Munster Junior Camogie Championship Final – Tipperary 6-20 Cork 0-4

Tipperary defeated Cork by 6-20 to 0-4 in the Munster Junior Camogie Championship Final on Friday in the Tipperary Camogie Grounds at the Ragg.

ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Cork 2-31 Tipperary 4-22

Cork defeated Tipperary by 2-31 to 4-22 after extra time in the ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship on Wednesday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


Hero Hartnett edges gritty Rebels past Tipp in classic  

Cork 2-31 Tipperary 4-22  

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper  

Thursday, April 29, 2010  

AFTER the stunning heights they scaled last year in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, it seemed too much to hope for more memorable action when the Cork and Tipperary minor hurlers convened at the same venue for last night’s ESB Munster MHC quarter-final. Instead they surpassed last June’s fare to conjure up as spellbinding a game imaginable, packed with top-class individual displays, brilliant score-taking and a fitting finale as extra-time was required to produce a winner.  The tie ebbed and flowed for 80 odd minutes but ultimately it took the critical intervention of Cork corner-forward Brian Hartnett who, having impressed throughout, really excelled in the second half of extra-time as he transformed a 2-25 to 4-20 deficit in the 70th minute into a 2-31 to 4-22 advantage in the 80th minute, by weighing in with six points.  

Hartnett wound up with a dazzling 1-14 return to show for his night’s work and while his polished point-taking from play and frees was key, it was the beautiful diving flick to the net in the 49th minute that was his standout moment. Cork had other heroes on the night. Conor Lehane terrorised the Tipperary half-back line by popping over six points from play, Stephen Moore used his physical presence to good effect in attack while midfielder Darren Sweetnam controlled matters in his sector for long stages.  It was a tough defeat for Tipperary to absorb considering the magnitude of their performance. Liam McGrath produced a flawless display of marksmanship in converting 10 placed balls while Aidan McCormack’s predatory instincts were reflected in his three-goal tally. Full-back Andrew Ryan was in immense form, Niall O’Meara worked diligently at centre-forward and Michael O’Brien illustrated what a loss he was to the team from the start through injury, by grabbing four points when sprung from the bench. They had cause to complain as well at the decision not to be awarded a penalty in the 59th minute when McCormack looked to be clearly pushed near goal.  

Cork made the hard yards early on with Sweetnam and Lehane pushing them into a 0-5 to 0-2 advantage by the 11th minute. But Cork’s dominance counted for little when a rapid Tipperary burst yielded a neat goal by McCormack in the 14th minute and a stylish point by O’Meara two minutes later. Despite trailing by a point, Cork never seemed unnerved and thanks to the consistent high standards of shooting that Lehane and Hartnett were employing, they ploughed back in the lead. They were 0-9 to 1-3 ahead by the 24th minute, and although Cathal Horan looked a dangerous operator for Tipperary close to goal, it was still Cork in the ascendancy with an 0-11 to 1-6 advantage at the interval.  

The action was cranked up a few notches at the break as the scores started to tot up with greater frequency. Jamie Coughlan hammered home a penalty to give Cork a huge boost in the 32nd minute, but between them Liam McGrath and Aidan McCormack wiped out that lead with a 1-2 blast to draw level by the 35th minute. The teams stuck close to each other for a time as they traded points but despite McGrath’s relentless accuracy from frees, Cork were looking stronger and crafted a magnificent goal in the 49th minute. Shane O’Keeffe bustled through before offloading to Coughlan, who arrowed in a cross that Hartnett dived to flick to the net at the back post.  That sent Cork 2-16 to 2-12 in front but Tipperary’s response was impressive with McCormack expertly drilling in his third goal in the 52nd minute and O’Brien emerging as an attacking threat. When McGrath tapped over a 62nd minute free they looked on the cusp of victory but sub Jamie Wall did brilliantly to engineer the space to grab a last-gasp point for Cork to send the match to extra-time.  Prospects of a replay could not be dispelled as the match remained tight in extra-time, with Wall and Lehane striking early points for Cork before O’Meara and O’Brien pegged them back for Tipperary. Matters seemed to turn crucially in their direction when Horan buried a shot to the net after Gary Minihane spilled the ball in the 69th minute, but Hartnett’s scoring spree proved most decisive.  

Scorers for Cork: B Hartnett 1-14 (0-7f), C Lehane 0-6, J Coughlan 1-0 (1-0 pen), S Moore 0-3, D Sweetnam, J Wall, S O’Keeffe 0-2 each, N Kelly, M Howard 0-1 each.  

Scorers for Tipperary: L McGrath 0-10 (0-10f), A McCormack 3-0, C Horan 1-2, M O’Brien 0-4, N O’Meara 0-3, D McCormack, D Butler, B Stapleton 0-1 each.  

CORK: G Minihane; D Lester, F O’Mahony, D Stokes; C Joyce, D O’Carroll, T McGuinness; N Kelly, D Sweetnam; S O’Keeffe, S Moore, C Lehane; J Coughlan, M Howard, B Hartnett.
Subs: K Buckley for McGuinness (42), R O’Shea for Howard (44), J Wall for Moore (55), C Spillane for Stokes (59), Stokes for O’Carroll (60), Moore for Buckley (60), Buckley for Stokes (69), Howard for Kelly (70), B Murray for O’Shea (73).  

TIPPERARY: D Reddan; C Barrett, A Ryan, P Dunne; S Kennedy, B Stapleton, J Meagher; D Flynn, J Forde; D McCormack, N O’Meara, T Heffernan; L McGrath, A McCormack, C Horan.
Subs: J Cahill for Kennedy (23), D Butler for Heffernan (47), M O’Brien for Forde (49), J McGrath for D McCormack (53), J O’Dwyer for Dunne (56), Forde for Flynn (60), L Treacy for Forde (70), Flynn for J McGrath (70), D McCormack for L McGrath (77).  

Referee: Michael O’Connor (Limerick).  

Harnett’s haul does it for Rebels  

From the Irish Independent newspaper  

Cork 2-31 Tipperary 4-22  

Munster MHC (aet)  

A TALLY of 1-14 from Brian Hartnett gave Cork an extra-time victory over Tipperary at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The teams were locked at 2-21 to 3-18 at the end of normal time. But six points from Hartnett in the second extra period helped Cork through. The initial 60 minutes produced a pulsating contest, Cork up 0-11 to 1-6 at half-time. A Jamie Coughlan penalty gave the Rebels a nice cushion within a minute of the restart, but Aidan McCormack’s second goal had Tipp level at 1-1 to 2-8 in the 35th minute. Hartnett and Liam McGrath continued to exchange frees, before Hartnett gave Cork a four-point lead with a brilliant diving finish on 49. McCormack’s hat-trick three minutes later brought Tipp back in it, though, and another McCormack free looked to have given them victory before Jamie Wall’s late equaliser forced the additional 20 minutes.  

Scorers — Cork: B Hartnett 1-14 (0-7f), C Lehane 0-6, J Coughlan 1-0 (pen), S Moore 0-3, D Sweetman, S O’Keeffe, J Wall 0-2 each, N Kelly, M Howard 0-1 each. Tipperary: L McGrath 0-10 (0-10f), A McCormack 3-0, C Horan 1-2, N O’Meara 0-3, M O’Brien 0-4, D McCormack, D Butler, B Stapleton 0-1 each.  

CORK — G Minihane; D Lester, F O’Mahony, D Stokes; C Joyce, D O’Carroll, T McGuinness; N Kelly, D Sweetman; S O’Keeffe, S Moore, C Lehane; J Coughlan, M Howard, B Hartnett. Subs: K Buckley for McGuinness (42), R O’Shea for Howard (45), J Wall for Moore (56), C Spillane for Stokes (59), Stokes for O’Carroll, Moore for Buckley (both et), Buckley for Stokes (69), Howard for Kelly (70), B Murray for O’Shea (73).  

TIPPERARY — D Reddan; C Barrett, A Ryan, P Dunne; S Kennedy, B Stapleton, J Meagher; D Flynn, J Forde; D McCormack, N O’Meara, T Heffernan; L McGrath, A McCormack, C Horan. Subs: J Cahill for Kennedy (24), D Butler for Heffernan (47), M O’Brien for Forde (49), J McGrath for D McCormack (54), J O’Dwyer for Dunne (57), Forde for Flynn (et), L Treacy for Forde (70), Flynn for J McGrath (71), D McCormack for L McGrath (78) 

Team News   

The Tipperary Minor Hurling team to play Cork at 6.30pm on Wednesday April 28th in Páirc Uíi Chaoimh is –   

1. David Reddan (Kilruane MacDonaghs) 2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross Ballycahill) 3. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara) 4. Pa Dunne (Thurles Sarsfields) 5. Seamus Kennedy (St. Marys Clonmel) 6. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons) Captain 7. John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney) 8. Davin Flynn (Roscrea) 9. Jason Forde (Silvermines) 10. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh) 11. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs) 12. Tommy Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg) 13. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney) 14. Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields) 15. Cathal Horan (Mullinahone)   

Subs from:   

Shane Hassett (Drom and Inch), David Butler (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams), Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Paddy Dalton (Arravale Rovers), John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Ross Mullane (Clonmel Óg), Michael O’Brien (Thurles Sarsfields), Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Liam Treacy (Loughmore Castleiney), Eoin Fennelly (Mullinahone), John Grogan (Cashel King Cormacs), Philip Looby(Drom & Inch), Daire Quinn (Nenagh Éire Óg), John Ryan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams), Pat Ralph (Moycarkey Borris)

ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Limerick 2-13 Kerry 1-13

Limerick defeated Kerry by 2-13 to 1-13 in the ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship on Wednesday at Kilmallock.

Ryan stars as Limerick get Kerry scare

Limerick 2-13 Kerry 1-13

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A CLOSE call for Limerick in Kilmallock yesterday evening in this Munster MHC quarter-final, a very close call, because two late reaction rocket-shots from Kerry corner-forward Shane Dunne went just a couple of inches wide. As it was, with Murroe-Boher’s outstanding Michael Ryan in lethal form in the left corner of attack, Limerick just about survived to qualify for a semi-final meeting against Cork, while Kerry go on to meet Clare in a backdoor qualifier. Limerick began strongly and led 1-3 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, their goal a peach, taken on the run by Ryan after his marker, Bryan Murphy had slipped. Even at this stage, however, it was obvious that Limerick were going to have their hands full with a talented Kerry side, backboned by the Causeway Comprehensive side that has done so well in recent years.

The visitors were facing into a strong breeze in that opening half but gradually worked their way into the game, and with points from Shane Dunne, Chris McCarthy and the hard-working Padraig Boyle, allied to centre-back Brendan Brosnan’s long-range free-taking, they trailed by just six points at the break, 1-8 to 0-5. However it was five minutes into the second half before the game really took off. Limerick began the excitement, a goal in 30 seconds from wing-forward Dan Morrissey, pouncing on the break after Shane Dowling’s goal-bound shot had been body-blocked by Dougie Fitzell, giving them what looked like a commanding eight-point lead.

Then it was Kerry’s turn. Three superbly struck frees from Shane Dunne, around a coolly taken goal by Paudie Boyle (now operating at full-forward), and it was very much game on, just a goal between them (2-8 to 1-8), plenty time remaining. But Limerick responded well. Two points, one each from wing-forward Jake Mulcahy and the outstanding Michael Ryan (he finished with 1-5 from play), had them back to five points in front, but again Kerry came, and another two Dunne frees brought the deficit back to a goal. Thus it would be at the finish, and how Kerry could have done with either of two Shane Dunne rockets hitting the target! The first was in the 50th minute, leaving a vapour trail as it screamed across the goal and just outside the post, the second was in the 60th minute, another close-range first-time effort, but was deflected out for a 65, converted for a point by Brendan Brosnan.

Scorers for Limerick: M. Ryan 1-5; J. Fitzgibbon 0-4 (all frees); D. Morrissey 1-0; S. Dowling 0-2; J. Aherne, J. Mulcahy, 0-1 each.

Kerry: S. Dunne 0-6 (0-5 frees); P. Boyle 1-1; B. Brosnan 0-4 (0-3 frees, 0-1 65); C. McCarthy, S. Weir, 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: E. Webb; A. Dempsey, M. O’Loughlin, B. Hannigan; T. Ryan, D. Hannon, K. O’Donnell (c); C. O’Riordan, M. O’Connell; D. Morrissey, W. Hickey, J. Mulcahy; S. Dowling, J. Fitzgibbon, M. Ryan.

Subs: M. Fitzgibbon (Hickey 25); Mark Ryan (Mulcahy 37); J. Aherne (Morrissey 45); D. Murphy (O’Connell 52).

KERRY: N. Leen; B. Murphy, S. Dowling, D. Fitzell; T. Maunsell, B. Brosnan, T. Barrett; S. Weir, J. Bowler; P. Boyle, T. Doyle, M. Delaney; C. McCarthy, A. Fealey, S. Dunne.

Subs: D. Collins (Maunsell 43); D. Casey (Fealey 47); T. Moore (Bowler 54).

Referee: D. Fox (Clare)

Team News

Limerick Minor Hurling Team named to play Kerry

Ger Hegarty and his selectors have named their starting 15 to play Kerry tomorrow night Wednesday 28 April @ 6.30pm in Kilmallock in the ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship Quarter-Final.

1 Eoin Webb Kilmallock Eoin Webb O Ruairc

2 Alan Dempsey Na Piarsaigh Alain O Diomasaigh

3 Mark O’ Loughlin Kilmallock Marc O Lochlainn

4 Brian Hannigan Feenagh/Kilmeedy Brian O hAnnagin

5 Thomas Ryan South Liberties Tomas O Riain

6 Declan Hannon Adare Deaglan O Hannain

7 Kevin O Donnell Kilmallock (CAPTAIN) Caomhain O Domhnall

8 Chris ORiordan Dromin/Athlacca Criostóir O Riordáin

9 Mark O Connell Glenroe Marc O Conaill

10 Dan Morrissey Ahane Donal O Muirgheasa

11 William Hickey South Liberties Liam O hIci

12 Jake Mulcahy Kilmallock Jake O Maolcathaigh

13 Shane Dowling Na Piarsaigh Sean O Dullaing

14 John Fitzgibbon Adare Sean Mac Giobuin

15 Michael Ryan Murroe/Boher Michéal O Riain

16 Barry Neville Ahane Barra O Niadh

17 Mike Fitzgibbon Feohanagh/Castlemahon Micheal Mac Giobuin

18 Mark Carmody Patrickswell Marc O Cearmaide

19 David Murphy Kilteely/Dromkeen Daithi O Murchu

20 Stephen Foley Croagh/Kilfinny Stiofan O Foghlu

21 Jack Aherne Kileedy Sean O Eachtighearna

22 Brian Murphy Fedamore Brian O Murchu

23 Patrick Carroll South Liberties Padraig Cearbhuill

24 Mark Ryan Na Piarsaigh Marc O Riain

Manager: Ger Hegarty

Selectors: Brian Begley, Paul Finn, George Lee

Liaison Officer: Tony Roche

First Aid: John Daly

Limerick extended panel:Brendan OConnor (Croagh/Kilfinny)

David Reidy (Dromin/Athlacca)

Ciaran Keogh (NaPiarsaigh)

Conor Sheehan (Cappamore)

Liam Ryan (Doon)

Richard Ryan (Ahane)

ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-16

Waterford defeated Clare by 1-21 to 0-16 in the ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship on Wednesday at Walsh Park Waterford.

Dominant Déise cruise past Clare

Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-16

By John Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, April 29, 2010

ALTHOUGH the game itself never bettered mediocrity, defending champions Waterford were the clear masters of this first round Munster MHC game at Walsh Park last night. Clare actually made the brighter start and they were in front inside 40 seconds when their most dangerous attacker, Niall Arthur, fired over a superb point. They led again on seven minutes when Aaron Cunningham found the range, but once Jake Dillon edged the home side in front for the first time three minutes later they were never headed again. With the Déise defence well in control and their midfield pairing of man-of-the-match Padraig Prendergast and Gavin O’Brien also running the show in their sector, Waterford were in cruise control to the interval.

The game’s only goal came on 11 minutes, a real beauty too as full forward Conor Heffernan snapped up Paudie Mahony’s delivery and he gave goalkeeper Ronan Taaffe no chance from close range. That score really set the champions alight and three further points in as many minutes from the flying Stephen Roche, Jake Dillon, and Eamonn Murphy had Clare on the ropes. Waterford were well deserving of their 1-10 to 0-6 half-time lead with Clare almost totally reliant on the accuracy of full forward Niall Arthur for their scores. But with little support his was hopeless. Although Waterford forged further ahead with points from Dillon and Roche within two minutes of the restart, Clare did promise a rally when Arthur (0-2) and David O’Halloran responded with points.

The deficit was down to a manageable five, 1-16 to 0-14,with 13 minutes remaining but the Clare revival was then sharply and decisively halted as Waterford regained the initiative. Daragh Fives and his defensive colleagues put up the shutters, Prendergast continued to dominate at midfield while Roche and Eamonn Murphy from play and the unerringly accurate Paudie Mahony from frees extended their side’s lead. Clare managed further responses from Colm Galvin and Paul Flanagan, but they were by now a well beaten side and it was Waterford with the final say as Eoin Madigan and Murphy completed the scoring with points right out of the top drawer. For Clare it’s the back door route and a losers’ group game against Kerry next Saturday.

Scorers for Waterford: P Mahony, 0-7 (7f); S Roche, 0-4; C Heffernan, 1-0; P Prendergast, J Dillon, E Murphy, 0-3 each; E Madigan, 0-1.

Scorers for Clare; N Arthur, 0-10 (8f); A Cunningham, P Collins, D O’Halloran, D McInerney, C Galvin, P Flanagan, 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: D Duggan; J Barron, S O’Keeffe, L Egan; M O’Neill, D Fives, E Madigan; P Prendergast, G O’Brien; C Curran, E Murphy, P Mahony; J Dillon, C Heffernan, S Roche.
Subs: S Ryan for O’Neill (42); K Chester for Heffernan (58).

CLARE: R Taaffe; H Vaughan, N Purcell, S Morey; P Flanagan, K Lynch, S O’Halloran; P Collins, T Kelly; D O’Halloran, D Keane, A Cunningham; A Mulready, N Arthur, C Gavin.
Subs: J Shanahan for Cunningham (ht); D McInerney for Keane (ht); E Boyce for Vaughan (41); C O’Connell for Mulready (52).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Team News

Clare Team to play Waterford is as follows –

1. Ronan Taffee ( R.O.Tath) Tubber

2. Haulie Vaughan ( M.O.Machain) Inagh Kilnamona

3. Noel Purcell (N.Puirseil) Sixmilebridge

4. Seadna Morey (S.O.Mora ) Sixmilebridge

5. Paul Flanagan ( P.O.Flannagain) Ballyea (Caption)

6. Kevin Lynch (K.O.Lionsigh) Sixmilebridge

7. Stephan O Halloran (S.O.hAllaurin) Clarecastle

8. Podge Collins ( P.O.Coileain) Cratloe

9. Tony Kelly (A.O.Ceallaigh) Ballyea

10. David O Halloran ( D.O.hAllaurin) Eire Og Ennis

11. Daire Keane (D. MacCathain) Kilmaley

12. Arron Cunningham (A.Mac Cuinneagain) Wolfe Tones na Sionna

13. Alan Mulready ( A.O.Maoilbhride) Sixmilebridge

14. Niall Arthur (N.Mac Artuir) Inagh Kilnamona

15 Colm Galvin ( C.O.Gealbhain) Clonlara

16 Niall Woods Newmarket.on .Fergus

17 Enda Boyce Cratloe

18 Jamie Shanahan Sixmilebridge

19 Cathal Malone Ennistymon

20 David McInerney Tulla

21 Tots O Connell Clonlara

22 Pa Sheehan Sixmilebridge

23 Tomas McNamara Whitegate

24 Daragh Corry Tulla

Also on Clare Training Panel ;

Damien Lafferty (Inagh Kilnamona)

Martin Moroney ( Parteen)

Frank Melody (Newmarket on Fergus)

Niall DeLoughrey (St Josephs Doora Barefield)

Cathal Doohan (Ballyea)

Mikey O Neill (Kilmaley)

Management Team ; Gerry O Connor, ( Eire Og Ennis), Donal Moloney ( Scariff ), Eamon Fennessey (Sixmilebridge), Paul Kinnerk ( Trainer), Jimmy Browne (Clonlara)

Allianz NFL Division 1 Final – Cork 1-17 Mayo 0-12

Cork defeated Mayo by 1-17 to 0-12 in the Allianz National Football League Division 1 Final on Sunday at Croke Park.

Cork win Division One title comfortably

From the Irish Examiner web site

Sunday, April 25, 2010 – 05:58 PM

Cork 1-17 Mayo 0-12

Cork captured their first Allianz NFL Division 1 title since 1999 at a canter, thanks to an impressive eight-point win over Mayo at Croke Park this afternoon. 27,005 spectators watched on as last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists gave a magnificent second half display, with a 63rd minute Daniel Goulding goal ensuring there was no hope of a Mayo comeback. Conor Counihan’s charges burst out of the blocks in the opening stages. Mayo’s rearguard struggled to cope with a potent Rebels attack. By the 19th minute, five of Cork’s six starting forwards had put their names on the scoresheet. The 19-year-old Ciaran Sheehan set the tone for the Rebels with a well-executed score in the fourth minute, and although midfielder Seamus O’Shea equalised three minutes later – Cork soon burst clar. Daniel Goulding, Paul Kerrigan and Patrick Kelly added points as Cork claimed a 0-4 to 0-1 lead by the 14th minute.

Mayo were not without their chances, but some poor shooting, coupled with excellent defending by the likes of Jamie O’Sullivan and Paudie Kissane for Cork, ensured John O’Mahony’s troops were kept at bay. Donncha O’Connor impressed from his half-forward berth and bagged five first half points for the Munster men, all of which arrived in the second quarter. Alan Dillon and Mortimer kept Mayo in touch, but Cork were fully deserving of their 0-9 to 0-5 interval lead.

Mayo began the second half strongly as two quick-fire scores from Conor Mortimer cut the gap to two points, two minutes after the restart. The Shrule-Glencorrib clubman kept the reigning Connacht champions in contention, but Cork failed to yield and the Rebels did not trail in this game. Goulding bagged Cork’s first point of the second half in the 42nd minute, but the Rebels continued to spread the ball well with midfielders Alan O’Connor and Aidan Walsh adding their names to the scoresheet, while defender Noel O’Leary also popped up for a score. Conor Mortimer continued to try hard for Mayo, with his 55th minute point being his side’s first score in 18 minutes’ play.

But Eire Og duo Goulding and Sheehan were in inspirational form for Cork in the final quarter, with the only goal of the contest coming in the 63rd minute. Sheehan passed through for corner forward Goulding who had no hesitation in rifling the ball past Mayo goalkeeper David Clarke to edge his side 1-17 to 0-9 in front. Mayo failed to give up, tagging on scores from Andy Moran, Alan Dillon and Seamus O’Shea late on, but Cork had done enough to secure their second league title in twelve months – they were Division 2 champions last year. After the game, Cork full-back and captain Michael Shields accepted the cup from GAA President Christy Cooney.

CORK: P O’Shea; R Carey, M Shields, E Cotter; N O’Leary (0-1), P Kissane, J O’Sullivan; A O’Connor (0-1), A Walsh (0-1); F Goold, D O’Connor (0-5, 0-2f), P Kelly (0-1); D Goulding (1-5, 0-1f), C Sheehan (0-2), P Kerrigan (0-1).
Subs used: N Murphy for Goold (59 mins), D Kavanagh for Walsh (65), C O’Neill for D O’Connor (65), J Hayes for Goulding (69), G Spillane for Shields (69).

MAYO: D Clarke; C Barrett, G Cafferkey, L O’Malley; D Vaughan, T Howley, K McLoughlin; T Parsons, S O’Shea (0-2); A Moran (0-1), A Dillon (0-3, 0-3f), T Mortimer; C Mortimer (0-6, 0-3f), A O’Shea, M Ronaldson.
Subs used: R McGarrity for Ronaldson (half-time), A Kilcoyne for T Mortimer (51 mins), A Freeman for Parsons (63), B Moran for C Mortimer (68), P Harte for A O’Shea (68).

Referee: Paudie Hughes (Armagh)

ESB Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final Playoff – Tipperary 1-8 Clare 1-3

Tipperary defeated Clare by 1-8 to 1-3 in the ESB Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final Playoff on Saturday at Semple Stadium Thurles

Power undaunted by Rebel challenge 

From the Irish Independent newspaper 

Tipperary 1-8 Clare 1-3 

Munster MFC semi-final play-off 

Monday April 26 2010 

TIPPERARY manager David Power is confident that his team can shock Cork again in the forthcoming semi-final. The Premier County pulled off a sensational extra-time victory in last year’s provincial semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh and the counties will meet again on May 12, when Tipp will have home advantage. Power’s Tipperary side booked their place in the last four with a five-point victory against Clare in a forgettable encounter in Thurles on Saturday night. Clare failed to score from play at Semple Stadium and Aidan Malone was their only scorer as the Premier County packed their defence. And the visitors’ cause wasn’t helped by the dismissal of Padraig Collins for a second bookable offence with nine minutes remaining. Tipp led by 0-3 to 0-1 at half-time but Malone’s 47th-minute penalty sent Clare 1-3 to 0-4 clear. 

Clare then lost the services of Collins and a fine solo goal from Liam Treacy with six minutes remaining handed Tipperary a 1-6 to 1-3 lead. Power said: “We have nothing to fear. Cork are going to be favourites, we’ll be up against it, but Clare should have beaten Cork (in the quarter-final) and we’ve held Clare scoreless.” 

Scorers — Tipperary: L Treacy 1-0, B Hewitt 0-3 (0-1f), D Leahy 0-2, L Boland (0-1f), B Harkin (0-1f), B Maher 0-1each. Clare: A Malone 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-3f). 

TIPPERARY — P Nolan; P Dalton, C O’Sullivan, P O’Meara; B Maher, M O’Sullivan, S Taylor; L Treacy, J O’Callaghan; D Leahy, B Hewitt, S Leahy; L Boland, B Harkin, L McGrath. Subs: B Walsh for S Leahy (48), K Kennedy for Taylor (59). 

CLARE — Darren Sexton; J Colleran, G Johnson, O Vaughan; S Lineen, S Malone, W de Loughrey; R Linnane, A Malone; A Downes, C O’Reilly, P Collins; T Kelly, N Hickey, Darragh Sexton. Subs: K O’Leary for Colleran (h-t), D Malone for Downes (44), A Murrihy for D Malone (55), F Clancy for O’Reilly (60). 

Ref — M Collins (Cork) 


Treacy’s goal ends the affairFrom the Irish Times newspaper 

Munster MFC Tipperary 1-8 Clare 1-3: LIAM TREACY blasted home a goal seven minutes from time to send Tipperary on their way to victory over Clare at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening. The goal came two minutes after Clare had lost influential forward Pádraig Collins, sidelined for a second yellow card, and spelled the end of the Clare challenge. At the end of a very poor first half, Tipperary led by 0-3 to 0-1, Donagh Leahy kicking two of the Tipp points. 

Clare upped the tempo in the second half. A penalty goal by Aidan Malone in the 46th minute, after Tony Kelly was fouled, put Clare 1-3 to 0-4 ahead. Tipperary responded well. Billy Hewitt pointed three minutes later and when Clare had Collins red- carded, Tipperary got well on top. Liam Boland levelled with a 52nd-minute point and a minute later midfielder Liam Treacy got on the end of a fine move to blast to the Clare net. Two further Tipperary points set the seal on their win but they have much to do if they are to beat Cork in the semi-final. While Treacy’s goal was decisive, Paddy Dalton was Tipperary’s man of the match with an big game in defence. Others to shine were Donagh Leahy, Benny Harkin, Billy Hewitt, and goalkeeper Paul Nolan. 

TIPPERARY: P Nolan; P Dalton, C O’Sullivan, P O’Meara; B Maher(0-1), M O’Sullivan, S Taylor; L Treacy (1-0), J O’Callaghan; D Leahy (0-2), B Hewitt (0-3), S Leahy; L Boland(0-1), B Harkin (0-1), L McGrath. Subs: B Walsh for S Leahy; K Kennedy for Taylor. 

CLARE: Darren Sexton; J Colleran, G Johnson, O Vaughan; S Lineen, S Malone, W DeLoughrey; R Linnane, A Malone (1-3); A Downes, C O’Reilly, P Collins; T Kelly, N Hickey, Darragh Sexton. Subs: K O’Leary for Colleran; D Malone for Downes; A Murphy for D Malone; F Clancy for O Reilly. 

Referee: M Collins (Cork)


Team News 

The Tipperary Minor Football team to play Clare in the Munster Championship on Saturday evening in Thurles is: 

1. Paul Nolan (Commercials)
2. Paddy Dalton (Arravale Rovers) Captain
3. Conor O’Sullivan (Galtee Rovers)
4. Padraig O’Meara (Shannon Rovers)
5. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan/Kilcash)
6. Michael O’Sullivan (Ardfinnan)
7. Shane Taylor (Commercials)
8. Liam Treacy (Loughmore/Castleiney)
9. John O’Callaghan (Ballyporeen)
10. Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers)
11. Billy Hewitt (Ardfinnan)
12. Shane Leahy (Arravale Rovers)
13. Liam Boland (Moyle Rovers)
14. Benny Harkin (Borris-Ileigh)
15. Liam McGrath (Loughmore/Castleiney)

Allianz NFL Division 4 Final – Limerick 1-16 Waterford 1-14

Limerick defeated Waterford by 1-16 to 1-14 in the Division 4 Final of the Allianz National Football League on Saturday at Croke Park.

Scanlon breaks Waterford hearts

From the web site

Limerick goalkeeper Brian Scanlon was the hero as Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s side claimed the Allianz GAA Football National League Division 4 title with a 1-16 to 1-14 defeat of Waterford at Croke Park on Saturday evening. With the sides level at 1-14 apiece in the 68th minute, Scanlon made a stunning save to deny Waterford’s Patrick Hurney. The rebound fell to Tommy Prendergast, but the Deise midfielder cracked his shot off a post and Waterford had missed their big chance to write a fairytale ending. Scanlon saw to that when he was called on to kick a ’45 in the final minute. His strike was true and accurate, and gave Limerick the lead by a point before the impressive Ian Ryan fisted a late point to seal the Shannonsiders’ success. Between them, Ryan and Ger Collins scored 1-11 of Limerick’s total, with Collins’ haul of 1-6 making him the stand-out player of an entertaining game.

It was harsh on impressive Waterford who trailed by five points early in the first half after Collins’ fortuitous goal in the ninth minute. The underdogs hit back, however, and kicked six successive points to trail by 1-8 to 0-10 at the break. A superb Liam O’Lionain goal after 49 minutes gave Waterford the lead which they held until the closing stages when Limerick, inspired by Scanlon, finished impressively to win by two clear points. Brian Wall opened the scoring in the fourth minute for Waterford after John Owens’ side had wasted at least three good chances in the opening exchanges. Limerick saw little of the ball in the first five minutes, but a Collins free, following their first attack, levelled the game.

Waterford, who played with the wind in the first half, were leading by 0-2 to 0-1 after Wayne Hennessy’s point, when the game was tuned on its head in the ninth minute. Collins, the Limerick wing-forward, won a ball under the Cusack Stand and swept a curling right-footed shot which appeared to be sailing over the bar. However, the shot deceived everyone, including Waterford goalkeeper Tom Wall, and dropped into the Deise net. It was a cruel blow for Waterford and O’Sullivan’s side rubbed salt into the exposed wound when Ian Ryan and Collins began to find space and Ryan was on hand to kick the next three points, as the Treaty men moved into a 1-4 to 0-2.

Conor McGrath pulled one back with a fine strike for the Deise, before Collins brought his total to 1-2 for the evening by adding another Limerick score. Tony Grey raided from defence to pull one back for Waterford, before Gary Hurney had a great goal chance. Hurney, who started the year with the county’s hurlers, took a pass from Robert Ahearne and cracked a low shot which slipped just past the post and beyond the reach of O’Lionain, who slid in at the back post. Remarkably, Waterford appeared to grow in confidence and took control of the game to kick six successive points. Niall Hennessy levelled the game in the 32nd minute before Brian Wall had them ahead just before the break.

However, Limerick finished the half impressively and Collins levelled the game before Ryan slotted over his fourth point of the half to leave them leading by 1-8 to 0-10 at the break. Points from Niall Hennessy and O’Lionain – his first of the game – had Waterford level twice after the restart. Indeed, the sides split the first six scores evenly between them before Waterford stole in for a stunning goal after 49 minutes. Mick Ahearne won the ball and fed O’Lionain, who took the ball in his stride and unleashed a sweet shot that settled in the corner of Scanlon’s net to give Waterford a 1-13 to 1-11 lead.

Limerick appeared shell-shocked by that goal, but big Jim O’Donovan shook the Shannonsiders’ from their slumber with a fine point from midfield. A Tom Wall free saw Waterford move into a two points lead once more, but Limerick, ominously, were level with eight minutes left on the clock as Ryan and substitute Eoin O’Connor found their range. Waterford wasted a glorious chance to win the game with three minute left on the clock when Patrick Hurney’s soccer-style shot produced a stunning save from Scanlon, the Limerick goalkeeper, before Prendergast cracked the rebound off the bar with the goal at his mercy. Scanlon, having made a superb save then struck a free from the 45 metre line over the bar to give Limerick a 1-15 to 1-14 lead. Ian Ryan then added a fisted score at the death to seal the win.

Limerick: B Scanlon (0-1, 0-1 ’45), M O’Riordan, C Mullane, A Lane, D Carroll, P Browne, P Ranahan (0-1), J O’Donovan (0-1), J Galvin, J Mullane, C Joyce-Power, S Buckley (0-1), G Collins (1-6, 0-3f), J Ryan, I Ryan (0-5).
Subs: S Gallagher for Carroll, S Kelly for Mullane, E O’Connor (0-1) for J Ryan, E Joy for Lane, C Fitzgerald for Joyce-Power

Waterford: T Wall, M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, K Connery, T Grey (0-2), S Briggs, N Hennessy (0-1), T Prendergast, M Ahern, B Wall (0-5, 0-2f), C McGrath (0-1), W Hennessy (0-2), G Hurney, R Ahearne (0-1), L O’ Lionain (1-1).
Subs: P Hurney (0-1) for Ahearne, S Cunningham for W Hennessy, C Phelan for Connery, J Phelan for Prendergast, M O’Gorman for N Hennessy.

Referee: R O’Donnell (Donegal)

ESB Munster Minor Football Championship Semi Final Playoff 1 – Clare 4-10 Waterford 1-6

Clare defeated Waterford by 4-10 to 1-6 in the ESB Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final Playoff 1 on Monday at Cusack Park Ennis.

Allianz NHL Division 1 – Tipperary 1-18 Offaly 2-14

Tipperary defeated Offaly by 1-18 to 2-14 in the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Last-gasp strike denies Faithful

Tipperary 1-18 Offaly 2-14

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, April 19, 2010

THE fare was lacklustre in Tullamore yesterday but this NHL Division 1 match concluded in a blaze of drama. Offaly clung to a two-point lead deep in injury-time and appeared on the cusp of a victory that would have concluded their league campaign on a positive note. Instead Tipperary scrambled in the closing stages, holding their hosts scoreless in the final quarter and snatching success when Seamus Callanan hammered a 20-yard free low past a thicket of players and to the net in the 73rd minute. Offaly were left crestfallen after a scoring spree midway through the second-half by Shane Dooley had placed them on course for victory. Tipperary boss Liam Sheedy didn’t need anyone to point out the element of good fortune his players had enjoyed.

“We went to sleep for a long time there in the second-half and paid a heavy price for it. Offaly went into the driving seat and we were lucky to win it in the finish. It was a great shot by Seamus for the late goal and I couldn’t believe it went in. “We got a win but it probably wasn’t justified on the day as Offaly did the better hurling. They got inside easily for the two goals in the second-half and all the space seemed to be at that end of the pitch. “But we made eight changes from the last day so to come out with a one point win is pleasing. It’s been a satisfactory league campaign. We only had two defeats, by a point against Cork and then got well beaten by Dublin early on. “But it’s all about building up now for six weeks time in the first round of the Munster championship.”

Sheedy saw three players exit the second half action through injury. The most worrying of those withdrawals was in the 40th minute when Eoin Kelly limped off clutching his right hamstring, but the indications afterwards were that the Mullinahone attacker had not suffered a serious injury. Everything associated with a dead-rubber clash came to bear in a low-key first-half which never got out of first gear. Tipperary were 0-11 to 0-7 ahead at the break with Kelly spearheading their scoring drive with a five points haul. Darragh Egan struck a spectacular point for Tipperary as well on his comeback to the starting line-up, while there was other good news for Tipperary in the bright displays of David Young and Seamus Hennessy along the right flank.

Offaly were dealt a blow by the loss of impressive attacker Daniel Currams midway through the first-half with a hand injury yet Shane Dooley picked up the scoring mantle decisively in the second-half. After Tipperary had surged ahead 0-15 to 0-11 by the 46th minute, Offaly strung together their best phase of the game. Three quick points from Brian Carroll, Dooley and Sean Kelly were the prelude to a superb two-goal blast in three minutes from Dooley. Both strikes were opportunistic and skilful finishes which left Offaly 2-14 to 0-15 ahead by the 55th minute. However the promise of that position had dissipated by the finish due to Tipperary’s powerful left rally which left Offaly boss Joe Dooley disappointed afterwards. “It is fierce disappointing to lose the game that way. But we achieved our aim of staying in Division 1. We had an aim of reaching six points which would have needed three wins. We finished on four points and were unlucky not to get a win there today.”

Scorers for Tipperary: E Kelly 0-7 (0-2f, 0-1 pen, 0-1 ‘65), S Callanan 1-2 (1-2f), S McGrath, S Hennessy 0-2 each, Padraic Maher, J Brennan, D Egan, M Heffernan, P Kerwick 0-1 each.

Scorers for Offaly: S Dooley 2-6 (0-3f, 0-1 ‘65), D Currams, J Bergin 0-2 each, R Hanniffy, S Kelly, C Parlon, B Carroll 0-1 each.

Subs for Tipperary: Patrick Maher for Kelly (inj) (42), S Maher for O’Mahony (43), B Maher for Young (inj) (50), J O’Brien for Heffernan (56), P Kerwick for Egan (inj) (63).

Subs for Offaly: J Rigney for Egan (inj) (11), C Mahon for Currams (inj) (22), B Carroll for Parlon (42), G Oakley for Molloy (68)

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath).
Callanan goal pips it for Tipp

From the Irish Times newspaper

ALLIANZ NHL DIVISION ONE Tipperary 1-18 Offaly 2-14: A GOAL from a free by Séamus Callanan with the last puck of the game gave Tipperary a dramatic one-point victory at O’Connor Park, Tullamore, yesterday. Offaly had fought back well in the second half to take a grip of the game with two Shane Dooley goals midway through the half, but they were unable to add to their tally after that. It looked like they might hang on for victory, but three minutes into injury-time Callanan drove a 22-metre free through a crowd of players to the net for the winning score.

With nothing at stake for either side, the first half lacked the urgency and intensity normally associated with a final-round game in the league. There were some good scores, but there was something missing and the crowd got little to enthuse them. Tipperary led by four points at the interval and stretched that lead to five early in the second half, but then Offaly began a fightback and the home crowd got behind their side. They scored 2-3 without reply to lead by five points with 16 minutes left, but, despite some excellent defending, they were undone by that late Tipperary free.

Both sides will have injury concerns after the game. Eoin Kelly went off with what appeared like a hamstring injury early in the second half while David Young and Darragh Egan also limped off, while Offaly’s Daniel Currams picked up a thumb injury and Stephen Egan a nose injury in the first half. With both teams facing championship action in six weeks’ time there could be some anxious moments for both managers. Tipperary had a slight edge through most of the first half. The sides were level on a couple of occasions, but four points with just one in reply from Offaly left them 0-11 to 0-7 in front at half-time.

The sides added four points in the first 12 minutes of the second half before Offaly began to take control. Three points in a row cut the lead to the minimum before Shane Dooley found the net for the first time after 17 minutes and added a second goal two minutes later. Tipperary fought hard to get back into the game, but two frees and a point from substitute Pat Kerwick left them trailing by two points in injury-time when Séamus Callanan drilled a low free to the net to snatch a one-point win.

TIPPERARY : D Gleeson; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher (0-1) ; H Maloney, S McGrath (0-2); S Hennessy (0-2), S Callanan (1-2, frees), M Heffernan (0-1); E Kelly (0-7, three frees, one penalty, one 65), J Brennan (0-1), D Egan (0-1). Subs : Patrick Maher for Kelly (42 mins); S Maher for O’Mahony (44); B Maher for Young (51); J O’Brien for Heffernan (56); P Kerwick (0-1) for Egan (63).

OFFALY : J Dempsey; S Egan, P. Cleary, M Verney; D Hayden, D Kenny, D Morkan; R Hanniffy (0-1), S Kelly (0-1) ; D Molloy, J Brady, D Currams (0-2); C Parlon (0-1), J Bergin (0-2), S Dooley (2-6, 0-3 frees, 0-1 65). Subs . J Rigney for Egan (11 mins); C Mahon for Currams (22); B Carroll (0-1) for Parlon (43); G Oakley for Molloy (68).

Referee: J Owens (Wexford)
Offaly 2-14 Tipperary 1-18
From the web site

Sunday, 18 April 2010 21:00

A late goal from Seamus Callanan shot Tipperary to a one-point win over Offaly in their final Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 fixture. Free-takers Shane Dooley and Eoin Kelly led the first half scoring – with three and five points respectively – as Tipperary took a 0-11 to 0-07 half-time lead. Injuries to David Young and Kelly, who flashed a penalty over the crossbar, hit Tipp’s hopes and two goals in two minutes from Dooley pushed Offaly ahead. However, Tipp rallied and scored 1-03 without reply, including Callanan’s decisive injury-time goal. Those injuries to wing back Young and team captain Kelly could not have come at a worse time for the Premier County who are just six weeks away from facing Cork in the Munster Championship.

Tipp manager Liam Sheedy will be eager to have both players on board for that clash, particularly Kelly whose placed ball brilliance came often turn a tie. The Mullinahone clubman opened the scoring in Tullamore this afternoon with a ’65’ and Tipp did well to build a 0-04 to 0-02 lead by the quarter-hour mark. Kelly had three of those points and Nenagh’s Michael Heffernan the other, while Shane Dooley and Daniel Currams were on target for Offaly. Dooley’s early effort could have been a goal but his stinging shot was saved by goalkeeper Darren Gleeson and the Faithfuls had to settle for a point. Currams and Shane McGrath traded points, but the former’s afternoon was soon ended by an injury. Adding to Offaly manager Joe Dooley’s problems, corner back Stephen Egan also had to be substituted owing to a head injury.  With Antrim awaiting in their Leinster Championship opener on 30 May, Dooley will be keen to have a full panel to choose from.

Into the second half, Kelly opted to flash a penalty over the crossbar as he took his tally to 0-07 before he sustained a suspected hamstring injury when attempting another point.  The Tipp skipper was clearly in some pain, throwing his hurley to the ground in frustration as he made his way off. Tipp were looking a little rudderless as Offaly seized the initiative and Shane Dooley’s brace of quick-fire goals gave the hosts all the momentum as they suddenly led 2-14 to 0-15. Dooley was unmarked as he took a pass from Joe Bergin and fired home in the 54th minute.  The tricky corner forward then added his sixth goal of the campaign, just moments later, as a long ball in from David Kenny allowed him to shot past Gleeson from close range.

But the scores dried up for Offaly in a disappointing finish. Tipp got back on the attack and chipped away at the lead with two frees from Seamus Callanan and a point from play from Pat Kerwick. Offaly goalkeeper James Dempsey had to be on his toes to block a goal-bound shot from Tipp midfielder Hugh Maloney, but the visitors’ patience paid off. In the fourth minute of injury-time, Callanan threaded a low shot through to the back of the net to seal Tipp’s fourth league win and a fourth place finish in the table.  Offaly finished seventh but showed enough in recent weeks to deservedly hold onto their top flight status for another season.

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Offaly in the Allianz GAA Hurling National League Round 7 at O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Sunday shows 9 changes from the team which started against Cork in the last game. Darren Gleeson, Paul Curran, David Young, Hugh Maloney, Seamus Hennessy, Seamus Callanan, Jody Brennan, Darragh Egan and Michael Heffernan all come into the side. The team is

1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)  
2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)
3. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) 
4. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)             
5. David Young (Toomevara)
6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)
7. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
8. Hugh Maloney (Nenagh Éire Óg)   
9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)        
10. Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
11. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)                
12. Jody Brennan (Upperchurch / Drombane) 
13. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone)     Captain          
14. Darragh Egan (Kildangan)              
15. Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)         

OFFALY (SH v Tipperary): J Dempsey; M Verney, P Cleary, S Egan; D Hayden, D Kenny, D Morkan; R Hanniffy, S Kelly; D Currams, J Brady, D Molloy; C Parlon, J Bergin, S Dooley.

Allianz NHL Division 1 – Galway 3-17 Cork 2-13

Galway defeated Cork by 3-17 to 2-13 in the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday at Pearse Stadium Galway.

Healy glitters in final dress rehearsal

Galway 3-17 Cork 2-13

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, April 19, 2010

A DULL, listless day in Galway – even the weather was less than committed – but Cork and Galway served up a relatively entertaining NHL Division One game, despite having nothing to play for.Galway were seven points ahead at the finish, but manager John McIntyre acknowledged it wasn’t a fair reflection of the game: “To win by seven might have flattered us in the end but we’re keeping a sense of perspective. It’ll be a completely different Cork team in two weeks.” Both McIntyre and Denis Walsh decided to look at some fringe players – Galway made 15 changes from their previous outing, while Cork were relatively restrained with a dozen alterations from their last game.

The match itself was not ferociously competitive, most of the exchanges being at about the intensity of a match played to open a new club pitch and with an attendance to match of fewer than a thousand spectators. The first half was a nip-and-tuck affair, with Galway taking a lead thanks to Niall Healy, dangerous all through, who goaled from close range on 13 minutes. That put Galway level, 1-1 to 0-4, but within a minute Luke O’Farrell had an opportunist goal when a Ben O’Connor shot came back off the post. From there to the interval the sides exchanged points, with Cork slightly sharper, as shown by their half-time lead of 1-8 to 1-7. “We had good enough control of the game, there wasn’t much in it,” said Denis Walsh afterwards. “I suppose we should have been more ahead at half-time and we had a few fellas… we lost Brian Murphy and Jerry O’Connor before the game, they would have given us experience. We had one or two sick as well and they played, in fairness, but they’re tired now. “Galway probably put in a few bigger, physical fellas that we weren’t able to match at the bitter end, which we’d expect to do in two weeks.

Galway pulled ahead early in the second half but Kieran Murphy’s first-time pull yielded a Cork goal on 50 minutes, and the enterprising William Egan tacked on a point to nudge Cork ahead. As McIntyre said later, Galway “had to win the game a second time”, and as Walsh acknowledged, the arrival of big Joe Gantley gave Galway a bridgehead in the Cork half. Niall Healy was the key player, keeping Galway in touch from placed balls. With five minutes to go Healy goaled crisply from close range to give Galway a decisive three-point lead – a late, late goal from substitute Damien Hayes was the icing on the cake. “We wouldn’t have thought finishing top was possible the way we lost to Tipperary,” said McIntyre, “But the lads have regrouped magnificently since that game. Both teams were missing a lot of front-liners but the fifteen from both sides wanted to give a good account of themselves and put their names on a jersey for the league final.”

Denis Walsh was keeping things in perspective for Cork. “The lads are disappointed to lose, they wanted to keep the unbeaten record intact. That’s gone but it’s all geared for two weeks time. “It’s going to be a big game. It’s a national title and four weeks out from the championship, it’ll put some pressure on us all. I’d expect us to be well up for it.” Well, Denis, given you mentioned the championship, will you be putting out your championship team in the league final? “Do you want a yes or no?” said Walsh with a laugh. “That’d be a dangerous one. That’s four weeks from the championship so we’ll come reasonably close, but between now and then we might have a few fellas injured, and maybe we won’t have decided which way to go with some of the big men compared to some of the smaller men. “It’s a question of the right combination, but we’ll be trying to put out something very close to our strongest team.”

McIntyre had his own positive spin – Niall Healy’s 2-9 was impressive for one of the “more maligned players in the county”, as his manager put it. “Any game worth playing is worth winning,” said McIntyre. “That was our approach. We had to empty the bench a little towards the end but we got there. But Cork in a league final in Thurles, it’ll be chalk and cheese to Cork in Galway missing maybe two-thirds of their team.”

Scorers for Galway: N. Healy 2-9 (0-5 fs, 0-1 pen); D. Hayes 1-1; N. Hayes and F. Coone 0-2;; A. Callanan, N. Cahalan and C. Dervan (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: B. O’Connor 0-5 (0-4 fs), K. Murphy 1-1; L. O’Farrell 1-0; M. Cussen, W. Egan 0-2; G. Callinan, F. O’Leary, C. McCarthy 0-1 each.

Galway subs: Donal Barry for A Cullinane, half-time; K Hayes, Portumna for E Lynch, 52; J Gantley for K Hayes, 55; Damian Hayes for Niall Hayes, 59; Tony Og Regan for John Lee, 62

Cork subs: Shane Murphy for Hartnett, half-time; Paudie O’Sullivam for Luke Farrell and Mark O’Sulliavns for Fintan O’Leary, 50; Aisake O hAilpín for Cian McCarthy, 64; Lorcan McLoughlin for Cunningham, 67.

Referee: D. Richardson (Limerick)

Team News

GALWAY SH v Cork): J Skehill; P Holland, E McEntee, O Canning; J Lee, C Dervan, A Cullinane; E Lynch, N Cahalan; A Callanan, K Hayes, A Smith; N Hayes, F Coone, N Healy.

CORK (SH v Galway): A Nash; B Murphy, D Cunningham, C O’Sullivan; M Walsh, S Og O hAilpin, R Ryan; J O’Connor, W Egan; F O’Leary, C McCarthy, B O’Connor; K Murphy (Sarsfields), M Cussen, L O’Farrell.