Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 Hurling Final – Clare v Waterford

Clare defeated Waterford by 2-17 to 2-12 in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 Hurling Championship Final on Wednesday in Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Honan fires Banner to glory

Clare 2-17 Waterford 2-12

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, July 30, 2009

IT HAS been a year filled with shattering lows for Clare hurling, but last night in Fraher Field Dungarvan their fortunes enjoyed a soaring high. After a compelling Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21HC final, Clare swept to a famous five-point success as they atoned in style for the harrowing nature of their failure at this stage 12 months ago. The U21 hurling grade has provided a series of traumatic tales for Clare but this victory ensured their name will finally be inscribed on the Munster roll of honour. The effects of that achievement could be accurately gauged by the raucous post-match celebrations when captain Ciaran O’Doherty hoisted the trophy into the air from the podium.

It was a match that was feverishly anticipated and 6,635 souls filed into the ground. They were served up with 60 minutes of cracking fare as the sides battled for dominance before Clare made the critical push for the line in the closing stages. The strike that sealed their win was a glorious one. The prospects of a replay were starting to circulate in the 58th minute as Clare lead 1-16 to 2-12 with Waterford pushing hard for a levelling score. Clare wing-back Domhnall O’Donovan executed a relieving clearance from the defence towards the right wing for the tall figure of Darach Honan to chase. The simple option seemed to be to attempt a point, yet Honan went for broke and slalomed his way past the despairing Waterford defence before unleashing a rocket to the net. That stunning goal shoved Clare four points ahead and when Cormac O’Donovan clipped over a point soon after, a historic win was assured. Waterford rained high balls down on the Clare goalmouth late on but a defence – in which Eamon Glynn and Ciaran O’Doherty were in supreme form throughout – were never going to submit the scores Waterford needed.

Yet Clare endured plenty of testing moments in this game. In the opening stages they looked nervous and struggled to get to the pace of the match, as Waterford, backed by their home following, hurled with confidence. Maurice Shanahan began imposingly as he fired over two quick points, while Phillip Mahony and Stephen Daniels gave them a firm foothold in defence. Thomas Ryan was in electric form close to goal and he smashed a splendid strike to the net in the 13th minute, after a perceptive long ball by midfielder Karl Duggan. That left Waterford 1-3 to 0-3 ahead and in fine fettle. But Clare settled admirably. Accurate free-taking helped their bid for recovery, Nicky O’Connell diligently taking care of the long-range duties and Colin Ryan, who was tenaciously marshalled by senior defender Noel Connors, providing expert marksmanship closer to goal. In addition, the Clare management astutely switched Ciaran O’Doherty across to police Thomas Ryan and he nullified that threat successfully for the rest of the game.

Clare began to cope better with the congested nature of the middle third play and the ferocious pressure that Waterford were placing on them. By the 25th minute it was a level game 1-4 to 0-7, and then they stitched together a handsome run of scores before the break with Darach Honan prospering from a move to full-forward. Clare entered the interval with enhanced prospects as they led 0-11 to 1-4, and after the break they powered on again. Caimin Morey clipped over an early point and then Morey challenged around the Waterford square to break possession for Honan, and the Clonlara youngster deftly scooped his shot to the net. 1-12 to 1-5 was indicative of the supremacy that Clare held and Waterford’s hopes looked seriously dented.

BUT the Déise camp never hoisted the white flag. David O’Sullivan had a storming second half in defence, Shanahan’s long-range free taking was marvellous and Shane Casey burst into the match from open play. By the 44th minute they had pared Clare’s lead to 1-14 to 1-10, before Casey skilfully batted a shot to the net after a flowing team move. A point soon after by substitute John Gorman tied the match and the impetus lay with Waterford. It was then Clare firmly asserted their rights to success. They never panicked and refused to let Waterford creep into the ascendancy on the scoreboard. Cormac O’Donovan landed a mighty score from play and Ryan chipped in with a crucial free. Thomas Ryan arced over a sideline at the other end to leave Waterford trailing by one, but any thoughts of a replay were smashed by Honan’s sublime intervention.

Scorers: Clare: D Honan 2-2, C Ryan 0-7 (0-4f), N O’Connell (0-3f), C O’Donovan 0-3 each, C Morey, J Conlon 0-1 each.

Waterford: M Shanahan 0-6 (0-5f), S Casey 1-3, T Ryan 1-1 (0-1 sideline), A Power (0-1f), J Gorman 0-1 each.

CLARE: D Tuohy; J Gunning, E Glynn, C O’Doherty; D O’Donovan, C Duggan, E Barrett; N O’Connell, L Markham; J Conlon, S Collins, C O’Donovan; D Honan, C Morey, C Ryan. Subs: C Tierney for Collins (half-time), P O’Connor for Duggan (half-time), C McGrath for Markham (56).

WATERFORD: A Power; N Connors, S Fives, J Maher; P Mahony, S Daniels, D O’Sullivan; S Walsh, K Duggan; T Connors, P Murray, M Shanahan; B O’Sullivan, S Casey, T Ryan. Subs: J Gorman for Maher (inj) (34), S Power for B O’Sullivan (51), D Twomey for Connors (60).

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork).

Honan strikes twice for Clare’s first title

From the Irish Times newspaper

MUNSTER UNDER-21 HC FINAL : IT’S BEEN a bleak season for Clare, but last night in Fraher Field, Dungarvan, their fortunes at last enjoyed an upward swing.

Twelve months after their heartbreaking defeat to Tipperary at the same stage, Clare enjoyed a famous win over Waterford in an engrossing clash. The riotous post-match scenes illustrated how much this meant to the Clare faithful, yet not until the closing stages of the game could they relax, safe in the knowledge success was secured. The decisive incident arrived in the 58th minute with Clare leading 1-16 to 2-12. Wing-back Domhnall O’Donovan dispatched a long ball to the right wing where Darach Honan raced out to collect it. Honan turned and slalomed towards goal, shaking off the challenges of the defence before rocketing a shot past Adrian Power to the roof of the net.

It was a magnificent strike, and a fine point straight after by Cormac O’Donovan gave Clare an ultimately unassailable 2-17 to 2-12 lead. Waterford mounted a series of late attacks but Clare’s defence, who possessed outstanding contributors in Eamonn Glynn and Ciarán O’Doherty, were impenetrable. Waterford had enjoyed the brighter start. They hurled with the greater authority and adjusted the tempo of the match with greater ease. By the 13th minute they led 1-3 to 0-3, yet was an advantage that could easily have been embellished. Thomas Ryan, lightning quick in attack, spurned a gilt-edged goal chance in the eighth minute but made amends five minutes later when he flashed a fine drive to the net.

Clare were a nervy bunch in those opening stages yet they improved considerably as the half progressed. Colin Ryan and Nicky O’Connell were assured in their free-taking and those scores steadied the ship sufficiently to bring them back level, 1-4 to 0-7, by the 22nd minute. Two minutes after the break Honan pounced on a breaking ball to whip a shot to the net. That sent Clare seven points clear and the pendulum had swung firmly in their direction. But Waterford regrouped. They had trimmed the margin down to four, 1-14 to 1-10, by the 45th minute when Casey finished a flowing team move by striking sweetly to the net. But Clare surged to the finish line. Colin Ryan and Cormac O’Donovan pushed them two ahead, then the Banner pounced for the match winner soon after from Honan.

CLARE : D Tuohy; J Gunning, E Glynn, C O’Doherty; D O’Donovan, C Duggan, E Barrett; N O’Connell (0-3, frees), L Markham; J Conlon (0-1), S Collins, C O’Donovan (0-3); D Honan (2-2), C Morey (0-1), C Ryan (0-7, four frees). Subs: C Tierney for Collins, P O’Connor for Duggan (both half-time), C McGrath for Markham (56 mins).

WATERFORD : A Power (0-1, free); N Connors, S Fives, J Maher; P Mahony, S Daniels, D O’Sullivan; S Walsh, K Duggan; T Connors, P Murray, M Shanahan (0-6, five frees); B O’Sullivan, S Casey (1-3), T Ryan (1-1, 0-1 sideline). Subs: J Gorman (0-1) for Maher (inj, 34 mins), S Power for B O’Sullivan (51 mins), D Twomey for Connors (60 mins).

Referee : Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)

Munster under 21 hurling final

By Michael O’Connor

When Clare GAA followers sit down to recall the year 2009 only one day and time will be considered. Dungarvan 29/7/09 and 9pm the time when 45 years of near misses, close calls and near defeats were swept away as Ciaran O Doherty led Clare to their first ever munster under 21 hurling championship. Should Clare go further in the championship is possible but never forgotten will be the evening beside the sea in Dungarvan.
Redemption day for 2008. The question marks lingered over the real value of the Clare win over limerick in the semi final and the real ability of the decies in their shock but good value win over Tipperary. The tears shed in Cusack park exactly one year previous were to act as a positive motivator in the Clare dressingroom in a quiet way and in the final ten minutes when the game would be in the melting pot. For Waterford the underage scene has taken an upward turn with success at minor and qualification for this decider. 1972, 1974 and 1992 were the three previous occasions when the decies and Clare met at this stage with success and indeed Waterford’s only titles coming in these trio of finals.

A prematch fitness test was initiated for the benefit of Cian Dillon but patently was unable to carry out even the most menial of tests. Clare started with the side that secured the easiest of wins over Limerick whilst Waterford did likewise. The hunt for tickets had haunted the loyal hurling followers ended with plenty for all involved. Waterford won the toss and elected to play from the town goal. The opening seconds saw a free awarded and pointed by Maurice Shanahan to settle decies nerves. He added to this from free within a minute as Clare forwards found no space from the first puck out.

The first scoring chance fell to Colin Ryan after John Conlon won a free which he duly converted. Sean Collins lost good possession and the clearance went to Shane Casey whose rising effort skimmed the crossbar. Both sides had their first wides soon after with Shane Casey and Nicky O Connell off target as the Clare goal lived a charmed life. Clare had their next score when a brilliant ball from Enda Barrett found Colin Ryan who made no mistake after 6 minutes. Thomas Ryan found himself clean through but when trying to place the ball sent it inches wide. Whilst Waterford had pace on the Clare backs they overcarried in the ball looking for goals when points were an option. One such attack broke down and the ball went to Honan who won a free pointed by Ryan to level the game after ten minutes at (0-3) apiece. Nicky O Connell moved to centre back as Duggan went to midfield with Barrett to centrefield.

The goal that was threatening came when a long ball was sent in by Karl Duggan to Ryan at the third time of asking he made to mistake. Clare responded with a Nicky O Connell free to leave just two points in the game at the end of the first quarter. Clare were just hanging in hoping for a reprieve from the determined smart Waterford play. Tommy Ryan, once again won the ball and gave it to Shanahan who won a free he duly converted to restore the goal lead after 18 minutes. again Clare were kept in the game through scores from placed balls by Nicky O Connell and he added another on 20 minutes. the necessary move of Cormac O Donovan to centre forward worked the oracle with his first score and when Colin Ryan hit the equaliser the omens appeared for once after 46 attempts to favour Clare in this grade. Ciaran O Doherty entered the referee’s notebook as Maurice Shanahan’s sent over the lead point for the Decies after 26 minutes. A powerful score by Darach Honan tied up the game within a minute. Nicky O Connell, one of 5 Clonlara men on the panel sent over the lead point for Clare in the 27th minute and when Colin Ryan stretched the lead to two and Honan to three the Clare support were gathering full power in the long suffering voices. At the break Clare led by 3 and within two minutes of the restart were seven clear thanks to a Caiman Morey point and a goal from Honan to go (1-12) to (1-5) clear. Maurice Shanahan hit back with two frees by the 36th minute. The descending sunlight was now in the faces of Donal Touhy’s men as Waterford had settled from the early second half set back.

Donal Touhy was forced to make a smart body block from Tommy Ryan before Shane Casey narrowed the deficit to four points after 38 minutes. Adrian Power once more struck over a long range trademark free as Clare’s lead was now down to a goal. John Conlon and Conor Tierney combined to set up Colin Ryan for a valuable score in the 41st minute as Clare were now (1-13) to (1-9) ahead. A huge catch under the crossbar from Touhy was cleared to Conlon his second cousin who scored a trademark score before Shane Casey hit back with 16 minutes to act out. The game was in teh melting pot when pace once again caught out Clare as Shane Casey finished off a four man move to leave just the minimum between the sides, (2-10) to (1-14) at the end of the third quarter. Waterford hit a number of bad wides in both halves that were hampering their scoring potential. The equaliser came in the 48th minute with substitute John O Gorman on target from 45 yards. Within seconds Clare were back in the lead as Cormac O Donovan set up by Conlon made no mistake in the 50th minute.

The attendance of 6,635 saw the Clare lead stretch to two seconds later when Ryan converted another free to leave the visitors (1-16) to (2-11) ahead. A super sideline cut by Tommy Ryan left the minimum between the sides with seven minutes to go. A long range free by O Connell forced a 65 by Conlon that Ryan sent wide. The Clare attendance estimated to be 2500 but will be swelled by folklore to 25000 in the years to come were stunned by the brilliant goal by Darach Honan. Seconds later his clubmate Cormac ODonovan rounded off the scoring with the final score of the game. Seconds later time was suspended, supporters jumped over whatever man made barriers were put in their way and for an hour after Clare people , milled happily in Dungarvan thankful that this day occurred.

Clare best on the day were John Conlon who when matters were in the melting pot won every ball that came his way. His four clubmates especially Darach Honan were capable deputies whilst Eamonn Glynn was a titan at full back. For Donal Touhy who made a number of crucial stops and catches he was the one man for whom Clare hurling means so much and deserved this success. All others involved carried their corners with style when it was most needed and on a Clare day. Waterford had chances that they spurned in both halves and had they led by 6 points few Clare supporters could have little argument. Best for the vanquished were the excellent Tommy Ryan who could have with good fortune ended with (3-3. He was aided well by Shane Casey, Adrian Power, Shane Daniels, Karl Duggan, Shane Walsh, Philip Mahony, Shane Fives and Maurice Shanahan from frees.




After the game Chairman of the munster council Jimmy O Gorman presented the munster under 21 hurling cup to a proud Clareman Ciaran O Doherty.

Team News

WATERFORD: A Power; J Maher, S Fives, N Connors; P Mahony, S Daniels, D O’Sullivan; S Walsh, K Duggan; T Connors, P Murray, M Shanahan; B O’Sullivan, S Casey, T Ryan.

CLARE: D Tuohy; J Gunning, E Glynn, C O’Doherty; D O’Donovan, C Duggan, E Barrett; N O’Connell, L Markham; J Conlon, S Collins, C O’Donovan; D Honan, C Morey, C Ryan

Munster Under 21 Championship

2009 Munster Under 21 Championship Fixtures / Results

Roll of Honour

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Roll of Honour

All-Ireland SHC Q-Final – Waterford v Galway

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

Waterford defeated Galway by 1-16 to 0-18 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Dream lives on for Déise

Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, July 27, 2009

NO recriminations or no excuses,” said Galway manager John McIntyre after this All-Ireland quarter-final loss in Semple Stadium yesterday. “It was there for us, we let it slip, and that will torment the team management and the players for some time to come.” He’s an honest, straight-talking guy, is John McIntyre, and in this, he was absolutely spot on. Tormented Galway will be, no doubt about that, but what excuse can there be when you’re beaten by a better team on the day? Oh there will be recriminations in the City of the Tribes, but not from within this squad, because McIntyre knows – though they failed to protect a six-point final-quarter lead yesterday, Galway were beaten in the end by a Waterford team of magnificent character, a team that simply refuses to die.

Waterford, had been expected to fade away after their All-Ireland final shellacking by Kilkenny last September. But under the promptings of manager Davy Fitzgerald they dug themselves out of that hole, had a half-decent league campaign before struggling to get past Limerick in the Munster semi-final and losing to Tipperary in the final. Twenty minutes to go yesterday and Waterford looked dead and buried and the eulogies were being prepared for guys like man-of-the-match Tony Browne, who again hurled himself to a standstill. 0-16 to 0-10 it was at that stage, Galway in the driving-seat after a five points to one scoring burst that had seen them negate a threatened Waterford comeback immediately after the break. As they had been in their previous three championship matches, three powerful performances against Kilkenny Clare and Cork respectively, Galway were hugely impressive in building up that lead with total commitment from one end of the field to the other.

John Mullane, scoring star of the year to date – and not just for Waterford – came in for particular attention. Mullane started on the edge of the square, a tactical move to test the suspect pace of stand-in Galway full-back Eugene McEntee, but that didn’t work out, and soon the flying De La Salle man was back in his more usual spot, the right corner. There, however, he ran into the buzz-saw that is Ollie Canning and was eventually forced to forage further out the field, at wing-forward. A dozen points Eoin Kelly notched for Waterford in this game, but five of those were from frees won by the flying Mullane, and he also set up another, for Seamus Prendergast. It was risk management, by Galway, conceding those frees, and for most of this game it worked a treat. Four points they led by at the break, 0-11 to 0-7, Joe Canning again doing the bulk of their scoring with six, wing-forwards Aongus Callanan (2) and Andy Smith (1) on target while Kelly had five from placed balls for the Déise. Could have been more of a lead, had Galway capitalised on a couple of goal opportunities, six wides also hurting their cause. Still, at that stage they were looking good for the win.

A couple of early points after the restart, from Kevin Moran and Eoin Kelly, gave Waterford hope, but again Galway pressed, and again it paid dividends. Three points from Joe Canning, one each from Damien Hayes and Ger Farragher, to yet another from the unerring stick of Kelly, had Galway back in control – or so it seemed – in the 50th minute, 0-16 to 0-10. There it stayed for another seven minutes, until Waterford – inspired by the introduction of the Shanahan brothers Maurice and Dan – again fought back, and four points, all from placed balls by Kelly, made it a two-point game with only five minutes remaining. Showing great resolve, Galway again stretched it out to four with points from sub Joe Gantley and Damien Hayes. But showing even greater resolve Waterford came back. Another sub was introduced, dual star Shane Walsh from Fourmilewater, and after Big Dan had used his height and weight advantage to grab a high centre, a perfect layoff to Shane was hit perfectly on the turn and the game had its only goal. We were now at 0-18 to 1-14 with two minutes of regulation time remaining plus two of added time. The tide was now turned, and Waterford were riding high. Eoin Kelly, with his 12th point, his 11th free, tied it up in the 71st minute and then came the winner.

Fittingly it fell to Mullane; a huge ground-devouring burst out of defence by Declan Prendergast, pass, an authoritative shot on the run from 65m – what a way to win an All-Ireland quarter-final! Galway had a last chance, a left-sided shot under huge pressure from wide left by Joe Canning, but it flashed across the posts. So, still very much alive, this Waterford team, but how much of a kick is left in them? Two weeks now to ready themselves for Kilkenny, again, though the word is that talisman Ken McGrath should be ready for that one. What odds on them now, however? 3/1 against yesterday, they made nonsense of that – how much life can still be left in this team?

Scorers for Waterford: E. Kelly 0-12 (0-11 frees); S. Walsh 1-0; K. Moran 0-2; J. Mullane, S. Prendergast, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: J. Canning 0-9 (0-5 frees, 0-1 65); D. Hayes 0-3; A. Callanan 0-2; G. Farragher 0-2; J. Gantley, A. Smith, 0-1 each.

Subs for Waterford: M. Shanahan (Nagle 45); S. Walsh (Casey 55); D. Shanahan (Moran 65).

Subs for Galway: J. Gantley (Healy 56); K. Hayes (Donnellan 61); A. Kerins (Smith 70).

Referee: D. Kirwan (Cork)
Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18

Report from the web site

Sunday, 26 July 2009 19:08

Waterford staged an amazing second-half comeback to snatch victory from Galway thanks to a John Mullane point a minute from time. There could not have been a more dramatic finish at Semple Stadium as Waterford set up a semi-final meeting with All-Ireland champions Kilkenny on 9 August. Galway looked to be cruising when they led by six points after 57 minutes of this quarter-final clash, but Déise boss Davy Fitzgerald made three key substitutions, bringing on the Shanahan brothers, Dan and Maurice, and Shane Walsh. And all three played major roles in the win which gives Fitzgerald’s men a chance to gain revenge on Kilkenny for last year’s final hammering at Croke Park. Dan Shanahan missed a goal chance but two minutes from the end, he set up Shane Walsh for a cracking goal which levelled this Thurles tie. And in the decisive play in injury-time, John Mullane scored his only point to earn a famous win against a Galway side for whom Joe Canning scored nine points – one kicked effort and the rest from placed balls. But crucially Canning fluffed a last-second chance to force extra-time when he shot wide.

At the end of a disappointing first half, the Tribesmen, recent conquerors of Cork, were four points in front (0-11 to 0-07) after dominating most of the exchanges. The highlight of the half was a kicked point by Joe Canning who also scored three points from frees and one from a sideline cut. Aonghus Callanan scored two points from play and Damien Hayes and Ger Farragher had the other two points. Waterford never got going in the opening 35 minutes and five of their points came from frees by Eoin Kelly, with Kevin Moran and Seamus Prendergast getting their only scores from play.

Both sides were unhappy with decisions by the umpires and the most controversial came with a last-second ruling wide of a doubled effort from Kelly. Backed by the breeze in the second half, Waterford began at pace and Kinvara clubman Colm Callanan made a superb save to deny Mullane a goal. But points by Kevin Moran and another Kelly free cut the deficit to two points. A pointed free by Canning settled Galway and a well-taken point by Damien Hayes restored their four-point advantage, before Canning (free) and Ger Farragher had John McIntyre’s side six in front. Eoin Kelly and Canning swapped points before Kelly had four in a row, three of them from frees, to set up a tremendously tense finale. Galway went two points in front again before Dan Shanahan plucked a high ball down and pass to the right for Walsh to bat right-handed past Callanan and into the back of the net. That priceless goal was followed by a pointed free by Kelly and with a defiant Waterford inspired by their on-field captain Stephen Molumphy, they pounced for the all-important winner when Mullane ended his scoreless streak.

Scorers: Waterford, E Kelly, 0-12, (0-11f), S Walsh, 1-0, K Moran, 0-2, S Prendergast and J Mullane, 0-1 each.

Galway: J Canning, 0-9 (0-5f, 1 ’65’), D Hayes, 0-3, G Farragher and A Callinan, 0-2 each, J Gantley, and A Smith, 0-1, each

Waterford: C Hennessy; E Murphy, D Prendergast, N Connors; T Browne, M Walsh, A Kearney; K Moran, S O’Sullivan; J Nagle, S Prendergast, S Molumphy (capt); J Mullane, E Kelly, S Casey.
Subs used: M Shanahan for Nagle, 44, S walsh for Casey, 54, D Shanahan for Moran, 63.

Galway: C Callanan; D Joyce, E McEntee, O Canning (capt); F Moore, J Lee, E Lynch; G Farragher, K Hynes; A Callanan, C Donnellan, A Smith; D Hayes, J Canning, N Healy.
Subs used: J Gantley for Healy, 55, K Hayes for Donnellan, 60 mins

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan, (Cork)

Team News

WATERFORD (SH v Galway) — C Hennessy; E Murphy, D Prendergast, N Connors; T Browne, M Walsh, A Kearney; K Moran, S O’Sullivan; J Nagle, S Prendergast, S Molumphy; J Mullane, E Kelly, S Casey.

Galway (SH v Waterford) –

1 Colm Callanan

2 Damien Joyce

3 Eugene McEntee

4 Ollie Canning Capt

5 Fergal Moore

6 John Lee

7 Eoin Lynch

8 Ger Farragher

9 Kevin Hynes

10 Aonghus Callanan

11 Cyril Donnellan

12 Andy Smith

13 Damien Hayes

14 Joe Canning

15 Niall Healy

Match Preview

They have met eight times in the championship and Galway are still looking for their first victory over their Munster rivals. Waterford have won eight times, often by large margins. Their last clash was in 2006 when Waterford won a qualifier tie in Walsh Park. That was very close (1-25 to 2-20) unlike many of their previous clashes. Despite the championship history books, Galway will be encouraged by their win over Waterford in the National League last March when they won by 1-21 to 2-12. Joe Canning (0-9) and Cyril Donnellan 1-2 were Galway’s top scorers while Eoin Kelly scored 2-7 for Waterford.

All-Ireland SHC Q-Final – Limerick v Dublin

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

Limerick defeated Dublin by 2-18 to 1-17 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Limerick fight on as Dublin adventure ends

Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17

By Jim O’Sullivan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, July 27, 2009

IRRESPECTIVE of how it was accomplished, Limerick qualifying for the All-Ireland hurling semi-final after a topsy-turvy campaign was a notable achievement for Justin McCarthy and his players in Thurles yesterday. Courageous and skilful Dublin looked more than capable of victory for a long time but on the day, they were not destined to succeed under the inspired management of Anthony Daly. Ultimately, what decided a cracking contest was a strengthening Limerick challenge which was given an overdue boost by James Ryan’s long-range score in 60th minute which broke the deadlock after the teams had been level for the fifth time. And, while the outcome was to remain uncertain, Limerick opening up a gap with three superb scores from man-of-the-match Gavin O’Mahony put them in a virtually unassailable position with the clock running down.

With questions about their capability being fuelled by uncertain displays against Wexford and Laois, Limerick went into the game under a cloud. And, just as they had the previous week, they got off to a slow start, with Dublin corner-forward Liam Rushe putting the ball in the net almost from the throw-in. Notably, however, after conceding too quick scores – the second from a splendid sideline shot by midfielder Alan McCrabbe – it didn’t take them as long this time to bounce back. O’Mahony put over two points and full-forward Paudie McNamara goaled in the 15th minute. Helped to settle by stronger play in defence – with Damien Reale first to show up well in the right corner and team captain Mark Foley once more highly influential – Limerick became more vigorous in tackling and overall were more competitive. Continuing pressure from Dublin saw them make openings regularly and win frees from which McCrabbe made the most, as well as doing best at midfield until O’Mahony and Donal O’Grady found their form.

The net effect was that the game was delicately balanced with scores level a second time in the 22nd minute. Yet, Dublin were more threatening in attack, with Rushe, David O’Callaghan and David Treacy forming a strong full-forward trio. And, at the other end, the stability in defence was emphasised by a vital save by goalkeeper Gary Maguire when he denied Paudie McNamara a certain goal in the 25th minute. Nearing half-time Dublin enjoyed a three-point advantage, but Limerick were given a lifeline when Brian Murray converted a questionable 34th penalty awarded to Paul Browne to leave the interval score 1-10 to 2-7.

There was little change in the trend of the game on the resumption, with McCrabbe regaining the lead for Dublin from a free. Having trailed five times by a point until a Breen score brought the sides level for a fourth time in the 54th minute, Limerick started to dominate in defence. Stephen Lucey was stronger at full-back, Foley (now on the right), made a lot of clearances and Brian Geary was seen to best effect. But, the biggest contribution came from Seamus Hickey at left half, reserving his best form for the end. Dublin remained in contention thanks to the stubborn play of Joe Boland and captain Stephen Hiney in defence, the reliability of McCrabbe and the probing play of Rushe and O’Callaghan at the heart of their attack. However, their backs were to the wall after an O’Shaughnessy free brought Limerick level and James Ryan’s score gave them the lead for the first time.

Psychologically, that marked a breakthrough and in the concluding 10 minutes the combination of errors and inexperience proved costly for Dublin. The cumulative effect was to see them limited to a single point in the last 13 minutes and deprived at the death of a possible goal when Murray stopped a low ball from substitute Kevin Flynn. By then, Limerick had opened up a four-point gap thanks to Gavin O’Mahony’s accuracy. Considering how difficult Dublin made it for them to get scores all day, it was an impressive feat and fully deserving of a semi-final spot against Tipperary.

Scorers for Limerick: G O’Mahony 0-8 (5f, 2 sidelines, 1‘65’); A, O’Shaughnessy 0-5 (5f); J Ryan 0-4; P McNamara, B Murray (pen) 1-0 each; D Breen 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: A McCrabbe 0-8 (7f, 1 sideline); L Rushe 1-0; D O’Callaghan 0-2; D Sweeney, L Ryan, D Treacy, M Carton, S Hiney (f), S Durkan & R O’Carroll 0-1 each.

Subs for Limerick: O Moran for W McNamara, 31; J O’Brien for Browne, 46; D Ryan for O’Shaughnessy, 72.

Subs for Dublin: S Durkan for McCaffrey, 29; K Flynn for Ryan, 49; P Carton for O’Carroll, 55; S Lambert for Sweeney, 60.

Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford)
Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17

Report from the web site

Sunday, 26 July 2009 19:54

A superb display by Gavin O’Mahoney inspired Limerick to victory against a gallant Dublin at Thurles. O’Mahoney scored eight points, including the last three of an enthralling contest in which the sides were level at the interval thanks to a penalty with the last strike of the half for Limerick’s second goal. Dublin got off to a whirlwind start with a first-minute goal by Liam Rushe following a long-range free, which bounced in front of Limerick goalkeeper Brian Murray and Rushe got the vital touch. Alan McCrabbe scored eight points for Dublin whose lack of experience at this level told in the second half when they had a number of needless wides.

It took Limerick until the 60th minute to lead for the first time. Dublin had a dream start when Liam Rushe goaled inside 30 seconds following a long-range free from Alan McCrabbe. David Sweeney put over a superbly taken point and when Alan McCrabbe had a marvelous point from a sideline, Dublin led 1-3 to a single point for Limerick, a free by Gavin O’Mahoney. O’Mahoney pointed a second free, which was countered by a glorious point by Liam Ryan for Dublin. A third free by O’Mahoney kept Limerick in touch but Dublin continued to dominate and David Treacy put over a sweetly struck point to make it 1-5 to 0-3.

But a glorious two-minute spell for Limerick saw Paudie McNamara make a great catch from Tomas Brady and McNamara raced through to beat Garry Maguire and within a minute, James Ryan scored a point and the sides were level after seventeen minutes with yet another O’Mahony free. Dublin edged back in front with David O’Callaghan’s point, which was cancelled out by a free from Andrew O’Shaughnessy. A superb point from 65 yards by Michael Carton gave Dublin new confidence and goalkeeper Maguire made a marvelous save to deny McNamara a second Limerick goal.

McCrabbe, free, and James Ryan exchanged points before McCrabbe and substitute Shane Durcan had Dublin three points clear again. Just on half time the game took a dramatic turn. As Paul Browne bore down on the Dublin goal, he was deemed to have been hauled down and the Limerick goalkeeper cracked the penalty to the net to make it level, Limerick 2-7, Dublin 1-10 at the interval. Dublin also started the second half in style and had two points inside three minutes from McCrabbe and Stephen Hiney.

O’Mahoney’s sideline point for Limerick was cancelled out by a superb point by Ross O’Carroll and then James Ryan and McCrabbe swapped points. Andrew O’Shaughnessy, free, and David O’Callaghan exchanged points as the tempo stepped up. Limerick hit the front for the first time on the hour mark but fittingly, it was man of the match Gavin O’Mahony who turned the screw on Dublin with the last three points, a 65, a sideline and a free, to put an end to a gallant run by the Dubs.

Scorers: Limerick: G O’Mahoney, 0-8 (5 f, 2 sidelines, 1 65), A O’Shaughnessy, 0-5 (5f), J Ryan, 0-4, P McNamara, 1-1, B Murray, 1-0.

Dublin: A McCrabbe, 0-8, (7f, 1 sideline), L Rushe, 1-0, D O’Callaghan, 0-2, S Hiney, M Carton, R O’Carroll, L Ryan, D Sweeney, D Treacy, S Durcan, 0-1 each

Dublin: G Maguire; N Corcoran, T Brady, S Hiney (capt); M O’Brien, J Boland, M Carton; J McCaffrey, A McCrabbe; R O’Carroll, L Ryan, D Sweeney; D O’Callaghan, L Rushe, D Treacy.

Subs used: S Durcan for McCaffrey, 28, K Flynn for Ryan, 49, P Carton for O’Carroll, 55.

Limerick: B Murray; D Reale, S Lucey, M O’Riordan; G O’Mahony, B Geary, M Foley (capt); D O’Grady, S Hickey; J Ryan, D Breen, W McNamara; A O’Shaughnessy, P McNamara.

Subs used: O Moran for W McNamara, 31 mins

Referee, Michael Wadding (Waterford)

Team News

LIMERICK (SH v Dublin) — B Murray; D Reale, S Lucey, M O’Riordan; G O’Mahoney, B Geary, M Foley; D O’Grady, S Hickey; J Ryan, D Breen, W McNamara; A O’Shaughnessy, P McNamara, P Browne

DUBLIN (SH v Limerick) –

1 Gary Maguire

2 Niall Corcoran

3 Tomás Brady

4 Stephen Hiney

5 Maurice O’Brien

6 Joe Boland

7 Michael Carton

8 John McCaffrey

9 Alan McCrabbe

10 Ross O’Carroll

11 Liam Ryan

12 David Sweeney

13 David O’Callaghan

14 Liam Rushe

15 David Treacy

Match Preview

They have met just four times previously in the championship, the last coming in 2006 when Limerick won a qualifier tie by 2-16 to 1-13 in Limerick. Prior to that, they hadn’t met since the 1934 All-Ireland final which Limerick won in a replay.

Their last competitive clash came in the National League on March 1 last when Limerick won by 1-11 to 0-12 at the Gaelic Grounds. It was level (0-6 each) at the break but a Niall Moran goal in the second half proved crucial as Limerick edged to victory by two points. Moran scored 1-4 while Andrew O’Shaughnessy hit 0-6 (all frees) for the winners while Alan McCrabbe was Dublin’s top scorer on 0-8 (0-6 from placed balls).

Limerick are seeking to reach the All-Ireland semi-final for the second time in three seasons while Dublin last played in the All-Ireland semi-final in 1948 when they beat Antrim by 8-13 to 2-6. They later won Leinster titles in 1952 and 1961 but advanced directly to the All-Ireland final in both of those years.

Previous Championship Meetings

2006: Limerick 2-16 Dublin 1-13 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

1934: Limerick 5-2 Dublin 2-6 (All-Ireland final) Replay

1934: Limerick 2-7 Dublin 3-4 (All-Ireland final) Draw

1921: Limerick 8-5 Dublin 3-2 (All-Ireland final)

How they got here


Kilkenny 2-18 Dublin 0-18 (Leinster final) Dublin 0-18 Wexford 1-13 (Leinster semi-final) Dublin 2-16 Antrim 0-12 (Leinster quarter-final)


Limerick 0-20 Laois 1-14 (All-Ireland qualifiers) Limerick 1-13 Wexford 0-14 (All-Ireland qualifiers) Waterford 0-25 Limerick 0-17 (Munster semi-final) Replay Limerick 1-8 Waterford 0-11 (Munster semi-final) Draw

Limerick in All-Ireland quarter-finals

2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16

2006: Cork 0-19 Limerick 0-18

2005: Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-13

2001: Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15

Dublin are playing in the quarter-finals for the first time.

All-Ireland SF Qualifiers Round 4 – Kerry v Antrim

All-Ireland Senior Football Qualifiers Round 4

Kerry defeated Antrim by 2-12 to 1-10 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Sunday in Tullamore.

Kingdom survive another storm

Kerry 2-12 Antrim 1-10

By Brendan O’Brien for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, July 27, 2009

SO, why all the fuss? Here August comes and with it another Kerry team preparing for an All-Ireland quarter-final. Same as it ever was then, yeah? Well, yes and no. How could it, with Colm Cooper and Tomás O Sé starting on the bench? As expected, the pair were made cool their heels on the sideline after their infractions last weekend but both were eventually called on by Jack O’Connor who, despite everything, has again taken Kerry to the last eight of the championship. As expected, Antrim ran them close. The sides were level with eight minutes of normal time to play but then came Paul Galvin’s goal, Kerry’s second, and the prospect of a seismic shock subsided. The Gooch and O Sé were two-fifths of a second wave that O’Connor badly needed after a dispiriting first-half performance that ended with Kerry lucky to be just a point in arrears. Yes, they were that bad. Killian Young came in for Tomás O Sé at wing-back, to good effect, but it wasn’t so simple up front where, Cooper’s omission aside, a number of other changes were made. Tadhg Kennelly came back from injury, Darran O’Sullivan got the nod to start in the corner and Declan O’Sullivan was pushed up to the edge of the square with Tommy Walsh shuffling over to the left.

It was hardly surprising, they lacked cohesion going forward, especially in the first half when it was hard to know whether to blame ball to the forwards or the receivers’ failure to present themselves as a target. Now and then, glimpses of their capabilities emerged, as in the 12th minute when Darran O’Sullivan and Tadhg Kennelly combined to present Tommy Walsh with the space to slot a shot low to the net. Darran O’Sullivan saw a chance of a second goal rebound off keeper John Finucane two minutes later but Kerry’s form began to disintegrate from there to the half-time whistle. Two terrible frees, one from Sean O’Sullivan and another from Declan O’Sullivan that flew 15 yards wide, were symbolic of their travails and Antrim seized the opportunity. Tony Scullion kickstarted it with a goal 19 minutes in. That he should have been pulled up for steps is immaterial now and his fellow wing-back James Loughrey almost added a second four minutes from the break. That pair were pouring forward stage safe with Terry O’Neill back holding the fort.

Unfortunately for Antrim, their shooting was every bit as bad as Kerry’s general play and they must have feared the worst when they saw Cooper jogging on before the interval in place of Sean O’Sullivan. Something was needed because Kerry went 16 minutes of the first half without a score and another 10 minutes spanning both sides of the interval. This despite an almost total dominance of the midfield. It was that battleground that won them the game. By the game’s end they claimed over 71% of the game’s 35 kickouts. It was no surprise they won more frees on the restart. Another key to their improvement was Mike McCarthy who called O’Neill’s bluff playing practically as a half-forward. The Kilcummin centre-back ran riot through the centre of Antrim’s defence in the third quarter.

Cooper extracted the maximum reward for those efforts with four frees and Paul Galvin added another from play before Liam Bradley saw fit to call O’Neill to the line. O’Connor trumped that by sending in Micheal Quirke. The Kerins O’Rahillys man had saved Kerry’s bacon in Longford and he was in imperious form again for 15 minutes here. Galvin’s goal stemmed directly from the big man’s catch and quick ball forward. Michael McCann did his best to keep Antrim in business with four points in the last 15 minutes but Kerry finally discovered something resembling their old groove with four of the last five points. For Kerry, tentative signs that their worst performances may finally be behind them. That said, yesterday’s performances won’t suffice for an All-Ireland quarter-final. Not by a long shot. Theirs’ is a season that remains very much in the balance.

Scorers for Antrim: M McCann 0-4 (3f), T Scullion 1-0, P Cunningham 0-3 (2f), T McCann 0-2, C Close 0-1.

Scorers for Kerry: T Walsh 1-2, C Cooper 0-4f, P Galvin 1-2, P O’Connor 0-2f, Declan O’Sullivan 0-1, S O’Sullivan 0-1f.

Subs for Antrim: A Douglas for O’Boyle 13, C Murray for Close 50, K Brady for O’Neill 54, S Burke for Niblock 65.

Subs for Kerry: C Cooper for Sean O’Sullivan 31, T O Sé for O’Mahony 48, D Walsh for Kennelly 48, P O’Connor for Darran O’Sullivan 57, M Quirke for Scanlon 58.

Referee: J White (Donegal)

Kerry 2-12 Antrim 1-10

Report from the web site

Sunday, 26 July 2009 15:49

Kerry finally made it to the All-Ireland quarter-finals, but once again they were made to battle all the way by another would-be giant-killer in Antrim. Jack O’Connor still has many problems to iron out with his misfiring side, but he will have been encouraged by a much-improved second-half performance in Tullamore. Having struggled to get the better of Longford, Sligo and now Antrim, the Kingdom continue to struggle for form. Kerry struck a major blow in the 12th-minute when Tadhg Kennelly slipped a pass inside to Tommy Walsh, and the big Kerins O’Rahilly’s man drilled a low shot past John Finucane. Moments later, Finucane pulled off a brilliant save from Darran O’Sullivan, who got on the end of a sweeping move involving Paul Galvin and Declan O’Sullivan.

Declan O’Sullivan eased the Kingdom into a 1-02 to 0-01 lead, but Antrim responded with a well-worked goal, with James Loughrey making ground on the right before slipping the ball to fellow wing back Tony Scullion, who rounded goalkeeper Diarmuid Murphy before planting the ball in an empty net. Kerry went 17 minutes without scoring, during which both Sean O’Sullivan and Declan O’Sullivan were guilty of glaring misses from easy frees, prompting the introduction of Colm Cooper on the half-hour. Tommy Walsh brought the Munster men level, but Ciaran Close’s fisted point in stoppage time sent the Saffrons in with a 1-04 to 1-03 interval lead.

Cooper converted two frees to bring the sides level 10 minutes into the second half, and two minutes later regained the lead for Kerry. Mike McCarthy’s surging runs forced Antrim to concede the frees from which Cooper punished the Ulster side, but Michael McCann steered over three Antrim frees, and with 10 minutes to play, the sides were still deadlocked on 1-08 each. But the game took an irreversible twist in the Kingdom’s favour when Michael Quirke fetched at midfield, and Donnacha Walsh sent Galvin in to finish to the net from close range. It was all over for brave Antrim, and Kerry finished the job off with a string of points from Paul O’Connor and Galvin.

Kerry: D Murphy, M O Se, T Griffin, T O’Sullivan, K Young, M McCarthy, A O’Mahony, D O Se, S Scanlon, P Galvin (1-2), T Kennelly, Darren O’Sullivan, T Walsh (1-2), Declan O’Sullivan (0-1), S O’Sullivan (0-1, f).

Subs: C Cooper (0-4, 4f) for S O’Sullivan (30), T O Se for O’Mahony (43), D Walsh for Kennelly (43), P O’Connor (0-2, 2f) for Darran O’Sullivan (56), M Quirke for Scanlon (58)

Antrim: J Finucane, C Brady, A McClean, K O’Boyle, T Scullion (1-0), J Crozier, J Loughrey, M McCann (0-4, 3f), A Gallagher, T O’Neill, C Close (0-1), N McKeever, P Cunningham (0-3, 2f), K Niblock, T McCann (0-2).

Subs: A Douglas for O’Boyle (13), C Murray for Close (49), K Brady for O’Neill (53), S Burke for Niblock (64)

Referee: J White (Donegal)

Match Preview

This will be only the third game between Antrim and Kerry in championship history.

They last met in the 1946 All-Ireland semi-final when Kerry won by 2-7 to 0-10.

Antrim won their first meeting back in 1912, beating Kerry by 3-5 to 0-2 in an All- Ireland semi-final, played at Jones’s Road which now houses Croke Park.

2009 Championship

Antrim 1-10 Donegal 0-12

Antrim 0-13 Cavan 1-7

Tyrone 1-18 Antrim 0-15 (Ulster final)

Cork 1-10 Kerry 0-13 (draw)

Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 (replay)

Kerry 1-12 Longford 0-11

Kerry 0-14 Sligo 1-10

All-Ireland GAA ESB MHC Q-Final – Tipperary v Wexford

All-Ireland GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

Tipp squeeze through to Minor Hurling semis

Report from the Irish Examiner web site

Tipperary 0-20 Wexford 0-19

A 76th minute point from Eanna Murray was the difference as Tipperary overcame Wexford after extra-time in today’s ESB All-Ireland MHC quarter-final at Portlaoise. Ahead by 0-07 to 0-06 at the interval, Wexford were pushed all the way by a Tipperary side that lost forward Michael O’Brien through a second yellow card on the restart. Tipperary broke in front for the first time in 27 minutes thanks to a superb score from defender Alan Hogan, but this game was closely contested throughout. The sides were level on four further occasions in the second half, with a point from Tipperary centre-back Brian Stapleton ensuring extra-time.

Wexford began strongly in extra-time with Jack Hobbs slotting over a point after just six seconds as the beaten Leinster finalists quickly built up a two-point advantage. But a brace of Murray points ensured the sides were deadlocked at half-time in extra-time. However, Tipperary proved strongest in the closing period and outscored Wexford by two points to one with top scorer Murray landing his ninth and most important point with four minutes remaining.

Scorers – Tipperary: E Murray 0-09 (0-05f, 0-01 ’65’), D Maher, S Curran, T Butler 0-02 each, B Stapleton, A Hogan, A Cleere, R Gleeson, M O’Brien 0-01 each

Wexford: G Moore 0-06 (0-06f), D O’Keeffe 0-05 (0-01sl), L McGovern, A Kenny 0-02 each, J Hobbs, B Doyle, B Barron, C Goff 0-01 each.

WEXFORD: M Fanning; W Devereux, M O’Hanlon, A Nolan; B Barron, C Goff, B O’Gorman; J Gordon, B Doyle; D O’Keeffe, M O’Regan, L Og McGovern; E Whitmore, P Farrell, G Moore.

Subs used: C Clince for Devereux (33 mins), C Doyle for Whitmore (50), A Kenny for Farrell (54), J Hobbs for O’Regan (61), I Byrne for O’Keeffe (75), M Moloney for Doyle (76), P Farrell for Moore (80).

TIPPERARY: P Ryan; S Maher, L Butler, J Meagher; W Ryan, B Stapleton, A Hogan; D Maher, A Cleere; R Gleeson, S Curran, E Murray; D Collins, T Butler, M O’Brien.

Subs used: D Butler for Collins (37 mins), J Forde for Cleere (42), J Condon for T Butler (53), P Heffernan for Gleeson (59), R Gleeson as replacement for O’Brien ((red card) extra-time), A Ryan for Maher (63).

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)

Live Updates

Visit the Tipperary GAA web site for live updates of this game.

Result – Tipperary 0-20 Wexford 0-19 (after extra time)

Fixture Details

ESB GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Quarter Final
Portlaoise 3.00pm Loch Garman v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Alan Kelly (Gaillimh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Tipperary (MH v Wexford) – Paul Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane); Stephen Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Liam Butler (Moyne-Templetuohy – Captain), John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney); Willie Ryan (Clonakenny), Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons), Alan Hogan (Shannon Rovers); Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Adrian Cleere (Ballingarry); Ruairi Gleeson (Kildangan), Sean Curran (Mullinahone), Eanna Murray (Templederry Kenyons); David Collins (Drom & Inch), Thomas Butler (Clonoulty Rossmore), Michael O’Brien (Clonmel Óg)

Wexford (MH v Tipperary): M Fanning, W Devereux, M O’Hanlon, A Nolan, C Goff, J Gordon, B Barron (Capt), B Doyle, M Maloney, D O’Keeffe, C Doyle, I Byrne, L Óg McGovern, P Farrell, E Whitmore.

Admission Details

Entry to the stand and terrace for adults in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Saturday is by ticket only. There are no reserved seats in the stand – seats can be taken on a first come first served basis.  For Tipperary supporters, tickets are available through Lár na Páirce in Thurles and Divisional Boards in Tipperary. Tickets can also be purchased on Ticketmaster and at O’Moore Park on Saturday. Stand tickets cost €25 and terrace tickets cost €15. A juvenile stand ticket costs €5 and juveniles are free to the terrace. A senior citizen stand ticket costs €15 (€25 with €10 cosncession retunred at Stile 1). Entry to the terrace for senior citizens and students costs €10 – pay at the stiles on the day.

All-Ireland SHC Relegation Semi-Final – Clare v Wexford

Clare will play Wexford in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Relegation Semi-Final on Saturday July 25th at 5:00pm in Portlaoise.

Fixture Details

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship
Relegation Round 1
An Clár v Loch Garman @ 5.00pm
Venue: Portlaoise
Referee: James McGrath (An Iarmhí)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Clare (SH v Wexford) – TBC

Wexford (SH v Clare): D Fitzhenry, M Travers, P Roche, K Rossiter, D Stamp, R Kehoe, C Kenny, PJ Nolan, D Lyng (Capt), H Kehoe, W Doran, S Doyle, D Redmond, S Banville, R Jacob.

Match Preview

This will be only the fourth championship meeting between the sides, all having come in this decade. And so far it has proved a very successful fixture for Clare who won all three previous clashes by comfortable margins. They last clashed in the 2006 All-Ireland quarter-final which Clare won by 1-27 to 1-15 in Croke Park.

It has been an extremely disappointing season for Clare who failed to win any League game en route to being relegated from Division One before they lost to Tipperary and Galway in the championship. Wexford were beaten by Offaly in the Division 2 League final, thereby missing out on promotion and after beating Offaly in the Leinster championship they lost to Dublin and Limerick to find themselves in the relegation zone.

Previous Clashes

2006: Clare 1-27 Wexford 1-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2005: Clare 1-20 Wexford 0-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2002: Clare 3-15 Wexford 3-7 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

2009 Championship

Tipperary 3-18 Clare 1-22 (Munster semi-final) Galway 2-18 Clare 1-11 (All-Ireland qualifiers)


Wexford 2-17 Offaly 0-16 (Leinster quarter-final) Dublin 0-18 Wexford 1-13 (Leinster semi-final) Limerick 1-13 Wexford 0-14 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

GAA Launches Codes of Best Practice and Behaviour



GAA Launches Codes of Best Practice and Behaviour

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana yesterday unveiled the Association’s Codes of Best Practice in Youth Sport and Behaviour in the company of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Mr Barry Andrews TD at Croke Park. The purpose of the two codes is to provide realistic and achievable guidance for all units and branches of the GAA family in their work with children and young people.

With more than 14,000 active juvenile teams, the GAA will liaise with its Children’s Officers – at club and county level, Games and Coaching personnel, County Boards and Provincial Councils in addition to team Managers, Coaches, Mentors, Parents/Guardians and other Club personnel who work with teams to assist in a comprehensive roll out of the programmes. Praising those involved with the initiative, the GAA President said: “We speak a lot about our commitment to the youth of the country and we take that responsibility seriously.

“Today’s initiative could hardly be more significant and it underlines our desire to put in place the best possible structures and supports. The purpose of the two Codes is quite simply to provide realistic and achievable guidance for all units of the GAA in our work with children and young people. “Of course the publication and roll out of these guides represents the start of this project, not the end. We in the GAA will rely on the commitment and hard work of so many of our members to ensure that the highest standards are reached in an area of utmost importance.”

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs stated that “The GAA is to be complimented on its excellent work in ensuring that all persons working with young people develop a greater awareness of their responsibilities, including those relating to child protection”. The GAA also confirmed that Dublin has become the first county to complete the distribution of vetting forms for mentors to all of its clubs.

More than 2,000 members have been vetted in recent weeks bringing the total figure to 5,500 across all sections of the Association.

All-Ireland Minor Camogie Semi-Finals – Match Previews

All Ireland minor camogie semi-final, Clare v Cork, Kilmallock, Sunday 3.30pm

Davy Fitzgerald is disappointed to miss this fixture as he will be caught up with the Waterford senior hurlers in Semple Stadium. Davy is coach to the Clare minor team, however manager Fintan McNamara knows only too well what Cork are capable of after being beaten twice already by the Rebels this season.
Senior players Chloe Morey and Shonagh Enright will have to be on top of their game to deny an impressive Cork team that includes rising stars, twins Katrina and Pamela Mackey. Clare have never won a minor title, although they did get to the final last year.

All Ireland minor camogie semi-final, Tipperary v Kilkenny, Kilmallock, Sunday 1.45pm

Up to last year Kilkenny dominated underage camogie claiming seven All Ireland titles in four years at U16 and minor level. However, they have already relinquished their U16 crown to Galway, so they will be keen not to bow out to easily against neighbours Tipperary.
Shelly Farrell and Denise Gaule are in exceptional scoring form this season, and if they combine the Premier County will have it all to do. Still, Tipperary has performed well in all their games with Cait Devane a player to watch out for in attack, and they will be boosted by reaching the U16 decider earlier this summer.

Therese O’Callaghan,
Camogie Association PR and Media

Munster Intermediate Hurling Final – Cork v Waterford

Ruthless Rebels teach Déise finishing lesson

Cork 5-24 Waterford 3-9

By Brendan Larkin for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, July 23, 2009

CORK finally got something from what must be considered a hugely disappointing season for the county when their intermediate hurlers took the Munster championship title with consummate ease at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last night. It was a result that didn’t look remotely likely early on, as the sides were level five times in the opening half. But the Leesiders went to town on Waterford in the second half, and the title was in safe keeping long before the final whistle. Cork had many stars. Anthony Nash was a competent goalkeeper, ably fronted by team captain Dara McSweeney, John Carey and Ross Cashman. Eoin Dillon and Leigh Desmond lorded it at midfield while up front Stephen Moylan, Mark O’Sullivan, Maurice O’Sullivan and Luke Farrell scored freely.

Waterford played with the aid of the strong wind in the opening half but it was Cork who made the better start with a Luke Farrell point after just 30 seconds. Cork were quickly into their stride and had the better of the early exchanges. Farrell should have goaled in the fourth minute with only the Waterford ‘keeper to beat but failed to strike the sliotar. The dominance of Mark O’Sullivan at centre forward meant the pressure on the Waterford defence was immense, and the Dripsey man helped himself to two excellent points which helped the home side into an 0-4 to 0-2 lead after 10 minutes. Given they had the advantage of the wind, surprisingly the Waterford full-forward line played too far out from the Cork goal which gave Nash time to clear his lines. However his credentials were tested in the 12th minute when Patrick Hurney raced clear, but the Kanturk man made a superb save and it sparked off a tremendous scoring burst by Cork. In the space of four minutes the lethal Cork forwards scored 2-3 without reply, to lead 2-10 to 0-7 after 25 minutes.

Stephen Moylan led the scoring burst with two points, before Desmond was on the end of a great passing movement to finish to the net. On the puck-out Cork were back again this time for Mark O’Sullivan to goal after Rory Dwyer set him up and the title looked destined for Leeside for the sixth time in this decade. However, Waterford weren’t quite ready to give up the chase and a goal by Jamie Kearney gave them hope. But at the other end, they were grateful to keeper Ian O’Regan who saved superbly from Luke Farrell and at the break, Cork were comfortably in front at 2-11 to 1-7.

Waterford threatened to make a game of it on the changeover when Hurney slipped home a goal in the 36th minute but it was only a token score. Cork’s pace and skill were key factors, and they nipped any threatened recovery by the Decies men with goals by Maurice O’Sullivan and Lorcan McLoughlin which helped them into a 4-15 to 2-8 lead by the three quarter stage. Waterford’s cause wasn’t helped by the loss of full-back John O’Leary to a red card, and Cork finished with a litany of points to regain a title they last won in 2006. CORK will play Galway on August 8

Scorers for Cork: Maurice O’Sullivan 2-3; L Desmond 1-7 (0-5 frees, 0-1 65); Mark O’Sullivan 1-2; S Moylan 0-5; L Farrell 0-3; L O’Loughlin 1-0; R Dwyer 0-1, B Ring (free), J Jordan 0-1 each.

Waterford: D Howard 1-1; B Hannon 0-4 (frees); J Kearney, P Hurney 1-0 each; P Fitzgerald 0-2; P, Kearney, L Lawlor 0-1 each.

CORK: A Nash; B Coleman, D McSweeney, B Murphy; J Carey, R Cashman, J O’Leary; E Dillon, L Desmond; R Dwyer, Mark O’Sullivan, L McLoughlin; Maurice O’Sullivan, L Farrell, S Moylan.
Subs: J Jordan for Cashman (40); E Clancy for B Murphy (50); A Mannix for Dwyer (55); B Ring for Farrell (55).

WATERFORD: I O’Regan; B Wall, J O’Leary, K Flynn; J Coffey, S Kearney, W Henley; D Murphy, P Fitzgerald; P Nurney, D Howard, J Kearney; B Hannon, L Lawlor, P Kearney.
Subs: R Power for D Murphy (40); P Molumphy for Henley (52); S Hannon for P Kearney (55); D Hickey for J Kearney (55).

Referee: N Cosgrove (Tipperary)

Team News

The Cork Intermediate Hurling team to play Waterford in the Munster Final Wednesday night at 7.30pm in Páirc Uí Chaoimh is as follows:

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

2. Barry Coleman (Ballyhea)

3. Dara McSweeney (Blarney – Capt.)

4. Billy Murphy (Fr. ONeills)

5. John Carey (Dripsey)

6. Ross Cashman (Kilbrittain)

7. Jer O Leary (Fr. ONeills)

8. Eoin Dillon (Milford)

9. Leigh Desmond (Youghal)

10. Rory Dwyer (Ballymartle)

11. Mark O Sullivan (Dripsey)

12. Lorcan McLoughlan (Kanturk)

13. Maurice O Sullivan (Ballyhea)

14. Luke Farrell (Midleton)

15. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)


16. Declan McCarthy (Ballymartle)

17. Paul O Leary (Blarney)

18. Eoin Clancy (Fermoy)

19. Willian Egan (Kilbrin)

20. Brendan Ring (Youghal)

21. Eamon Collins (Valley Rovers)

22. Adrian Mannix (Kilworth)

23. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)

24. Barry Fitzgerald (Douglas)

WATERFORD (IH v Cork) – I O’Regan (Mt Sion); B Wall (Fourmilewater), J O’Leary (Ballyduff Lower), K Flynn (Mt Sion); J Coffey (Stradbally), S Kearney (Lismore), W Henley (Tallow); D Murphy (Roanmore), P Fitzgerald (Ballyduff Lower); P Hurney (Abbeyside), D Howard (Lismore), J Kearney (Ballyduff Upper); B Hannon (Ballyduff Upper), L Lawlor (Fourmilewater), P Kearney (Ballyduff Upper)

Roll of Honour

Munster Intermediate Hurling Roll of Honour

All-Ireland SHC Qualifiers Phase 3 – Cork v Galway

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Phase 3

Galway defeated Cork by 1-19 to 0-15 in Phase 3 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Match Report

Galway 1-19 Cork 0-15

Galway gained revenge over Cork and underlined their status as genuine All Ireland contenders with a 1-19 to 0-15 All Ireland Phase Three qualifier win over the Rebels at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Having lost to the Rebels following a late collapse at the same stage last year, Galway produced a brilliant second half display move into the All Ireland quarter final against Waterford next Sunday. After a poor first half played in wet conditions, the Tribesmen, who had Joe Canning in inspired form from paced balls led by one point, 0-8 to 0-7.

Galway charged out of the blocks after the break but they had to wait until the 61st minute before they got the goal their impressive attack deserved. Joe Canning stole clear behind the Cork defence and fired a shot straight at Donal Óg Cusack, but the ball deflected to Joe Gantley, who stroked into the empty net. Galway led 1-15 to 0-14. Cork sub Niall McCarthy had a great chance to grab a goal back in the dying minutes, but he shot badly wide when he should have drawn the Rebels within a point of their rivals. Galway finished much the stronger and Aonghus Callinan’s injury-time point gave the Tribesmen a seven-point victory.

Team News

The Cork team to play Galway in Saturdays qualifier is as follows:

1. Donal Óg Cusack (Cloyne)

2. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)

3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)

4. Shane Murphy (Erin’s Own)

5. John Gardiner (Na Piarsaigh)

6. Ronan Curran (St. Finbarr’s)

7. Seán Óg Ó hAilpín (Na Piarsaigh)

8. Tom Kenny (Grenagh)

9. Jerry O’Connor (Newtownshandrum)

10. Ben O’Connor (Newtownshandrum)

11. Pa Cronin (Bishopstown)

12. Timmy McCarthy (Castlelyons)

13. Kieran Murphy (Sars)

14. Aisake Ó hAilpín (Na Piarsaigh)

15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

Match Preview

This will be the 31st championship clash between the counties, stretching back to 1901 when they met for the first time in the All-Ireland semi-final which Cork won by 7-12 to 1-3. Cork lead 26-4 from the previous 30 clashes with Galway’s four wins coming in 1975-79-85-2002. They meet for the second successive year, with Cork having won a qualifier tie in Semple Stadium last year. Galway’s last win over Cork was in the 2002 All-Ireland qualifiers when they ran out winners, 0-21 to 1-9 in Semple Stadium.

2009 Championship

Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19 (Munster quarter-final) Cork 3-19 Offaly 1-12 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

Kilkenny 2-20 Galway 3-13 (Leinster semi-final) Galway 2-18 Clare 1-11 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

Last Five Championship Clashes

2008: Cork 0-23 Galway 2-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

2005: Cork 1-21 Galway 1-16 (All-Ireland final)

2002: Galway 0-21 Cork 1-9 (All-Ireland qualifier)

1990: Cork 5-15 Galway 2-21 (All-Ireland final)

1986: Cork 4-13 Galway 2-15 (All-Ireland final)

Last Championship Clash

Cork 0-23 Galway 2-15 (2008 All-Ireland qualifiers, July 19th, Thurles) Joe Canning scored 2-12 for Galway but it wasn’t enough to stop Cork advancing.

They had goalkeeper, Donal Og Cusack sent off in the first half but showed remarkable courage to win by two points in a game where Ben O’Connor scored 0-12, Joe Deane 0-4 and Cathal Naughton 0-3 for the winners.