Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Cork 0-23 Dublin 2-13

Cork defeated Dublin by 0-23 to 2-13 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 13th at Croke Park.


Electric Ireland MHC Semi-Final

CORK 0-23 DUBLIN 2-13

Report By Cian O’Connell for GAA.ie

These are encouraging times for underage hurling in Cork as Denis Ring’s ultra-promising team advanced to the All Ireland Final.

Dublin were solid and spirited throughout, but Cork just had that extra sprinkling of class in attack to set-up an intriguing decider against Galway.

The 45th minute dismissal of Robert Downey was a blow, but Cork were able to adequately deal with a late Dublin flurry. Ultimately Dublin weren’t efficient enough converting opportunities as they posted 2-13 from 32 shots during the hour.

At the opposite end Cork, prompted by the delightful Brian Turnbull, were that bit more cute and clinical. Turnbull finished with a 0-12 haul, while energetic midfielder Daire Connery struck five for Ring’s charges.

So impressive down south when winning the Munster Championship, Cork provided glimpses of their considerable ability in the opening period. Still when the teams departed at the break Cork only held a 0-11 to 1-4 advantage which scarcely reflected what had happened.

There was nothing wrong with Dublin’s attitude and application, though, and when Eoghan O’Neill poked a goal on the stroke of half-time it gave Fintan Clandillon’s charges an injection of hope.

Cork had commenced brightly accumulating a 0-7 to 0-2 lead by the 17th minute with Brian Roche, Brian Turnbull, and Daire Connery contributing fine scores. Despite being under pressure Dublin remained defiant with Liam Murphy and the splendid Sean Currie narrowing the gap, but Cork reeled off four points without reply.

Turnbull (2), Ger Millerick, and Brian Buckley found the range, but O’Neill managed to register a goal for Dublin as the deficit was trimmed.

Within a minute of the restart Dublin spurned a glorious opportunity to net a second major as Conor O’Donoghue’s penalty went wide. Dublin kept swinging, but with Turnbull in excellent form Cork were 0-17 to 1-7 ahead when Downey was red carded.

Questions continued to be posed by Dublin, but Cork were finding the requisite answers. An injury time Grogan goal brought Dublin to within three, but fittingly it was Turnbull, who supplied the insurance score at the death.

Scorers for Cork: Brian Turnbull 0-13 (11fs), Daire Connery 0-5 (2fs), Brian Roche 0-2, Ger Millerick, Brian Buckley, Diarmuid Linehan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: Sean Currie 0-6 (3fs), Liam Murphy 0-4 (2fs), Mark Grogan and Eoghan O’Neill 1-1 each, Emmet Allen 0-1.

CORK: Ger Collins; Conor O’Callaghan, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Eoin Roche; Aaron Walsh Barry, James Keating, Ger Millerick; Daire Connery, Brian Roche; Brian Buckley, Craig Hanafin, Diarmuid Linehan; Liam O’Shea, Robert Downey, Brian Turnbull
Subs: Barry Murphy for Craig Hanafin (47), Declan Hannon for Brian Buckley (49), Colin O’Brien for Brian Roche (60).

DUBLIN: Conor O’Donoghue; Andrew Dunphy, Ben McHugh, Kevin Burke; Enda O’Donnell, Luke Walsh, Lee Gannon; David Keogh, Ben Coffey; Mark Grogan, Diarmaid O’Floinn, Eoghan O’Neill; Liam Murphy, Sean Currie, Luke McDwyer
Subs: Shane Kennedy for Luke McDwyer (45), Emmet Allen for Ben Coffey (52), Cian Derwin for Diarmaid O’Floinn (52), Tom Aherne for Enda O’Donnell (60).

REFEREE: Mick Murtagh (Westmeath).



Fixture Details

13.08.2017 (Sun)
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 13:30
Áth Cliath v Corcaigh
Referee: Mick Murtagh (An Iarmhí)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

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 GAA.ie

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



WHO WILL JOIN GALWAY IN HURLING FINAL?

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.

PATHS TO THE SEMI-FINAL
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

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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)

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
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)

LAST FIVE SEMI-FINAL APPEARANCES
CORK
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
WATERFORD
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

MOST RECENT CLASH….
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.

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*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.


TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final – Kerry 3-14 Armagh 2-11

Kerry defeated Armagh by 3-14 to 2-11 in the TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final on Saturday August 12th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.


TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final

Kerry 3-14 Armagh 2-11

Report By Jackie Cahill at Nowlan Park

TEEN sensation Hannah O’Donoghue produced a sparkling senior debut as Kerry stormed into the TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship semi-finals.

The Kingdom will face Dublin in a mouth-watering clash on August 26, after claiming a six-point victory over Armagh in Saturday evening’s quarter-final at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.

O’Donoghue, an underage Republic of Ireland soccer international, collected 1-4 from play, while experienced attacker Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh added 1-3 for the Munster champions. Graham Shine’s Kerry were two points down at half-time, 2-7 to 2-9, but they outscored Armagh by 1-7 to 0-2 in the second half.

Kerry were much the better side after the break – and Armagh suffered a massive blow with 11 minutes left when Niamh Marley was sin-binned. While 16-year-old O’Donoghue caught the eye for Kerry, Aimee Mackin was superb for Armagh, particularly in the first half.

The Shane O’Neills player went into battle nursing a hand injury but still finished with 2-4, including 2-3 in the opening half. O’Donoghue was a late inclusion in the Kerry starting line-up and the Beaufort star, who won two All-Ireland U16 medals under Shine’s guidance, more than justified that call-up.

She opened the scoring with a point in the first minute and Kerry added two more to lead by 0-3 to 0-0 within eight minutes. They also had goalkeeper Laura Fitzgerald to thank for a brilliant stop from Mackin – while the Na Gaeil player would do even better late in the half with one of the finest saves you’ll ever see.

O’Donoghue netted in the tenth minute for Kerry, finishing off good approach play from the lively Sarah Houlihan and Laura Rogers, and Shine’s charges had a 1-3 to 0-0 lead. But Armagh roused themselves to register 2-5 without reply, as Kerry struggled on their own restarts.

Mackin netted twice in a minute midway through the half to turn the game on its head and both were cracking finishes past Fitzgerald. But the goalkeeper produced a magnificent tip-over save three minutes before the break to deny Mackin a hat-trick goal – when it seemed certain that the net would bulge.

Anna Galvin drew Kerry level at 2-7 apiece with a 28th minute goal but Armagh’s response was impressive, as scores from Aoife McCoy and Lauren McConville established a two-point half-time lead. It could have been even better as Armagh registered seven first half wides – and Fitzgerald produced those two fine saves – but the turnaround from six points down early on was impressive.

Sean O’Kane’s team needed to build on that platform against the pre-match favourites but they were rocked back on their heels just 20 seconds after the restart, as Ní Mhuircheartaigh scored Kerry’s third goal. From there until the finish, they would not be caught, as McCoy and Mackin scored Armagh’s only points of the second half.

Mackin’s 36th minute point was verified by ‘score assistant’, in use for the second time after Ciara McAnespie’s goal for Monaghan was awarded against Cork last Monday. That score kept Armagh in touch, as they trailed by just two points, 2-11 to 3-10, but Kerry on the spin to close the game out, with the Orchard County scoreless after Mackin’s effort.

They were four adrift, 2-11 to 3-12, when Marley was yellow-carded for a tackle on Ní Mhuircheartaigh, and there was no way back. Armagh conceded just two further points after that but despite the fact that they were chasing the game, they still packed players behind the ball and Kerry were comfortable as they booked a massive date with Dublin.

That game, in a fortnight’s time, will mark Kerry’s first semi-final appearance since 2015.

Scorers for Kerry – H O’Donoghue 1-4, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 1-3 (0-1f), S Houlihan 0-4 (2f), A Galvin 1-0, L Scanlon 0-2, E O’Leary 0-1.

Scorers for Armagh – A Mackin 2-4, A McCoy & F McKenna (2f) 0-3 each, L McConville 0-1.

Kerry – L Fitzgerald; E Lynch, A Desmond, A Leonard; C Kelly, C Murphy, S Murphy; L Scanlon, E Sherwood; L Ní Mhuircheartaigh, A Galvin, D Hallissey; S Houlihan, H O’Donoghue, L Rogers.
Subs – A O’Connell for S Murphy (37), F Tangney for Rogers (45), E O’Leary for Galvin (52), J Lucey for O’Donoghue (55).

Armagh – K Mallon; S Marley, C McCambridge, M Sheridan; M McGuinness, M Tennyson, S Reel; N Coleman, C O’Hanlon; A Mackin, A McCoy, N Marley; L McConville, B Mackin, F McKenna.
Subs – T Grimes for Sheridan (36), N Reel for McGuinness (55), A Donaldson for B Mackin (55).

Ref – J Murphy (Carlow)

TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final – Cork 6-19 Galway 1-10

Cork defeated Galway by 6-19 to 1-10 in the TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final on Saturday August 19th at Cusack Park Mullingar.


TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final

Cork 6-19 Galway 1-10

Report By Jackie Cahill at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar

EPHIE Fitzgerald’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football champions Cork blasted out an ominous statement of intent as they demolished Galway by 24 points to book a place in the last four.

The Rebelettes, even without injured 2016 Player of the Year Bríd Stack, were hugely impressive as they notched six goals at TEG Cusack Park in Mullingar to set up a clash with Donegal or Mayo on September 2.

A devastating scoring blitz approaching half-time put paid to the challenge of the Connacht champions in this All-Ireland quarter-final – as Cork went from three points behind midway through the first half to 12 clear at the break.

Fitzgerald’s in-form charges produced arguably their best display under his stewardship, scoring 3-11 without reply in a scintillating spell before and after the break.

Cork were 1-1 to 0-7 adrift before they opened up with both barrels to crush the challenge of Galway, who were without a competitive fixture since beating Mayo on July 2.

Cork had roared into an early 1-1 to 0-1 lead, Áine O’Sullivan on target with the early goal after Orla Finn’s free dropped short, but Galway responded well and landed six points without reply, Mairéad Seoighe landing a couple of impressive long-range efforts in that run.

Cork, playing against the breeze, were sitting deep and pulling plenty of bodies behind the ball but Galway’s long-range shooting was impressive. The floodgates would soon open, however, as Cork an unanswered 2-9 approaching half-time to lead by 3-10 to 0-7 at the break.

Galway suffered a blow when midfielder Catriona Cormican went off injured in the 19th minute and that seemed to affect the Tribeswomen, who were attempting to manage a seven-week layoff. Cormican was the scorer of Galway’s seventh point but they sunk without trace as Cork, who improved significantly on their qualifier victory over Monaghan, upped the ante.

Three quick points brought them level at 1-4 to 0-7 before Cork bagged their second goal in the 23rd minute. Emma Spillane and brilliant player of the match Finn created the opening, before midfielder Niamh Cotter found the net with a classy finish.

Three minutes later, Finn’s quick free found Eimear Scally and she turned inside Galway captain Emer Flaherty before slotting home brilliantly. With the O’Sullivan sisters, captain Ciara and Doireann, pulling the strings, Cork added four more points before the break and another 1-2 early in the second half to move 17 points clear, 4-12 to 1-7.

Cork’s fourth goal, from Doireann O’Sullivan, was an avoidable concession from a Galway perspective. Dearbhla Gower’s kick-out was pounced on by O’Sullivan, who sent it back over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net with a precise lob. Galway’s long wait for a score, which dated back to the 16th minute, finally ended in the 38th minute when Mairéad Seoighe popped over a free.

Tracey Leonard added another free but it was brief respite as Bríd O’Sullivan came off the bench to make a big impact. Deirdre Brennan registered a consolation goal for Galway in the 41st minute but O’Sullivan netted twice before the finish to add further gloss to the scoreboard from a Cork perspective.

Galway suffered another massive blow with nine minutes left when Flaherty was yellow-carded, leaving the Westerners to finish the game with 14 players. Bríd O’Sullivan was on target with goals in the 45th and 54th minutes – and Cork’s quest for the seven-in-a-row remains very much course.

Scorers for Cork – O Finn 0-10 (4f), B O’Sullivan 2-1, E Scally 1-3, Á O’Sullivan & D O’Sullivan (0-1f) 1-2 each, N Cotter 1-0, C O’Sullivan 0-1.

Scorers for Galway – D Brennan 1-0, M Seoighe (1f) & T Leonard (2f) 0-3 each, S Hynes, C Cormican, O Divilly & M Glynn 0-1 each.

Cork – M O’Brien; E Meaney, R Phelan, E Spillane; M Duggan, A Hutchings, S Kelly; N Cotter, O Farmer; C O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, A Walsh; E Scally, Á O’Sullivan, O Finn
Subs – B O’Sullivan for Á O’Sullivan (40), J O’Shea for Farmer (40), M O’Callaghan for Walsh (40), L Colohan for Scally (47), Á Hayes for C O’Sullivan (52).

Galway – D Gower; F Cooney, E Flaherty, S Hynes; Á Seoighe, B Hannon, S Burke; L Gannon, C Cormican; O Divilly, M Seoighe, Á McDonagh; T Leonard, S Conneally, M Glynn
Subs – D Brennan for Cormican (inj., 19), S Molloy for Á Seoighe (h.t.), D Gorman for Cooney (37), A Davoren for Conneally (47), N Duggan for T Leonard (54).

Ref – N McCormack (Laois).


Fixture Details

Saturday, August 19th
TG4 Senior All Ireland Quarter Final
Cork v Galway, Cusack Park, Mullingar 12:30pm
Refere – N. McCormack
***Televised Live on TG4***

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 B Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Semi-Final – Kerry 1-23 Meath 1-9

Kerry defeated Meath by 1-23 to 1-9 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 B Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Semi-Final on Saturday August 19th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 Championship Semi-Final – Limerick 2-23 Galway 2-19

Limerick defeated Galway by 2-23 to 2-19 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 19th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 Semi-Final – Limerick edge thriller

LIMERICK 2-23 GALWAY 2-19

Report By Declan Rooney for GAA.ie

Limerick will meet Kilkenny in the Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under 21 final next month after holding off the challenge of a battling Galway outfit in a gripping contest at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

It seemed that extra-time would be required when Galway’s Evan Niland levelled the teams for the 10th time in the 59th minute. But Limerick, having the benefit of a tough Munster campaign under their belt, finished strongly and after Aaron Gillane edged them in front. Limerick sealed the win with points in stoppage time from Thomas Grimes, Robbie Hanley and Gillane.

It was tough luck on Galway, who were playing their first match in the competition, but they were in contention throughout. The teams were level at the break at 1-9 to 0-12. Limerick, playing against the breeze, got a great start when Peter Casey notched 1-2 in the opening 10 minutes after Brian Concannon and Thomas Monaghan had got Galway off the mark.

Galway drew level going into the second quarter thanks to efforts from Dan Nevin, Monaghan and Sean Linnane after Barry Murphy had soloed through for a good Limerick point.

Galway goalkeeper Darragh Gilligan produced some good saves, denying Barry Nash approaching the interval, with Gillane’s resultant 65 making it 1-8 to 0-9.

Galway, hoping to join their seniors and minors in All-Ireland finals in September, responded with a point from Conor Whelan and another from Nevin, with Nash and Whelan exchanging points just before the break.

Limerick enjoyed a great start to the second-half and looked set to pull away when Nash found the net and Barry Murphy pointed to open up a 2-13 to 0-14 lead after 36 minutes.

But the Tribesmen hit back and a goal from Jack Coyne after a great run from senior player Whelan. Galway subsequently drew level at 1-16 to 2-13 after 43 minutes thanks to scores from Whelan and Grealish. Gillane and Monaghan exchanged points before Cian Lynch edged Limerick in front.

But then Whelan struck for a superb goal to put Galway two points ahead with 12 minutes remaining. Impressive Limerick substitute Andrew La Touche Cosgrave and Kyle Hayes pointed to level for the eighth time. Points were exchanged twice in the closing stages before Limerick finished well.

Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 0-8 (4fs, 2 ’65s); Peter Casey and Barry Murphy 1-2 each, Barry Nash 0-4, Thomas Grimes 0-2, Robbie Hanley, Cian Lynch, Andrew La Touche Cosgrave, Kyle Hayes, and Conor Boylan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Conor Whelan 1-3 (2fs), Jack Coyne 1-1, Thomas Monaghan and Brian Concannon 0-4 each, Dan Nevin 0-2 (1f), Kevin McHugo, Sean Linnane, Sean Loftus (f), Jack Grealish, and Evan Niland (f) 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara; Sean Finn; Darragh Fanning; Dan Joy; Ronan Lynch, Kyle Hayes, Thomas Grimes; Colin Ryan, Robbie Hanley; Aaron Gillane, Barry Murphy, Cian Lynch; Peter Casey, Tom Morrissey, Barry Nash
Subs: Andrew La Touche Cosgrave for Cian Lynch (30-31, blood) and for Tom Morrissey (44), Conor Boylan for Colin Ryan (44), Jack O’Grady for Sean Finn (52), Seamus Flanagan for Barry Murphy (59), Mike Mackey for Barry Nash (65).

GALWAY: Darragh Gilligan; Declan Cronin, Conor Cosgrove, Ian Fox; Jack Grealish, Joseph Mooney, Sean Loftus; Kevin McHugo, Dan Nevin; Brian Concannon, Sean Linnane, Thomas Monaghan; Conor Whelan, Cian Burke, Jack Coyne
Subs: Ciaran O’Connor for Ian Fox (21), Evan Niland for Cian Burke (37), Gearoid Loughnane for Concannon (42-43, blood) and for Jack Coyne (57), Fintan Burke for Joseph Mooney (52), Ronan Elwood for Kevin McHugo (58).

REFEREE: John Keenan (Wicklow).



Fixture Details

19.08.2017 (Sat)
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Semi-Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 18:00
Gaillimh v Luimneach
Referee: John Keenan (Cill Mhantáin)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

The Limerick U21 management team of Pat Donnelly manager (South Liberties), Maurice O’Brien (Coach/Selector)(Garryspillane), Mike Kiely (Coach/Selector)(Ballybrown) and Brian Foley (Coach/Selector)(Adare), has released their match team and panel for this Saturdays evening’s All Ireland U21 hurling championship semi final clash with Galway. Pat Donnelly side travel to Semple Stadium Thurles and with the throw in at 6pm supporters are asked to come early to the ground. The following is the team and match panel released this evening

1 Eoghan McNamara (Doon), 2 Sean Finn (Bruff), 3 Darragh Fanning (Pallasgreen), 4 Dan Joy (Kilmallock), 5 Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), 6 Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 7 Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), 8 Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), 9 Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), 10 Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), 11 Barry Murphy (Doon), 12 Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 13 Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 14 Tom Morrissey (Ahane)(Captain), 15 Barry Nash (South Liberties)
16 Cian Hedderman (Ballybrown), 17 Paudie Ahern (Killeedy), 18 Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 19 Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), 20 Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh), 21 Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 22 Mike Mackey (Adare), 23 Conor McSweeney (South Liberties), 24 Jack O Grady (Knockainey).

Galway U21H v Limerick

1. Darragh Gilligan (Craughwell)
2. Declan Cronin (Cappataggle – joint captain)
3. Conor Cosgrove (Ardrahan)
4. Ian Fox (Sarsfields)
5. Jack Grealish (Gort)
6. Joe Mooney (Loughrea)
7. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore)
8. Kevin McHugo (Tommie Larkins)
9. Dan Nevin (Cappataggle)
10. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)
11. Sean Linnane (Turloughmore)
12. Thomas Monaghan (Craughwell)
13. Conor Whelan (Kinvara)
14. Cian Burke (Athenry)
15. Jack Coyne (Castlegar)

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final – Cork 2-9 Galway 1-9

Cork defeated Galway by 2-9 to 1-9 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 19th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Cork withstand Galway rally to set up Kilkenny rematch

Report By Daragh Ó Conchúir

Cork 2-9 Galway 1-9

CORK withstood a frantic last-quarter rally from Galway to return to the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final for the fourth consecutive season. Last year’s runners-up looked to be cruising when points from Katrina Mackey and Hannah Looney within two minutes of the resumption pushed them eight clear.

Astonishingly however, they went 28 minutes without a score and only managed one further point as Galway, driven forward by Aoife Donohue, edged back into proceedings. Cork lost Gemma O’Connor to an ankle injury in the 46th minute and three minutes later, Galway’s powerful sub Niamh Hanniffy goaled to reduce the margin to three.

Donohue slotted a free nine minutes from the end of regulation time and Galway were making all of the running but Cork defended magnificently, Rena Buckley, Chloe Sigerson and Ashling Thompson ensuring that the Tribeswomen would not find another goal. Katrina Mackey finally ended the Rebels’ drought right on the hour and despite five minutes of injury time, they held out for a dramatic victory.

Galway’s management pulled a rabbit out of the hat when opting to move their leading scorer Ailish O’Reilly on Gemma O’Connor to prevent the St Finbarr’s talisman from exerting her normal influence. Orla Cotter appeared to be the chief beneficiary as she got on a lot of ball, while displaying customary accuracy from placed balls.

Cork would have only had themselves to blame had they lost as they wasted four gilt-edged goal chances, including two early in the second half. In the end though, they did breach the Galway defences twice and that proved the difference between the sides. The first came as Aoife Murray sent a bullet from a penalty straight and high in the 11th minute, after Niamh McCarthy was dragged down by Rebecca Hennelly.

Cork were well on top for much of that opening period and struck a significant blow just before the change of ends when Cotter scored a splendid solo goal. The rangy St Catherine’s player reached high above Róisín Black to fetch Murray’s long delivery on the 40m line and cut inside.

She got a sliver of luck when the sliotar rebounded to her after her attempted pass to Hannah Looney was mis-hit and poked to the net to make and though O’Reilly pointed straight after, it was 2-6 to 0-6 at half time. Galway had the wind in the second half but Looney and Mackey stretched the gap to eight and seemed bound for a comfortable passage to the final. That was to reckon without the courage of the Galway players but they had left themselves too much to do.

SCORERS FOR CORK: O Cotter 1-3(0-fs); A Murray 1-0 (pen); K Mackey 0-2; O Cronin, N McCarthy, A O’Connor, H Looney 0-1 each

SCORERS FOR GALWAY: A Donohue 0-4(3fs); N Hanniffy 1-0; A O’Reilly (1f), O McGrath 0-2 each; N McGrath 0-1

CORK: A Murray, P Mackey, R Buckley, L Treacy, M Cahalane, G O’Connor, C Sigerson, L Coppinger, A Thompson, A O’Connor, O Cronin, O Cotter, H Looney, N McCarthy, K Mackey
Sub: E O’Sullivan for G O’Connor inj (46), J White for A O’Connor (48), L Homan for K Mackey (60+1)

GALWAY: Sarah Healy, S Dervan, R Black, T Kenny, L Ryan, R Hennelly, H Cooney, A Starr, O McGrath, N McGrath, A O’Reilly, N Kilkenny, S McGrath, M Cooney, A Donohue
Sub: N Hanniffy for M Cooney (40)

REFEREE: E Cassidy (Derry)


Fixture Details

The throw-in times for the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Finals have been confirmed as follows:

Saturday August 19th
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

Dublin v Kilkenny
Throw-in: 5.15pm
Referee: Ray Kelly (Kildare)

Cork v Galway
Throw-in: 7pm
Referee: Eamon Cassidy (Derry)

*Extra-time to be played in the event of a draw in either game.


Ticket Information

Admission Prices
Adults: €15
Students/OAPs: €8
12-18 year olds: €3
Under 12s: Free

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Match Preview

Cork v Galway, Gaelic Grounds, 7pm

This is a mouth-watering prospect, with the teams meeting for the first time since the 2015 decider when Cork upset the odds, having been beaten by Galway twice prior to that in the National League Final and the group stages of the Championship.

Cork returned to the All-Ireland Final last year but found Kilkenny too strong and it is worth recording that Galway only fell to the Stripeywomen after injury time in the Semi-Final.
They are on their third manager in as many seasons, Mark Dunne taking over from Ollie Bergin, who had in turn succeeded Tony Ward. Dunne, who has included his sister Molly in his backroom staff after her retirement, as well as former Galway and Dublin hurler Niall Corcoran, is moving closer to his strongest side, although he might have preferred a sterner test from Tipperary in the Quarter-Final.

They were extremely professional in navigating the group phase but were unable to break down Kilkenny. However, having finally given long-touted Minor star Siobhán McGrath her head, they have even more speed in attack and will look to cash in on the offensive threat that is also provided by McGrath’s sisters Orlaith and Niamh, Maria Cooney and the competition’s leading scorer Ailish O’Reilly.

Cork, of course, are renowned for their ability to smother opposition attacks, the likes of Pamela Mackey, Laura Treacy and captain Rena Buckley among the stickiest of defenders in the game. In addition, All-Ireland-winning skipper Ashling Thompson has been a central figure in the game-plan with her athleticism enabling her to sweep up deep in her own half while also forcing turnovers around the field and getting forward for a score or two. Gemma O’Connor, Aoife Murray and Orla Cotter are just some other who provide plenty of experience while Niamh McCarthy represents the new breed.

Galway have a similar profile in that regard, as apart from Siobhán McGrath, Róisín Black is a newcomer who has appeared to the manor born in defence. At the other end of the experience spectrum, Sarah Dervan’s return from injury adds steel to that division, Lorraine Ryan was captain when they won the All-Ireland in 2013 and Niamh Kilkenny remains an absolute joy to watch and a pain to marshal with her runs from deep and ability to finish off either side.

If both teams turn up, this could be a game for the ages.

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 GAA.ie

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).



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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


KERRY OR MAYO TO FILL FIRST FOOTBALL FINAL SLOT?

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.


KERRY v MAYO

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.

PATHS TO THE QUARTER-FINAL REPLAY
MAYO
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
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KERRY
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)

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

***

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


PREVIOUS KERRY-MAYO CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
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)


LAST TEN ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINALS – KERRY
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

LAST TEN ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINALS – MAYO
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.


LAST CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH
KERRY 3-16 MAYO 3-13 (aet) – 2014 ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL REPLAY, GAELIC GROUNDS
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 GAA.ie

    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 Football Championship Semi-Final Replay – Mayo 2-16 Kerry 0-17

    Mayo defeated Kerry by 2-16 to 0-17 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final Replay on Saturday August 26th at Croke Park.






    Fixture Details

    26.08.2017 (Sat)
    GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final Replay
    Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:00
    Ciarraí v Maigh Eo
    Referee: David Gough (An Mhí)
    (E.T. if Necessary)


    Team News



    KERRY v MAYO
    They meet for the second time in an All-Ireland semi-final replay in three years, with Kerry having won (after extra-time) in 2014. Mayo also lost a semi-final replay to Dublin in 2015 and were beaten by Jim Gavin’s men in last year’s replayed final. They finished level (2-14 each last Sunday) after a gripping contest watched by a crowd of 66,195.

    PATHS TO THE SEMI-FINAL REPLAY
    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
    Mayo 2-14 Kerry 2-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)

    MAYO’S TOP SCORERS
    Cillian O’Connor…….3-53 (0-36 frees, 0-1 ‘45’)
    Andy Moran……………2-20
    Diarmuid O’Connor…2-5
    Kevin McLoughlin……………2-5
    ***
    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)
    Kerry 2-14 Mayo 2-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)

    KERRY’S TOP SCORERS
    Paul Geaney …………….1-20 (0-8 frees)
    James O’Donoghue…..0-20 (0-12 frees)
    Stephen O’Brien………..2-6
    Kieran Donaghy…………1-3

    PREVIOUS KERRY-MAYO CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
    The All-Ireland final will be the 27th championship clash (1903-2014) between Mayo and Kerry with the score standing at 18-4 in the Kingdom’s favour with four draws from the previous 26 games. Mayo’s last win was in the 1996 All-Ireland semi-final.

    2017: Kerry 2-14 Galway 2-14 (All-Ireland semi-final) Draw
    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) (Draw)
    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) (Draw)
    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)

    LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP REPLAYS
    MAYO
    2017: Mayo 4-19 Roscommon 0-9 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
    2016: Dublin 1-16 Mayo 1-15 (All-Ireland final)
    2015: Dublin 3-15 Mayo 1-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 (All-Ireland semi-final) after extra-time
    2006: Mayo 0-14 Laois 0-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

    KERRY
    2014: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 (All-Ireland semi-final) after extra-time
    2010 Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-14 (Munster semi-final) after extra-time
    2009 Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 (Munster semi-final)
    2008 Kerry 3-14 Cork 2-13 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    2006 Cork 1-12 Kerry 0-9 (Munster final)

    *This will be Mayo’s ninth championship games of the season, having won five (Sligo, Derry, Clare, Cork, Roscommon), drawn two (Roscommon, Kerry) and lost one (Galway) of the previous eight. They drew with Derry and Cork in normal time, before winning in the extra period.