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Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9

June 4, 2011 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm


Munster Senior Football Championship – semi final

By Murt Murphy for

Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9

Kerry routed an outclassed Limerick side in this one sided Munster Senior Football Championship semi final played at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick this evening. It was very much men against boys as Kerry won as they liked and they seemed content to take points when goals were on as Limerick gained some level of respectability with late goals in both halves Kerry dominated the opening half and only for their failure to avail of five goal scoring opportunities, they would have been out of sight by half time. Jim O’Donovan gave Limerick the early lead inside the opening minute, but that was as good as it got for the home side, as Kerry attacked in waves with some fabulous movement and accurate foot passing, from players like Bryan Sheehan, Declan and Darran O’Sullivan.

The key battles at both ends of the pitch were being won by Kerry, as Tom O’Sullivan kept Limerick danger man Ger Collins under wraps, while Kieran Donaghy completely outplayed Shane Gallagher in air and on the ground. Then when you toss in the genius of Colm Cooper, Limerick was on the ropes for the opening half hour. Once Kieran Donaghy levelled, it was all one way traffic with Cooper adding four points, Declan and Darran O’Sullivan two apiece while Bryan Sheehan added two points from placed balls and in between in the 12th minute , Kieran Donaghy sent Darran O’Sullivan racing through, and when he dropped the ball, he finished soccer style to the Limerick net. Then with Kerry threatening to run riot , Limerick rallied in the final seven minutes of the half, after three substitutions, scoring 1-3 without reply with Seanie Buckley beating Brendan Kealy at his near post for a 28th minute goal and then Ger Collins adding two points, the final point could well have been a goal, after Kealy was dispossessed as Kerry led 1-11 to 1-4.

The second half was nothing more than a training spin for Kerry as Cooper, Donaghy and Declan O’Sullivan continued to score points at will as they stretched 1-18 to 1-6 clear by the 52nd minute. Limerick never gave up and grabbed goals in the 53rd minute from Ger Collins and in the 67th minute from Seamus O’Carroll, but it was a no contest as Kerry did as they pleased with Paul Galvin playing a nice cameo role off the bench. Limerick clearly missed their injured duo of John Galvin and Stephen Lucey while Kerry’s concession of three goals will be Jack O’Connor’s only concern as Kerry prepare for a probable Munster Final meeting in Killarney with All-Ireland Champions Cork in four weeks time.

Man of the Match; Declan O’Sullivan ( Kerry)



C Cooper 0-7 ( 0-1 free) , Darran O’Sullivan 1-3 Declan O’Sullivan 0-4, B Sheehan 0-2(0-1 ’45), K Donaghy and K O’Leary 0-2 each , K Young, P Galvin, B J Keane , E Brosnan, D Bohan D Geaney 0-1 each Limerick G Collins 1-4 (0-1 free), S Buckley and S O’Carroll 1-0, S Kelly 0-1 free J O’Donovan J McCarthy, S Gallagher, M Sheehan 0-1 each



B Kealy, S Enright, M O’Se, T O’Sullivan, A O’Mahony, E Brosnan, K Young, B Sheehan, A Maher, Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh, C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary

Subs: P Galvin for Darran O’Sullivan (50), B J Keane for D Walsh (58), M Quirke for B Sheehan (58), D Bohan for A O’Mahony (58), D Geaney for K O’Leary (60)


B Scanlon, S Lavin, S Gallagher, M O’Riordan, P Ranahan, J McCarthy, B Fitzpatrick, T Lee, J O’Donovan, S Buckley, J Kelly, S Kelly, G Collins, J Cooke, I Ryan

Subs: E Joy for J O’Donovan (28), M Sheehan for E Joy inj (30), E O’Connor for J Kelly (32), J O’Riordan for B Fitzpatrick (45), S O’Carroll for S Kelly (60)

Referee R Hickey (Clare)


Munster SFC: Kerry outclass Limerick

From the Hogan Stand newspaper

Kerry had too much firepower for Limerick in this provincial semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds (1-26 to 3-9). The match was a lot more one-sided than the final scoreline suggests, with late Limerick goals in each half putting some respectability onto the scoreboard. Colm Cooper scored seven points for Jack O’Connor’s men (six from play), and Darran O’Sullivan struck 1-3, with the goal coming in the twelfth minute and setting the tone for a long evening for the hosts.

Kerry – who had twelve different scorers as well as an outstanding defensive display from Tom O’Sullivan – bossed the opening period, with Kieran Donaghy, Bryan Sheehan, Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan and Cooper pulling the strings. Jim O’Donovan had put the losers into an early lead but Donaghy levelled and Kerry points flowed from Cooper (four), the O’Sullivans (two each) and Sheehan (two).

The hosts made three substitutions before closing the half out with a run of 1-3, including two points from Ger Collins and a 28th-minute Seanie Buckley major. It was 1-11 to 1-4 at the break and the visitors reeled off seven of the next nine points to assume a 1-18 to 1-6 advantage by the end of the third quarter. Under-strength Limerick kept battling to the bitter end and they were rewarded with goals from Collins (53) and substitute Seamus O’Carroll (67) but this one went very much with form and Kerry are into another Munster final in four weeks’ time.

Kerry: B Kealy; S Enright, M O’Se, T O’Sullivan; A O’Mahony, E Brosnan (0-1), K Young (0-1); B Sheehan (0-2), A Maher; Darran O’Sullivan (1-3), Declan O’Sullivan (0-4), D Walsh; C Cooper (0-7), K Donaghy (0-2), K O’Leary (0-2). Subs: P Galvin (0-1) for Darran O’Sullivan (50), B J Keane (0-1) for D Walsh (58), M Quirke for B Sheehan (58), D Bohan (0-1) for A O’Mahony (58), D Geaney (0-1) for K O’Leary (60).

Limerick: B Scanlon; S Lavin, S Gallagher (0-1), M O’Riordan; P Ranahan, J McCarthy (0-1), B Fitzpatrick; T Lee, J O’Donovan (0-1); S Buckley (1-0), J Kelly, S Kelly (0-1); G Collins (1-4), J Cooke, I Ryan. Subs: E Joy for J O’Donovan (28), M Sheehan (0-1) for E Joy (30), E O’Connor for J Kelly (32), J O’Riordan for B Fitzpatrick (45), S O’Carroll (1-0) for S Kelly (60).

Click to listen to GAA Football podcast with Niall Cahalane (Cork), Eamon Fitzmaurice (Kerry) and Trevor Giles
(Courtesy of the Irish Examiner)

Next Round – the winners play Cork or Waterford in the Munster Final on Sunday July 3rd at 2:00pm.

Admission Prices
Adult Covered Stand (Mackey Stand) – €20 (Tickets can be pre-purchased in advance through Clubs or on  (Note – patrons can travel INTERNALLLY from the Mackey Stand to the Uncovered stand if they so wish on the night. Entry to stands will be via the Mackey stand only.)
Adult Terrace (Clare End) – €10
Family tickets for the Covered Stand at €20 for adults and €5 for Under 16s (Tickets can be pre-purchased in advance through Clubs or on
Under 16s will admitted free to the terrace
Student/OAP – Concession on specific s styles on the day (on production of I.D.)

Munster GAA would like to confirm that student discounts apply to all students who present valid ID cards. In relation to Second Level students we are aware that schools don’t produce cards but they can get Student travel Cards from USIT offices or from Alternately, Secondary students can get an ISSU scholar card from or International student ID card from Unfortunately the scheme has been much abused in the past and we were forced to seek ID cards from all patrons attempting to avail of the discount. This is in keeping with other bodies such as Irish Rail and Bus Eireann.

Team News

The Kerry team to play Limerick on Saturday at 6.45pm in The Gaelic Grounds Limerick is as follows: 1. Brendan Kealy, (Kilcummin) 2.Shane Enright (Tarbert) 3 Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) . 4 Tom O’Sullivan (Rathmore) 5. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore) 6. Eoin Brosnan (Dr. Crokes) 7. Killian Young (Renard) 8. Anthony Maher (Duagh) 9.Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s ) 10. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) 11. Declan O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) 12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane), 13. Colm Cooper (Dr. Crokes) Captain 14 Kieran Donaghy(Austin Stacks) 15.Kieran O’Leary (Dr. Crokes)

Subs: Tomás Mac a t’Saoir (An Ghaeltacht) Paul Galvin (Finuge) Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks) Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) Michéal Quirke (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) Padraig Reidy (Scartaglin) David Geaney (Daingean Uí Chúis) Adrian O’Connell (St Michaels Foilmore) Niall O’Mahony (Spa) Peter Crowley Laune Rangers Daithí Casey (Dr. Crokes) Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmetts) Johnny Buckley (Dr. Crokes)

Seamus Scanlon is unavailable for selection as he is undergoing a minor medical procedure.

LIMERICK v Kerry in the Munster SFC quarter-final at the Gaelic Grounds, Saturday at 6.45pm: B Scanlon; S Lavin, S Gallagher, M O’Riordan; P Ranahan, J McCarthy, B Fitzpatrick (captain); T Lee; J O’Donovan; S Buckley, J Kelly, S Kelly; G Collins, J Cooke, I Ryan.

Traffic Management Plan

Limerick v Kerry Junior & Senior Football Championship Match(s)

Saturday 4th.June,2011 Gaelic Grounds, Ennis Road, Limerick

Throw In 4:45pm & 6.45pm

Major Event Pulse ID 32365



The following is the Traffic Management Plan to cater for the above event which is deemed a “Category B” Event as follows:

Sarsfield Bridge, Shannon Bridge, Thomond Bridge and New Limerick Tunnel will be open to 2 way Traffic at all times Traffic travelling inbound on the M7 or from other routes should follow the N18 Galway Route and use Exit 3 (Clonmacken Exit ) – similarly traffic inbound on N18 should use Exit 4 Caherdavin Exit. Delays can expected on all routes owing to extra volumes.

Road Closures will not apply or be put in place for this event.

No general parking spaces are available immediately outside or within the grounds and vehicle access to the grounds (this includes access for vehicles with special needs) is limited by Pass (Only) issued by Stadium Management.

Parking restrictions will be put in place at/near the Stadium and Vehicles found in breach will be impounded. Penalty €125.00 p-ayment before release. The same applies to vehicles parked in bus lanes/ cycle lanes Prosecutions in Court may arise also.

The Garda advice to all patrons attending this event on 4th.June, 2011 is to use bus/mini bus, private hire or share transport to this event. Arrive early and avail of street/multi- storey parking in the city centre area. Patrons can either walk out to the Stadium – 15/20 minute walk or avail of the Public Bus or any Taxi/PSV vehicle service. Patrons heeding of this advice are likely to avoid delays in travelling home after event.

Reduce the risk of theft or interference with property and do not leave any bags/mobile phones or other valuables in vehicles


Do not park illegally – your actions may have consequences for Emergency Vehicle Access or damage local amenities

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record

Kerry Limerick
2011 Team Management Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada – Manager),
Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys – Physical coach), Donie Buckley (Castleisland Desmonds – Coach),
Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks – Selector), Diarmuid Murphy (Daingean Uí Chúis – Selector)
Maurice Horan
(Na Piarsaigh – Manager), 

Ephie Fitzgerald (Coach/Selector)

Joe Lee
(Newcastlewest – Selector)

2011 Team Captain Colm Cooper
(Dr. Crokes)
Barry Fitzpatrick
2010 Championship Performance Won the Munster Final with victories over Tipperary, Cork (after a replay) and Limerick. Lost to Down in the All-Ireland Senior Football Quarter-Final. Qualified for the Munster Final with a 1-17 to 1-8 victory over Waterford. Lost to Kerry by 1-17 to 1-14 in the Munster Final. Lost to Cork by 0-16 to 1-11 after extra time in the All-Ireland Qualifiers
Number of Munster Senior Football titles 73 1
Last Munster Senior Football Title 2010 1896
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 30
Won – 21
Lost – 4
Drawn – 5
Played – 21
Won – 9
Lost – 11
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship July 4th 2010 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney – Kerry 1-17 Limerick 1-14 (Munster Final) – Limerick led by 3 points at the interval before Kerry scored 1-7 without reply to take the lead. Limerick came back to level but 3 late Kerry points saw them secure their 73rd Munster crown.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2011

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday May 22nd

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney    Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11

@ Pairc Uí Chaoimh                       Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11

Saturday June 4th (Replay date – June 11th)

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick v Kerry 6:45pm

Sunday June 5th (Replay date – June 11th)

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                       Waterford v Cork 3:30pm



Sunday July 3rd (Replay date – July 9th)

2:00pm throw-in

2011 Munster Senior Football Championship Matches played to date

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11 – May 22nd @ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Quarter-Final)

Kerry: B Kealy; K Young, M Ó Sé, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; S Scanlon, B Sheehan; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary.
Subs: M Quirke for S Scanlon (26 – blood); P Galvin for K O’Leary (53); BJ Keane for Darran O’Sullivan (60); D Bohan for A O’Mahony (63); S Enright for T O’Sullivan (63); A O’Connell for E Brosnan (69)

Tipperary: M O’Donnell; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; C Dillon, L Egan, C Aylward; G Hannigan, B Jones; B Fox, P Austen, H Coghlan; C Sweeney, S Grogan, B Grogan.
Subs: B Mulvihill for S Grogan (43); P Acheson for C Sweeney (56); J Cagney for B Jones (66); S Hahessy for P Austin (70);

Referee: Maurice Condon (Waterford)

Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11 – May 22nd @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final)

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, J O’Sullivan; G Canty, N O’Leary, D O’Sullivan; A O’Connor, A Walsh; C Sheehan, P Kelly, P O’Neill; D Goulding, D O’Connor, D Goold.
Subs used: P Kerrigan for Goold (47 mins), P Kissane for Shields, F Lynch for Kelly (both 62), N Murphy for Walsh (65), J Miskella for O’Sullivan (66)

Clare: Joe Hayes; K Hartnett, B Duggan, L Healy; John Hayes, G Kelly, M McMahon; N Browne, G Brennan; G Kelly, D Tubridy, C O’Connor; A Clohessy, D O’Neill, R Donnelly
Subs used: S Brennan for O’Connor, S McNeiles for John Hayes (both half-time), J Dowling for O’Neill (70 mins).

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Football Championship

Daniel Goulding (Cork) – 0-8 (0-6 frees)
Donnacha O’Connor (Cork) – 1-4 (0-2 frees)

Bryan Sheehan (Kerry) – 2-1 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free)
Colm Cooper (Kerry) – 0-5 (0-2 frees)

Rory Donnelly (Clare) – 0-5
Ciaran Sheehan (Cork) – 0-4

Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 0-3

Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 0-3

Barry Grogan (Tipperary) – 0-3 (0-2 frees)
David Tubridy (Clare) – 0-3 (0-1 free)
Conor Sweeney (Tipperary) 0-2 (0-1 free)
Philip Austin (Tipperary) – 0-2
Gary Brennan (Clare) – 0-2

Michael Shields (Cork), Alan O’Connor (Cork), Aidan Walsh (Cork), Pearse O’Neill (Cork), Paul Kerrigan (Cork), John Miskella (Cork), Kieran O’Leary (Kerry), Eoin Brosnan (Kerry), Aidan O’Mahony (Kerry), Donnacha Walsh (Kerry), Brian Fox (Tipperary), George Hannigan (Tipperary), Brian Mulvihill (Tipperary), Peter Acheson (Tipperary), Alan Clohessy (Clare)  – 0-1 each

FOOTBALL – Odds and Ends

Allianz Football League Division 1 champions Cork proved that points win games, not goals. The Rebels scored just 6 goals in 8 matches in the League (compared to 18 goals for League runners-up Dublin). However, a contribution of 131 points (average of 16+ per game) proved sufficient to retain their League title.

Kerry conceded just 5 goals in Allianz Football League Division 1 action (Dublin 3, Armagh and Down 1 each).

There has been a 33% increase in the number of scores in each of the last 3 Munster Senior Football Championships – 2008 (21 scores per game), 2009 (24 scores per game), 2010 (28 scores per game).

Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford have played a combined 17 competitive away matches in 2011 and won 3. Clare, Tipperary and Waterford have away games in their first Munster Championship matches.

Kerry’s only competitive defeats of 2011 to date have come against Allianz Football League Division 1 finalists Cork and Dublin – losing by 1 point on both occasions.

Clare joined Dublin as the only counties in the Allianz Football League to score 10 goals more than they conceded during the League rounds. Clare scored 13 goals (5 each against London and Kilkenny) and conceded 3.

Since 2000, Limerick have won 2 home games in the Munster Senior Football Championship – against Waterford in 2004 (1-18 to 0-7) and against Clare in 2006 (2-5 to 0-8).

Cork’s Daniel Goulding was the 3rd top scorer in the 2010 Provincial and All-Ireland Senior Football Championships, scoring 1-43 to lie behind John Doyle (Kildare) and Bernard Brogan (Dublin) in the top scorer charts.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (73) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010

Cork (36) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009

Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935

Clare (2) – 1917, 1992

Waterford (1) – 1898

Limerick (1) – 1896

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 –

Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 36, 14 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.


June 4, 2011
6:45 pm - 8:45 pm

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