the following 15 minutes were scoreless, until Danny Neville kicked a Limerick point.

    Clare had two goalscoring chances with Jamie Malone and Keelan Sexton not taking full advantage of good opportunities. Sexton produced a good save from Limerick goalkeeper Donal O’Sullivan, nine minutes from time. A goal at that juncture would have finished Limerick but instead they stayed in the game and Ryan’s late goal almost helped them to rescue at least a replay.

    Both teams went short with most of their kick outs and the game featured just one mark. In fact both struggled to retain their own kick outs, on the rare occasions that they went long.

    Clare will have to improve radically if they are to compete with Kerry on Sunday week, while Limerick will have to wait until the weekend of June 24 before they return to championship action in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

    Scorers for Clare: Eoin Cleary 1-4 (2f), David Tubridy 0-4 (2f), Keelan Sexton 0-3 (1 ’45), Sean Collins 0-1, Pearse Lillis 0-1.

    Scorers for Limerick: Josh Ryan 1-1, Seamus O’Carroll 0-3 (1 sideline), Danny Neville 0-2, Ger Collins 0-2 (1f), Darragh Treacy 0-1, James Naughton 0-1, Sean O’Dea 0-1, Iain Corbett 0-1.

    CLARE: Joe Hayes; Dean Ryan, Kevin Harnett, Martin McMahon; Pearse Lillis, Gordon Kelly, John Hayes; Gary Brennan (C), Cathal O’Connor; Shane Brennan, Seán Collins, Jamie Malone; Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy, Keelan Sexton
    Subs: Liam Markham for O’Connor (60), Gearóid O’Brien for Collins (65), Seanie Malone for Tubridy (69).

    LIMERICK: Donal O’ Sullivan, Daniel Daly, Johnny McCarthy, Seán O’Dea, Paul White, Iain Corbett (C), Brian Fanning; Darragh Treacy, David Ward; Peter Nash, James Naughton, Garrett Noonan; Seamus O’Carroll, Danny Neville, Ger Collins
    Subs: Josh Ryan for Ward (42), Seán McSweeney for Nash (46), Jamie Lee for Naughton (57), Tony McCarthy for Daniel Daly (60), Padraig Scanlon for Collins (62), Padraig Quinn for O’Carroll (67).

    Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath)






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    Fixture Details

    28.05.2017 (Sun)
    Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final
    Cusack Park, Ennis 15:30
    An Clár v Luimneach
    Referee: Cormac Reilly (An Mhí)




    Team News

    Limerick senior football manager Billy Lee and his selectors has released their starting fifteen and match panel for this Sundays clash with Clare for the Munster senior football championship quarter final. Billy Lee and his selectors Paudie Kissane, Brian Begley and Ricky Ronayne has released the following team and match panel game for the Cusack Park Ennis clash at 3.30pm.

    1. Donal O Sullivan (Monaleen), 2. Daniel Daly (Fr Caseys), 3. Johnny McCarthy (St Kierans), 4. Sean O Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 5. Paul White (Rathkeale), 6. Iain Corbett (Newcastle West) (Captain), 7. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 8. Darragh Treacy (St Kierans), 9. David Ward (Fr Caseys), 10. Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskernry), 11. James Naughton (St. Senans), 12. Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 13. Seamus O Carroll (Castleknock), 14. Danny Neville (Ballysteen), 15. Ger Collins (Monaleen).
    Subs: 16. Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffin’s), 17. Tony McCarthy (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 18. Padraig Quinn (Monaleen), 19. Jamie Lee (Newcastle West), 20. Padraig Scanlon (Glin), 21. Josh Ryan (Oola), 22. Sean McSweeney (St Kierans), 23. Padraig De Brún (Firies), 24. Sean Sheehan (Rathkeale), 25. Bill Creamer (Cappamore), 26. Jamie McGarry (Claughaun).



    CLARE v LIMERICK

    They meet for a second successive year in the Munster championship, with Clare having won by three points in the Gaelic Grounds last May. It was their third successive championship win by the Bannermen, leaving Limerick seeking their first win over their neighbours since 2009.

    LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
    2016: Clare 0-16 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
    2015: Clare 0-15 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
    2012: Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15 (Munster semi-final)
    2009: Limerick 1-13 Clare 1-9 (Munster semi-final)
    2006: Limerick 2-5 Clare 0-8 (Munster quarter-final)

    Clare finished fifth (2 wins, 1 draw, 4 defeats) in Division 2 of this year’s Allianz League. Limerick finished fourth in Division 4 (4 wins, 3 defeats).

  • The winners play Kerry in the Munster semi-final on June 10/11.
  • Colm Collins is in his fourth season as Clare manager; Billy Lee lads Limerick into the championship for the first time.

  • DID YOU KNOW?
    It’s 21-10 in Clare’s favour with five draws from the previous 36 championship games between the counties


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    Munster Senior Football Q-Final – Cork 1-12 Waterford 1-11

    Cork defeated Waterford by 1-12 to 1-11 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday May 27th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.




    Munster SFC: Cork survive scare
    Saturday, May 27, 2017

    Munster SFC Quarter-Final

    CORK 1-12 WATERFORD 1-11

    Report By John Fallon for GAA.ie

    A brave Waterford effort came up just short at Fraher Field in Dungarvan.

    Cork were forced to dig deep to prevent a shock, loss but the Rebels came good in the closing minutes to set up a semi-final date with Tipperary. Cork played against the wind in the opening half and while they struggled to deal with Waterford’s crowded defence, they were well on their way to victory when they led by 1-4 to 0-4 at the interval.

    Waterford packed out their defence, regularly keeping two sweepers in position and, inevitably, Cork struggled to find the space to kick scores. Waterford were dependent on breaking from deep and trying to exploit the open spaces up front, but scores were hard to come by at either end.

    Waterford shot six wides in the opening half with the wind while Cork kicked seven at the other end, constantly having to shoot under pressure in a crowded sector. Waterford suffered a huge blow after 18 minutes when a lapse saw Mark Collins solo through before crossing for Paul Kerrigan to fist to the net.

    That put the Rebels 1-1 to 0-2 in front and took the wind out of the Waterford challenge, having twice led prior to that with the breeze behind them. Donie Breathnach got them off the mark with a fifth minute free which John O’Rourke cancelled with the first of his three excellent points from play in the opening half.

    Tommy Prendergast went forward to edge the Deise back in front after eight minutes before 10 scoreless minutes were ended when Kerrigan fisted home from close range, Waterford responded well with Michael Curry pointing before O’Rourke got another good effort from the right.

    Aidan Trihy cut the gap to a point a minute from the break, but Cork finished the half strongly and efforts in stoppage time from O’Rourke and Kerrigan saw the Rebels lead by 1-4 to 0-4 at the interval. Waterford goalkeeper Stephen Enright produced a superb save to deny Colm O’Neill just 17 seconds after the restart.

    And then Waterford responded by finding the net to tie the match when Gavin Crotty shot low to the right corner after goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran failed to hold a free from distance by Joey Veale.

    Captain Paul Whyte then edged Waterford in front after 43 minutes with a point from the right to make it 1-5 to 1-4. Donie Breathnach doubled that lead after 50 minutes before Cork hit back with points from Donncha O’Connor and James Loughrey.

    The sides then exchanged points twice before Cork, who lost Alan O’Connor to a red card after 65 minutes, went two in front from Paul Kerrigan and Donncha O’Connor. Waterford hit back in a frenetic finish and levelled through Paul Whyte and the excellent Breathnach to tie them heading into seven minutes of stoppage time.

    Colm O’Neill and Kerrigan saved Cork with points before they endured a nervous finish when Breathnach cut the gap to the minimum, but Waterford ran out of time after a brave effort.

    Cork: K O’Halloran; J Loughrey (0-01), J O Sullivan, S Cronin; T Clancy, M Shields, K Crowley; A Walsh, R Deane; K O Driscoll, M Collins (0-01), J O Rourke (0-03); C O Neill (0-01, 0-01f), P Kelleher, P Kerrigan (1-03).
    Subs: A O Connor for Walsh (11), D O Connor (0-03, 0-01f) for K O’Driscoll (46), I Maguire for Deane (49), S Powter for Cronin (53), G Murphy for Kelleher (63), B O Driscoll for O’Rourke (65).

    Waterford: S Enright; B Looby, T O’Gorman, T Ó hUallacháin; J McGrath, S Prendergast, R O’Ceallaigh; T Prendergast (0-01), M Curry (0-01); F O Cuirrin, P Whyte (0-02), A Trihy (0-01); D Breathnach (0-06, 0-05f), J Veale, G Crotty (1-00).
    Subs: C Murray for O Cuirrin (44), M O’Halloran for Veale (49), L O Corraoin for Looby (65), D Guiry for Trihy (69).

    Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare).




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    Fixture Details

    27.05.2017 (Sat)
    Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final
    Fraher Field, Dungarvan
    19:00 Port Láirge v Corcaigh
    Referee: Rory Hickey (An Clár)



    Team News

    The Cork team to play Waterford in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final next Saturday 27th May in Fraher Field, Dungarvan @ 7pm has been announced as follows.

    1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
    2. James Loughrey (Mallow)
    3. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
    4. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
    5. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
    6. Michael Shields (St Finbarrs)
    7. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
    8. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
    9. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
    10. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
    11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
    12. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
    13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
    14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
    15. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers) – Captain

    Subs:

    16. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)
    17. Alan O Connor (St Colums)
    18. Barry O Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)
    19. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
    20. Donncha O Connor (Ballydesmond)
    21. Gary Murphy (Castletownbere)
    22. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)
    23. John McLoughlin (Kanturk)
    24. Kevin Conlon (Douglas)
    25. Sean Powter (Douglas)
    26. Sean White (Clonakilty)

    The Waterford Senior Football Team to face Cork on Saturday’s Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final has been announced.

    1. Stephen Enright (Ballinacourty)
    2. Brian Looby (Ballinacourty)
    3. Thomas O’Gorman (The Nire)
    4. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin (An Rinn)
    5. James McGrath (The Nire)
    6. Stephen Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
    7. Ray O’Ceallaigh (An Rinn)
    8. Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
    9. Michael Curry (Rathgormack)
    10. Michael O’Halloran (Ballinacourty)
    11. Paul Whyte (Kilrossanty) – Capt
    12. Conor Murray (Rathgormack)
    13. Donie Breathnach (An Rinn)
    14. Joey Veale (Kilrossanty)
    15. Gavin Crotty (Dungarvan)



    WATERFORD v CORK
    They meet in the championship for the first time since 2011 when Cork easily won a Munster semi-final clash.

    LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
    2011: Cork 5-17 Waterford 2-8 (Munster semi-final)
    2009: Cork 2-18 Waterford 1-7 (Munster quarter-final)
    2001: Cork 3-16 Waterford 1-7 (Munster quarter-final)
    1999: Cork 3-23 Waterford 0-4 (Munster quarter-final)
    1995: Cork 0-23 Waterford 0-9 (Munster quarter-final)


    Cork finished fourth in Division 2 of this year’s Allianz League (two wins, three draws, two defeats); Waterford finished sixth in Division 4 (two wins, five defeats)

  • Waterford last won a game in the Munster championship in 2010, beating Clare in the quarter-final.
  • Peadar Healy is in his second season as Cork manager; Tom McGlinchey is in his third year as Waterford boss
  • The winners will play Tipperary in the Munster semi-final on June 10

    DID YOU KNOW?
    Waterford’s last championship win over Cork was in 1960 when they won a Munster semi-final by 1-9 to 0-11.


    Match Programme

    Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the 36 page souvenir match programme.

  • Munster Senior Hurling Quarter-Final – Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26

    Cork defeated Tipperary by 2-27 to 1-26 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 21st at Semple Stadium Thurles.



    Munster SHC: Rebels ambush Tipperary

    CORK 2-27 TIPPERARY 1-26

    Report By John Harrington at Semple Stadium for GAA.ie

    After the final whistle blew on this epic game of hurling, the Semple Stadium pitch quickly turned red. You don’t normally associate Munster quarter-finals with pitch invasions, but the explosion of joy that greeted their team’s win under-scored just how big a result this was for Cork hurling and their supporters.

    The Rebels have been down for longer than they’re used to, but this win, and nature of it, felt like a rebirth of sorts. They didn’t just beat the All-Ireland champions on their own patch, they did so with the sort of flair and grit that was long the hallmark of successful Cork hurling teams.

    Tipperary were torn apart at times by the fluency, speed, and ruthless finishing of his Cork team. All of Cork’s forwards were superb, but Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston, and Patrick Horgan in particular took a wrecking ball to the Tipperary defence.

    It wasn’t just Cork’s pace and power in attack that caught the eye, there was also a steely approach in defence that has been marked absent for too long. Colm Spillane and Mark Coleman were particularly heroic throughout, but it was the collective effort that proved most critical in the final 20 minutes of the game.

    From the very start, this match took on a very different aspect to the Munster Quarter-Final the two teams contested last year. Back then it was a grey, wet day, and Cork’s decision to play with an extra man in defence leached even more of the colour out of the occasion.

    This time around things were very different. Cork backed themselves to go toe for toe, man to man with Tipperary, and with both teams committed to attack it was an open, free-flowing game from the off.

    One of the variables coming into the game was just how Cork’s young guns would cope with the heat of a high-stakes Championship match against the reigning All-Ireland Champions.

    The entire left-flank of the Cork team as it was named – Corner-back Colm Spillane, wing-back Mark Coleman, midfielder Darragh Fitzgibbon, wing-forward Shane Kingston, and corner-forward Luke Meade – were making their first championship starts.

    So the extent to which all five of them all played with such confidence from the very start was a huge boon for Cork and really laid down a marker.

    Spillane caught some great ball in the full-back line, Coleman’s deliveries from the half-back line were excellent, Fitzgibbon was busy in midfield, Kingston’s athleticism was hugely impressive, and Meade’s movement and finishing was top-class.

    One of the stand-out features of the game throughout was the manner in which the Tipp half-back line was being dragged out of position which left acres of space in front of their full-back line.

    That’s never an ideal scenario against a Cork inside forward line blessed with real pace and finishing power in the shape of Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, and Seamus Harnedy, and by the eight minute both Tipperary full-back James Barry and corner-back John O’Keeffe were on yellow cards as they were forced to tackle desperately.

    By that stage in the game we already had a shoot-out on our hands with the teams level on five points apiece, and the action didn’t let up from there. As much as the Tipp defence was struggling to contain the Cork attack, at the other end of the field they looked extremely dangerous themselves.

    Centre-forward Michael Breen was winning his battle against Mark Ellis, and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer was looking sharper than at any time since last year’s All-Ireland Final. Much of his work was self-less too, as he assisted four first-half Tipperary points with some slick passing. As the half progressed, the action never let up as it swung from one end of the pitch to the other and blow was met by counter-blow.

    When the half-time whistle blew the teams were level at 0-15 apiece, but it was the Cork supporters who rose to their feet to applaud their team off. This wasn’t just an acclamation of how well their young team were hurling against the All-Ireland champions, it verbalised the growing sense in the ground that Cork were more up for this battle than Tipperary were.

    The All-Ireland champions were somehow keeping pace despite being half a yard behind their men to the majority of balls, but in the second-half Cork’s greater appetite and athleticism ultimately told. The first big breakthrough came on 43 minutes when Shane Kingston scored a goal that Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson will have a few sleepless nights about next week.

    Kingston’s initial shot was hooked/blocked by a trio of Tipp tacklers, but he collected the ball again and somehow got off a shot that bounced over Gleeson’s hurley and into the back of the net.

    Tipperary’s initial response was positive as they scored the next two points of the match, but Cork just never let up as Conor Lehane in particular came roaring into the game at centre-forward.

    Tipp were staying in touch thanks mainly to the heroism of Michael Breen who would finish the day with six points form play, and then it looked like they’d seized the initiative when John McGrath blasted a goal after a brilliant pass from Seamus Callanan.

    But Cork simply refused to be denied and immediately struck back with two points from the by now on-fire duo of Kingston and Lehane.

    Tipperary were struck a sickening blow when their best defender Cathal Barrett was forced off after 62 minutes with what looked like a bad knee injury, and slowly the self-belief seemed to drain from Tipp whereas Cork struck for home confidently.

    Two more points from Lehane had the one ahead before they struck what was ultimately the decisive blow of the game when substitute Michael Lehane raced onto a Darragh Fitzgibbon delivery and finished with aplomb.

    Tipp fought to the death, but it was Cork who delivered the final fatal cuts with points from Luke O’Farrell and Seamus Harnedy that drew great, triumphant roars from their support.

    The summer has just begun and it will be interesting to see where the Rebels go from here, but this game really felt like an important milestone for their developing, young team. As for Tipperary, they have a lot of soul-searching to do, but it would be very premature to write them off just yet.

    Scorers for Cork: Conor Lehane 0-10 (4f, 1 ’65), Shane Kingston 1-4, Patrick Horgan 0-4, Michael Cahalane 1-0, Luke Meade 0-3, Alan Cadogan 0-3, Seamus Harnedy 0-2, Luke O’Farrell 0-1

    Scorers for Tipperary: Michael Breen 0-6, Seamus Callanan 0-6 (2f), John McGrath 1-1, Noel McGrath 0-3, Dan McCormack 0-3, John O’Dwyer 0-2 (1 sideline), Brendan Maher 0-2, Padraic Maher 0-1, Niall O’Meara 0-1, Sean Curran 0-1

    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: Luke O’Farrell for Alan Cadogan (57), Michael Cahalane for Luke Meade (66), Lorcan McLoughlin for Darragh Fitzgibbon (70)

    TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, John O’Keeffe; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Michael Breen; Dan McCormack, Sean Curran, Noel McGrath; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath
    Subs: Niall O’Meara for Sean Curran (50), Joe O’Dwyer for Seamus Kennedy (57), Alan Flynn for Cathal Barrett (64)

    Ref: James Owens




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    Team News

    The Tipperary senior hurlers open their campaign in defence of their Munster SH Championship crown with a Quarter-Final fixture against Cork in Semple Stadium on Sunday next; May 21st at 4pm.

    In naming his side manager Mick Ryan has made one change in personnel from the team that won the corresponding fixture last year, with John O’Keeffe coming in at left-corner back for the injured Michael Cahill.

    The starting XV lines out as follows –

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

    CORK (SH v Tipperary): A Nash (Kanturk); S McDonnell (Glen Rovers), D Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), C Spillane (Castlelyons); C Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), M Ellis (Millstreet), M Coleman (Blarney); B Cooper (Youghal), D Fitzgibbon (Charleville); S Harnedy (St Ita’s), C Lehane (Midleton), S Kingston (Douglas); A Cadogan (Douglas), P Horgan (Glen Rovers), L Meade (Newcestown)
    Subs: P Collins (Ballinhassig), C O’Sullivan (Sarsfields), K Burke (Midleton), L McLoughlin (Kanturk), C O’Leary (Valley Rovers), B Lawton (Castlemartyr), D Brosnan (Glen Rovers), L O’Farrell (Midleton), M Cahalane (Bandon), M O’Halloran (Blackrock), C Murphy (Mallow).



    LAST SIX CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
    2016: Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
    2014: Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    2012: Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24 (Munster semi-final)
    2011: Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23 (Munster quarter-final)
    2010: Cork 3-15 Tipperary 0-14 (Munster quarter-final)
    2009: Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19 (Munster quarter-final)

    MOST RECENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
    Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13 (2016 Munster quarter-final, Semple
    Stadium).
    Tipperary led by 0-14 to 0-5 at half-time; Cork cut the deficit to seven
    points in the second half but the home side finished strongly to run
    out nine-point winners in front of a 29,114 crowd.

    MOST RECENT CLASH
    Cork 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 (Allianz HL 26 March 2017, Pairc Ui Rinn)
    Cork led by 0-14 to 2-6 at half-time; it was level in stoppage time in
    the second half before Patrick Horgan scored the winning point for
    the Leesiders, taking his total to 0-15 (0-10 frees, 0-1 sideline)



    2017 ALLIANZ LEAGUE
    Tipperary: 1st 1A; Reached final, losing to Galway. Played 8, Won 5,
    Drew 1, Lost 2.
    Cork: 2nd 1A: lost quarter-final to Limerick. Played 6; Won 3, Lost 3

    CORK IN SEMPLE STADIUM
    Cork’s last championship win over Tipperary in Semple Stadium was
    in 2006 when then won the Munster final by 2-14 to 1-14.

    THE ROAD AHEAD
    The winners play Waterford in the Munster semi-final on June 18; the
    losers head for the qualifiers on July 1.

    MANAGEMENT
    Michael Ryan (Tipperary) and Kieran Kingston (Cork) are in their
    second seasons.

    DID YOU KNOW?
    Tipperary scoring ace, Seamus Callanan (28) is heading into his 10th
    championship season, having made his debut against Cork in the 2008
    Munster championship.



    Match Programme

    Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Sunday’s 64 page souvenir match programme.

  • Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay – Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

    Tipperary defeated Wexford by 0-15 to 1-10 in the Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay on Sunday May 14th at St. Brendan’s Park Birr.



    Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 final replay

    Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

    By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

    AISHLING Moloney and Aisling McCarthy contributed 0-11 between them as Tipperary were crowned Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 champions on Sunday.

    Despite losing three players to second half sin-binnings, and finishing the game with 13 players, Tipp held out in an enthralling replay against Wexford at St Brendan’s Park, Birr.

    Beaten finalists after a replay with Waterford last year, Tipp got over the line this time to secure promotion to Division 2. And they had to do it the hard way, coming from six points down in the first half to hold on with two to spare.

    Ultimately, it was a strong second half display from Tipp that ensured silverware for the Premier County. Behind by 0-5 to 1-8 approaching the break, McCarthy’s point kept Tipp in touch at the interval, trailing by five.

    They’d played against the wind in the opening half but opened the second half with seven unanswered points, as Wexford lost former Kerry star Bernie Breen to the sin-bin. Tipp went from six points down to two points up with eight points in a row either side of the break, and they won the second half by 0-9 to 0-2.

    After half-time, McCarthy knocked over two frees before Moloney hit three on the trot from play. Gillian O’Brien put over a 41st minute point and when Moloney was on target again, Tipp moved 0-13 to 1-8 in front.

    O’Brien was sent to the sin-bin in the 44th minute and when Maria Curley and Moloney followed, Tipp were down to 12 players. Wexford’s long run without a score had finally ended in the 47th minute when Ellen O’Brien pointed and Catriona Murray’s levelled the game at 1-10 to 0-13.

    Wexford were lucky not to concede a goal seven minutes from the end when McCarthy’s free dropped short before Roisin Howard forced a brilliant save from Mary Rose Kelly, who tipped the ball onto the post. Wexford were reduced to 14 players late on when Sarah Harding-Kenny was sin-binned before O’Brien’s return brought Tipp back to 13. And Tipp managed to find the crucial late scores to secure victory, McCarthy taking her tally to 0-5 with a brace of frees.

    In the first half, it had looked positive for Wexford, playing with that strong breeze and frustrating Tipp with a packed defence, while breaking at pace. Clara Donnelly was particularly dangerous for the Slaneysiders, with probing runs from deep, and captain Fiona Rochford showed up well again, after her last-gasp free ensured a replay.

    With less than 19 minutes on the watch, a tight game was level at 0-4 each, after Wexford had led by three.
    Orla O’Dwyer’s leveller for Tipp had forced a brilliant tip-over save from goalkeeper Kelly and Rochford’s goal in the 25th minute was another major fillip.

    Rochford’s speculative effort from distance deceived Tipp goalkeeper Lauren Fitzpatrick and dipped into the net, putting Wexford 1-5 to 0-4 clear. That goal helped Wexford to lead at the break but Tipp began the second half firing on all cylinders, and would eventually prevail following an incident-packed game.

    Scorers – Tipperary: A Moloney 0-6 (1f), A McCarthy 0-5 (4f), O O’Dwyer 0-2, J Grant & G O’Brien 0-1 each.

    Wexford – F Rochford 1-3 (0-1f), E O’Brien & A Murphy 0-2 each, B Breen, K Kearney & C Murray (f) 0-1 each.

    Wexford – M.R. Kelly; M Doyle, M Cullen, S Harding-Kenny; N Mernagh, R Murphy, G Hearne; B Breen, K Kearney; C Donnelly, C Murray, N Butler; A Murphy, F Rochford, E O’Brien
    Subs: S Cloake for Hearne (46), F Rowe for Butler (57).

    Tipperary – L Fitzpatrick; E Buckley, S Condon, C Condon; B Condon, S Lambert, M Curley; J Grant, A Moloney; E Fitzpatrick, A McCarthy, N Lonergan; G O’Brien, O O’Dwyer, M Morrissey
    Subs: R Howard for Lonergan (46), E Kelly for Morrissey (52).

    Referee: S McNulty (Wicklow)

    Munster GAA Senior Championships 2017 Launched

    The 2017 Munster GAA Senior Hurling and Senior Football Championships were launched on Monday May 8th in Muckross House Killarney.

    Players, Managers and Officials from the six Munster counties attended the launch with former Kerry Footballer Dara Ó Cinnéide the guest speaker on the night.


    The Munster Championships get underway on Sunday May 21st with the meeting of old rivals Tipperary and Cork in Semple Stadium Thurles – Click here for more details.




    Padraic Maher, Tipperary, Pat O’Connor, Clare, Stephen McDonnell, Cork, Jamie Barron, James Ryan, Limerick at the launch of the Munster Senior Hurling & Football championships at Muckross House, Killarney on Monday.

    Lidl National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final – Cork 2-15 Donegal 2-14

    Cork defeated Donegal by 2-15 to 2-14 in the Lidl National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final on Sunday May 7th at Parnell Park Dublin.



    Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 final

    Cork 2-15 Donegal 2-14

    Report By Jackie Cahill at Parnell Park, Dublin

    ORLA Finn collected 1-10 as Cork were crowned Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 champions for a fifth successive year. The Rebelettes made it nine League titles in ten seasons with a nervy one-point victory over Donegal at Parnell Park.

    In a fixture that was level six times, Ephie Fitzgerald’s Cork had the nous and know-how to deny the first-time Division 1 finalists. And Donegal would finish the game with 13 players when Yvonne McMonagle was sin-binned in the 59th minute, before Katy Herron was shown a red card for a high challenge on Jess O’Shea.

    Ultimately, the attacking class of All-Star Finn proved the difference, as she scored 1-4 in the first half before adding six second half points. Donegal’s lethal inside pairing of McMonagle and Geraldine McLaughlin had blazed a trail to the final, registering 12-36 between them in their previous four games, but they were held scoreless in the second half.

    In the first half, McLaughlin scored 1-4 and McMonagle 0-3 but they drew a blank after the break as Cork pulled down the shutters. With ten minutes of normal time remaining, the sides were level at 2-13 apiece before two Finn frees put daylight between the sides. Karen Guthrie reduced the deficit to just a point again but Cork held out as Donegal lost two players in the closing minutes.

    Considering that Cork were without travelling captain Ciara O’Sullivan and Player of the Year Brid Stack, ruled out through injury, this was a notable victory for the Rebelettes. It’s been a campaign of transition for Cork, who lost Deirdre O’Reilly to retirement while doubts surround the futures of Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley, and yet silverware was still secured. Donegal beat Cork in Mallow during the group stages and their odds tumbled in the days approaching the game.

    At half-time, they were very much in the hunt, trailing by 1-9 to 2-8 but caught by two sucker-punch Cork goals.
    Within 19 seconds, Cork had the ball in the net as Finn profited from the throw-in with a smashing finish. And yet Donegal, who lost Kate Keeney to an early injury, rallied to level at 1-1 to 0-4 by the tenth minute, with McLaughlin looking particularly dangerous.

    McLaughlin fired home an unstoppable goal in the 16th minute to level matters again at 1-5 each and when Guthrie converted a free ten minutes before half-time, Donegal were ahead for the first time in the game. Smelling danger, Cork responded with an Eimear Scally levelling point before the Éire Óg star netted in the 23rd minute, rewarding the approach work of Shauna Kelly, Bríd O’Sullivan and captain for the day, Doireann O’Sullivan.

    Donegal remained competitive approaching the break and an impressive opening to the second half saw Micheál Naughton’s charges back in front. Niamh Hegarty goaled in the 37th minute, knifing through the Cork cover after taking a pass from Herron.

    Two points clear, 2-10 to 2-8, Donegal had a platform but Cork have been in worse situations before and were quickly level. Both sides traded blows down the home straight, with Donegal missing several good chances while their fans expressed annoyance with referee Colm McManus, but Cork had the wherewithal to get the job done and retain the silverware.

    Scorers for Cork – O Finn 1-10 (0-9f), E Scally 1-1, B O’Sullivan 0-2, N Cotter & L Coppinger 0-1 each.

    Scorers for Donegal – G McLaughlin 1-4 (0-1f), N Hegarty 1-1, K Guthrie 0-4 (3f), Y McMonagle 0-3, K Herron & E Ward 0-1.

    Cork – M O’Brien, M Ambrose, R Phelan, E Spillane; M Duggan, E Meaney, S Kelly; N Cotter, J O’Shea; L Coppinger, B O’Sullivan, O Farmer; E Scally, D O’Sullivan, O Finn.
    Subs: A Hutchings for Coppinger (53), Á O’Sullivan for Farmer (56).

    Donegal – A McColgan; T Doherty, E Gallagher, N McLaughlin; T McClafferty, C Hegarty, K Keeney; K Herron, K Guthrie; G Houston, N Hegarty, S McGruddy; R Friel, G McLaughlin, Y McMonagle.
    Subs: D Foley for Keeney (inj., 7), P McGrory for Friel (h.t.), E Ward for McGruddy (46).

    Referee: C McManus (Meath)


    Team News

    CORK: M O’Brien (Clonakilty); M Ambrose (St. Val’s), R Phelan (Aghada), E Spillane (Bantry Blues); M Duggan (Doheny’s), B Stack (St. Mary’s), S Kelly (Araglen Desmonds Buí), N Cotter (Beara), J O’Shea (Inch Rovers); L Coppinger (St. Colum’s), B O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey), O Farmer (Midleton); E Scally (Éire Óg), D O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey), O Finn (Kinsale).

    DONEGAL: A McColgan (Malin); T Doherty (Carndonagh), E Gallagher (Termon), N McLaughlin (Termon); T McClafferty (Termon), C Hegarty (Moville), K Keeney (Four Masters); K Herron (Glenfin), K Guthrie (Glenfin); G Houston (Glenfin), N Hegarty (Moville), S McGruddy (Termon); R Friel (Termon), G McLaughlin (Termon), Y McMonagle (Glenfin).


    Munster Super 10’s Fe15

    The Munster Super 10’s is a competition run by Munster Coaching & Games for clubs throughout the Province. It is played at 10 a side with a panel of 12 players and is open to all clubs with a choice to play football or hurling. The games are fast, action packed and competitive. The novelty of playing 10 a side has proven a big hit with the players as it is a refreshing change to the 15 a side game.


    To get a flavour of the action, please see the video below to give you a glimpse of what its all about


    When is it happening?
    The competition with a blitz day on the 27th May involving 4 teams at a central location. Clubs have to be open to travel but the venues and groups will be devised to limit travel where possible while giving clubs the opportunity to play against unfamiliar opposition.

    What Format is used?
    Each club plays 3 games on the day and the group winners will advance to the finals in Mallow on the 10th June. Games are played at 10 a side and the games are played 21 to 21 using u12 size portable goal posts.The games are approximately 12 minutes per half but after playing 3 games this is more than adequate. Clubs are asked to guarantee all players a minimum of 30 minutes playing time.

    All group winners will receive a specially commissioned training top while the outright winning teams in both codes will receive gear bags for all 12 squad members and a set of goal posts for their club.

    How to Enter?
    Clubs should contact their local GDA if they have any questions on this event.

    If happy to enter, then just complete the form below.! However, before you enter, please check that all your players will be available on the day and that you are prepared to travel. In previous years, clubs pulled out at the last minute which is very unfair on the host clubs and other teams in the group. Therefore it is important to have your homework done before completing the form – CLICK HERE TO ENTER

    THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS THE 5th May.
    No entries can be accepted after this point


    Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Final – Galway 3-21 Tipperary 0-14

    Galway defeated Tipperary by 3-21 to 0-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Final on Sunday April 23rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.




    Allianz Hurling League Final: Flynn stars in Galway triumph

    GALWAY 3-21 TIPPERARY 0-14

    Report By John Harrington for GAA.ie

    Galway blew Tipperary to smithereens with an explosive shock and awe performance in today’s Allianz Hurling League Final at the Gaelic Grounds.

    A match that was expected to be an evenly balanced affair was anything but as Galway both out-hurled and out-fought a strangely listless looking Tipperary team. The Galway backs held the much vaunted Tipperary attack to just five points from play, and their forwards tore apart the normally self-assured Premier County defence.

    The winning margin of 16 points in no way flattered the Tribesmen, who could have piled further misery on the reigning All-Ireland champions had their finishing been more clinical. Both teams were guilty of hitting some poor wides in the first half particularly, and with the sliotar constantly going out of play the game struggled to burst into any sort of life early on.

    But as the progressed a pattern started to emerge, and it was one of Galway dominance. Their half-backs won almost every ball that came down their throats, and on the few occasions that it was hit beyond them Daithi Burke was there to hoover it up. Tipperary’s star-studded attack was struggling to make any sort of impression, and they failed to score a point from play until the 15th minute through Noel McGrath.

    That tied the game up at three-points apiece, but thereafter Galway moved up through the gears and pulled away from Tipperary. David Burke was hurling a lot of ball, and Joe Canning and Conor Whelan were both looking sharp whenever they won possession. They both hit three points from play in that first half, and Tipperary would have been in serious trouble had Jason Flynn shown similar accuracy rather than hit three poor wides. He wasn’t the only Galway player who showed a lack of composure in front of the posts, and by half-time they had racked up 11 wides.

    They’d also scored 11 points, though, which was enough to give them a six point lead over an increasingly disjointed looking Tipperary by the half-time break.

    Things went from bad to worse for Tipperary after little over a minute of the second half when Jason Flynn finally zeroed his sights and fired home a superb goal for Galway. The Tipp management responded by making a number of positional switches to try to spark their team into life, but it amounted to little more than rearranging the deck-chairs on the Titanic.

    Galway’s dominance grew and grew, they were hungrier for the ball than Tipperary, and their physical dominance in all areas of the pitch was stark. Points from Whelan and Canning (2) kept the Galway score ticking over, and then Flynn struck his second-goal of the day to end the game as a contest once and for all.

    Just like for his first goal he burst past Michael Cahill and left the Tipperary corner-back for dead and then also rounded James Barry before finishing clinically. The rest of the game was a Galway procession with Tipperary unable to muster any sort of fight-back, and the men in maroon added further gloss to the score-board when Cathal Mannion raced through to score their third goal late on.

    In all aspects, this was a highly impressive performance from Galway that anoints them not just as League champions, but deadly serious contenders for the All-Ireland title. They have such a potent mixture of physicality and skill that on days like today when they pull it all together they’re a close to irresistible proposition.

    As for Tipperary, the temptation might be to write off this defeat as just one of those bad days at the office, but Michael Ryan is unlikely to take that approach. Some of his players will have a lot to prove in training between now and May 21 if they want a chance at redemption by starting the Munster Quarter-Final against Cork.

    Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-9 (3fs, 2 ’65), Jason Flynn 2-1, Conor Whelan 0-5, Cathal Mannion 1-1, Aidan Harte 0-2, Johnny Coen 0-1, David Burke 0-1, Thomas Monaghan 0-1

    Scorers for Tipperary: John McGrath 0-6 (5fs), Michael Breen 0-2, Noel McGrath 0-2, Ronan Maher 0-2 (2fs), Brendan Maher 0-1, John O’Dwyer 0-1 (f).

    GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohy, Daithi Burke, Paul Killeen; Pádraic Mannion, Gearóid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Jason Flynn, Joe Canning, Joseph Cooney; Conor Whelan, Cathal Mannion, Niall Burke
    Subs: Jonathan Glynn for Joe Canning (61), John Hanbury for Daithi Burke (65), Cyril Donnellan for Niall Burke (67), Thomas Monaghan for Jason Flynn (68), Sean Loftus for Paul Killeen (70).

    TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Pádraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Jason Forde; Dan McCormack, Michael Breen, Steven O’Brien; Noel McGrath, John O’Dwyer, John McGrath
    Subs: Niall O’Meara for Steven O’Brien (32), Patrick Maher for John O’Dwyer (45), Paul Flynn for Jason Forde (59), Tomás Hamill for Michael Cahill (60), Daire Quinn for Noel McGrath (66).

    REFEREE: Colm Lyons (Cork)






    Team News

    The Tipperary team to play Galway in the Allianz Hurling League Final on Sunday next, April 23rd, at 3.30pm in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick has been announced by manager Michael Ryan.

    With Seamus Callanan ruled out through injury, John O’Dwyer comes into the Tipperary attack, while Michael Breen also returns to the starting lineup.

    The Tipperary team therefore 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 (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
    8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh
    9. Jason Forde – Silvermines
    10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
    11. Michael Breen – Ballina
    12. Steven O’Brien – Ballina
    13. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
    14. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
    15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney