Munster Minor Hurling Play-off 2 – Tipperary 2-15 Clare 0-12

Tipperary defeated Clare by 2-15 to 0-12 in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-off 2 on Wednesday May 4th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Tipp survive Banner comeback and finish with a flourish to book place in Munster semi-final

Tipperary 2-15 Clare 0-12

Report by Eoin Brennan for

TWO LATE GOALS finally catapulted Tipperary into the last four of the Munster Minor Hurling Championship in Cusack Park this evening in front of an attendance of 1,191.

Despite holding a commanding seven point lead by the midway point, Tipperary certainly needed a strong finish after a resurgent Clare whittled the deficit to just three with only minutes remaining. However, after a Mark Kehoe shot was excellently saved by home goalkeeper Killian Nugent, Tipperary would make the breakthrough in the next passage of play as Kehoe seized upon a defensive error to unleash the unmarked Cian Darcy to billow the net. It seemed to lift a weight off the visitors’ shoulders as they finished with aplomb, with substitute Dylan Walsh firing to the net with his first touch to flesh out the final margin.

Clare are the first team out of this year’s championship, having been sucker-punched by a late brace of goals in both their derby outings against Limerick and Tipperary. However, with ten wides over the hour, the Banner will rue missed chances against a physically superior Premier side.

Level at 0-4 to 0-4 by the end of the first quarter, Tipperary upped the ante considerably until the break as they outscored their hosts by 0-8 to 0-1 including three superb Ger Browne points to power to a 0-12 to 0-5 interval advantage.

Clare hit back with four points in as many minutes in the third quarter, two from Ian Murray but with Browne and Kehoe in excellent scoring form, they would restore a six point lead entering the final quarter. Captain Sean O’Loughlin, Murray and substitute Conor Lynch set up a tense climax as Clare halved the arrears by the 57th minute but a lack of physicality meant that they never looked like getting an equalising goal.

Instead, it was the visitors who found the net when it mattered most to set up a semi-final meeting with Cork in Pairc Uí Rinn on Thursday, June 30th.

Scorers for Tipperary: Ger Browne (0-4), Mark Kehoe (0-4); Cian Darcy (1-1); Dylan Walsh (1-0); Lyndon Fairbrother (0-2, 1f), Shane Neville (0-2); Jerry Kelly (0-1), Paddy Cadell (0-1)

Scorers for Clare: Ian Murray (0-5, 4f); Sean O’Loughlin (0-2); Conor Tierney (0-1), David Fitzgerald (0-1), Sean Kennedy (0-1), Kieran Galvin (0-1), Conor Lynch (0-1)

1. Ciaran Barrett (Clonmel Óg)
2. Cillian O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
6. Michael Whelan (Carrick Davins)
5. Gavin Dunne (Holycross-Ballycahill)
4. Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
17. Cian Flanagan (Newport)
3. Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
10. Ger Browne (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams)
18. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens)
20. Rian Doody (Cappawhite)
14. Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
12. Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
21. Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh)
13. Shane Neville (Lattin Cullen)
8. Bryan O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill) for Cadell (39 mins)
9. Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg) for Kelly (42 mins)
11. Dillon Quirke (Clonoulty-Rossmore) for Neville (48 mins)
19. Kieran Breen (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams) for Fairbrother (54 mins)
22. Dylan Walsh (Ballingarry) for Doody (62 mins)


1. Killian Nugent (O’Callaghan’s Mills)
2. Cian McInerney (Inagh-Kilnamona)
3. Damien O’Loughlin (Corofin)
4. Keith White (Inagh-Kilnamona)
5. Tobias O’Meara (Killanena)
6. Cathal Noonan (Killanena)
7. Ross Hayes (Crusheen)
8. Kieran Galvin (Clonlara)
9. David Fitzgerald (Clonlara)
10. Gary Cooney (O’Callaghan’s Mills)
11. Conor Tierney (St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield)
12. Sean Kennedy (Kilmaley)
14. Sean O’Loughlin (Kilmaley)
13. Ian Murray (Bodyke)
15. Aidan Kennedy (Kilmaley)
17. Sean Costelloe (Wolfe Tones) for Hayes (half-time)
19. Tadhg Connellan (Éire Óg) for Tierney (half-time)
20. Conor Lynch (Ballyea) for Fitzgerald (37 mins)
24. Bryan Conway (Wolfe Tones) for Galvin (51 mins)

Referee: Joe Larkin (Cork)

Fixture Details

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final Play Off 2:
Date: Wednesday 4th May
Teams: Tipperary v Clare
Time: 7.00pm
Extra Time if necessary: 2 x 10 minute periods only
Venue: Cusack Park, Ennis
Referee: Joe Larkin (Cork)

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Team News

The Tipperary team to meet Clare in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-Off 2 in Cusack Park, Ennis this Wednesday evening, May 4th at 7pm has been announced by manager Liam Cahill.

Liam has kept faith with the same starting 15 from Tipperary’s opening round match against Waterford as he looks on his side to show their true potential and hopefully progress to the semi-final.

The Tipperary panel for Wednesday in Ennis is as follows;

1. Ciarán Barrett – Clonmel Óg
2. Cillian O’Dwyer – Killenaule
3. Brian McGrath (Capt.) – Loughmore-Castleiney
4. Jerome Cahill – Kilruane MacDonaghs
5. Gavin Dunne – Holycross-Ballycahill
6. Michael Whelan – Carrick Davins
7. Tom Murphy – J.K. Brackens
8. Bryan O’Mara – Holycross-Ballycahill
9. Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
10. Ger Browne – Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
11. Dillion Quirke – Clonoulty-Rossmore
12. Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
13. Shane Neville – Lattin Cullen
14. Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
15. Lyndon Fairbrother – J.K. Brackens

Management Team:

Liam Cahill – Manager – Ballingarry
Michael Bevans – Coach – Toomevara
John Sheedy – Selector – Portroe
Sean Corbett – Selector – Durlas Óg
T.J. Ryan – Selector – Clonoulty-Rossmore


Launch of John West Féile Peile Na nÓg

The National Launch of John West Féile Peile Na nÓg will take place on Monday 9th May at 6.30pm at Pairc Na Feile Brosna, a club that bounds both Limerick and Cork. It is the home of the 2015 All Ireland Club Junior Champions.

Presidents of the GAA and LGFA will launch the event, which features 250 teams from local clubs to teams from the UK and the US and for the first time ever a team from France.

John West Féile Peile na nÓg takes place from 24th to 26th June and is being in the South West by Kerry, West Limerick, North Cork with a hub in Cork City.

This national tournament of football is an annual festival encompassing both boys and girls at U14 level with 160 boys and 90 girls teams competing this year.

Speaking ahead of the launch Feile South West Chairperson Tom Keane said, “It is a fantastic honour to host this wonderful event and welcome participants and their families from all over Ireland and beyond. Kerry last held Feile in 1994 and the whole region is up for the massive challenge, which will see over 100,000 travel to the region”

The ethos of Féile is to ensure that all players are given the opportunity to participate and play in their respective Féile tournaments. Clubs gain the experience of playing teams from other counties and to foster links and friendships with these clubs.

The launch night is open to all clubs and will see boys and girls clubs from Castleisland, Knock/Brosna, Knocknagree, Kanturk and Fr. Caseys Abbeyfeale participate in a Feile Blitz with all the players getting a special presentation from both presidents.

26 April 2016; John West, one of the world's leading suppliers of fish, launched a partnership deal with the GAA Féile competition at Croke Park. John West ambassadors Dublin senior footballer Philly McMahon, Waterford senior hurler Colin Dunford and Tipperary ladies senior footballer Sinead Delahunty were in attendance to help launch the sponsorship and lend some advice to the young Féile players in attendance. Pictured at the launch are, back row, from left, Tom Keane, Chairman, South West Féile Committee, Martin Skelly, Chairman, National Féile Committee, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail, Peter Rooney, Country Manager, John West, and Damien McCarthy, Vice Chairman, South West Féile Committee, with front, from left, Aisling Kavanagh, Roisin Egan and Faye Murphy. Croke Park, Dublin.  Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

26 April 2016; John West, one of the world’s leading suppliers of fish, launched a partnership deal with the GAA Féile competition at Croke Park. John West ambassadors Dublin senior footballer Philly McMahon, Waterford senior hurler Colin Dunford and Tipperary ladies senior footballer Sinead Delahunty were in attendance to help launch the sponsorship and lend some advice to the young Féile players in attendance. Pictured at the launch are, back row, from left, Tom Keane, Chairman, South West Féile Committee, Martin Skelly, Chairman, National Féile Committee, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail, Peter Rooney, Country Manager, John West, and Damien McCarthy, Vice Chairman, South West Féile Committee, with front, from left, Aisling Kavanagh, Roisin Egan and Faye Murphy. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship – Westmeath 1-18 Kerry 1-13

Westmeath defeated Kerry by 1-18 to 1-13 in Round 2 of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin competition on Saturday May 7th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin

Westmeath 1-18 Kerry 1-13

By Paul Brennan at Austin Stack Park, Tralee for

Kerry were brought back to earth with a comprehensive five-point defeat to Westmeath in Tralee which means they must go to Offaly in two weeks and not be beaten if they are to advance further in the Leinster Championship.

Improvement was needed on last week’s historic win over Carlow, but Kerry simply couldn’t raise their game enough to compete with a Westmeath team hurling with great skill and confidence. The visitors showed that their comprehensive 14-point win over Offaly a week earlier was no flash in the pan result as they came to Tralee and gave Kerry a hurling lesson on a wet pitch.

Having been four points down at half time, Westmeath outscored Kerry 1-11 to 0-5 in the second half, with Derek McNicholas’ 46th minute goal being the pivotal score. That gave Westmeath the lead for the first time since they opened the scoring in the second minute, and they never looked back against a Kerry team devoid of energy and ideas for most of this contest.

The first half was a curious affair with Westmeath playing the better hurling, but Kerry still enjoyed a four-point lead at the interval, somewhat against the run of play.With Cormac Boyle, Robbie Greville, and Niall O’Brien lending pace and creativity up front Westmeath impressed, but they couldn’t quite convert that dominance into a lead on the scoreboard.

Eoin Price got Westmeath off the mark in the second minute, but Kerry responded with two Shane Nolan converted frees and a John Egan score to nudge ahead. Liam Varley got Westmeath’s second point after 10 minutes, but Kerry, a little against the run of play, engineered a goal. Michael O’Leary did the spade work to get the ball to Mikey Boyle, who scooped it to the net past a flat-footed Westmeath defence.

Kerry’s doggedness deserved that much, but Westmeath were simply hurling better and points from McNicholas, Alan Devine, Niall O’Brien, and Cormac Boyle brought Westmeath back level, 0-6 to 1-3, by the 19th minute. Unanswered Westmeath points from Eoin Price, Niall O’Brien, and Cormac Boyle (2) levelled it, 1-8 to 0-11, by the 41st minute, but then McNicholas took Aaron Craig’s long delivery and drove his shot low past Aidan McCabe.

The goal put Westmeath two ahead but their confidence was rising and they saw out the game easy enough, with the ever influential McNicholas scoring two more from play and Tommy Doyle giving a masterclass at full back. Kerry’s woes were compounded by a 75th minute red card for Mikey Boyle for an off the ball incident, and his loss could be costly against Offaly in a fortnight.

Scorers for Westmeath: D McNicholas 1-3, N O’Brien 0-5 (4fs), C Boyle 0-3, E Price 0-2, A Devine 0-1, R Greville 0-1, L Varley 0-1, A Clarke 0-1, B Murtagh 0-1.

Scorers for Kerry: S Nolan 0-4 (4fs), M Boyle 1-1, J Goulding 0-2, P Lucid 0-2(2fs), B O’Leary 0-2, J Egan 0-1, B Barrett 0-1.

Westmeath: P Maloney; S Power, T Doyle, T Gallagher; A Craig, G Greville, A Clark;, C Boyle, E Price; A Devine, D McNicholas, R Greville; L Varley, D Egerton, N O’Brien
Subs: N Mitchell for Gallagher (25), B Murtagh for Egerton (59), D Clinton for Price (70), C Shaw for Power (70), A McGrath for McNicholas (70).

Kerry: A McCabe; B Murphy, P Kelly, K Carmody; J Diggins, D Dineen, T Murnane; J Griffin, D Collins; B O’Leary, M O’Leary, S Nolan; J Goulding, M Boyle, J Egan
Subs: P Lucid for Nolan (HT), J Conway for M O’Leary (46), T Casey for J Griffin (55), B Barrett for Goulding (60), J Buckley for Collins (65).

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)

Fixture Details

07.05.2016 (Sat)
Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Qualifier Group Round 2
Austin Stack Park, Tralee
15:00 Ciarraí v An Iarmhí
Referee: John Keenan (Cill Mhantáin)

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Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Westmeath in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin Group, Round 2, at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Saturday next (3pm) shows just one change in personnel from the side that defeated Carlow in Round 1. Brendan O’Leary replaces Colum Harty in the half forward line – O’Leary replaced the injured Harty, who is named among the subs, early in the game against Carlow.

The team captained by Daniel Collins of Kilmoyley lines out as follows:

1 Aidan McCabe Kilmoyley
2 Bryan Murphy Causeway
3 Patrick Kelly Clarecastle
4 Keith Carmody Causeway
5 Jason Diggins Causeway
6 Darren Dineen St Brendans
7 Tom Murnane Kilmoyley
8 John Griffin Lixnaw
9 Daniel Collins (C) Kilmoyley
10 Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney
11 Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney
12 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills
13 Jack Goulding Ballyduff
14 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff
15 John Egan St Brendans

Fir Ionaid:

16 Martin Stackpoole Lixnaw
17 Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw
18 John Buckley Lixnaw
19 Tommy Casey Causeway
20 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
21 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills
22 Dougie Fitzelle Kilmoyley
23 Colum Harty Causeway
24 Philip Lucid Ballyheigue
25 James O’Connor Abbeydorney
26 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills


Bainisteoir: Ciaran Carey (Patrickswell)
Coach/Selector: Mark Foley (Adare)
Treanálaí: Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)
Róghnoirí: James McCarthy (Kilmoyley), Michael Conway (Lixnaw)

Additional Players on Panel

Darragh Shanahan Kilmoyley
Jordon Brick Kilmoyley
P J Keane Abbeydorney
Mike Milner Dr Crokes
Rory Horgan St Brendans
Stephen Murphy Causeway
Fionan Horgan St Brendans
Joseph Diggins Causeway

The Ballyduff pair, Paud Costelloe and Padraig Boyle, are rehabbing from injury.

Westmeath: Paddy Maloney; Shane Power, Tommy Doyle, Tommy Gallagher; Aaron Craig, Gary Greville, Aonghus Clarke; Cormac Boyle, Eoin Price; Alan Devine, Derek McNicholas, Robbie Greville; Liam Varley, Brendan Murtagh, Niall O’Brien.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final Replay – Clare 1-23 Waterford 2-19

Clare defeated Waterford by 1-23 to 2-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final Replay on Sunday May 8th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Last gasp Tony Kelly point wins Allianz HL Final replay for Clare

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final replay

Waterford 2-19 Clare 1-23

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium, Thurles for

CLARE are Allianz Hurling League Division 1 champions for the first time since 1978. The Banner County ended a 38-year wait for glory by defeating Waterford in a cliff-hanger at Semple Stadium this afternoon. 14,210 spectators witnessed an epic finish as 2013 Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly scored two late points to snatch victory and dethrone last year’s champions Waterford.

Clare’s victory sets it up nicely for a repeat meeting between the counties in four weeks’ time – when they face off in a Munster SHC semi-final. But Clare may claim a psychological edge after coming from three points down to win by one, with a run of four unanswered points. Sub Brian O’Halloran put over a 66th minute-point to put Waterford 2-19 to 1-19 in front but there was still life in Clare. Colin Ryan reduced the deficit to two points before Darach Honan brought Clare to within the bare minimum in the second minute of stoppage time.

A hotly-disputed free won by Kelly allowed the Ballyea wizard to slam over the equaliser, wind-assisted, from inside his own half, in the third minute of additional time. And there was still time for Kelly to pop up on the opposite touchline to convert the winning score with what was essentially the last puck of the game.

Kelly collected 1-6 for Clare on an historic day, all but one point of that tally from play, but Waterford claimed that they should have been awarded that late free themselves for an infringement on Jamie Barron. But referee Diarmuid Kirwan pointed towards the Killinan End and Kelly obliged – before converting the winner within a minute.

It was a stunning end to a game that was so much better than its predecessor. The scene was set within 17 seconds when Patrick Curran scored Waterford’s opening goal – with Clare’s spare man marked absent. Curran, who bagged 1-9 in total, cut in from the right touchline inside Pat O’Connor before beating Patrick Kelly from close range.

But Clare settled and were level by the quarter-hour mark, with Conor McGrath lofting over a free before adding another to put Davy Fitzgerald’s charges in front. Curran responded with a free of his own to level matters and Waterford struck for a second goal in the 20th minute, O’Connor giving the ball away with a crossfield pass and allowing the Déise to pounce.

Curran found Jake Dillon who made no mistake and Waterford went on to build six-point leads twice approaching half-time. But McGrath was keeping Clare in it and at the break, and having played against the breeze, they were three points behind, 0-12 to 2-9. It was set up for an intriguing second half and that’s how it panned out but Waterford looked the more likely as they led by 2-15 to 0-15 with 22 minutes of normal time remaining. Kelly’s goal from Aaron Cunningham’s pass gave Clare hope, however, and it was very much game on from there.

Waterford still managed to keep some daylight between the sides, moving three points clear after Clare had got to within one down the home straight. But remarkably, there was that late purple patch from Clare as they stepped on the gas to claim the silverware – and strike a notable psychological blow four weeks out from the Munster SHC semi-final between the counties.

Scorers for Clare: T Kelly 1-6 (0-1f), C McGrath 0-8 (5f), D Honan & C Ryan (1f) 0-2 each, P O’Connor, D Fitzgerald, D Reidy, A Cunningham & P Collins 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: P Curran 1-9 (0-6f, 0-1 65), J Dillon 1-0, A Gleeson 0-3, J Barron & S Bennett 0-2 each, K Moran, D Fives & B O’Halloran 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; B Coughlan, N Connors, S Fives; D Fives, K Moran, P Mahony; T de Búrca, J Barron; M Walsh, A Gleeson, S Bennett; J Dillon, P Curran, T Devine
Subs: C Dunford for Devine (46), B O’Halloran for Dillon (57), M Shanahan for Bennett (68), T Ryan for Walsh (70+1).

CLARE: P Kelly; P O’Connor, C Dillon, D Fitzgerald; J Browne, C Cleary, B Bugler; D Reidy, C Galvin; T Kelly, C McGrath, P Collins; D Honan, A Cunningham, S O’Donnell
Subs: C Ryan for Galvin (43), C O’Connell for Collins (55), A Shanagher for O’Donnell (65).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

Fixture Details

08.05.2016 (Sun)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Final Replay
Semple Stadium, Thurles 15:30
An Clár v Port Láirge TG4
Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Corcaigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

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Team News

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Clare in the Allianz National Hurling League Final Replay was named following training tonight in Walsh Park. Throw in at 3:30pm on Sunday in Semple Stadium.

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
18. Darragh Fives (Tourin)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
14. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
24. Tom Devine (Modeligo)

Clare (SH v Waterford): Patrick Kelly; Oisín O’Brien, Pat O’Connor, Cian Dillon; Brendan Bugler, Conor Cleary, David Fitzgerald; David Reidy, Com Galvin; Darach Honan, Tony Kelly, Aaron Cunningham; Podge Collins, Peter Duggan, Conor McGrath.

Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling – Waterford City 2-20 Carlow 1-11

Waterford City defeated Carlow by 2-20 to 0-11 in the Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling competition on Wednesday May 11th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling – North Cork 2-14 West Limerick 1-13

North Cork defeated West Limerick by 2-14 to 1-13 in the Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling competition on Wednesday May 11th at Milford.

Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling – Limerick City 2-9 Cork City 1-8

Limerick City defeated Cork City by 2-9 to 1-8 in the Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling competition on Wednesday May 11th at The Mon Field, Cork City.

Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling – North Clare 1-17 South/East Clare 1-17

North Clare drew with South/East Clare on a scoreline of 1-17 to 1-17 in the Celtic Challenge Under 17 Hurling competition on Wednesday May 11th at Tubber.

Munster Minor Football Semi-Final – Kerry 1-13 Clare 1-6

Kerry defeated Clare by 1-13 to 1-6 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday May 11th at Miltown-Malbay.

Kerry ease into fifth Munster minor final in a row

Kerry 1-13 Clare 1-6

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry cruised into a fifth consecutive Munster minor football decider following this emphatic seven-point win over Clare this evening, writes Eoghan Cormican. Ahead by four at the break, Kerry slowly killed off the home challenge with a string of second-half points.

Sub David Shaw and David Clifford moved Peter Keane’s side 1-9 to 1-3 in front early in the second period and although a fine Padraig Kelly effort interrupted their momentum, albeit briefly, three on the bounce from Seán O’Shea (0-2) and Mike Breen ended this game a contest turning the bend for home.

Kerry’s Mike Breen and Clare’s Daniel O’Brien in action during the Minor Football Championship semi-final at Milltown Malbay. Picture: Eamon Ward Kerry’s position hadn’t been as comfortable at the interval, their lead having been eroded by a Joseph McGann goal on 25 minutes. A fine Padraig Kelly free in the subsequent action had left the scoreboard reading 1-5 to 1-3, scarcely believable in the context of Kerry’s dominance in the opening period.

The visitors had received the ideal start when Brian Friel capitalised on a mistake by Clare ‘keeper Mark Lillis to fist to the net after just three minutes. A David Clifford free thereafter and Kerry enjoyed a 1-2 to 0-0 cushion. By the 17th minute, their lead stood at 1-5 to 0-1, Clifford and captain Seán O’ Shea causing headache after headache for the Clare rearguard. At the other end, Clare full-forward Joseph McGann looked particularly lively each time he got onto possession, but the decision of the Banner management to employ a sweeper meant he often found himself outnumbered by four green shirts when fed the ball.

Scorers for Kerry: D Clifford (0-4, 0-2 frees); S O’Shea (0-4, 0-1 free); B Friel (1-0); D Shaw (0-2); M Breen, M Ryan, F O’Brien (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: P Kelly (0-4, 0-3 frees); J McGann (1-0); C O’Donoghue, D Bohannon (0-1 each).

Kerry: B Courtney (Dr Crokes); M Reidy (Ballymacelligott), N Collins (Listowel Emmets), M Potts (Dr Crokes); D Naughton (Dr Crokes), G O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh na Dromoda) M Foley (Ballydonoghue); M Breen (Beaufort), M Ryan (Rathmore); D Moynihan (Spa), S O’Shea (Kenmare), D O’Connor (Na Gaeil); B Friel (Rathmore), D Clifford (Fossa), F O’Brien (Austin Stacks)
Subs: B Sweeney (Listowel Emmets) for O’Connor (HT); D Shaw (Dr Crokes) for O’Brien (HT); C Teehan (Glenbeigh Glencar) for Naughton (49); T O’Connor (Ballymacelligott) for Ryan (56, inj); D Fitzgerald (Rathmore) for Friel (60); K Dwyer (St Pat’s Blennerville) for Reidy (60).

Clare: M Lillis (Cooraclare); P Collins (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield), J Culligan (Ballyvaughan), D O’Loughlin (Corofin); R Danaher (St Breckans Lisdoonvarna), J Hannon (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield), A Shannon (Kilmurry Ibrickane); D Bohannon (Shannon Gaels), P Kelly (St Breckans Lisdoonvarna); S Rouine (Ennistymon), D Coughlan (Kilmurry Ibrickane), R O’Doherty (Ennistymon); T Connellan (Éire Óg), J McGann (St Breckans Lisdoonvarna), C O’Donoghue (Cooracalre)
Subs: C Lynch (Clondegad) for O’Doherty (HT); T Hannon (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield) for Shannon (45 mins); D Griffin (Éire Óg) for Rouine (50); G Cooney (Éire Óg) for Coughlan (60, bc); C O’Loughlin (Corofin) for O’Donoghue (60).

Referee: J Ryan (Cork).

Fixture Details

MFC Semi-Final:
Date: Wednesday 11th May
Teams: Ciarraí v An Clár
Time: 7.00pm
Extra Time if necessary: 2 x 10 minute periods only
Venue: Miltown Malbay
Referee: John Ryan (Cork)

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Team News

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Clare in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Semi Final in Milltown-Malbay on Wednesday next shows two changes in personnel from the side that defeated Waterford in Round 1; Last year’s goalkeeper, Billy Courtney, replaces Seán Ó Lúing in goal and Michael Potts of Dr Crokes starts in the half back line in place of his clubmate David Naughton.

The team, captained by Seán O’Shea of Kenmare is as follows:
1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
2. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
3. Niall Collins Listowel Emmets
4. Micheál Reidy Ballymacelligott
5. Michael Potts Dr. Crokes
6. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
7. Micheal Foley Ballydonoghue
8. Mike Breen Beaufort
9. Mark Ryan Rathmore
10. Dara Moynihan Spa
11. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
12. Diarmuid O’Connor Na Gaeil
13. Brian Friel Rathmore
14. David Clifford Fossa
15. Ferdia O’Brien Austin Stacks
Fir Ionaid
16. Sean Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
17. David Naughton Dr. Crokes
18. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
19. David Shaw Dr. Crokes
20. Tomás O’Connor Ballymacelligott
21. Kieran Dwyer St. Pats
22. Caolim Teahan Glenbeigh-Glencar
23. Dean Fitzgerald Rathmore
24. Stefan Okunbar Na Gaeil

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

Liaison Officer: Christy Killeen

Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel
Fionán Mackessy Ardfert
Darren Casey St. Mary’s
Karl Mullins Kerins O’Rahillys
Niall O’Donoghue Firies
Cormac Leane Milltown Castlemaine
Mikey O’Boyle Dingle
Johnny O’Sullivan Beale
Ciaran O’Connor Gneeveguilla

Rehabbing from Injury
Cormac Linnane Beale
Daragh Sugrue Tuosist

The team contains two of the starting fifteen from last year’s All Ireland final win over Tipperary – Billy Courtney and Sean O’Shea. Three subs who played in that final – Daniel O’Brien, Mike Breen and Graham O’Sullivan also make the starting fifteen while Bryan Sweeney who also played in last year’s final, is included among the subs. Five of the St Brendans Killarney Hogan Cup winning team are included, Daniel O’Brien, Michael Potts, Dara Moynihan and David Clifford.

Clare (MFC v Kerry): Mark Lillis; Peter Collins, Jonah Culligan, Damien O’Loughlin; Jack Hannon, Andrew Shannon, Rowan Danaher; Darragh Bohannon, Padraig Kelly; Ross O’Doherty, Ciaran O’Donoghue, Dermot Coughlan; Sean Rouine, Joseph McGann, Gavin Cooney.


Munster Minor Football Semi-Final – Cork 1-19 Limerick 0-6

Cork defeated Limerick by 1-19 to 0-6 in the Semi-Final of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship on Thursday May 12th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Cork secures place in Munster MFC final

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork secured comfortable passage to the Munster MFC final courtesy of this emphatic 16-point dismissal of Limerick this evening, writes Eoghan Cormican. The game as a contest was done and dusted by half-time, the home outfit enjoying an unassailable 0-12 to 0-2 lead.

Limerick midfielder Josh Ryan put the visitors in front inside two minutes, but Limerick were dealt a significant blow with the black carding of Captain Diarmaid Kelly after eight minutes for a late tackle. Cork had moved 0-2 to 0-1 in front by this juncture and kicked the next eight scores to effectively kill off the challenge of Jerry O’Sullivan’s youngsters.

Cathal Maguire, Damien Gore (0-2), Mark Buckley (0-2), Colm O’Callaghan (0-2) and Tadhg Corkery were on the mark for Brian Herlihy’s side during this ultra-productive spell and Cork sailed further into distance early in the second period as Sean O’Sullivan, after being set-up Shane O’Driscoll, drilled a low effort into the bottom left corner for the opening goal of the evening.

The fixture fizzled out thereafter, with Cork continuing to heap misery on their opponents through Damien Gore, Cathal O’Mahony and Liam O’Donovan.

Scorers for Cork: D Gore (0-7, 0-5 frees); M Buckley (0-3); C Maguire, C O’Callaghan (0-2 each); S O’Sullivan (1-0); T Corkery, C O’Mahony, S Minihane, S Ryan, L O’Donovan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: A Barrett, C O’Grady (0-2 each); W O’Meara (0-1 free), J Ryan (0-1 each).

Cork: M White (Clonakilty); L Finn (Mitchelstown), A McCarthy (St Finbarr’s), L O’Donovan (Clonakilty); T Corkery (Cill na Martra), N Walsh (Douglas), R O’Driscoll (Garnish); C Foley (Western Gaels/Kilmichael), S Minihane (Ilen Rovers); S O’Sullivan (Mitchelstown), C O’Callaghan (Eire Og), C Maguire (Castlehaven); D Gore (Kilmacabea), M Buckley (Sam Maguires/Dohenys), S O’Driscoll (Glanmore).
Subs: S Ryan (Ballinascarthy) for Foley, K O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers) for Buckley (both 40 mins); C O’Mahony (Mitchelstown) for Maguire (44); A Browne (Trinity Gaels) for McCarthy (44); D Moynihan (Sliabh Luachra) for O’Sullivan (47); G O’Donoghue (Ballincollig) for Minihane (54)

Limerick: A Murphy (Fr Casey’s); G Brennan (Claughaun), F Murphy (Kilteely/Dromkeen), D Enright (Monaleen); S Hurley (Newcastlewest), A Kearns (St Senans), O Collins (Adare); J Ryan (Oola), D Kelly (Newcastlewest); A Storan (Mungret/St Paul’s), C McSweeney (Gerald Griffins), A Barrett (Killmallock); E O’Mahony (Ballylanders), W O’Meara (Ballysteen), J Ryan (Athea)
Subs: D Ranahan (Ballysteen) for Kelly (nine mins, bc); C O’Grady (Hospital-Herbertstown) for O’Mahony (38); L Cardy (Adare) for Storan (44); E Carew (Monaleen) for Hurley (49); D Corrigan (Kildimo Pallaskenry) for Kearns (56); J Kelly (Monaleen) for Brennan (56).

Referee: A Kissane (Waterford).

Fixture Details

MFC Semi-Final:
Date: Thursday 12th May
Teams: Corcaigh v Luimneach
Time: 7.00pm
Extra Time if necessary: 2 x 10 minute periods only
Venue: Páirc Uí Rinn
Referee: Alan Kissane (Waterford)

Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
Student/OAP: Receive €5 Concession on match day on full price ADULT tickets at the designated stile with valid id
Juvenile (Under 16 Years of Age): Free of Charge

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Team News

The Cork team to play Limerick in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final has been announced as follows

Cork Team
1. Mark White (Clonakilty)
2. Lorcan Finn (Mitchelstown)
3. Alan Mc Carthy (St Finbarrs)
4. Liam O’Donovan (Clonakilty) Vice Captain
5. Tadhg Corkery (Cill na Martra)
6. Nathan Walsh (Douglas) Captain
7. Rory O’Driscoll (Garnish)
8. Cathal Foley (WesternGaels/Kilmichael)
9. Sean Minihane (Ilen Rovers)
10. Sean O’Sullivan (Mitchelstown)
11. Colm O’Callaghan (Eire Og)
12. Cathal Maguire (Castlehaven)
13. Damien Gore (Kilmacabea)
14. Mark Buckley (Sam Maguires/Dohenys)
15. Shane O’Driscoll (Glanmire)
16. Kevin Mc Mahon (Kilshannig)
17. Aidan Browne (Trinity Gaels/Newmarket)
18. Dylan Scannell (Ahan Gaels/St. Marys)
19. Jack McCarthy (Carrigaline)
20. Gearoid O’Donoghue (Ballincollig)
21. Sean Ryan (Ballinascarthy)
22. Kevin O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers)
23. Cathal O Mahony (Mitchelstown)
24. Darragh Moynihan (Sliabh Luachra/Ballydesmond)

The Limerick minor football manager Jerry O Sullivan and his selectors John Clifford and Gerry Phillips has released their match day team and panel for this Thursday Munster minor football championship Semi Final against Cork in Pairc na Riann at 7pm.

The Limerick minor football team and panel that was released is as follows 1. Aaron Murphy (Fr Casey’s), 2. Gearoid Brennan (Claughaun), 3. Fionn Murphy (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 4. Daniel Enright (Monaleen) 5. Seamus Hurley (Newcastlewest), 6. Adam Kearns (St Senans), 7. Oran Collins (Adare), 8. Josh Ryan (Oola), 9. Diarmaid Kelly (Newcastlewest)(Captain), 10. Jason Kiely (Claughaun), 11. Colm McSweeney (Gearld Griffins), 12. Adam Storan (Mungret/St Pauls), 13. Eoin O Mahoney (Ballylanders), 14. Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock), 15. James Ryan (Athea).

16. William O Mahony (Oola), 17. Eoin Carew (Monaleen), 18. James Kelly (Monaleen), 19. Darragh Ranahan (Ballysteen), 20. Luke Cardy (Adare), 21. Sean Ryan (Athea), 22. Conor O Grady (Hospital/Herbertstown), 23. Niall Loughran (Monaleen), 24. William O Meara (Ballysteen).